OUR PARTNERS, OBJECTIVES AND TARGET GROUPS
Our partners are chosen according to their reliability and often after the visit of some teachers of the Institute, who come to our conservatoire by means of a teaching exchange. Suggestions coming from the students are also welcomed and we try to increase the possibility for the students to go abroad for a mobility period. Basically two main points are taken into consideration when choosing our partners: the compatibility of the curriculum offered and the variety of subjects taught which can result in a greater educational choice for our students.
Now our partners are from different European countries, but we aim to enlarge our network including underdeveloped countries and non EU countries. In some cases we cooperated with South American Universities and with American HEI. Needless to say, we supported non EU exchanges such as Turandot Project, which we firmly believe is an excellent opportunity to explore new teaching systems and new cultures.
The target groups of our mobility activities are 1st and 2nd cycle students, as well as the students of the upper classes of the “Vecchio Ordinamento” (the accademic system in force before the creation of 1st and 2nd level degrees), but we also try to make younger students understand the importance of a transnational education by means of specific projects and masterclasses with foreign Professors.
The most important objectives to achieve are:
- The creation of a multicultural environment where students and teachers can learn from foreign experiences;
- The increase in the number of incoming and outgoing staff and students
- The promotion of working experiences abroad
The administrative staff mobility is highly encouraged in orther to estabilish a fruitful cooperation of managerial practices and the quick solution of administrative problems.
Our Institution also aims to cooperate with foreign university in order to develop joint degrees. This project will be carried out with the help of the Consorzio dei Conservatori del Veneto, which groups all the seven Conservatoires in our region.
ORGANISATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION PROJECTS
In order to increase the outgoing and incoming mobility, our Conservatoire starts from the already tight relations with local and European partners. We have been noticing how a wise, careful and open minded musical study not only works for the musical career itself, but plays a crucial – and very positive – role in the fields in which the student mind’s engaged.
For example, some of our students attending the old studies’ course (ordinamento tradizionale) are also brilliant physicists or biologists at the university. The creativity and flexibility that they demonstrate in their mutual scientific fields is a consequence of the musical training they undergo. All this let brought us to a closer contact with some universities nearby ( Cà’ Foscari in Venice, Padua, etc.) aiming to exploit more and more the fruitful interaction between the fields we are working in.
We consider the mobility as a key factor for the implementing and strengthening of the quality policy pursued by our institution. In particular, the experience tells us that each student or professor coming back from an international project works as a quality multiplier, since she or he will have a lively exchange of ideas with her/his colleagues, pointing out the fields in which we can and should improve , and the other in which we already have achieved a competitive level, or a leading, preeminent position. Since the situation is always extremely fluid, we seem , we see as vital that we continue to pursue this strategy of open communications and comparison between institutions.
Another action that will be carried out is the enlargement of the partners’ network which should include not only HEIs, but also enterprisers such as EU and non-EU orchestras and theatres. These relationships should bridge the gap among cultures and create a multicultural music environment which, needless to say, will contribute to offer new challenges to our students and teachers.
Referring to thre 5 priorities indicated in the modernization agenda, we have so far been able to notice that:
1) The strategy of the Conservatoire to increase the number of graduates consists in offering a wider range of courses also for young children. This should make the educational path “vertical”, assuring a successful achievement of the main skills required. Our efforts are also directed towards focussed meeting with children from primary and secondary school. Not only our students’ level is increasing (as a result of the many applicants coming from foreign countries, which allow us to operate a more careful selection between them) but we have also been able to implement new study’s plans which include non traditional topics (video and film music, electronic music, etc.) which have turned out to produce an output in term of professional careers that is highly appreciate in Europe.
2) In order to improve the quality and relevance of higher education, our institution offers courses for teachers and staff (both on administrative and in music topics) in order to grant a lifelong learning. An increase in the students and teachers mobility will of course improve the quality of HE. Our efforts will also include a larger variety of study modes (eg. Part time) and the exploitation of information communication technology to make learning easier and less time-consuming.
3) In order to improve mobility and cross-border cooperation we aim to enlarge our network of partners, enhancing both incoming and outgoing mobility, we strive to improve the language skills of our staff as well as of the incoming students and we will do our best to eliminate barriers which prevent students from approaching a period abroad. We will also ensure a quick and efficient recognition of the credits gained during a mobility abroad.
4) “Knowledge triangle” work: the Italian region (Veneto) our conservatory is located in is the one in which the ancient, magnificent culture of the republic of Venice, the Renaissance Illuminist’s heritage meets the most dynamic entrepreneurial initiative (we just need to think of Benetton, Diesel, Safilo, Luxottica which are all located in our territory). Therefore, it comes very naturally from both sides to look for the most profitable forms of cooperation between the classic culture we are cultivating and teaching and the innovative power that our economic forces own. During the last years we have put in practice a lot of interconnected projects (cycles of concerts, conferences, lectures and multimedia events, among others) with the above mentioned enterprises.
5) Through having access to alternative sources of founding is not easy for Italian public institution, our Conservatoire will do its best to cooperate with local companies in order to get extra funds. For this reason we plan to put online a new website which will grant us more visibility. If getting new funds is not so easy we plan we plan to carry out a spending review and to invest on H.R. in order to achieve greater results with less money investments.