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Seizing the opportunities of the Industry 4.0 to invest in the future: the Career Day at Marconi University

Why a Career Day at Marconi University?

Universities and industry have been collaborating for over a century, but the rise of a global knowledge economy has intensified the need for strategic partnerships which encompass a wide range of activities. Universities role is also changing and the task to guide students in the labour market is crucial.

In this light the organization of an event offering students and graduated the chance to meet companies and make job interviews is essential in order to reinforce the link between universities and the labour market.

Taking into account those considerations, Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi, in collaboration with Manageritalia, a longstanding federation of business representatives, Porta Futuro Lazio, the employment orientation agency funded by Latium Region and Agol Association, the association of Italian young opinion leaders, organized the Career Day – Future Job 4.0 on 11th November 2016. The event was held in the historical headquarters of the university located in the heart of Rome and was addressed to students, graduated, unemployed people and all individuals wishing to re-tailor their careers.

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The XII International GUIDE Conference

The XII International GUIDE Conference “Online Learning in the 21st Century: Practice Problems and Prospects” will be held on February 15-17, 2017 at B Resort & Spa, in Orlando, Florida, United States of America.  The conference will be jointly organized by Guide Association and University of Phoenix (Central Florida).

The Conference aims to promote discussions about the current status and next evolutions of distance learning. Particular attention will be given to the new pedagogical approaches to be used for the new digital generation, innovative emerging technologies and the keys for the successful improvement of a standardized quality system in e-learning. Moreover, the congress aims to push for the creation of communities of experts sharing information and best practices. Particular attention will be given to case studies and practical experiences.

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GUIDE Association next conference in Rome

The new GUIDE Association conference The Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be held in Rome-Italy the 3rd and 4th May 2018 at Gugliemo Marconi University. The purpose of the conference is to provide an academic platform for researchers, scientist, professors and institutions to analyze the impact of the new technologies involved in the so called Fourth Industrial Revolution that is characterized by the new role acquired by machines, capable to do what was considered before only possible by the humans. As far as this new approach could affect all the aspects of life, society, economy, culture, education and the job market, this requires that the Universities have to adapt themselves to the new changes by creating an adequate contexts to prepare their students for the future jobs. As a consequence of a new industrial revolution, schools, colleges and Universities have to face new challenges in the field of research and applications and to analyse the new trends coming up such as: digital ubiquity, cyber-physical systems, and artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics, Big Data and Internet of Things (IOT) In this framework again research plays a central role in transferring students the ability to use and apply different knowledge in diversified contexts, in learning how to collaborate with their colleagues and their teachers and how to use new ways of communicating and the adequate skills to solve complex situations.

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Social networks for job search: the Job Hunter 4.0

This article is going to discuss the most recent update regarding the phenomena of Job Hunting, version 4.0. This update’s target is to enlighten the path of the so-called hunters and also to provide practical tools and instructions to mold the ideal employee of the future. Job Hunting 4.0 and Personal branding are core contents and objectives of the EPBE project coordinated by UDIMA – Madrid Open University. The organization, Learning Plans for All (Greece) and Marconi University (Italy) will be project partners, developing a course for job Hunters. This course will provide job hunters with tools of active job search. It will highlight aspects such as the importance of self-knowledge, resume writing, social media and job hunting, etc. and emphasizes on strategies for active job search (Udemy 2017).

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E-Learning in the age of the semantic web

The new forms of communicating how they have changed or potentially can change people’s education?
The early years of the third millennium were and still are characterized by the progressive development of ICT, Information and Communication Technology, the growing diffusion of related Internet technologies (2.0), which have made available to each user tools such as chat, email, blog, web cam, social network, now becoming everyone’s reach.
Today’s challenge is that these technologies, which are now able to expand our minds, are to connect not only intelligence, but also to create knowledge through experiences and emotions that can start a virtuous circle in learning.

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Broading the European political space on present challenges

This reflection aims to bring some elements of that theoretical and empirical approach called “Relational Sociology” or “Relational Theory of Society” into a proper politological perspective, even at the risk of providing a prescriptive assessment of the current European situation.
Such a relational approach (Donati, 1991) refers to a methodological pluralism where “the decisive step […] is that goes over the social primacy of policy. This step consists of starting to think not to a unique social order, rather to different and irreducible orders limiting one another” (Censis, 2000). It looks at the perspective of European unity within the dialectical poles of monist or polyarchical forms of the distribution of power according to the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity.

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Workshop Eurasia 2016

The third edition of the Workshop Eurasia, which aims to analyze the leading drivers of the economic development in Asia and the opportunities for Italian companies in that region, has been held in Rome 9-10 June 2016. The event has been organized by Unindustria and AGI under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Within this event, Guglielmo Marconi University was called to organize a thematic seminar on the opportunities given by Horizon 2020 targeting China, especially in the light of the co-funding mechanism agreed by the EU and the Chinese Government to support joint projects between European and Chinese universities, research institutions and companies.

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Incontri di Fisica 2.0

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The Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics, INFN, and Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi continue their strong and fruitful collaboration in scientific research and learning programs. In this context, after fifteen successfully edition and starting from 2016, the two institutions propose together a new version of the “Incontri di Fisica”, now named “Incontri di Fisica 2.0”.

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The Challenge Academy: a creative crowdsourcing model for strengthening university-business cooperation

Crowdsourcing is a process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers. Challenge Academy applies the concept of crowdsourcing by offering an online platform for practicing skills and knowledge of the collective students population to solve business-related challenges.

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Mobile learning technologies & educational applications

Mobile learning has been one of the reflections of the widespread adoption of wireless technology and Internet access from any place and anytime if requested. Technology and pedagogy are two main elements in mobile learning platform to identify in terms of educational process. Technology defines the platform and pedagogy defines the learning approach.

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Career guidance from an educational perspective: a proposal within universities

This article discusses the importance of guidance within university education and proposes a good-practice model for helping students to transition from university to employment. The analysis arises from educational approach to guidance, that over the last few years is providing an alternative to mainly psycho-technical and diagnostic approach, and conceives guidance practice as a process that is cross-functional concerning students’ educational path.

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International GUIDE Conferences: Buenos Aires and beyond

The IX International GUIDE Conference, held in Buenos Aires from 6th to 8th May 2015, has seen the participation of outstanding universities coming from numerous countries of Latin America (Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela) as well as from USA, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Italy and UK.

The Conference focused on different topics, ranging from the comparison between traditional and distance education to relevant social themes, such as digital inclusion, e-citizenship and online education accessibility. (…)

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Collaborative learning and 3D virtual worlds: two experiences in a new didactic perspective

Nowadays teachers and trainers pay attention to the research and the experimentation of innovative pedagogical tools and approaches, such as simulation and 3D virtual world in order to improve the learning capacity of their students. Sometimes they invest time and financial resources to manage their updating courses, especially about how new technological potentialities can be exploited and integrated into their mainstream teaching methods. Also the use of different learning environments apart from the traditional class can stimulate the learning processes creating more educational opportunities and favoring the development of other approaches, such as collaborative learning.

This type of learning approach is represented by a situation where two or more individuals learn or try to learn something together aimed to the building of a common knowledge. Unlike the individual learning, people engage themselves in a collaborative learning process in order to capitalize on each other’s resources and competences. More specifically, the collaborative learning model is based on knowledge that can be constructed within a community in which members interact actively through sharing experiences and assuming asymmetric roles. In other terms, the collaborative learning refers to methodologies and specific environments where the students engage in a common task in which each individual depends on each other and is responsible for the others.

This article intends to describe two different practical experiences derived from TALETE and AVATAR projects on the use of 3D virtual worlds as learning environments to facilitate the collaborative learning among students.

Received: 6 May 2015
Revised: 15 May 2015

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The collaboration between Unimarconi and ENEA: multidisciplinary aspects

On November 18, 2014, the University Guglielmo Marconi held a half-day symposium marking the first five years of collaboration with the ENEA’s Laboratory of Radiation Biology and Biomedicine. The title of the event was: “The Collaboration between Unimarconi and ENEA: Multidisciplinary aspects”. This paper gives a summary of the scientific presentations.

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tuBEMATES project: towards a competitive European Higher Education

tuBEMATES project is a transnational venture started in 2012 and focused on the promotion of European Higher Education (EHEs) and intercultural exchange with Third, in particular, Asian countries. It is aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of international studies as well as the visibility of European brand characterized by an innovative and competitive identity.

Received: 30 April 2014

Revised: 5 May 2014

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PBL working environment: an expert system for teachers, trainers and headmasters who want to understand and apply the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy in their own classroom

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is perhaps the most innovative instructional method conceived in the history of education. The PBL is a student-cantered pedagogy where learners are actively engaged in real world problems to solve or challenges to meet. Students develop problem-solving, self-directed learning and team skills.

Received: 20 May 2014

Revised: 29 May 2014

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GUIDE Association: Conclusions from the VII International Conference, Guatemala and upcoming Conferences

The VII International GUIDE Conference Cultural Identity in the Midst of Global Modernization: The Role of Distance Education, was held in the Central Campus in Guatemala City of the Universidad Panamericana (UPANA) the April 10-11 2014.

The VIII International GUIDE Conference Science and Technology, Management and Quality: the future of higher education in Brazil and around the world, will be held on November 19-21, 2014 at the Universidade Tiradentes (Aracaju, Brazil), leader University in Brazil for traditional and on-line education.

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The global economic crisis and its consequences on the national educational systems: can online education contribute to overcome the crisis?

The VI International GUIDE Conference, organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Greece, will be held this year on October 3-4 in Athens, a much premeditated locale for the discussion of the poignant topic, The Global Economic Crisis and its consequences on national educational systems: Can online education contribute to overcome the crisis?

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