U of A Rome Center Aims to Expand Opportunities for Students, Faculty
The University of Arkansas Rome Center plans to create new courses and programs that would attract students from a wider range of academic disciplines to the Italian campus.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Administration of the University of Arkansas Rome Center will be relocated to the Graduate School and International Education, effective July 1. The Rome Center was founded in and is currently part of the academic programs of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.
The center’s academic course offerings have centered on architecture and design for the nearly 30 years the Rome campus has been part of the U of A. The move into the Graduate School and International Education is intended to lead to the development of more inclusive international programs, while maintaining the strength and reputation of the design programs.
More than 100 U of A students studied at the Rome Center during the 2015-16 academic year. Though the center’s current academic programs garner considerable student interest, one of the primary objectives for the Rome Center moving forward is to create a larger offering of year-round academic programs that would attract students from a wider range of disciplines.
“Our center prides itself on being adaptable and ready to work with our partners to provide engaging courses and programs for our visiting students,” said Davide Vitali, director of the Rome Center and professor of architecture. “We are excited by the opportunity to integrate more fully with the University of Arkansas campus community.”
Vitali, who has been with the Rome Center since its inception, is credited with having the vision to expand its academic programming. The Rome campus’ reputation for quality programs has led to the development of partnerships with eight academic institutions over the past decade: Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, Ohio State University, Philadelphia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Texas Tech University and the University of Tennessee. The center is also an active participant and leader in the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy.
“We have a goal of building new courses and programs that would appeal to University of Arkansas students, but would also be accessible to all students within the U of A system as well as students from the Rome Center’s partner institutions,” said Curt Rom, associate dean for International Education. “Our recent agreement with the City Museums of Rome to foster student research, practicums and residencies is just one example of where we are headed.”
Students interested in studying at the Rome Center can find more information by contacting the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange.
About the Graduate School and International Education: The Graduate School and International Education supports the strategic goals of the University of Arkansas to continue its status as a university with very high research activity as determined by the Carnegie Foundation for Secondary Education. The school offers programs in more than 80 fields leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. The school also facilitates intercultural and international experiences to increase global competencies for the university and assists in the development of international, interdisciplinary and graduate programs.
About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.
Amanda Cantu, director of communications
Graduate School and International Education
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