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COVID-19 - Centre operations update

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COVID-19 - Centre operations update

Monash University's Prato Centre, Italy, will be re-opening from 1 June 2020 for centre staff and public enquiries only*. Teaching activities, conferences, events and meetings remain suspended, consistent with the advice of the Italian Government. The University will continue to review the situation in line with Italian Government advice.

GIG 2020: A truly transformative immersion experience

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The Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) Program second edition in Prato

If the first edition of the Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) program – as always the case with any new endeavour – was an experiment with resounding success, the question (and challenge) we faced was, could we replicate the same success for subsequent editions?  Thought-provoking final presentations, the addition of a new field site, friendships and emotional farewells, these are just some of the early indicators that suggest the second edition not only met but exceeded (at least our) expectations, as we wait for the official data to emerge. 

An International Professional Experience in Prato

International Professional Experience in Prato
Prato schools welcome pre-service teachers from Melbourne

Early in January, Monash students from the Faculty of Education arrived to undertake placements in seven local schools. Students studying early years, primary and secondary education courses were allocated places in Prato to allow them to apply and expand their knowledge in an international setting.

In class with Ambassador Greg French

Australian Ambassador to Italy, Dr Greg French, delivers guest lecture to our students in Prato.

Defying the disruptive effects of the earthquake that hit Mugello just north of Prato early on 9 December, Dr Greg French, the Ambassador of Australia to Italy, arrived at the Monash University Prato Centre to deliver a lecture for students enrolled in The European Union from Consensus to Crisis.

2020 Artist-in-Residence announced - Hayley Millar-Baker

Monash University is proud to announce Gunditjmara artist Hayley Millar-Baker has been selected to be artist-in-residence at the Monash University Prato Centre in 2020.

For Australian artists, the residency program is an opportunity to sustain and deepen their practice and research, free from the distractions and duties of daily life.

The Monash Prato Music Festival 3-12 December

Across seven days and three locations, the 2019 Monash Prato Music Festival presents public jam sessions and concerts, featuring Hobby Horse Trio, Paolo Angeli and Monash students and staff.

The 2019 Monash Prato Music Festival kicks off on Tuesday 3 December at 9.15pm with a public jam session open to all musicians and involving Monash students and teaching staff from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Exhibit A and Things That Don’t Matter: Design and Fine Art students’ final exhibitions

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After two months studying at the Monash Prato Centre, Monash students of Design, Fine Art, Visual Art and Art Curating displayed their final works in two exhibitions in Prato in October.

The main focus of the projects presented by the group of students participating in this year’s Design Semester Program, led by Dr Vince Dziekan and taught in conjunction with Andy Murray, Amelie Scalercio, Myriam Diatta and Kylie Brown, was the creation of a self-reflective personal archive. During their eight weeks of study which included an immersive research studio held in association with the Venice Biennale, along with field trips to Milan, San Gimignano and Siena, students were challenged to collect, record and process materials to document their intellectual, creative

Youth in the City: Nuovi Sguardi su Prato

A pop-up exhibition to discover Prato through the eyes of 48 young urban explorers.

On 5 October 2019 forty-eight students from eight different high-schools of Prato reclaimed their city and presented their unique perspectives on it, exhibiting in the Officina Giovani space the works they created over a five-days’ creative workshop on their relationship with the city and with the different cultures and languages that traverse it.

100 people at Prato alumni film event in Melbourne

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About 100 alumni, staff and friends gathered for the third edition of the annual Monash Prato Alumni Lavazza Italian Film Festival Event on Friday 11 October 2019.

We enjoyed spending time with Monash Prato Alumni at Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra (Melbourne) during the Lavazza Italian Film Festival. 

Prato alumni, staff and friends caught up over an aperitivo before a private screening of the comedy Ti presento Sofia (Let me introduce you to Sofia).

“It is always inspiring to meet Monash Prato Alumni and to find out where their Prato study experience has taken them since graduating from Monash,” said Dr Cecilia Hewlett, Director of the Monash University Prato Centre.