Niccolò Cusano University
The university offers its students the opportunity to lead normal lives while engaged in a full university education; the online university alternative, moreover, is the only one that guarantees the right to study to members of society who would otherwise be excluded such as, for example, the disabled or those in full time employment or with family commitments. Unicusano considers innovation and research to be essential for the creation of Centers of Excellence, and of new original teaching methods that are capable of attracting an ever-growing number of students and teachers from other universities. A major part of the University’s mission is the internationalisation of learning, teaching and research. For this reason, among its primary objectives is the development of international exchanges between students, teachers and technical staff. The University also offers its educational facilities to students all over the world. Unicusano places great importance on students’ internship with firms or private and public authorities, since this combines training with work experience and gives young graduates an opportunity to acquire competences that are important for their professional future. Among Unicusano’s top priorities are: combining learning programmes with social and political changes as well as with advances in technology and science; creating virtual European campuses; promoting twinning between schools by using e-learning systems; improving digital literacy; expanding opportunities for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), and developing analytical and programming e-learning tools. Unicusano is also innovative in its adoption of CLIL, an approach which is becoming increasingly widespread throughout Europe and which develops education and knowledge within a multilingual context, thus creating a pan-European knowledge society based on higher education and research. Unicusano’s relationship with other centers of higher education is based on the concept of ‘coopetition’ (cooperation + competition) and follows guidelines proposed by the New and Net Economy such as ‘adhocracy’ ( flexibility and timeliness in educational activities), ‘data mining’ (skill in using information tools) and ‘education’ in the sense of the ability to learn ‘how to learn’, to know ‘how to do’ and ‘how to be’ and also the capacity to manage needs and identify areas where more incentives should be given to teaching and learning. Unicusano intends also to enter into training programmes with other European universities, Centers of Excellence and institutes of higher education and to provide access to virtual libraries and other electronic resources, including data-driven learning, in order to give students the opportunity to receive a university education in more than one language.