Advanced Course – Second edition academic year 2016/17

The purpose of the Advanced Course in Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing is to prepare specialists (that is, technicians, social workers, health professionals) with an ability to understand the various aspects of population ageing, so that they can work at a technical and methodological level to improve the quality of life of the affected population.

The Advanced Course is addressed to:

  • Graduates in Information Science, Computer Science, Engineering, or courses with a similar content (or with at least three years of professional experience in relevant areas), with a strong interest in one of the specialization courses offered by the programme in Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing;
  • Graduates in Humanities, Social sciences or health-related subjects in line with the content of the course, with good IT and computer skills and a strong interest in new information technology instruments. Lessons will be mainly in English, therefore a good knowledge of the language is required (at least B1 level).

At the end of the selection procedure, the evaluation committee shall draft the list of successful candidates. The first 20 students on the list are eligible to receive one of the 20 scholarships available, for a monthly amount not exceeding 1,000 euro (depending on the student’s attendance) to cover the total duration of the course.

Presentation of the Course

Active Ageing and Health & Wellbeing have become central issues at European level. The world’s population is ageing and life expectancy is increasing, but living longer does not necessarily mean living better. It is essential that this part of the population maintains a high quality of life. Population ageing is an unprecedented social, political, economic and technological challenge. How can we help ageing people live an active life and be integrated in society? How can we enhance prevention and health promotion policies, especially those aimed at the elderly? Is it possible to improve quality of life in old age? Can we use new technologies to help people who need care?

In this context, education is the base on which to build a global process aimed at finding appropriate solutions to problems that cannot be ignored anymore. Through education and training, we must create a range of professionals with the same level of competence and a different set of skills (and different specializations) who can take on the challenge of population ageing and give appropriate answers at an economic, social, health and technological level in the Health and Wellbeing sector.

Students enrolled in the Course on Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing will receive training on all technological and social aspects relevant to Active ageing, so that they will be able to design appropriate technological solutions to satisfy the needs of the affected population. The course also seeks to provide students with the basic tools necessary for the design, strategic management, assessment and organization of projects, both in terms of industrial research and experimental development.

Structure of the Advanced Course

In the first part of the course, focused on ICT applications in the Health & Wellbeing sector, participants will be learn about this specific subject and the new technologies used in the area. 

Upon conclusion of the compulsory course, participants will have the opportunity to follow:

  1. a technology oriented path (Service Design for Ageing at Home);
  2. a social work training path (Healthy Ageing and Health and Society, Information Technology for the wellbeing of the elderly: the socio-psychological perspective and the clinical perspective).

In order to prepare students for an increasingly expanding Health & Wellbeing market, the course will include specific classes on project management and market orientation. These courses will offer training on the interaction between science, technology and business, entrepreneurship and innovation management, business creativity, etc.

The program of the course is structured as follows:

1. Health & Wellbeing modules:

General course (300 hours): the first group of mandatory modules provides all students with basic principles on the technological and social aspects of Active Ageing.

Specialization course (144 hours): courses focused on technical and social and health-related aspects of Active Ageing.

2. Innovation and entrepreneurship modules:

General course (280 hours): to complement the specialization modules on Active Aging, this group of modules provides basic knowledge on the design, strategic management, assessment and organization of projects, both in terms of industrial research and experimental development.

3. Internship:

Internship (up to 5 months): students will spend some time working with professional staff in research institutions or companies. The internship is an operational experience aimed at developing a final project work on a subject related to the topics of the course. This experience prepares students to enter the labor market.

Upon conclusion of the internship, in the last week of the course, students will present their project work to the class.

Course activation and attendance

The Advanced Course in Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing is scheduled to begin in June 2016; the internship is expected to end in May 2017.

Attendance at classes and other activities is mandatory: participants must attend at least 80% of course lectures and intern activities.

In order to guarantee an appropriate and efficient learning environment, the number of participants will be limited to 30. A minimum number of 10 participants is required to activate the course.

Participation fees and Scholarships

The participation fee is 4,000€, to be paid in two instalments. The fee includes a 100€ reservation fee which must be paid within 7 days from the date of publication of the list of successful candidates. Failure to pay the reservation fee will result in the exclusion from the list of successful candidates.

The first 20 students on the list of selected candidates are eligible to receive one of the 20 scholarships available, for a monthly amount of about 1,000€ (depending on the student’s attendance) to cover the total duration of the course.

Students who will receive the scholarship are required to pay the 100€ reservation fee, but are exempt from paying the participation fee.

Admission requirements

To participate in the selection procedure for the Advanced Course in Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing, candidates must hold:

  1. a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) or a foreign degree deemed suitable by the Evaluation Committee (Master - MA) in disciplines related to the subject matter of the course; or
  2. a Bachelor’s Degree (a three-year degree under Italian ministerial decree 270/2004), with at least three years of work experience relevant to the subject of the course. The work experience must have been acquired in the last five years and must be proved by evidence.

Accepted qualifications include:

  • Master’s degrees under ministerial decree 270/04;
  • Master’s degrees under ministerial decree 509/99;
  • Degrees awarded under laws in force before ministerial decree 509/99;
  • Degrees awarded by foreign universities and deemed suitable by the Evaluation Committee.

Candidates expecting to graduate by the end of July 2016 can also participate in the selection procedure. If they are successful, they will have to submit a copy of their Degree Certificate to the course secretary as soon as possible and before the beginning of the course.

Application process

The notice of selection procedure for the admission to the Advanced Course in Technologies for Active and Healthy Aging has been published, and you can download it in the download box of this page. To participate in the selection, candidates must follow the on-line registration procedure at the following address: http://www.unitn.it/en/apply/serv-studenti 

Candidates must submit all required documents in electronic format.

The deadline to submit your application has been extended to April 22, midnight.

Selection criteria

The Evaluation Committee, which is composed of the organizers of the Advanced Course in Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing, is in charge of the selection procedure.

The general criteria for assessing candidates are:

  1. relevance of their Degree to the contents of the course;
  2. good oral and written knowledge of the English language. Candidates may submit to the committee any relevant national and international qualifications.

The selection process is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievements and relevance to the contents of the course: 40%
  • Motivation: 15%
  • Work and research experience: 20%
  • Knowledge of the English language: 10%
  • Reference letters: 5%
  • Certifications, other qualifications, courses, etc. 10%

In case of equivalent scores or to clear any doubts, the Evaluation Committee might organize Skype calls to interview the candidates.

On completion of the selection procedure, successful candidates and candidates who have been awarded a scholarship, will be notified via email of the outcome. Successful candidates must confirm in writing, within 10 days from the day of the notification, their participation in the course and the acceptance of the scholarship by paying the € 100 reservation fee as per art. 2. Failure to do so will result in the exclusion from the list of successful candidates. Students wishing to leave the course at a later stage must immediately inform the course secretary in order to award the scholarship to another candidate.

The University of Trento positively encourages applications from people in under-represented groups.

Final evaluation of the course participants

Course participants are required to produce a written document at the end of each module of the Advanced Course in Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing.

At the end of the course, the participants will be assessed based on the project works that they wrote during the course and the internship and submitted at the final workshop. The evaluation of this work by the scientific board will complement the evaluation produced by the tutors of the C Module. The final mark is out of 30 points, cum.

Further information

For all information and updates on the Advanced Course in Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing, please see the Web site