Third cycle University studies in Italy: current schemes and possible structured study programs in Agricultural Engineering and in the emerging discipline of Biosystems Engineering

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Abstract

In Italy the state legislation concerning with the current structure of the 3rd cyclestudies is based on the Law n. 210 of the 3rd July 1998 and the D.M. (Law) n. 224of the 30th April 2009.The current schemes of 3rd cycle studies in Agricultural Engineering in Italy arebased on individual and PhD board supervision and tutoring and are structuredoffering doctoral courses plus individual work research. The minimum duration ofPhD programs is three years.Nowadays in Italy programs of 3rd cycle degrees in Biosystems Engineering areoffered by eight Universities.The most common types of 3rd cycle students are recent graduates. Theprocedure used for the recruitment of students is established by each University.According to the guidelines of the Italian government for University, in Italy thereare 2200 PhD programs, with an average of only 5.6 students for each program.According to the new guidelines of the Italian government for University, shortterm changes, concerning with the 3rd cycle studies are planned, e.g. time periodfor completion of thesis depending on the achievement of evaluable scientificresults, reduction of the number of PhD programs and schools and higherinternational dimension of the structure of 3rd cycle degrees, aimed at promotingthe mobility of students.There is some shift in research topics reflecting the evolution from the traditionalAgricultural Engineering towards the emerging Biosystems Engineering discipline.In Italy the advanced coursework of an existing or a future structured 3rd cyclestudy program may benefit from the enrichment-adaptation of the core curricula ofthe first two cycles developed under the USAEE-TN, because these core curriculacan be the basis of a European PhD program.In Italy it is possible to propose a new structured 3rd cycle program, jointly withother institutions in Europe.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Pagine111-119
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2009

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