University of Macerata (UniMC) is one of the oldest in Italy: it was founded in 1290. Nowadays, the University enrolles more than 11.000 students and employs around 600 faculty and staff, in a variety of roles. UniMC is the only Italian University with an exclusive focus on social sciences and the humanities: students are offered a broad range of courses, including undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, Master’s and Ph.D. programmes, specialisation schools and summer schools in cultural heritage, economics, philosophy, law, arts and humanities, languages, linguistic mediation, communication, education, political science and tourism.
The uniqueness of UniMC is well captured in the motto Innovation through the Humanities, which succinctly defines the strategy. UniMC firmly believes in the added value that the social sciences and the humanities bring to the understanding of complex socio-economic and political questions from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Using a multidisciplinary and multisectorial approach, the main research areas are: Law, International Business, Education, Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Ageing Society and Social and humanities issues, Applied Ethics, Social innovation, Literary and cultural studies, Linguistics and language teaching.
UniMc has strong relations and ongoing projects (also as coordinator) involving international institutions and enterprises, with a particular focus on China related topics and on Eastern European countries.
In partnership with Hanban – the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language – and with Beijing Normal University, Unimc founded in 2011 the Confucius Institute of Macerata.
The Confucius Institute of Macerata is the only one in the regions of central and southern Adriatic, the tenth Institute to open in Italy. It acts as a meeting place between the Chinese and Italian culture, also promoting economic relations between the regions of Central Italy and Chinese partners.