The University of Trento strives to continuously improve itself, both to maintain the excellent positions it has already reached and to innovate in a sustainable and balanced way. The guidelines adopted therefore aim to maintain a constant and high level of focus on priority matters.
A Multidisciplinary Approach
Developing maximum knowledge within each disciplinary field is a founding principle for every university.
This must however stimulate the capacity to connect different disciplinary fields, including within a given course of study, in order to provide students with the capability to find innovative ways to tackle the challenges posed by our times.
The ability to bring together skills from different disciplinary fields, creating shared working environments and collaborations among students and researchers with different skills to solve common research problems, must become a natural part of the everyday life of the University, both in teaching and in research.
A multidisciplinary university is also a place that stimulates people to be more open, curious, creative and open to new experiences.
The University is committed to respecting the principles and implementation criteria of its quality policies, described in the document “Politiche di Ateneo per la Qualità”.
The University will pursue quality in four directions: quality of education - by maintaining the quality of study programs; satisfying students’ expectations as regards equality, length of studies, and results achieved; experimenting with teaching methodologies that better facilitate learning; and offering cross-sector competencies, in an environment open to curiosity and discussion in which the culture of innovation and the sense of belonging to a scientific community play an important role; quality and visibility of research – by achieving remarkable results that are recognized by the scientific community, offering an environment in which researchers can perform their work independently and with freedom, and facilitating access to funding and participation in competitive open calls; quality in the third mission – by offering opportunities for discussion, information exchange, and sharing of knowledge and technological innovation with local organizations and citizens; quality of organization – by simplifying and optimizing processes and procedures to allow all University members to focus on their core activity, taking full advantage of competencies and merit.
The people who work and study at our University are the main driver for its development and success. A community of people grows through experiences outside of its usual context and renews itself by attracting and integrating new and talented individuals, with different areas of expertise and capabilities. Fundamental aspects that increase the attractiveness of the University include a favourable working and studying environment, efficient research support services, the perception of equality of treatment, opportunities for individual growth (and thus individual responsibility and independence), the ability to receive training to face future challenges, and the opportunity to exercise in quality sports facilities.
A good reputation gives the University’s research outputs a wider dissemination at the international level; encourages the sharing of data and research results; attracts researchers, academics and students from other national and international institutions; places the University in a good position to compete for funding in Europe and worldwide; creates professional development opportunities for all (academic staff, young researchers, graduates and students) in a global setting and brings research results into the arena of global systems.
A university with a good reputation is without any doubt an attractive university which, in a virtuous circle, attracts and re-attracts quality elements.
Despite the advantages offered by its relatively small size, the University of Trento has always been very active in establishing alliances at a regional level with local organizations, facilitating networking among organizations with different and complementary characteristics and encouraging intra-sector collaborations. However, it is essential to strengthen cooperation within the natural reference area of the University - its neighbouring regions and Euregio - and to experiment with new forms of increased cooperation with other organizations in Europe and beyond.
Putting people at the centre
The University is a community of people who share a passion for knowledge. Its mission is to facilitate access to knowledge, to encourage the development of individual abilities and to provide a constructive and cooperative environment for personal growth. The University has a responsibility towards the future of young people who are building their life and therefore need to show their potential, their initiative, their independence, and their desire to play their part. Within the context of the relationship between effort, results and recognition, it is important to ensure that no student is excluded or left behind for reasons other than their own desires or abilities.
Inclusiveness, equality and respect for diversity
The University has a responsibility to provide knowledge to citizens and to contribute to social and cultural development, and this includes promoting inclusiveness and respect for diversity in order to fight all forms of discrimination based on gender identity, ethnicity, political orientation, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or employment contract conditions. The University remains committed to eliminating all architectural barriers in its departments and centres and to establishing a network of collaborations with other universities and institutions at the international level to share services and best practices in order to promote the international mobility of students with a disability or with special educational needs. It is also aware that more must be done to increase the efficiency of the contact people system and to correct imbalances and ensure equal opportunities for all, using the Plan for positive action, which outlines the University’s objectives, strategies and policies in this area.
Scientific productivity, quality of services and the achievement of results must go hand in hand with environmental conditions that ensure health, safety and wellbeing to all members of the University community. Several initiatives are in place to combat physical and psychological discomfort and workplace-related stress and to adopt policies aimed at finding a balance between work and family life. The University of Trento works to increase the sense of belonging and cohesion among all the people who participate in its organization.
To promote wellbeing at work the University must also offer its community the opportunity to adopt a healthy lifestyle and to enjoy a stimulating environment through, among other things, sport and cultural activities.
Ensuring academic integrity
The University aims to advance its policies and instruments to combat plagiarism, falsification, and data manipulation.
Flexible organization and efficient management
The University of Trento continues its innovation and improvement process by increasing its organizational flexibility. To reduce spending it is necessary to analyse administrative procedures in order to optimize the use of equipment and human resources, including teaching and administrative personnel, taking all stakeholders into account. Monitoring the University’s organization and processes also includes managing operational risks. The University will adopt appropriate tools, in compliance with the legislation in force regarding transparency and corruption.
To maintain its credibility and look to the future, the University must consider the problem of the sustainability of its activities and make a set of timely and necessary choices. The sustainability of a University involves many dimensions (human resources, financial resources, infrastructure) and requires flexibility, critical thinking, and competitiveness to find the necessary resources and react to change.
In addition to this, the University of Trento also promotes specific initiatives aimed at building a more consolidated focus on environmental sustainability.