The International Research Division aims to strengthen the internationalization process already carried out by Tor Vergata University of Rome through a series of activities that involve researchers, students and administrative staff.
The major actions focus on:
- Supporting the cooperation with other universities from countries all over the world; in particular, with South America, Southeast Asia, East Europe by signing Framework Agreements, Dual-Joint Degree Agreements, (more than 300 on-going agreements);
- Managing mobility programs for professors (Visiting Professors);
- Managing mobility programs for incoming and outgoing students (Ciência sem fronteiras, Ibrasil, Bemundus, Techno, Astromundus, MAECI scholarships, Overseas mobility and thesis abroad);
- Promoting the partecipation to European research projects (Horizon2020, ecc.) and supporting the related administrative procedures (18 projects funded by the European Research Council),
- Being a member of International Networks (YERUN, VIU, UNICA) in order to share best practices, improve international mobility and promoting research projects;
- Promoting university programs and courses through brochures, websites, social media, fairs;
- Partecipating and supporting the Italian delegations abroad, as well as the foreign diplomatic offices in Italy, for the promotion of the Italian university
Within Horizon 2020 (the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020) 13 projects were submitted and approved, whereas 80 proposals are still being evaluated.
Research in Italy
At national level, Tor Vergata University is involved in 4 of the 54 Futuro e Ricerca – FIR (i.e. Future in Research) projects approved in 2013. As far as the Progetti di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale – PRIN (i.e. Research Projects of National Interest, financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research – MIUR) are concerned, Tor Vergata University of Rome ranks 12th for number of approved projects and 7th for the level of awarded co-funding.
Besides the recent Smart Campus project funded by the Lazio Regional Administration, the Tor Vergata University of Rome has started a number of research initiatives and partnerships with businesses and institutions, e.g. Italian Space Agency (ASI), European Space Agency (ESA), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Fondazione Roma, IBM.