The aim of the International Relations Office is to develop and coordinate the international activities of the students and staff of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Verona.
Some of the key activities of the Office include:
The Academy’s main aim is to consolidate the agreements stipulated with six Higher Education institutions in the framework of the Erasmus Programme and to strengthen the network of contacts established through the first Intensive Programme, in which it took part in 2009-2011 (SACS – Sound Art in City Spaces, recognized as “an example of good practice to illustrate the European Year of Creativity and Innovation” in 2009), and the second Programme which has been underway since 2012 (IIC – Interdisciplinary Involvement and Community Spaces).
The Academy also aims to develop its internationalization process by selecting firms, companies, professional studios and non-academic instituitions abroad, in aprticular in the field of restoration, product design and graphic design, including art galleries and museums of contemporary art. In this way i twill be able to organize work placements e traineeships for mobile students and invte experts for special workshops and seminars.
The Academy has had contact with the following geographical areas in the framework of the Erasmus Programme: Spain (2004), Czech Republic (2007), Belgium (2009), Romania (dal 2009), Turkey (2009), Lithuania (2011) and Sweden (2011).
As a result of the afore mentioned Intensive Programmes the Academy’s contacts have also extended to enclude Higher Education institutions in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal and Slovakia.
The Academy intends to increase the number of agreements with Higher Education institutions and organizations in other European countries (in particular in German-speaking countries, given the presence of German mother-tongue students from Südtirol), but also plans to develop exchange and cooperation agreements with the United States of America (where two students per year have benefited from a scholarship in an art foundation in New York since 2012 and educational trips are organized every year), Russia (thanks to Russkij Dom cultural association), Switzerland, Israel, Malta and China, following contacts currently in progress with the Academy Direction and lecturers who have often had teaching experiences as visiting professors in these countries.
The main objective of the Academy’s internationalization strategy is to increase student mobility for studies (currently 3-4 outgoing students and six incoming students per year) by involving all the Diploma Courses both in the first and second cycles and gradually introduce the student mobility for traineeship.
The Academy also intends to promote staff mobility both for teaching and training purposes.
After the first experiences of incoming teachers (since 2010) and outgoing teachers (since 2011) there has been an increase in the qualitative and quantitative level of student mobility and fruitful collaboration projects have been launched (such as student and lecturer participation in international exhibitions and workshops).