EDISS offers three choices for the second-year specialization track. Students can spend the second year either in Sweden, Italy or Spain. In this blog post, we get to know the Italian University of L’Aquila a bit better.
University of L’Aquila (UAQ) is a university full of history as its origins date back to the 16th century. It is situated in the city of L’Aquila which is the capital of the Abruzzo region in central Italy. The city has narrow streets, elegant plazas and Baroque and Renaissance buildings. It is situated between four mountain peaks and it surrounded by medieval walls. An interesting fact about the university is that it manages an Alpine Botanical Garden of Campo Imperatore which is situated at an altitude of 2117 meters! It is an important part of the national heritage as it demonstrates the nature and culture of the region.
At UAQ, EDISS students can follow the specialization track of Model Driven Machine Learning – Software Engineering. All students will learn more about model-driven engineering, software architectures and architecting model-driven intelligent systems. In addition, students will be able to choose other specialization courses e.g. in service-oriented software engineering or big data models and algorithms. More information on the course contents is available on the EDISS course catalogue.
Like all Italian universities, UAQ offers strong theoretical and academically-oriented courses. The Italian educational system encourages students for critical thinking while maintaining a creative yet solid approach in teaching. Italian universities are well-known for research and innovation and, actually, they publish a high number of academic publications on research magazines of excellence in Europe. These publications focus amongst other subjects on computer science and mathematics.
As the city of L’Aquila is surrounded by the Apennine mountains, EDISS students have excellent opportunities for hiking. The oldest national park in Italy, the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise national park, is rather close by and worth a visit, too. Students that are more interested in cultural activities can visit the numerous museums and archeological sites in the city. These include for instance St. Giuliano Convent (The Museum of Natural and Human Sciences), San Vittorino Catacombs and Astronomical Observatory of Campo Imperatore. It is also worth mentioning that L’Aquila is only around 100 km away from Rome which makes it easy to visit the capital city of Italy.
If you are interested in learning more about the University of L’Aquila, do not hesitate to visit the university website. You can also get to know the Italian EDISS team members by reading their presentations on the blog.