The Rector

Paolo Collini has been the Rector of the University of Trento since 1, April 2015. His mandate will cover the period 2015-2021.

Prof. Paolo Collini

Paolo Collini (born in Vicenza, on 12 May 1959) graduated in Economics at the University Ca’ Foscari (Venice), he then attended a Master of Science in Business Administration at the Boston University School of Management and then a PhD course in Business Economics again at the University of Venice. He has been full Professor at the University of Trento since 2009 and he teaches Business Economics at the Department of Economics and Management.

He has been the Rector of the University of Trento since 1st April 2015, after seating in various institutional structures of the University of Trento. He has been Vice Rector since April 2013, Pro-rector for Teaching activities and as such, coordinator of the working team of the CRUI (Conference of the Rectors of the Italian Universities), on the topic “Inter-university and International Degree courses”. He has been a member of the Academic Senate for various mandates. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics between 2006 and 2012. Further, he has been the Director of the School of International studies and Vice Director of the Department of Computer science and Business Studies.

His academic career started in Venice, at Ca’ Foscari, in 1993, and it then continued thanks to various assignments in Italian and international universities, among which the Catholic University of Lille (IESEG School of Management), the Darthmouth College in New Hampshire (Tuck School), the Boston University (School of Management) and in Italy the Venice International University and the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

From the point of view of his scientific career, he has been active in the European Accounting Association (EIASM member) since 1993, whose Board of Directors he has been a member between 2006 and 2012. He is a member of various national scientific associations, among which AIDEA (Italian Academy of Business Economics), SIDREA (Italian Society of Professors of Business Administration and Economics), SIR (Italian Society of the History of Business Administration) and AIDEA - Giovani (of which he has been President).

As for his scientific publishing activity, he has been a member of the Management Editorial Board of the European Accounting Review and of the Editorial board of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal Management Control and he used to belong to the Scientific Committee of the Journal Performance & Management.

He has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Forum for Competitiveness of the Presidency of the Veneto Region (Italy, 2007-2008) and since 2000 a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the CUOA - Business School, of which he has been the President since 2014. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Trento Festival of Economics since 2008.

His mandate will finish on 31st March 2021.

Duties and responsibilities of the Rector, article no. 4 of the Statute of the University of Trento

  1. The Rector is responsible for the attainment of the objectives of the University of Trento, safeguards the consistency of the strategic guidelines of the different University governance bodies and fosters and coordinates the teaching, training and research activities. The Rector is the legal representative of the University.
  2. In particular the Rector:
    a) prepares, in cooperation with the Academic Senate, the multi-annual University strategic plan and supervises its implementation after the approval of the Board of Directors;
    b) proposes to the Board of Directors the annual and multi-annual budget;
    c) annually submits to the Board of Directors the guidelines regarding the scientific research and the teaching and training activities, as adopted by the Academic Senate;
    d) drafts the annual report on the implementation progress of the University strategic plan and submits it to the Board of Directors, together with the University balance;
    d) appoints three 1st level full professors as members of the Academic Senate;
    f) submits to the Board of Directors, in agreement with the President, the proposed appointment of the General Director;
    g) adopts, in agreement with the President of the Board of Directors, in case of necessity and urgency, the temporary measures regarding the area of responsibility of the Board of Directors, submitting them to be ratified in the first subsequent seat;
    h) appoints the Deputy Director, among the members of the Academic Senate, who replaces the Rector in case of absence or impediment;
    i) carries out all assigned duties and any other tasks which is not expressly responsibility of other governance bodies.  
  3. The Rector stays in office for six years and the mandate is not renewable.