A three day study visit of the Indian delegation of Project E-QUAL to Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna took place between 21 and 23 May 2014. The registration and project meeting of the Indian delegation took place on the first day of the trip after their arrival in Bologna.This included a presentation on the agenda of the study visit by Filippo Sartor at the Internationals Relations Office of University of Bologna. During the next days ( 22 and 23 May 2014) there were several exciting and interesting presentations by the academics, administrators and policymakers representing University of Bologna. In her opening remarks in the first academic session of the study visit Professor Carla Salvaterra, Vice-Rector for International Relations, University of Bologna spoke in detail about the impact of the Bologna process in the organization of study programmes at her institution. In the next session Angela Ribeiro Cavazzuti and Amanda Kornecka representing the QA Office of University of Bologna talked about the quality assurances practices at their university. On the same day, Professor Andrea Marchinogli, Department of History and Cultures, University of Bologna gave an illuminating talk on the designing of study programmes at undergraduate level. In the session which immediately followed Professor Marchinogli’s presentation, Amanda Kornecka, this time representing the student community of University of Bologna highlighted on the crucial ( and often neglected) aspect of the role of students in the monitoring of a study programme. The first day of the academic sessions came to a close with Claudia Borghetti’s talk. Borghetti, who is the Project Coordinator of IEREST - Intercultural Education Resources for Erasmus Students and their Teachers and also the representative of the Department of Modern Languages, Literature, and Cultures, University of Bologna spoke about various aspects innovative practices in teaching i.e. intercultural competences from study abroad to study programmes.
On the second and final day of the academic sessions ( 23 May 2014) Professor Angela Montanari, Department of Statistical Sciences and Professor Elena Ferioli, Department of Legal Studies, University of Bologna gave a joint presentation on internationalisation and student mobility to improve the quality of study programmes. It was followed by Professor Donata Meneghelli’s ( Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna) presentation titled “Using technologies to enhance learning in an international framework: the case of the module Literature and Culture in Europe”. After this presentation the delegates headed over to AlmaLaurea, Viale Masini where the concluding sessions of the study visit took place. Professor Andrea Cammelli, Director, AlmaLaurea and Angelo Guerriero, Manager, AlmaLaurea warmly welcomed the delegates and gave a presentation on employability and bachelor study programmes in Italy. The study visit concluded with an informal discussion among the participants. Each of the sessions was followed by a vibrant Q & A segment. The visit was a great success academically for the Indian delegates and an enriching experience for the academic community of University of Bologna.