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Modernising University Facilities

Sapienza University is driving its educational activities into the future, moving beyond traditional teaching models, promoting the active participation of students in learning processes and improving the quality of professional skills, thanks to funding from the Fondazione Roma. On July 26, 2018, Sapienza Rector Eugenio Gaudio presented the results of the first three years of project development together with the President of the Fondazione Roma, Emmanuele Francesco Maria Emanuele.

In particular, the Fondazione Roma allocated €5.9 million which, over three years, led to the development of three high-tech labs for the simulation of medical practices in emergency and crisis situations, as well as the Automatization of the Architecture Library. Moreover, the funds were also used to improve and modernise didactic activities in various other university facilities.

“The challenge that we accepted is important and strategic for a university that aims not only to train technicians, but to forge brilliant minds that can compete on the international level with experts in other subject areas and address crises and emergencies,” explains Sapienza Rector Eugenio Gaudio. “The projects that have been implemented with the support of the Fondazione Roma, and which employ state-of-the-art technology for university education, aim to increase student involvement and more efficiently stimulate the minds that represent the future of our country.”

Emmanuele F.M. Emanuele, President of the Fondazione Roma, added “I have always been convinced of the strategic importance of a high-quality university education for any country that wishes to remain competitive and modern. The application of last-generation technology represents the most functional and versatile tool available to provide young men and women with the opportunity to efficiently learn the scientific and technical competences that are indispensable to meet the demand for advanced professional skills in all subject areas. This is the belief that led me to commit the Fondazione Rome to promote academic excellence through concrete actions that will allow these objectives to be achieved.”

Medical Simulation Labs

The three simulation and training labs will benefit a basin of over 20,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students on Sapienza’s medical programmes at the Policlinico Umberto I, the Policlinico Sant’Andrea and in Latina. The new Skill Labs are equipped with exceptionally sophisticated devices allowing simulations on “virtual patients” that can be connected to monitors that are identical to those used in critical areas. This will allow professors to evaluate the efficiency of student and student team (doctors, nurses, etc.) actions. These state-of-the-art tools will increase learning curves and reinforce team work skills in a wide range of clinical specialisations. The labs will focus on the simulation of urgent situations and crisis scenarios by simulating cardiocirculatory alterations, respiratory and kidney issues, and even to evaluate the effects of specific pharmacological interactions and laparoscopic surgery simulations.   

Architecture Library

The automatic archival system that has been implemented at the Central Architecture Library allows for a higher quality service and provides an important aid to didactic activities for a large number of users. The project mainly addresses the 8400 students on Architecture programmes, but will also benefit undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at other faculties, for a total of about 10,000 users. The new system, which is based on mobile, custom-tailorable shelving that automatically compacts to optimise space, allows for the identification, retrieval and delivery of requested books to users, as well as their return through an automatic system. Moreover, the system has been studied to allow a large quantity of volumes to be accessed rapidly. Indeed, the Central Architecture Library holds ca. 93,000 volumes, 26,000 slides and 5000 texts from private collections. The possibility of accessing this trove of material easily and rapidly required an advanced archival system that ensures an optimal conservation of the many different types of resources available. 

Museum Multimedia and Virtual Didactic Activities

This project addressed the development of educational multimedia in Sapienza’s 18 museums, using modern communication channels and sophisticated electronic devices throughout the exhibition areas. The objective was to increase the experimental and experiential involvement of audiences through a new educational system for objects, installations and devices – not only to increase the acquisition of notions and information, but also to impart the epistemological structure behind reasoning and methods. Moreover, particular attention was paid to the renovation of the Earth Sciences Museum, which hosts some of the most ancient museum collections at Sapienza University.

Dedicated Cloud and Wi-Fi

A new, private cloud computing infrastructure has been installed to provide all university IT services. The platform will guarantee a greater flexibility and adaptability to specific contexts, the rapid activation of new services, reliable operation and the ability to create and share new innovative and technological services. The objective was to provide a number of computer environments and tools for working, teaching/studying, practice and experimentation that can be accessed from any type of device (PC, notebook, tablet, etc.) and from any location (study halls, class, open spaces, at home, etc.). Furthermore, the new system will allow the organisations providing the university with services efficient solutions to optimise resources. Finally, the Wi-Fi coverage has been extended and consolidated to all areas dedicated to educational activities and student services.