(April 28, 2011)--The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Universita degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo" (UNIURB) of Urbino, Italy, recently entered into an agreement of cooperation in Urbino.
Professor Stefano Pivano, president of UNIURB, and Julius M. Gribou, UTSA executive vice provost and senior international officer, signed the agreement based on the strategic plans of both institutions. The agreement centers on collaboration and expanding global outreach and understanding.
The initiation of the agreement was facilitated by John Murphy, dean of the UTSA College of Architecture, who will relocate one of the architecture Italy study-abroad programs to Urbino in fall 2011. The Italian co-organizers of the new COA program, Mirko Marinelli and Eugenia Esposito, played a critical role assisting UTSA in finalizing the agreement.
"This location presents a great opportunity for the College of Architecture students," said Gribou. "They will live on the UNIURB campus, will use their facilities such as dorms and classrooms, and they will be able to interact with Italian students."
Gribou would like the Urbino location eventually to become a UTSA study-abroad center in Italy that would include programs and students from a variety of majors at UTSA.
In addition to the connections available for the College of Architecture within UNIURB, the city of Urbino and the region, there are logical opportunities for collaborations with UNIURB programs in art conservation, planning and development, sciences, technology, humanities, education and business. Thirty UTSA students could study each semester on the Urbino campus in the available facilities.
Urbino has approximately 15,000 residents. The city's population more than doubles when the university is in session. The historic Renaissance center of Urbbino is among the world sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The city walls were rebuilt to specifications of Leonardo da Vinci, according to the UNESCO website.
The University of Urbino dates to 1506, when Duke Guidobaldo I founded the Collegio dei Dottori. Current enrollment is approximately 20,000. Students and faculty are encouraged to develop close collegial relationships. The state university has 10 colleges including economics, humanities and philosophy, modern languages and literature, science and technology, and education. The university also offers several distance-learning programs accessible worldwide.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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