Critics on recent Italian Education Strategies

Critics on recent Italian Education Strategies

Posted on 09 Jun 2014 Views ( 1019 )

Just Like many others, Pantaleo believe that the nation’s university system needs to undergo many reformations and has to be streamlined.

The recent strategies seem to be emphasized on draw many more International students and staff and introducing additional student-centered services but they also need to provide funding for essential services like affordable student housing, which is essential to the pursuit of a degree, especially for foreign students, he told.

Conversely Bologna University professor and director of AlmaLaurea, Andrea Cammelli told that her overall impression is positive on the general layout of the three-year plan.

She further explained that in Italy, the University dropout rate has been declined greatly since the first set of university reforms were introduced in 1999. Students are able to communicate in more International languages and there is a rise in opportunities for internships and in class attendance as well. Also more students are graduating on time.

The positive aspects including the emphasis on the internationalization of universities and on internships, which helps student employability after graduation; and it places importance on more effective orientation programmes that help students choose a correct course of study, essential to reducing early dropout,” she stated.

According to her, students who are working fulltime or part-time out of a ball point figure of 70% of the national student body should be benefited by the plan better, and also it should seek to promote the best students so that the nation won’t face record levels of ‘brain drain’.

Since 1996 the Italian higher education system has been going through a wide and ambitious reform process that needs to be restructured. The reforms were largely lead by academics from the Italian Rectors Conference.


The changes include the adoption of a binary system with a university path made up of a three-tier degree structure combined with a parallel postsecondary professional track organized at the regional level. Adding to that, the curriculum of each field has been divided into a core group of disciplines to be found at all universities and faculties of each university structure one more group, which is standalone in order to enhance institutional autonomy. A second requirement was the introduction of a credit system which is similar to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Also a Comitato per la Valutazione del Sistema Universitario (National Committee of University Evaluation) coordinates national quality assurance system with evaluation offices at each university.