History of the Forlì Campus

This was the first Multicampus example of university decentralization to Romagna

Our history

The Forlì Campus came into being on 1st October 2001 as the culmination of a process that set out to create a new university development model based on ramification of Bologna University relieving congestion in its central premises. The idea of a Multicampus was to spread the programme catalogue wider and, with it, create more stable conditions for research throughout Emilia Romagna, bringing the university community greater efficiency and better quality of life.

The first dawning of the Forlì Campus was in 1989 when two novelties sere set up in the town as an outpost of Bologna’s Political Science Faculty: a Degree Programme in Political Science with an International Political bias, and the then Scuola Superiore of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (SSLMIT).

The Forlì programme catalogue continued to expand when programmes from the erstwhile Economics Faculty were decentralised (as of 1991) and likewise Engineering (as of 1992). Meanwhile the Political Science Faculty gradually broadened the range of options for its students. The year 2000 saw the first department of the Forlì Centre: the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies on Translation, Languages and Cultures (SITLeC), fostering research into inter-linguistic and inter-cultural processes of mediation. The field includes some quite different disciplines, from linguistics to anthropology, textual and literary studies, investigation of complex language skills and how they are acquired.

Finally, in May 2003 this blossomed into the Language Centre for the Scientific and Teaching Divisions of Romagna (CLIRO). The Centre ran tuition in foreign languages for students and university staff of the then Faculties at Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini. The chief aim of the facility was and is to foster language studies in support of the various degree programmes being run by the Romagna Scientific and Teaching Centres.

The Programme Catalogue

From the outset Forlì’s programme catalogue was closely linked with professional development, responding to changes in an innovative globalized economy and an increasingly integrated and open-textured work world. An apt background for the new internationally-oriented degree programmes of the Political Science School and the linguistic specialization of the School for Interpreters and Translators (SSLMIT); the non-profit and managerial options of the School of Economics Management and Statistics; Aero-space specialization as offered by the School of Engineering and Architecture; and the degree in Sociology and Criminology run by the School of Political Science.

On the heels of degree programmes came University Masters and many Post-Graduate Programmes.

Our strong points

A good university is measured, first and foremost, by the quality of its teachers: how well they can put their subject across and the scientific level of their own research. That the Forlì Campus forms part of Bologna University is a national and international guarantee that this requisite is being met.

A good university is also judged by the quality and range of its services. That is why the Forlì Campus has taken extra care with organization of the services it offers and with training the staff that run them.

On the Forlì Campus students will find helpful staff, a wide range of useful services and all-round satisfaction that study needs are being catered to. Student services on the Campus cover key moments of a student’s career: the first impact (Public Relations Office, Student Administration Office), the core of the university experience (International Relations Office, University Library, ICT Centre, Language Centre, Sap – the Psychological Support Service), and take-off to the world of work (Career Service, Punto Europa).

The Campus Project

For the future the Campus Project will involve renovating the former Morgani Hospital area. The project aims to strengthen the role of the Forlì Campus within the Romagna Multicampus, making teaching and research more inter-related, and banking on specialization of teaching, post-graduate training and research.