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A new website for the City of Prato

The new City of Prato website, launched earlier this month, shines a new light on Prato, uncovering and presenting the many diverse aspects of this unique city.

The website, promoted by the Comune di Prato (Prato Municipality), comes as a result of the participatory effort “Prato si fa Brand” which asked individual citizens and associations to help define what makes Prato special. 

Chisholm Catholic College 2017 study tour to Italy

A truly authentic Italian experience with lasting memories!

On the morning of 16 January, twenty-five eager Year 11 and 12 students from Chisholm Catholic College, Perth WA, arrived at the Monash Prato Centre for a three-day course in Italian language and culture. Before leaving Australia, the students had already formed virtual friendships with students from a local high school, so when they first arrived in Prato they were already familiar with daily life in the city.

Future teachers program wins award

The Monash University Faculty of Education’s International Professional Experience team recently won a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Award in the category for ‘programs that enhance learning’.

Each year 230 Monash students who are studying to become teachers complete some of their professional experience overseas. One of the places where this program runs is here in Prato.

2017 kicks off!

Read about what's on at Monash Prato in January and February

The Monash Prato Centre begins the new year by welcoming students from a range of discipline areas.  The Faculty of Arts returns with its annual offering of Intensive Italian units, as does the Faculty of Education whose students have the opportunity in January each year to undertake practicums in local schools.  The Monash Business School is running a record number of units this semester period: Accounting and Finance International Study Program, Leadership Practices and Principles, and You, money and life, of which the last two are being offered for the first

Book launch and public lecture 6pm 12 December

A public lecture by Dr Monica Azzolini of The University of Edinburgh, and the European launch of 'Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F.W. Kent'

6pm-8pm Monday 12 December 2016
Monash University Prato Centre
Palazzo Vai, via Pugliesi 26, Prato, Italy

'To appease the rightful resentment of God':
Rome's response to calamity during 
the 1703 earthquake

Giuseppe Verdi Music School hosts the Taverny Jazz Ensemble at the Monash Prato Centre.

Musical Exchange 2016 - Giuseppe Verdi Music School and Taverny Conservatory of Music

Music filled the halls of The Monash Prato Centre on Saturday 22 October thanks to a musical exchange between Prato’s Giuseppe Verdi Music School and the Taverny Conservatory of Music, based a few kilometers from Paris. The French music students, a group of young students and adults, form the Taverny Jazz Ensemble and are in Prato until 26 October, being hosted by families in Prato.

Bill Kent Memorial Lecture 2016

Bill Kent Memorial Lecture 2016
Each year Monash University holds a lecture in memory of Professor Bill Kent, renowned scholar of the Italian Renaissance and Founding Director of the Monash University Prato Centre.

We were honoured to have Professor Lino Pertile deliver the 2016 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture at the Monash Conference Centre in Melbourne earlier this month. Professor Pertile is the Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University and the former Paul E. Geier Director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Professor Pertile spoke about the uses and abuses of intelligence from Dante to Machiavelli.

Applications open for student travel grants

Monash Arts students during Prato program field trip
Did you know that Monash University offers travel grants to students who are high achieving, experiencing disadvantage or a combination of both to assist with the costs of overseas study?

One of the grants is specifically for study at the Monash University Prato Centre. The Italian Australian Foundation Travel Grants ($4,000) support Monash students of Italian descent in Australia to study at the Monash Prato Centre or other destination in Italy to gain valuable international experience and enrich their understanding of their Italian cultural heritage.

Avila College Italian language and culture course

Eighteen students from Melbourne are immersed in Prato life.

From 19 to 23 September eighteen students from Avila College in Glen Waverley eagerly took part in an Italian language and culture course held at the Monash University Prato Centre. The accompanying teachers from Avila College describe what a wonderful success the course was in this beautiful reflection of the week: