OPT-IN: nuevo programa de posgrado para la formacion de operadores transnacionales e interculturales para la defensa de la naturaleza y la construccion de la paz en la comunidad andina

Scientific Coordinator: Giorgia Pavani

Sector: Curriculum development

Sub-action: Department of Political and Social Sciences

Unibo Team: Silvia Bagni, Sabrina Ragone, Lucio Pegoraro, Monica Palmirani

Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 15/10/2017 
End Date: 14/10/2020

Budget: 698.072,00 euro
Unibo Budget: 154.621,00 euro



  • Universidad de Castilla-la Mancia, Toledo (ES)

  • Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (FR)

  • Università degli Studi di Siena (IT)

  • Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (CO)

  • Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar (EC)

  • Flacso Ecuador (EC)

  • Universidad Libre (CO)


The OPT-IN project has the overall objective of developing a transnational and intercultural culture in the countries of the Andean Community (CAN) to strengthen policy integration between the Andean countries and between Europe and CAN with emphasis on peace and nature defence.

This objective will be accomplished by means of an innovative academic program in social, political and legal sciences in Latin American Universities partners.

Therefore, the project has the following objectives:

  • Build a professional profile of transnational and intercultural operator (OPT-IN) with comparative, multidisciplinary and cross-cultural skills that still does not exist in LLM Latin American programs.
  • Activate an innovative Master, with a new teaching methodology and the study of subjects not included organically in the currently instituted Masters. This new proposal aims to enrich the LLM proposals and positively impact on career opportunities for students within the context of Latin American integration and international EU-CAN relations.

The main expected results of the project are:

  • the inclusion of the OPT-IN Master in universities LLM courses and the accreditation of the Master by the Ministries of Education
  • the establishment of research groups on the topics of the Master
  • the implementation of a data base for teaching and researching in the subjects of the Master
  • the creation of a Network of interest in the OPT-IN project (READY TO OPT-IN)
  • two events organized to promote the project, the first to create the network, the second to launch the Master
  • increased awareness of the students, academic and stakeholders communities on the importance of the inclusion of a postgraduate program, specifically oriented to the profile OPT-IN
  • knowledge of comparative legal methodology and new subjects (Comparative Law, EU law, transnational law, among others) by the trainees
  • three training Schools in Europe organized and twelve professors trained
  • various teaching materials published
  • two pilot courses organized and at least twenty students each trained.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union