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Prato welcomes for the first time major international finance conference

The Monash University Prato Centre is preparing for the arrival of 250 international experts and visitors who will be attending the 12th INFINITI international finance conference on 9-10 June.

Past editions have taken place in France and Ireland, in Aix-en-Provence and Dublin respectively; the Monash Prato Centre in Italy is delighted to be hosting this prestigious event, organised by Trinity College and Monash University, for the first time in the conference’s 11 year history. This year’s theme is “Global Finance – Integration or Mere Convergence?” and keynote speakers include Dirk Schoenmaker, from the Duisenberg School of Finance, The Netherlands and Fabio Canova, from the European University Institute, Italy.

Carla Zampatti receives honorary doctorate

Carla Zampatti receives honorary doctorate
Monash University has awarded an honorary doctorate to Dr Carla Zampatti AC, a patron of the Monash Prato Centre since 2012.

Monash Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel conferred the Doctor of Laws honoris causa on Dr Zampatti for her contributions to fashion and business, as well as for being a role model for women. Read more about the award on the Monash news page.

The classrooms of Prato welcome Monash students

Students of the Faculty of Arts and Education undertake placements to enrich their academic and professional curricula

Thanks to agreements formalised between the Monash Prato Centre and local schools and institutions, students of the Faculty of Arts and, for the first time, the Faculty of Education, are undertaking placements that will enrich their academic and professional curricula. But there’s more to it: the students’ daily interaction with children and school teachers in a new and stimulating environment are important opportunities for personal growth, as Jessi describes below:

Monash University GLOBAL walk/run 2014 | Tuesday 20 May, 12:15pm

Looking for another occasion to wear your TeamMONASH tee?

Feeling nostalgic about sporting events following Prato Campus Week?  The bi-annual Monash Global walk/run is on again this Tuesday 20 May at 12:15pm.  Now in its second year at the Monash Prato Centre, students and staff are invited to join the rest of the Monash community to take a step toward better health and wellbeing.  The Global walk/run provides an opportunity for all Monash University students and staff to enjoy an outdoor walk or run event in a team atmosphere.  The route distancing 4.5km will take you along the Bisenzio river, now in full bloom.  Join us

Lawyers in the kitchen

Law students substitute their black gowns for an apron when taking their first Italian cooking class!

It’s not the title of a new reality TV show but an initiative that recently involved our Law students enrolled in Parliamo!, the new Italian language and culture short course organised by the Monash Prato Centre.
Students were introduced to two classic Italian recipes:  pappa al pomodoro – a  homage to Tuscany – and chicken breast with balsamic vinegar.
The cooking class took place at Antica Fiaschetteria where Mario, chef and proprietor, guided students in the preparation of the dishes, revealing some of his trade secrets.

Stay tuned for more!

Prato alumni reconnect in Melbourne

Over 70 people gathered in Melbourne last week for the inaugural Prato alumni function hosted by the Monash Prato Centre.

Alumni from 2001 (when the Prato Centre opened) to as recently as this year, and representing all five faculties which run courses at the Prato Centre, attended the event.

The Monash Law International Study Program is on again in Prato

Monash Prato Centre facade
We are pleased to welcome the latest arrival of students enrolled in the Monash Law Prato Program 2014.

Monash students from Melbourne Australia together with students from the University of Bar Ilan (Israel), York University (Canada), Paris XI (France), Arizona State University (US), Rutgers-Camden University (US), and University of Windsor (Canada) will spend the next three months in Prato studying from a selection of 13 units on international and comparative law.

The countdown to Prato Campus Week 2014 is on!

Prato Campus Week 2014 logo
1 city, 3 universities, 5 days of events.

Public lectures, conversation exchange, a free barbeque, rugby, lawn bowls, a fun run and music – there is something for everyone during Prato Campus Week 2014 when the city’s three universities join forces to co-organise a week of events from 6-10 May. Download the official program, visit the website or watch the video.

Last places for Prato alumni function

Monash Prato Centre alumni function e-invite
Don't miss out on the Monash Prato alumni function in Melbourne on 3 April 2014.
Have you ever studied or taught in Prato? Do you plan to study in Prato in 2014?
If you answered ‘yes’ to either of the above questions, come and join us!
Find out more and register online now on our Alumni community webpage.
Be quick as there are only a few places left!

Parliamo! A crash course in living in Prato

Will you be studying or teaching at the Monash Prato Centre this year? Worried about not speaking Italian? Know nothing about Prato? Want to get more out of your Prato experience?
Yes? Don’t worry, just enrol in:
Parliamo! A crash course in living in Prato
  • Four-session non-credit program held at the Prato Centre
  • Italian language and culture basics to help you get around Prato
  • Fun small group sessions
  • Up-to-date content and multimedia tools
  • Interactive activities and practical exercises
  • Experienced local teachers and guides
Sessions include:
  • Don't order a cappuccino after noon!
  • Cooking Tuscan style