The partners of this project are “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacău and Università della Svizzera italiana from Lugano.

Università della Svizzera italiana from Lugano is Switzerland’s most international university. It is distinctive in the Swiss university system because of the originality of its degree curricula and areas of research. Its relatively contained size and numbers assure direct interaction between the members of the academic community. The result is a collegiate, dynamic, and multicultural atmosphere, a powerful magnet for motivated students and talented researchers.

Today, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) comprises four faculties, with a student population of 3,000, 65% of which made up of international students from more than 100 different countries. Its taught courses (in Italian and English) cover the whole gamut from Bachelor's to PhD degree programmes.

Università della Svizzera italiana plans to develop new initiatives designed to stimulate and enhance its unique profile within the Swiss universities system. Strategically, Università della Svizzera italiana has chosen to invest in two fields - the computational sciences and medicine - whose future potential is undisputed. No doubt, both fields attract scientific interest; but they are also set to bring substantial benefit to local economic growth, as well as contribute to solving urgent nationwide issues. The university's computational project is well underway and its medicine project is conducting a feasibility study in view of creating a Graduate Medical School for clinical training.

In the booklet entitled Uno sguardo sul futuro dell'USI ("A glimpse into the future of USI"), USI outlines its development plan for the next few years, drawing up possible scenarios looking ahead to 2020. The booklet was written in the belief that sharing your goals takes people that much closer to reaching them.

“Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacău (UVAB) is a medium sized state university, located in Bacău, the capital of Bacău County, in the North-East region of Romania. Since 1961, the university has progressively developed and carried on a tradition in the fields of education and research. With almost 6,000 students and about 250 academic staff, the University is now structured in five faculties: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Faculty of Movement, Sports and Health Sciences.

The international collaborations of UVAB have developed intensively during the last years, including now bilateral agreements with prestigious universities worldwide. Most of these agreements have been concluded in the framework of the European programmes Erasmus, Tempus, Leonardo da Vinci. At the moment, UVAB has 94 inter-institutional agreements with universities from 25 countries in Europe and Asia. There are also collaborations with universities in Canada and Africa. Since 2004, UVAB is a member of the University Agency of Francophony (AUF). These partnerships offer us the opportunity to experience changes, to have student and teacher mobilities and joint academic, research and strategy programmes.

In 2013, the University has been evaluated by European University Association within the framework of the project “Performance in Research, Performance in Teaching – Quality, Diversity, and Innovation in Romanian Universities”. The evaluation report can be found here.