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Towards a Virtual
University for the

Adriatic


Ionian

Basin

Matteo Vittuari


UniAdrion


Virtual University of the Adriatic


Ionian Basin

University of Bologna


Faculty of Agriculture

2
°

International Conference on Integrated Approaches Towards Sustainability

Jurmala, Latvia 11
-
14 May, 2005

UniAdrion


UniAdrion,

The

Virtual

University

of

the

Adriatic



Ionian

Basin
,

is

a

Network

of

Universities

established

with

the

purpose

to

create

a

permanent

connection

among

Universities

and

Research

Centres

from

the

Adriatic
-
Ionian

region

through

the

promotion

of

training

courses

and

research

activities
.

UniAdrion



THE BASIS







The

University

Network

was

launched

within

the

framework

of

the

Adriatic
-
Ionian

Initiative

(AII)
.



The

Adriatic

Ionian

Basin’s

seven

countries,

namely

Albania,

Bosnia

Herzegovina,

Croatia,

Greece,

Italy,

Serbia

and

Montenegro,

Slovenia,

launched

the

Adriatic
-
Ionian

Initiative

by

signing

the

Ancona

Declaration

on

the

occasion

of

the

Ancona

Conference

focused

on

Development

and

Security

in

the

Adriatic

and

the

Ionian
,

20

May,

2000
.



UniAdrion

was

established*

by

the

Ravenna

Declaration

during

the

International

Conference


Culture

as

a

Bridge



The

Interuniversity

Cooperation

in

the

Adriatic
-
Ionian

Basin


(
15
th


16
th

December

2000
,

Ravenna)
.


*First

courses

dates

September

2002
.

UniAdrion
-
MEMBERS







24 Full Member
Universities


5 Associated
Members

(4 Research University
Centers and the
University of Skopje*)

29 Universities and
Research Centers

of
the Adriatic
-
Ionian Basin
are Members or
Associate Members of
the UniAdrion Network:

The common working
language is English.

UniAdrion

FIELDS OF INTEREST






UniAdrion Programme has been implemented by the
creation of five Technical Working Groups (WGs):


WG1

Protection, Cataloguing and Promotion of Cultural Heritage

WG2

Environment and Sustainable Development


WG3

Cultural Tourism and Development

WG4

Economy, Communication, Ports and Economic Relations

WG5
Technical Aspects and Standards of the UniAdrion Network


UniAdrion

FOCAL POINTS






Focal Points are one of the most important resources for
the effectiveness of the Network. Also in consideration
of the different ICT services that characterize the
Member Countries.


Focal

Points

are

operative

technical


interactive


centers

that

guarantee
:


The

main

link

among

Universities

and

Research

Centers
.


The

Operative

Technical

Structure

for

the

implementation

of

e
-
learning

modules

(video

production,

management

of

video
-
conferences)
.


An

access

point

for

participants
.


UniAdrion

FOCAL POINTS






There is are 7 Focal Points, one for each member
country, hosted by a local University:

1.
University of Tirana for
Albania

2.
University of Sarajevo for
Bosnia
-
Herzegovina


3.
University of Rijeka for
Croatia


4.
University of Patras for
Greece

5.
University of Bologna for
Italy

6.
University of Belgrade for
Serbia and Montenegro

7.
University of Maribor for
Slovenia



UniAdrion

THE ACTORS








More

than

200

persons

have

been

involved

within

Eight

Post
-
University

Training

Courses
:


From the countries involved in the Network

139

professors/researchers/tutors
(About 50% of the
teaching staff belongs to Countries other than Italy.)


113

postgraduates students
(80% from A+C+BH+SM)
(Some Specialization Courses were opened for professionals from
Ministries, Local Authorities and NGOs. Candidates from Ministries and
Local Authorities were numerous especially from Albania.)



UniAdrion

DIFFICULTIES









Difficulties

in

the

technical

realization

of

the

Focal

Points
;


Different

realities

among

the

countries

involved

in

the

Project

in

the

field

of

ICTs
;


Difficulties

in

promoting

an

effective


virtual

environment”

enabling

all

the

participants

to

have

access

to

this


virtual

environment

.


UniAdrion

OUTCAMES










An important tool for the practical development of the
"distance
-
learning" approach on a multi
-
lateral basis;



An environment for the creation of an
inter
-
disciplinary

"International Teaching and Research Network" of the
Adriatic
-
Ionian region;



The
Network

itself;



113 postgraduates students involved;



139 professors/researchers/tutors involved.


UniAdrion








Working Group 2


“Environment

and


Sustainable

Development”

UniAdrion


WG 2
-

Rationale








The

WG
2

takes

into

consideration

sustainable

development

with

an

interdisciplinary

approach

but

with

a

strong

orientation

towards

agriculture

and

rural

development
.

This

is

because

of
:


The

importance

of

agriculture

and

of

the

“rural

areas”

in

the

Adriatic



Ionian

Region
;


Sustainability

in

agricultural,

rural

and

coastal

areas

has

at

least

four

inter
-
related

dimensions
:

ecological,

social,

economical

and

institutional
;


The

need

to

promote

a

“sustainable

development”

culture

and

the

role

of

Universities

and

Research

Centers

in

promoting

this

culture
;


The

need

to

preserve

the

ecosystem

and

the

cultural

heritage

promoting

agricultural

development

and

providing

new

opportunities

for

rural

areas
.

UniAdrion


WG 2
-

Aims









To

offer

a

deep

analysis

of

the

theoretical,

legal

and

operational

aspects

related

to

planning

and

management

of

agro
-
environmental

systems
.


To

provide

participants

with

a

specific

set

of

competence

in

managing

and

planning

agricultural,

environmental

and

rural

systems

at

various

levels

in

local,

national,

and

international

governmental,

as

well

as

non
-
governmental,

organizations
.



Establish

an

effective

Network
;

UniAdrion


WG 2
-

Activities









Course

of

Specialization

International

Cooperation

and

Sustainable

Development

of

Agricultural,

Environmental

and

Rural

Systems

of

the

Adriatic



Ionian

Basin
;


Course

of

Specialisation

Sustainability

in

the

Rural

Areas

of

the

Adriatic
-
Ionian

Basin
:

Multi
-
Criteria

Analysis

of

Agricultural

and

Coastal

Systems
;


Research

Project

Sustainability

in

the

Rural

Areas

of

the

Adriatic
-
Ionian

Basin
:

Multi
-
Criteria

Analysis

of

Agricultural

and

Coastal

Systems

(on
-
going)

UniAdrion


WG 2


Approach








A

multidisciplinary

approach

is

needed

to

take

into

account

the

different

interrelated

dimensions

of

sustainability

in

agriculture
:

the

ecological,

the

social,

the

economic

and

the

institutional

dimension
:



In

WG
2
’s

activities

researchers

and

professors

with

different

backgrounds

and

from

different

disciplines

were

involved
:

agricultural

economists,

agronomists,

anthropologists,

ecologists,

economists,

environmental

scientists,

political

scientists,

sociologists
.



Different

learning

tools

were

used
:


case

studies

(transboundary

protected

areas)
;



different

methodologies

for

different

subject

were

presented

(
agrarian

systems

analysis

diagnosis
;

simulation

model

for

agro
-
ecosystem

analysis

-

CSS



Cropping

System

Simulator
;

EMAS



Environmental

Management

Analysis

System)
.


UniAdrion


WG 2


Approach/Didactic Structure








A blended learning approach:


Face to Face Activities
:

Summer Schools, Internships,
Seminars and Workshops.


On
-
line Activities
: ATutor*, Discussion Forum, Mailing
List, Chat, Video Lectures, Video Conferences (**), Video
Documents, e
-
documents, and other materials hosted on
the UniAdrion Webpage.


Since

UniAdrion

is

a

Virtual

University

the

“on
-
line”

activities

can

be

considered

a

core

objective
.


*ATutor

is

an

Open

Source

Web
-
based

Learning

Content

Management

System

(LCMS)

(**)

From

2005

UniAdrion


WG 2


Course Structure









The First and the Second “Face to Face” modules have been developed
mainly by the University of Bologna in collaboration with the University of
Udine and several academics and researchers from Albania, Croatia and
Serbia and Montenegro,
but without a real involvement of other
institutions
.


Focal

Points

have

been

activated

at

the

beginning

of

2004
.


The

Third

Face

to

Face

module

was

developed

in

cooperation

with

the

Agricultural

University

of

Tirana
.

Activities

were

organized

involving

also

Farmer

Organizations

(Divjaka)
;

NGOs

(Teuleda



Skodra)
;

the

Italian

Embassy

in

Tirana
.

Study areas:

1 Agriculture and International Relations

2 Tools for Sustainable Development

3 Sustainable Rural Development Approaches

4 Agrarian System Analyses Research Methods


Course of Specialization in International Cooperation and Sustainable
Development of Agricultural, Environmental and Rural Systems


Course structure

Module 1, “Summer School”, Cervia (Italy)

Module 2, “Summer School”, Cervia (Italy)

Module 3
-

4, Distance Learning

Module 5, “Summer School”, Tirana (Albania)

UniAdrion


WG 2


Main results










2

Course

of

Specialization

developed
;



1

research

project
;



23

participants

has

finished

the

courses
;



37

Professors

/

Researchers

/

Tutors

involved
;


The

Network


UniAdrion

-

WG 2

An evolving project










MISS”

Interfaculty

Master

in

Sustainable

Development

of

Agricultural

and

Rural

Systems


PhD

Programme


International

Cooperation

and

Sustainable

Development

Policies



Summer

School


International

Cooperation

and

Sustainable

Development

Policies



Collaboration

in

several

projects

among

participants

/

researchers

/

tutors

/

professors

previously

involved

in

WG
2
’s

projects
.


UniAdrion












www.uniadrion.net





Thank you

for your attention !