Deepening Links with The University of Bozen-Bolzano - Where the Italians Speak both English and German

The University of Bozen-Bolzano, a partner of Taylor’s University, is located in a unique part of northern Italy and is the perfect place to experience Europe as an exchange student.

(L-R) Prof Oswin Maurer (Dean of the Faculty of Economics UniBZ), Prof Perry Hobson (PVC-Global Engagement TU), Prof Paolo Lugli, (Rector UniBZ)

(L-R) Elena Foglio and Amelie Bartels from UniBz

The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (UniBZ) is located SudTryol (South Tyrol) in the Dolomites region of the Alps in central Europe. Historically it was part of the German-speaking Austro-Hungarian Empire, and to this day the majority of the population of this region still speak German - even though it’s in Italy. Given the diversity of the population, all town and city names are written in a bilingual style, such as the Bozen-Bolzano and Bruneck-Brunico.  However, given that this is one of the most popular winter ski resorts and summer hiking areas in Europe, English is also widely spoken. As a result of this language diversity, UniBZ operates as a fully trilingual university in English, German and Italian (and approximately a third of all courses are taught in one of these three languages).

As Professor Perry Hobson, the PVC for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University noted, “We currently have two students from UniBZ on-campus at TU, and we would like to not only see more student mobility between our two universities, but also to develop more research activities”.  He also recently visited the university and met with Professor Oswin Maurer, the academic Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, and also the UniBZ Rector, Professor Paolo Lugli, about deepening and expanding the co-operation between the two universities.

Prof Perry Hobson has served on the Advisory Board of TOMTE, the UniBZ based Centre in Tourism Management and Tourism Economics (TOMTE) since 2008. He has also spoken several times at the Consumer Behaviour in Tourism Seminar (CBTS) series that TOMTE normally organises every year at its campus in Bruneck-Brunico.  UniBZ and Taylor’s University are also both accredited by THE-ICE international accreditation body for hospitality and tourism. Taylor’s students studying hospitality and tourism or business can exchange here for a semester. To find out more about the Global Mobility opportunities at Taylor’s University click here  - (Global Matters 2017)