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A new garden for the Monash Prato Centre

Palazzo Vai Garden inauguration
The recently restored Palazzo Vaj Garden embraces culture, history and community

The newly launched Monash Prato Centre garden in Italy is not simply a serene space for students to study and absorb the rich culture of their surroundings. The garden’s elegant, yet simplistic design respectfully and creatively pays tribute to the area’s history. 

A generous donation of EUR 50,000 by Prato Centre Patron Carla Zampatti enabled this beautiful garden to be recreated by one of Australia’s most renowned landscape designers, Paul Bangay.

CopyrightX summit

In mid-May, the Monash Prato Centre hosted an international copyright law summit, convened by Harvard and Monash Law Schools.

The summit was the first international gathering of copyright experts and teachers affiliated with Harvard University’s CopyrightX Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) initiative. The CopyrightX course, convened by Professor Terry Fisher of Harvard, has been offered annually since 2013 under the auspices of the Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Monash University students participated in EuroMilano 2016, the 16th World InterUniversities Tournament in Milan

From 28 to 30 April a group of 22 Monash Law students currently studying at the Monash Prato Centre with the Prato International Law program took part in a special sporting event held in Milan: the 16

Over the three days the students participated in the16th edition of Euromilano, the World InterUniversities Tournament in Milan. They played tennis, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, and futsal with about 700 university students from different European countries including England, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Croatia. There were also other non-European representatives in the competition including from Serbia, Algeria, Morocco, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Lybia, Kosovo and the United Arab Emirates.

Great success for Monash Open Day 2016

Monash Prato Centre’s Open Day on 21 April concluded the three-day program of Prato Campus Week 2016

More than 800 people participated in the day’s activities. People of all ages challenged their English speaking skills by joining the Speedy Conversation Exchange and afterwards they relaxed at the traditional Australian barbecue. Designed for students and with the aim of promoting intercultural exchange among the universities in Prato, Monash Open Day attracted locals, American, Italian and of course Australian students, who enjoyed taking pictures together (and with our kangaroo mascot Skippy!), tasting delicious gelato and dancing to swing music in the courtyard until late.

Australian politician Mr Johan Schefer meets Monash students in Prato

Mr Johan Schefer, former member of the Victorian Legislative Council, presented a well-attended guest lecture to students in the Monash law Prato program

Mr Schefer was a Labor (ALP) Party member of the Victorian upper chamber of Parliament from 2002 to 2014, first as member for Monash and then as member for a seat in the Eastern Victoria Region. In this capacity, he was chair of the Legislative Council's Law Reform Committee.

Open Day - 21 April 2016

Come and celebrate with us!

Join us for a day full of events at the Monash Prato Centre:

5:30pm: Speedy Conversation Exchange: passaparola!
6:00pm: Kids’ Corner:  learning to draw has never been easier and more fun
7:30pm Australian BBQ: Come and put a snagger on the Barbie!
8:00pm Live music: Come swing with us!

Much more has been organized for you, click here for the full program of events.

St Catherine's School printmaking course

At the end of March the Monash University Prato Centre welcomed 12 students from St Catherine’s School for their biennial printmaking course.

St Catherine’s is an independent non-denominational Christian school for girls located in Toorak, Melbourne, in Australia. Taught by Patrick Aubert, a printmaker artist, the three-day intensive course had the students, from years 10 and 11, learning new techniques in intaglio and Cliché verre.

Prato Campus Week 19-21 April 2016

Monash Open Day and Prato Campus Week 2016

Get ready for three days of events from 19 to 21 April 2016 with the 4th edition of Prato Campus Week. Together with the two other universities in Prato (University of New Haven and PIN - Polo Universitario Città di Prato), we have prepared a program of activities, food and live music to bring together students and the local community. Each of the universities will hold an Open Day when students and the local community can visit each campus, meet each other, and find out more about what the universities do in Prato.

The 2016 Monash Law Prato Program 2016 has begun!

Each year, the Monash University Law School offers a program of international and comparative law subjects taught by distinguished Australian and International academics and professionals.

This year marks the 15th consecutive edition of the Monash Law Prato Program, one of the first academic programs to be established at the Prato Centre.

Over one hundred and sixty students from Australia, Canada, USA, France and Israel will participate in the intensive units taught at the Prato Centre, beginning 5 April.

Students have the opportunity to be taught by academics from key partner universities such as Osgoode Hall, York University, Arizona State University, University of Paris-Sud and Bar Ilan University.