The Bologna UI GreenMetric Workshop : Highlighting the Commitment of Italian Universities Towards a Sustainable 360°
The seminar was organized by the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in collaboration with RUS (Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile), that was held on Friday, 29 September 2017. This oldest university in the western world, dated from 1088 plays the role of Coordinator of Network Hub for UI GreenMetric. The Bologna GreenMetric workshop was aimed to highlight the commitment of Italian universities towards a sustainable 360° approach in terms of infrastructures, green area, energy, mobility, and education. It was attended by more than 60 participants from 30 Universities.
The workshop was opened by Vice Rector Mirko Degli Esposti. Subsequently, the Italian university network for sustainable development (RUS) was presented by Alessandra Bonoli of the University of Bologna. Subsequently, a testimony from Mara Magni, a Ph.D. Student from the University of Bologna that goes from Bologna to Norway by bike as the traces of sustainability was presented with an interesting video of the involvement of you generations toward sustainability.
In the first session, UI GreenMetric Chairperson, Prof. Riri Fitri Sari, presented the trends and current development in UI GreenMetric World University Rankings and Methodology. Mr. Junaidi, an Expert Member of UI GreenMetric, showcased the ranking’s structure and indicators in details and UI GreenMetric data submission process. Italian participants asked several issues concerning how to properly represent the specificity of the Italian universities for the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.
In the second session, in the afternoon, Academic rankings and their impact were discussed and was chaired by Mirko Degli Esposti, Vice Rector, Università di Bologna. This session invited a journalist from La Repubblica, Corrado Zunino, to share and discuss how can media help to raise awareness of the meaning and proper use of UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.
The last session presented case studies and good practices in order to share organizational and strategic solutions in the field of sustainability, there are 2 parts of the session. In the first part, this session chaired by Luciana Sacchetti, Research Quality Valorisation Unit of Università di Bologna shared about the comparison of choices and criteria adopted for data transfer. The speakers such as Marta Cardin, professor, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, Elena Forti, ranking officer, Università di Torino, Monica Cazzolle, ranking officer, Università di Bari, and Olivia Benardi, Unibo Sostenibile, Università di Bologna. Subsequently, Good practice in communicating the academic strategy for sustainability (in Italian) was the second part of this session. The moderator was Prof. Marta Cardin of Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia. This session was presented by Fabio Pranovi, Delegate for Sustainability, from Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Sergio Scamuzzi, Vice Rettore alla Comunicazione di Ateneo, from Università di Torino, Angelo Paletta, delegato al Bilancio, from Università di Bologna, and Prof. Angelo Tursi from Università di Bari.
During the visit to the University of Bologna, UI GreenMetric Team had the opportunity to visit the campuses of the University of Bologna, which are scattered in the beautiful medieval city of Bologna, and some anglo saxon like campuses in the outskirts of the city such as the Faculty of Agriculture. The university has many programs for sustainability, large Gardens, and Green Building. As the place where the 1988 Magna Charta Universitatum were signed, the university has been a historical place in which the Bologna Process and Student Mobility programs were initiated. The Rectorate building of Palazzo Poggi has a great old library from the year 1750 and Museum of science with a rich historical collection.
During the morning session, UI GreenMetric Team discussed several issues with University of Bologna’s Rector Francesco Umbertini, and attended the welcoming session for more than 1000 international student at the Piazza Maggiore, as well as witnessed the European Research night that has been organised in 14 spots around the city to communicate research to the society.