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Welcome Università to the degli International Studi di Bergamo PhD School in HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS CQIA Centro di Ateneo per la qualità dell insegnamento e dell apprendimento Welcome to the International PhD School in Human Capital Formation and Labour Relations Associazione per gli studi internazionali e comparati sul diritto del lavoro e sulle relazioni industriali The three years spent as a PhD student in our doctoral program will mark a turning point in your professional and academic career. The PhD School in Human Capital Formation and Labour Relations is set up by Adapt (Association for Comparative and International Studies in the field of Labour Law and Industrial Relations) and CQIA (Academy for Teaching and Learning Quality) in collaboration with the University of Bergamo. We establish partnerships with prominent institutions and some of the most important Italy-based enterprises operating worldwide. Internships, planned tours of the companies, and conferences are provided, with the aim of opening a window on the working world, and to give your research a practical perspective, that is what companies in today s labour market look for. Whether you want to carry out research in an international and interdisciplinary environment with an open door academic policy, supported by a mentor supervising your work, or to take your first steps in the world of work in a well-known business, our PhD program offers you both. By combining individualized programmes and a multidisciplinary approach, our School aims at creating recognized professionals speaking a common language that connects both the field of education and labour relations. Be they HR managers, legal experts, or education consultants, our doctoral students will develop a set of skills enabling them to compete for a number of job positions in a flexible way, to meet employment demand and face an ever-changing job market. You can benefit from our global network including worldwide institutions and universities, with the opportunity to attend international conferences, join our Summer School, and spend a research-period abroad. Be it a friendship or a working relationship, such networking might help you to build and develop your career further in the coming years. Our School has a reputation for connecting university and business. In this respect, our students are provided with the opportunity to carry out their research 2 as interns in the enterprise funding their scholarship over the three-year period. However, even those who opt for a more academic program can experience short-term internship as well. As a pathway to a bright future, we focus on mentoring, while encouraging independence. A tutor will supervise your research and offer advice. Foreign students can also rely on a senior student, who will help them during their stay in Italy. Furthermore, you will be asked to participate in public speaking, to join teaching and tutoring activities, to edit and write articles for our on-line publications and journals, and to help in setting up the annual PhD student symposium. We are committed to making your three-year experience successful. In order to create an outstanding team, we carefully select our candidates and provide them with necessary instruments to succeed. Imagine a career that takes you anywhere you want to go. Our International PhD program will help you taking the first steps. We are looking forward to your application, whatever your nationality or field of study is! Prof. G. Bertagna, Prof. M. Tiraboschi WHY A PHD? Once graduated, you will find yourself having many opportunities. A PhD is the highest academic qualification you can earn. Our School is unique since it is not a one-way street. Not only does it give you the opportunity to focus on research and to develop expertise in a specific field of study, but it provides a stepping stone to the labour market. Our students and we are always in close contact with companies, public institutions, trade unions and employers organizations. Our doctoral candidates leave our School with a wealth of competence and skills, which will help them to find high-level jobs in the labour market. 3 OUR STUDENTS What makes the International PhD in Human Capital Formation and Labour Relations so special? Barbara, Austria Giuseppe, Italy This PhD program has an international and interdisciplinary approach, as providing a kind of education I could not find in my country. As a part of my internship in the company, I mainly deal with HR Management and Labour Relations. It is amazing the opportunities provided by this PhD!. Lisa, Italy This PhD is going to be a milestone in my educational and professional career: thanks to a tailor made research project I can design my job profile. The School is a terrific experience!. 4 Being part of such a motivating environment and experiencing international opportunities make the School a once-in-a-lifetime chance to grow, not only in career terms. Rossana, Italy Serena, Italy What I like of this School is that, unlike other PhDs in Italy, there is a high number of students, with much room for growth and discussion. I have chosen this PhD course because it offers an integrated training and allows to turn the acquired knowledge during the training period into working experience. Ailed, Cuba 5 ACADEMIC PROGRAM Credits (ECTS European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) The total of credits which are earned over the three-year period is equal to 180 (60 per year). Credits are awarded to those students attending courses, seminars and conferences organized by the School or together with other schools and doctoral programs, and to those involved in a number of activities, such as teaching and tutoring, editing, training, practical sessions, internship, as well as the drafting of the dissertation. Depending on the activity 1 ECTS corresponds to 25 hours that you can earn either attending 6 hours of compulsory courses (in-class teaching, academic courses) plus 19 hours of individual study or with 25 hours resulting from the participation in seminars, conferences, independent research, exams preparation, etc. First Year (60 ECTS) In the first year, the focus is on in-class teaching and seminars, aiming to provide our students with necessary skills to carry out research on an independent basis, and to write articles for international scientific journals. In addition, these compulsory courses help to build a common language in our interdisciplinary program. Alongside with compulsory lectures, students will be offered the opportunity to broaden their knowledge at a scientific level, through advanced courses and specialized seminars. Credits are awarded for: seminars/courses/conferences (max 25 ECTS, 15 of them compulsory); extra research activity (max 5 ECTS); editorial work (max 30 ECTS, 10 of them compulsory); teaching (max 5 ECTS); 6 internship (max 40 ECTS); research for the dissertation (10 ECTS compulsory). Welcome event/phd Students Symposium At the beginning of the academic year, students of our School set up a symposium, where they present and discuss their research projects, outlining the topic of their dissertation. Here new students are welcomed, and they are also asked to introduce themselves and to present the project to be developed over the three years. Compulsory Programs 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (2 ECTS, 12 hours) This seminar provides scientific research method, focusing on how to use databases, develop a research proposal and organize the work for your dissertation. The seminar will take place in the second half of the first year. At the end of the seminar, students will be asked to set up the symposium, where they present their dissertation project. 2 English for Academic Purposes (3 ECTS, 18 hours) As our students have different mother tongues, the seminar provides them with a necessary working knowledge of English, enabling them to communicate at a scientific level. They will learn to speak and write for an international audience and acquire the terminology used in the study areas of the doctoral School. The seminar will be held in the first half of the first year. 3 Proposal Writing (2 ECTS, 12 hours) Researchers often resort to national or international funding for their projects. In this seminar, students will learn how to put their ideas into a structured project proposal, developing timetables and financial plans. The course will take place in the second half of the first year. 7 4 Comparative Labour Law (4 ECTS, 24 hours) The course will provide basic knowledge of Labour Law while comparing different national legislation. The aim is to create a common language for the PhD candidates, that forms the basis of our interdisciplinary approach. 5 Educational Sciences and School-to-Work Transition (4 ECTS, 24 hours) This course will provide the fundamentals of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences. The School-to-Work Transition is a multidisciplinary subject area focusing on youth unemployment, apprenticeship and other tools dealing with work placement for young people. Optional Programs Starting from the first year, our School provides a number of optional courses, seminars and conferences dealing with the main research areas. Students can participate in guided tours of companies organized by Adapt or the School, or attend language courses set up by the Linguistic Center of the University of Bergamo. Foreign students can take language courses to gain basic knowledge of Italian. Second Year (60 ECTS) Depending on their research project, our second-year students are offered an ad hoc program including optional and advanced courses. They will continue to attend conferences and company tours and may be asked to held classes for undergraduates or other doctoral students. PhD candidates have the opportunity to take a research-period abroad and to attend the Adapt International Summer School. In addition, students in their second year will organize the PhD students symposium together with the first-year students, providing public speaking presentations involving their research projects. Credits are awarded for: seminars/courses/presentations of the research topic (15 ECTS, 5 of them 8 compulsory); research for PhD dissertation (20 ECTS); extra research activities (max 20 ECTS); editorial work (max 20 ETCS); teaching (max 15 ECTS); internship (max 50 ECTS). Third Year (60 ECTS) In the third year, besides participating into the ordinary activities promoted by the School (conferences, teaching, seminars, etc.), our PhD candidates will focus on the drafting of their dissertation. As a final examination to be sit at the end of the year, students have to submit and discuss their dissertation. Credits are awarded for: research for dissertation (30 ECTS); editorial work (max 5 ECTS); seminars (max 10 ECTS); extra research activities (max 24 ECTS); internship (max 30 ECTS). The PhD schools program at a glance First Year Second Year Third Year Welcome session/phd students symposium Compulsory courses Research projects presentation Optional/Advanced courses PhD students symposium Summer School Experiences abroad Dissertation: research and drafting Final examination Internship Mentoring Workshops and Conferences Company tours 9 AFTER THE PHD After completing the PhD, you will be ready to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in the field of Education and Labour relations. In addition to a theoretical background, the practical approach of our School will also grant you necessary working experience to take up new challenges in the world of work. You might want to apply for a post as a researcher in an international organization, become an Industrial Relations specialist or a HR manager, as well as an Education consultant. Whatever your choice is, you are prepared to succeed. 10 KEY FACTS FOR CLASS 2010 Admissions Applications: 400 Admitted: 47 Scholarships: 27 Students involved in internship programs: 12 Graduate Majors Law and Political Sciences: 52% Educational and Social Sciences: 40% Maths and Tech Disciplines: 5% Economics: 3% Admission Requirements Applicants must hold a degree awarded in Italy under the rules in force before the reform of academic qualifications, an Italian higher degree (laurea magistrale) or an equivalent foreign degree. We welcome applications from all field of studies, although our doctoral students are mainly graduated in Law, Economics, Sociology and Educational Sciences (see Key Facts). A good knowledge of English is required. How to apply The admission procedure will start in autumn 2010, and the deadline for applications will be published on The application has to be submitted on-line, and has to include: 11 Curriculum Vitae (the format is published on labour); 2 letters of recommendation written by Italian or foreign academics and/or professionals; a degree certificate listing the exams taken and marks reviewed; the list of publications (if any); the research project written in English or Italian (the format is published on the website of the School). Selection A first selection will be based on the academic qualifications of the applicants and their research project. Pre-selected applicants will be called for an interview focus on their research project and their motivations to enroll in the PhD School, held at the University of Bergamo or via videoconference on Skype. The results will be available on-line soon after the selection. Scholarships and Tuition There is a limited number of scholarships available, which are allocated according to the ranking of the selection of the candidates. The annual amount of each scholarship is 13, Euros, subject by law to social security contribution (INPS). Scholarships are funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, the University of Bergamo and Adapt, and by private institutions. In order to enroll on the School, all students have to pay a registration fee of Euros. Scholarship recipients are exempted from paying enrolment and attendance fees. 12 FAQ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS I have a foreign degree. Is there any special procedure for the recognition of my degree in Italy? EU and foreign students holding a qualification that has not yet been declared equivalent to the required Italian Degree, must explicitly ask for recognition in their application (exclusively for the purpose of entering the Doctoral Course) in order to be admitted to selection, attaching the documents necessary for recognition of bona fide equivalence by the Course Coordinator; these must be translated into Italian or English and legalized by the competent Italian Representation under the regulations governing the admission of foreign students to degree courses in Italian universities. Does the University of Bergamo provide accommodation? According to available funding, single furnished rooms in shared apartments might be provided. Alternatively, it is up to the student, supported by senior students, to look for accommodation. Is there any assistance provided to obtain Visa and health insurance? As a European citizen, you can stay in Italy for three months without register. After three months you have to register at the Anagrafe (General Registry Office) of the town. For information about how to obtain visas, please contact the Embassy of your country in Italy. No health insurance is provided by the University of Bergamo or the PhD School. European citizens holding the European model E -106 or E-109 (please contact your compulsory health insurance!) can register with the Italian national health service. For further details, please talk to your health insurance. 13 Will I be reimbursed for travel expenses? Travel expenses will be refunded whereas participating in conferences or seminars held outside Bergamo. Nevertheless, reimbursement for expenses is at the discretion of the PhD Council and is provided on the basis of available funding. Is knowledge of the Italian language required? Compulsory courses of the School are held in English and your specific PhD program will be set up on the basis of your language skills. Of course, in order to live in Italy you will need a basic knowledge of Italian, which you can acquire by attending language courses in Bergamo. In addition, a senior student will help you to deal with legal procedures and with every kind of issues during your stay in Italy. THE UNIVERSITY OF BERGAMO The existence of a large university structure in the city of Bergamo dates back to Nowadays, the University of Bergamo, thanks to its constant drive for the renewal and broadening of its structures and of the courses that it offers, consists of six faculties (Economics and Business Administration, Educational Studies, Engineering, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Human Sciences, Law), seventeen three-year (level one) degree courses, seventeen twoyear (level two) degree courses and a single cycle second level degree in Law. The Faculties are spread over the old town (Città alta) and the new town (Città bassa) of Bergamo, which is a town and province in Lombardy, about 40 km northeast of Milan. Bergamo is home to 14 approximately 120,000 habitants and located near the foothills of the Alps and some of the most beautiful Italian lakes, like Lago di Garda, Lago d Iseo, and Lago di Como. ABOUT US CQIA The Academy for Teaching and Learning Quality of the University of Bergamo, set up in 2005, aims at promoting and developing study and research, together with institutional and private bodies, supported by the faculties and the departments of the University. CQIA also promotes vocational training and professional development for teachers and managers, providing support, monitoring and evaluation of reform and innovation processes in terms of teaching and learning quality. For further information please visit Adapt The Association for International and Comparative Studies in the field of Labour Law and Industrial Relations is a non-profit organization set up by Marco Biagi in 2000 with the aim of promoting research in the field of Industrial and Labour Relations from a comparative and an international perspective. The main purpose of Adapt is to provide an innovative method of carrying out academic research, while developing long-term relationships with businesses, organizations, institutions and other institutes for advanced studies. For further information please visit 15 CONTACTS To know more: Further information can be obtained by mailing us at:
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