University of Macerata
The University of Macerata was established in 1290 and it is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Its main activities are focused on the humanities and social sciences. Students are offered a broad range of courses supported by state-of-the-art services, including undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, Master’s and Ph.D. programmes, specialisation schools and summer schools. The University pays a great attention to students’ retention during the study years, and to favour employability and entrepreneurship of graduates, through specific support programmes, as in example the I-CARE system for ongoing guidance and support, and the LUCI Lab for entrepreneurship. The Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism was created in July 2012 from the fusion of the Faculties of Education and Cultural Heritage with the Departments of Education and Training and Cultural Heritage. The Department sections are: Pedagogy; Environment and territory; Cultural heritage; Human being, society and languages; Psychology (general, social, developmental and educational), Sociology (general, cultural and communication processes), Italian Language and Literature, English, Spanish-American, Theoretical Philosophy, and Constitutional Law are the areas of research and teaching. The Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism expresses its excellence through the high level of exchange programmes activated during past years with leading universities at European level and the participation to European projects, particularly in the fields of Tourism, Agri-Food and Rural Development, Educational Science, and Educational Technologies. Several research have been published in international refereed journals regarding: construction of the identity of adolescents and emerging adults; change and social cohesion; social inequalities, with particular reference to the state of access to work and welfare services; new characteristics of the process of aging and transformation in life; family relations, educational and welfare systems; identity and gender and ethnic differences; different profiles of the digital divide; new digital technology as an integrated communication tool and promotion of tourist routes.