University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) has a longstanding tradition (it was founded in 1175) and is considered one of the best universities in Italy for teaching and research. It is ranked 2nd among public universities according to Italy’s leading financial daily, and among the top 8 medium-sized Italian universities by the Times Higher Education Ranking 2011-2012. UNIMORE, which has just over 27,000 students including 3,500 postgraduates, is large enough to offer all the facilities one would expect from a major university (well-stocked libraries, computer rooms, free internet connection and study support services) but small enough to retain a personal and friendly learning environment. UNIMORE is composed of 13 Departments, offering a wide range of degree programmes at undergraduate level, right up to doctoral studies in most disciplinary areas, from the humanities and social sciences to engineering and technology, and from physical and natural sciences to medicine and life sciences. It has over 300 international exchange agreements and cooperation programs to encourage students to actively interact in a globalized world. It is located in two of the most multicultural cities in Italy and 6% of the student body is non-Italian. The University offers numerous facilities and services designed specifically for its international students. UNIMORE benefits from a longstanding relationship with the area’s firms and corporations, which provide private support for university research and a unique opportunity for on-the-job training before graduation. Statistics show that graduates from the University have excellent job prospects, well above the national average.
The beneficiary organization is the Integrated Business Faculty – Skopje, from the Republic of North Macedonia. IBF is a private HEI formed in 2005, with around 600 active students, offering studies focused on business and economy. One of the main goals in the current programme of the institution is the internationalization of studies, currently implemented through the Erasmus+ programme through students and staff mobility.
Including e-learning and distance learning systems would greatly affect the internationalization strategy, by providing modern tools to students from geographically disperse areas, both at regional and international level. Through the combination of e-learning and distance learning, IBF will develop capabilities for international cooperation on a deeper level with other EU HEIs, also improving the chances of participating in international and EU projects.