Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

With 4 campuses, 12 faculties, 41,000 students, and a teaching staff around 2,900, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (www.unicatt.it) is Europe's largest private university. Founded in Milan in 1921 by Father Agostino Gemelli, the University also has campuses in Rome, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona, and Campobasso. Just a few figures illustrate the breadth and depth of the University's core curriculum, in both humanities and sciences: 43 three-year undergraduate programmes, and among these 2 English – taught undergraduate programmes, 41 two-year graduate programmes, 2 five-year degree programmes, 49 schools of specialization, almost 100 specializing masters programmes and 7 post-graduate schools.

Research activity draws on 51 institutes, 24 departments and 72 research centres, plus another 5 centres at the University, and is aimed towards the study and understanding of issues crucial to life and society: new frontiers in economics and bioethics, the recovery of cultural assets, changes in the field of law, family trends, the phenomenon of the mass media, the development of political systems, the aims of medicine, technological applications of mathematics and physics, and the most recent discoveries in environmental research.

Productive dialogue between teaching and research allows for an interdisciplinary approach, which helps students navigate within the sphere of scientific knowledge in an independent and responsible manner. From registration through to graduation, and beyond, students and alumni are supported by way of guidance and tutoring activities, internships, international study programmes within and outside Europe, and placement services generated by the University's strong ties with the business world, professional development training, and post-graduate programmes.

CHEI – Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation
The Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation – CHEI promotes and conducts research, training, and policy analysis to strengthen the international dimensions of higher education, addressing it from several perspectives: global, regional, Italy, and UCSC. The theme promoted by the Centre activities are emerging trends, international education and institutional development, impacts and outcomes of internationalisation. By the way of designing, conducting and commissioning research; organizing seminars, conferences, training courses and workshops; and disseminating results, the Centre cover the fields identified.

Contribution To The Tempus IRIS Project
Fiona Hunter is Research Associate at CHEI and has a special interest in the strategic management of internationalisation in higher education institutions. She leads Work Package 4 which looks specifically at the issues around the operationalisation and implementation of strategic plans, the organizational structures required, with a focus on the roles and functions of the International Office, as well as the professionalisation of specialized staff for the development and delivery of international activities and programmes. At the end of the series of 5 workshops, the participants will have reached a clearer understanding of what the implications are for their own institutions when introducing a strategy for internationalisation and will have developed a clear action plan for the implementation of their strategic plans that addresses the specific strengths and weaknesses of their institutions.