The 2020-2021 Academic Year is starting in a truly exceptional way as the Covid-19 pandemic has severely hit our country, changing our lives and our daily habits.Â
The University has had to adapt to the new rules dictated by the need to take measures to contain the spread of the virus. From March to July 2020, all teaching was delivered remotely (courses, internships, exams, and graduation sessions). Despite some unavoidable difficulty, nothing was left behind, and many students showed their appreciation for the teaching staff and for the administrative staff who overcame the inconveniences caused by the epidemic.
On 14th September 2020, classes have restarted in-person. The University of Florence decided that for the 2020-2021 academic year, the first semester classes will be held in a mixed mode. The teaching staff will deliver face-to-face classes for a certain number of students on a rotating basis, to the extent permitted by the rules on social distancing. At the same time, each lesson will be both streamed for those students who have had to or want to, stay at home, and recorded and made available on a web platform. In this way, all students will take advantage of our teaching and will have the opportunity, albeit in rotation, to attend courses in-person.
The "Cesare Alfieri" School of Political Sciences has worked hard to ensure all of this. A timetable has been prepared for the first semester of 2020-2021 which shows all classroom lessons.Â
I wish to welcome the freshmen and welcome back enrolled students. The "Cesare Alfieri" School does not need too many introductions: it is the oldest and most prestigious School of Political Science in Italy and shares this position in Europe with Sciences Po in Paris, both were founded in 1875.
From its foundation onwards, The School has a marked international dimension that still characterizes it today and results in a large number of students who, every year,Â complete their training in foreign universities through the Erasmus project and other mobility programs. Interdisciplinarity is another feature in the School's DNA which allows our graduate students to have that open-mindedness and skills in different fields that are increasingly required today by a constantly evolving job market. Lastly, the ambition to keep training not only students capable of entering the world of work effectively but also curious and aware citizens, has not changed. The "Cesare Alfieri" brand, in addition to connecting countless generations of graduates, remains a symbol of quality and prestige that is valued everywhere.
The President of the School