The Faculty of Economics Marco Biagi was founded in Modena in 1968.
The authoritativeness of its teaching staff as well as the quality of its research have been attracting students from all over the country ever since. In January 1994 the Faculty moved to its present site, the “Foro Boario” – a monumental building once belonging to the House of Este – at 51, Viale J. Berengario. The Faculty’s distinctive features have always been its ample and qualified didactic activity and its wide-ranging research activities, often carried out jointly with both public and private, domestic and foreign, institutions. The adoption of a system of evaluation of courses by the students – which started in 1989 – and the prompt implementation of the university reform as of the year 2000 witness the Faculty’s willingness to accept innovation in its didactic activity. Approximately 3,000 students are enrolled, with freshmen averaging over 500. More than 200 courses are taught by 71 instructors. The students/instructor ratio of 40/1 provides for effective, high-quality teaching. Courses are also taught by experts and consultants from different professions.In the past year, the number of graduates per annum has been over 400, with a percentage of students getting their degree within the prescribed time being significantly above the national average. Ninety per cent of our graduates, who find a full-time job within one year after graduation, acknowledge the relevance of their degree in their working experience.
A wide network of international relations
As far as research is concerned, the Faculty has established a widespread network of international relations. Besides, it cooperates with a number of foreign universities in the Socrates and Leonardo EU Programmes, which give students the opportunity to attend courses offered by the main European Universities or to work as interns in foreign companies.
A close relationship with the world of work
The Faculty was one of the first in Italy to establish a Work Experience Scheme, staffed by people with high levels of experience in careers guidance.The Placement Service promotes and manages a system of work experience placements through a consolidated network of contacts with national and international entrepreneurs’ associations, public and private companies, as well as national and international institutions and foundations. The W.E.S. allows the student to undertake quality training on the job under a dual — company and Faculty — tutorship. The Faculty arranges over 200 placements each year, both in European and in non-European countries. The W.E.S. is continuously expanded, with the aim of providing every student with a significant opportunity for practical training and careers guidance in local, national and foreign companies and institutions.
Lecture rooms and premises for effective teaching
Teaching takes place at the Foro Boario and Viale Fontanelli premises, which are just 150 metres apart. The Faculty has two main 230-seat lecture halls, which can be connected by means of audio-video-data equipment, plus a sizeable number of classrooms, accommodating altogether more than 1,500 students. Each classroom is equipped with a computer-connected video-projector.
One of the richest, most up-to-date Economics Libraries
The Faculty Library — which can accommodate 320 people — has about 150.000 books, more than 4.000 periodicals, 474 on line magazines and 20 databases, covering not only the more traditional disciplinary fields of an Economics Faculty (business studies, economics and politics, statistics and mathematics, law), but devoting its attention also to the social sciences as a whole — from sociology to anthropology to foreign languages.
Besides its traditional services (20 internet points and 12 PCs), the Library offers catalogue consultation through the Internet, national and international inter-library lending and document delivery service, CD-ROM and on-line consultation of databases, and expert advice on bibliographical research.
Laboratories equipped with the latest technologies
The Language Laboratories, with 60 stations equipped for teacher-student and student-student interaction, provide backup for in-class teaching activities in the main European languages. The Computer Laboratories, equipped with 90 PCs, are employed in teaching, research by students, word-processing, scanning of images or texts, and Web surfing. Each student is assigned a personal e-mail address.
More than just study
The Faculty also hosts social and cultural activities organised by the students and their organisations, among which film debates, the students’ press, discussion groups, sports competitions and social events. For active participation in Faculty life, a precious source of information and guidance is the Students’ Office. The Association of Economics Graduates (ALE), with its meetings and events for alumnae and alumni, strengthens the Faculty’s links with the city and its economy.
How to get to the Faculty
The Faculty is located in the centre of Modena and is very easy to reach:
- from the bus station (just 100 metres away)
- from the railway station (about 400 metres away) either on foot, along viale Monte Kosica, viale Fontanelli and then viale Berengario, or by bus: bus n 1 (Villaggio Zeta) or n 4 (Galilei)
- by car (the nearest motorway exit is Modena Nord; a large car park is available)
- by plane: the closest airport is Bologna Airport, Aereoporto Guglielmo Marconi (BLQ).
From there, you can have two alternatives:
- take a shuttle bus connecting the Airport to Bologna’s train station and then take a train to Modena;
- take the shuttle bus connecting Bologna Airport directly to the town of Modena. You must get off the bus at the Modena bus station.