The Sino-Italian cooperation of Tongji University can date back to the 1980s in the last century, which were mainly exchanges and cooperation between professors. After entering the twenty-first century, the signing of the memorandum of higher education cooperation between China and Italy, especially the former Prime Minister Prodi’s visit to Tongji University and his presence on the foundation ceremony of the Sino-Italian Campus, is the symbol of Tongji University entering a period of fast and healthy development on Sino-Italian cooperation. Being the first government-level higher education cooperation project between the two countries, the Sino-Italian Campus has extended from the beginning dual-bachelor project in engineering, to multiple series of master and doctoral projects in fields like design, engineering, architecture, economics and management and so on.
The Sino-Italian Campus has also become the window and platform for the Sino-Italian production, education and research cooperation for Tongji University.
Tongji University now has cooperation with famous Italian universities like: Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, University of Bologna, University of Pavia, University of Trento, University IUAV of Venice, Venice International University, University of Florence, University of Roma La Sapienza, University of Roma Tor Vergata and so on.
Meanwhile, Tongji University has also successful cooperation on scientific research, personnel training, culture exchange with governmental and non-governmental organizations like: the General Consulate of Italy in Shanghai, Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE), The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS), Italian Education Center (UnItalia), the Emilia-Romagna Region, etc. In May 2008, the foundation of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Sino-Italian Campus has provided an open platform with higher efficiency for enterprises, governmental, private organizations and individuals as well that are interested in Tongji University’s Sino-Italian cooperation projects.
Coorperation of Tongji and Italian
Agreements between Tongji University and Italian Universities
|Date||Italian University||Description of Content|
|1||1998.2||Università degli Studi di Trento||An MoU was signed. Content: 1. Teachers exchange; 2. Postgraduate students exchange; 3. Exchange magazines or materials of academic and scientific research; 4. Inform each other of symposium information.|
|2||1998.7||Politecnico di Milano||An MoU was signed on cooperative research on CNC equipment service and support, establishing robot, energy system development, industrial robot development, remote control robot and telepresence.|
|3||2000.4||Politecnico di Milano||An agreement was signed and renewed in 2005. University accepts the students from Politecnico di Milano for study. 2. To organize symposium, curricula and vocation internship or other practice. 3. To develop research and cooperative projects. 4. To exchange documents.|
|5||2004.10||Università degli Studi di Padova||From 2004.10 to 2007.9, the College of Ocean and Earth Science of Tongji University and the Department of Geology of Padua University work together on the project of “the New Mechanism of Long-term Climate Change: the Geology Evidence of China and Italy”.|
|6||2005||Politecnico di Torino||A cooperative framework agreement was signed.|
|7||2005||Università degli Studi di Pavia||A cooperative agreement was signed.|
|8||2005.11||Venice International University||The cooperative relationship was established through the agreements signed with the IMET in, including: students’ scholarships, student travel support, visit of professors, workshop on sustainable urban development.|
|9||2005.12||Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino||Agreement between three universities was signed on the cooperative education of dual-bachelor degree on Mechanical Engineering and Information Technology Engineering. Chinese students follow a “3+1” format while a “2+1.5” format for Italian students.|
|10||2006.12||Università degli Studi di Firenze||Agreement was signed on the cooperation in the fields of urban planning and historic building protection and reuse.|
|11||2007.3||Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna||A cooperative framework agreement was signed.|
|12||2007.3||Venice International University||Agreement was signed on the cooperation in the design field, including joint research, exchange of professors and students.|
|13||2007||Società Dante Alighieri||Agreement was signed to certificate Tongji University as a test center of the PLIDA test.|
|14||2007.5||Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino||Agreement was signed between three universities on the cooperative education on dual-master degree on Industrial Design.|
|15||2007.5||Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia||Agreement was signed between universities as well as individual agreements between College of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Civil Engineering and Medical School.|
|16||2007.11||Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna||Agreement was signed on the cooperative edication on dual-bachelor degree on Automation Engineering.|
|17||2007.11||Politecnico di Torino||Agreement was signed on exchanging of students.|
|18||2008.3||Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”||A bilateral agreement was signed between universites.|
|19||2008.5||Università degli Studi di Trento||Agreement was signed on the cooperative edication on dual-master degree on Civil Engineering.|
|20||2008.7||Università per Stranieri di Perugia||An MoU was signed on the cooperation between universities, Italian language training as so on.|