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Celebrating Australia-Italy ties

Photo of Narelle McAuliffe, Rosalie Triolo and Rosa Sfameni presenting at Castelbrando.
The Monash University Prato Centre and the Monash Faculty of Education were honoured to be guests of the Associazione Italia-Australia to celebrate Australia Day this year.

This cultural association brings together people who are passionate about all things Australian. It also promotes educational, cultural and business exchanges between Italy and Australia. Each year the association holds a reception on the occasion of Australia Day. The evening was hosted by Mr Massimo Colomban, the Honorary Consul who represents Australia in the Veneto region, in the majestic setting of Castelbrando, one of the largest castles in Europe, situated in the hills of Treviso in the north of Italy. 

Hydrodynamic Fluctuations in Soft-Matter Simulation

Long standing collaboration between Monash University and the Max Planck Institute.

The Monash Prato Centre was delighted to welcome again Professor Ravi Prakash Jagadeeshan from Monash University and Professor Burkhard Duenweg from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, co-organisers of the Hydrodynamic Fluctuations in Soft-Matter Simulation conference held at the Centre from 9-12 February.

Their first encounter came about in 2006 when Burkhard attended a conference organised by Ravi at the Prato Centre, since then they have worked together on many occasions with both visiting each other’s institution as part of an Academic Exchange.

Goodbye and good luck: Prato says "arrivederci" to Education students

For the third consecutive year, students from the Faculty of Education have been based at the Monash University Prato Centre as part of their International Professional Experience Program.

This year, 33 students have spent three weeks working in local education settings including early childhood, primary and secondary schools as part of their teacher education program.

Screening of Rabbit-Proof Fence

Students from a school in Pistoia visit the Prato Centre

On Tuesday 2 February, students from the Istituto Comprensivo Fermi - Casalguidi in Pistoia will visit the Monash Prato Centre for the first time.

After the screening of Rabbit-Proof Fence, a 2002 Australian drama film, they will be introduced to Monash activities and students currently studying at the Centre.



Job vacancy - part-time receptionist

The Monash University Prato Centre is seeking a part-time receptionist.

You will be a key contact point between the Monash Prato Centre and those visiting or seeking to make contact with the Centre. There is significant public and customer service interface as duties are carried out in a busy main reception area. The position will be required to respond to a wide range of enquiries. The position contributes to the general administration of the Centre.

20 hours per week. Fixed term contract from February until December 2016. 

An excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and Italian is essential.

Welcome to the first Monash students of 2016!

The new year kicks off with students from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education

A warm welcome to Arts students who have just arrived in Prato. They will enrich their knowledge of Italian through the intensive units taught at the Centre and by participating in the various activities designed to expose them to our language and culture. 

Italian experience for student engineers

Monash engineering students examine 13th century city walls of Prato using thermography
Engineering students from Australia and Malaysia were granted a privilege that even locals in Florence, Italy are unlikely to experience in their lifetimes.

From 6pm to midnight on Tuesday 1 December, Monash engineering students from Australia and Malaysia were granted a privilege that even local Florentines are unlikely to experience in their lifetimes. 

Guided by world-renowned cultural heritage engineer Professor Maurizio Seracini, students entered the Baptistery of Saint John, which adjoins the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, or the Florence Cathedral, originally known as Il Duomo di Firenze.

We are working for you!

The Monash University Prato Centre is currently undertaking works to improve the student experience.

Over the coming weeks a series of renovation and refurbishment works have been scheduled on the first and ground floors of the Monash Prato Centre. The goal is improve the student and visitor experience through upgrades to audio visual equipment and services in classrooms and meeting rooms, including streamlined cabling systems, high definition equipment in the Salone Grollo, and a new Virtual Classroom. Please be patient with possible disruptions: we are working for you!