University of Bologna (UNIBO)


Department carrying out activities: Center for Advanced Studies in Tourism (CAST)

The University of Bologna (UNIBO), created in 1088, is recognized as the oldest university in the western world, and one of the largest in Italy (with more than 85,000 enrolled students per year). It is organized in a multi-campus structure divided into 33 departments and 5 operating sites (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini). With regard to the capability of attracting funding, UNIBO is very active both at National and European level. At European level, UNIBO is the first University in Italy for FP7 funding with more than 272 funded projects (in 58 as coordinator), for a total funding nearly of 84 M€. At National level UNIBO ranks second for competitive research funding from the Italian Government.

At the University of Bologna, activities related to European funding programs are supported by the European Research and Innovation Office, which has more than 10 years’ experience with European projects. With about 30 people, organized in 4 thematic units plus another unit specifically devoted to ERC and Marie Curie programs, the office assists research groups in the whole project lifecycle: networking and lobbying, consortium building, proposal preparation, negotiation and project management. The European Research and Innovation Office steadily cooperates with the Knowledge Transfer Office, supporting the IP protection and exploitation, and the take up and commercialization of project results. With regard to the international reputation, UNIBO is among the top 4/5 Italian universities in

the main International rankings, e.g., 1st Italian university (188th position) in the international QS – World University Rankings of the world best universities; 5th Italian University (288th position) in the The World University Rankings; 2nd Italian University (93rd position) in the Ranking Web of World Universities.

Starting from February 2014 the new Center for Advanced Studies in Tourism (CAST) of the University of Bologna has been established in Rimini Campus, thanks to the cooperation of four Departments (DiSA, DSE, QuVi, STAT). The Center aim is to foster advanced scientific research and professional training in the tourism field under a multidisciplinary perspective. The former School for Advanced Studies in Tourism, born in 2004 in Rimini Campus, has been deactivated and its activities integrated in the new structure.

The CAST continues the long tradition of research and education in the tourism field introduced in Rimini by the University of Bologna in the 1960s. Rimini is one of the leading mass tourism destinations in Europe, hosting about 15 million overnight stays each year and with nearly 2500 hotels. It is the place where the excellence of one of the most ancient universities in the western world (1080 A.D.) meets the ability of local entrepreneurs and the public administration in developing a flourishing tourism sector.

Born in this stimulating environment, the CAST together with the School of Economics, Management and Statistics, University of Bologna (Rimini Campus) are the leading institutions in tourism studies, known for the high quality of teaching and research programmes fostered by a young and dynamic team of academics (over 30 people) in every tourism field.

The mission of the Center includes promotion, design and implementation of research projects, lifelong learning courses, advanced education in different tourism sciences fields: tourism economics, tourism statistics, tourism management, tourism geography, tourism history, tourism law and policy, sustainable tourism, etc.

The Center is member of the UNESCO/Unitwin Network “Culture, Tourism, Development”, of the Network for Cultural Routes Studies of the Council of Europe, of EUNek and is establishing international bilateral agreements with universities, ONG and research centers in the field of tourism around the World.

The Center is the publisher of AlmaTourism, Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, the first Italy based open access scientific journal on tourism in English and participate in the Via@ project, a multi-language, interdisciplinary, international review on tourism.

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