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Summer closure period

Please note the following closure period during August at The Monash Prato Centre:
  • 6 – 14 August - closed to visitors
  • 15 – 21 August - closed

The Centre will re-open Monday 22 August.

Monash Prato wishes you a happy and safe summer break and we look forward to welcoming conference delegates, students and teaching staff soon after we re-open.

A cherished experience in Prato

Last week of classes for students at the Monash Prato Centre.

Over the months of June and July about 180 students from different Monash Faculties and partner universities attended units at the Prato Centre to study a wide range of subjects: Arts, IT, Business and Economics, Design and Architecture.

2017 Visual Residency Program

Applications open for 2017 Visual Residency Program at Monash Prato Centre

The Monash University Prato Centre is once again offering its Italian residency for 3 months from September 2017. 
Open to Australian practitioners, the residency includes airfare, artist fee, studio and accommodation at the Monash University Prato Centre in Tuscany. Applications are welcomed from emerging and mid-career Australian artists, for a new project or inquiry that relates to the Prato context. The residency is offered in conjunction with the Monash faculty of Art Design & Architecture (MADA) and the Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA.

Living Spaces Prato

The documentary by Monash students about life in Prato will be screened on Wednesday 13 July at 9.30pm at the Castello dell'Imperatore
Living Spaces Prato is a collaboration between Architecture and Communication Design students during the Prato Study Abroad Program. The aim of the video is to capture the lived experience of the built environment beyond the historical significance of the location. 

A new garden for the Monash Prato Centre

Palazzo Vai Garden inauguration
The recently restored Palazzo Vai 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.

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