Tools for quality assurance and assessment of Agricultural Engineering programmes, TUNING subject-area lines and disappearing/rare knowledge in Italy

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The quality assurance process applied by Italian State University institutions, in order to achieve some level of internal quality control or assessment for the offered study programmes, is established in the funding criteria of the Ordinary Financing Fund (FFO), decided by the National Committee for the Evaluation of the University System (CNVSU).In most Italian Universities the quality assurance and assessment procedure of the study programmes starts with a report, written by a specific committee, that carries out an internal assessment, by which the strong and weak points of the study programme and the related causes are focused. The quality assurance and assessment procedure appoints three autonomous and independent assessors, who have the task of carrying out an external assessment of the degree study programmes and publishing an evaluation report.In Italian Universities the Faculty Assembly holds the tasks of: setting the education and research objectives and evaluating the success in satisfying them; providing, monitoring and enhancing the intellectual and material resources; demonstrating high standards to external assessors and taking into account their reports; co-operating with representatives of professional bodies for carrying out the examination for accessing the professional activity; planning new programme specifications; monitoring student career progression. The Degree Study Programme Assembly holds the task of approving the study programmes of individual students. Moreover, in Italy the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the region administration and the University academic bodies hold the responsibility of: overseeing academic quality and standards; managing the University education and research strategy; overseeing the development and management of quality assurance procedures; approving Faculty recommendations related to the proposal of new study programmes and/or the discontinuation of existing ones.In Italy the Standard Assessment procedure for students is based on the following principles: students can take an examination for a specific course as many times as they wish; examiners and assessors are appointed by the Faculty Dean, while a specific committee is responsible for University examinations; students are finally examined for their thesis by a Faculty committee.Italian Universities offer a Code of Practice for education and research, which is included in several laws and decrees, that set out the guidelines which must be followed in managing a study programme and designing the related courses.In Italy the typical degree profiles in Agricultural/Biosystems Engineering, for the three study levels, are offered by five University Faculties of Agriculture.As regards the status of rare/disappearing knowledge in Agricultural/Biosystems Engineering studies in Italy, it is needed to focus especially on the following subjects: historical farm buildings and new purposes; agritourism; agricultural museums. In Italy several actions try to protect and revitalise the historical farm buildings and, therefore, create jobs and profit for the local community. The destiny of Italian old buildings mainly depends on the implementation of integrated rural development plans, taking into account the landscaping and environmental functions of farms. Converting historical farm buildings or houses into B&B lodges, farm hotels and restaurants generates a new farm activity called agritourism. In Italy, where more than 1600 farm resorts are available, incentives provided for agritourism have been successful in preventing
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Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2006

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