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Building Europe

59pmThis course is open to all students enrolled for the 2016-2017 academic year, in master’s degree programs in the Departments of Economics and Finance or Political Science; or in the III, IV or V year of the single-cycle master’s degree program in Law.

The project receives financing from the European Union, as selected by Erasmus+ for 2015-2018.

I. The context of the new EU program

On January 1, 2014 the new EU program for economic and social cohesion was launched, which will support development plans for the European regions until 2020, through the allocation and disbursement of new European Union structural funds. At the same time, the new, directly managed European programs have also been launched, again for the seven 2014-2020 programs, such as Horizon 2020, Life and Creative Europe, while the initiatives financed by the previous program from 2007-2013 are still in full implementation. The Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, presented by the EU Commission at the end of July 2014 shows how, particularly for Italy, there are wide margins of improvement, both in terms of the capability to plan measures and the management of resources and in terms of planning individual initiatives.

In all of its phases, the process involves policy makers, public administrations at various levels, economic drivers, social drivers and the professional world, with new rules and opportunities, both for the governments of member states of the Union and for all subjects, public and private, that intend to propose initiatives to be applied to calls related to the above funds and funding programs.

The Building Europe program is a series of workshops at workplaces or for the use of goods and services, that involve a number of professional figures (involved in planning, fundraising, management, evaluation, reporting and control of a project financed with the assistance of EU funds).

There are, then, workshops at national and local public administrations, entities, organizations in the third sector, schools, research centers and companies who have benefitted or could directly or indirectly benefit from funding from the European Union.

II. Educational goals

Through working and interacting directly with the key players involved in real projects, the educational workshop aims to raise awareness and experiment with the complex life cycle of an EU project, from the conception of the measure through the concrete execution of an initiative financed by European funds, thanks as well to direct experience with a European planning project.

III. Professional skills

The workshop encourages the acquisition of skills that students will be able to use, improve and apply whenever they are involved in future projects for the planning and management of initiatives financed by the EU, in companies, public administrations or at non-profit organizations, corporations or unions.

The workshop on European planning expertise focuses on an emerging professional area increasingly in demand at the offices of the national and local public administrations entrusted with planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating initiatives that are co-financed with EU resources.

IV. Educational methodology

  • Classroom activities designed to provide knowledge and basic tools for European planning
  • Activities at pre-selected administrations and organizations for that academic year
  • Research, discussion, and evaluation activities, through interviews, field trips and the preparation of a final report to be discussed with the partner entity and before all participants

Students that participate in the program must choose between two majors:

  • Environmental protection and the circular economy
  • Social disadvantage, the fight against unemployment and social inclusion

Irrespective of major choice, all students follow the same course schedule for the first part of the program. Students will then be separated for the second part of the program, consisting of seminars and visits to various building sites. The third part of the program is dedicated to group work under the supervision of a tutor and a final presentation. 

For this initiative the following courses and workshops will be launched, as long as they have a minimum of four registered students:

In the area of social inclusion:

  • MIUR (Rome)
  • l'Agenzia Porta Futuro della Provincia di Roma (Rome)
  • Cooperativa Sociale Folias (Monterotondo, RM)
  • ANCI Lazio

In the area of local development and natural and cultural heritage:

  • Comunità Montane del Reatino (Rieti)
  • Oasi di Ninfa (Cisterna di Latina, LT)
  • DPS/Opencoesione (Rome)
  • Municipality of Gaeta (Gaeta)

In the area of innovation and business clusters:

  • Fondazione Bruno Visentini (Rome)

Those who attend a minimum of 48 hours of course work (between lessons and group work) and participate in the drafting of the final project, will earn the credits listed in the study plan under Other Activities and will also receive a certificate of participation.

The program includes 72 hours of course work, divided as follows:

  • 38 hours of group lessons
  • 8 hours of seminars related to the chosen major
  • 20 hours of workshops in Euro-planning sites
  • 6 hours of final reflections and workshop conclusions (participation optional)

The course calendar will be available in September 2016.

Please note that to receive the certificate of participation and credits, students must attend 48 hours of the scheduled lessons (both classroom and workshop activities) and to have actively contributed to the final project, independently of the possibility of attending the final event on Ventotene.

Therefore, students may only miss 24 hours of the course and the final event before losing credit.

  • A tutor will be responsible for recording attendance, which will take place through the signing of a register. Failure to sign will be considered an absence
  • There are at most 60 slots available, the selection of participants will take place on a first-come, first-served basis, the maximum number of participants refers to students from all departments concerned
  • A minimum of 15 participants is required for a workshop to be offered
  • All classroom activities will take place on Friday afternoons (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) and/or Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.), while meetings and site visits will be established on the basis of the availability of the subjects concerned, in accordance with the schedule presented above
  • All classroom activities will take place at one of the LUISS campuses, while the meetings and site visits will take place at the premises of the partner institutions (see above)
  • All activities will take place during the second semester (the period between February 13 and May 13), and therefore will not overlap with examination sessions
  • Once a course has been selected, students cannot acquire credits for Other Activities any other way
  • Students who have already earned credits for Other Activities in their study plan, who have begun attending optional language courses or any other activity that requires attendance to earn credits cannot participate in this workshop
  • The organization and costs of any required travel will be the student’s full responsibility
  • Participation in the final event that will take place on the island of Ventotene, sponsored by the city, is optional

To take part in the initiative, students  must send an e-mail to, from June 8-23, 2016 indicating the following:

  • first and last name
  • identification number
  • degree program
  • year of program
  • name of the course they are interested in (in this case: Building Europe)

Requests that arrive outside the period indicated above will not be considered.

More information
Professor Luciano Monti