The University of Macerata (UNIMC), founded in 1290, is the only university in Italy that focuses exclusively on Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH). University’s motto “Humanism that innovates” illustrates its mission: to contribute to the development of people and society through the added value that social and human sciences bring to the understanding of complex socioeconomic and political issues, according to an interdisciplinary perspective.
UNIMC is member of international and national research networks including: European Consortium for Humanities Institutes and Centres, European Connected Health Alliance, Economic Policy Forum, Chinese Globalization Association, E-living regional cluster on Ambient Intelligence and Ambient Assisted Living.
In 2014, UNIMC was awarded by the European Commission with the ‘Excellence in Research Logo’.
UNIMC has a good reputation for entrepreneurship programs for young researchers, especially through LUCI and Eureka initiatives. The Humanities Laboratory for Creativity and Innovation (LUCI) is a laboratory opened to SSH post graduate students, PhD and young researchers promoting innovative and entrepreneurial attitude among young people to support the creation of innovative business initiatives SSH-driven. Eureka is a PhD industrial scholarship program co-financed by the University, the local Regional government and companies. Students are trained for half of their time in local firms and half of their time in the academia, both in Italy and abroad. Started in 2012, the program allowed enrolling about 60 PhD candidates.
UNIMC has a strong international reputation for Chinese studies, which are developed through the China Center and the Confucius Institute. Every year, Winter and Summer Schools, as well as international conferences and EU-China Workshops are organized, involving scholars, the business community, PhDs, and local high schools.