The collaboration between the Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics of the University of L'Aquila and the Faculty of Organization and Informatics began several years ago by writing a project application under the Horizon2020 program. By the invitation of the FOI Board, Professor Henry Muccini from L'Aquilla visited FOI in May 2019 and presented his Department and University at FOI International Days. During this visit, there was an interest in continuing cooperation on both sides, and a return visit was agreed upon to define the goals. Delegation from FOI, Vice-Dean for Science, Projects and International Cooperation Assoc. Prof. Igor Balaban, Ph.D., former dean at FOI, Full Prof. Neven Vrček, Ph.D., a Head of FOI IoT Lab Asst. Prof. Boris Tomaš, Ph.D. and Head of the FOI International Office Izabela Oletić Tušek, visited the Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics and the Rectorate, as well as the Office for International Cooperation of the University of L'Aquila.
During the visit, several directions for continued cooperation were agreed: the exchange of graduate students and teaching staff, the inclusion of L'Aquila in the Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project application and other project applications, where there would be mutual interest. New partners also talked about organizing a joint Summer School from 2021 and establishing a joint Graduate Dual Study Program in the future. The visit ended with the signing of a bilateral co-operation agreement under the Erasmus + program, which provides an exchange of students and teachers. This is great news for FOI students, especially graduate students in Information and Software Engineering and Knowledge and Database, who may already apply for an Erasmus study visit to L'Aquila' in January 2020.
The University of L'Aquila (m. Università degli Studi dell'Aquila) was founded in 1952 in the town of L'Aquila, the administrative center of the Abruzzo region. It is a public university oriented toward teaching and research in the fields of biotechnology, science, economics, engineering, education, social sciences, medicine, psychology and kinesiology. About 19 000 students study in seven departments. The city of L'Aquila is in a great location, near Mount Apenini and about 130 kilometers away from Rome.
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