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The American University of Rome (commonly referred to as AUR) is a degree-granting American university in Rome, Italy. The school was founded in 1969, making it the oldest American degree-granting university in Rome.[3] AUR is situated near the center of Rome on the Janiculum hill in the Trastevere neighborhood, and has a total student enrollment of around 500.[4] The language of instruction is English.

The American University of Rome
The American University of Rome Official Crest 2014.png
Motto"Inter Gentes Trans Orbem"
Motto in English
"Between Peoples Across the World"
TypePrivate, independent, not for profit, liberal arts university
Established1969
PresidentRichard Hodges[1]
Students500
Location,
41°53′09″N 12°27′44″E / 41.8857°N 12.4623°E / 41.8857; 12.4623Coordinates: 41°53′09″N 12°27′44″E / 41.8857°N 12.4623°E / 41.8857; 12.4623
CampusUrban Via Pietro Roselli, 4
Colors     Green      Silver
Athletics3 Varsity Teams
NicknameAUR Wolves (men's) AUR She-Wolves (women's)
MascotWolfie [2]
Websitewww.aur.edu/

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HistoryEdit

AUR has its origins soon after World War II. David Colin, an American journalist in Italy prior to and during the war, settled in Rome. While American students and professors visited Rome, Colin helped foster cultural exchanges between Americans and their Italian counterparts. Over time, informal discussions at his home became more formalized, turning into structured lectures and classes. His wife, Joan Carpenter, assisted Colin with this undertaking.[3]

George Tesoro, an Italian who left Italy in 1940 in protest against Mussolini’s fascist regime, began to collaborate with Colin. As the program grew, The American University in Rome became reality when AUR was incorporated in 1969 in the District of Columbia with its academic headquarters located in Rome, Italy.[3]

Later developmentEdit

Upon incorporation, Tesoro served as chairman until 1983, when Joseph D. Ventura, then vice chair, succeeded him. During Ventura's time as chairman, the board of trustees became a degree-granting institution from the District of Columbia in 1986. In 1987, a member of the board, Dr. Margaret Giannini, a professional in the scientific and medical research field, became board chair and served until 2003. Under her 16 years of leadership, the university grew in its student and faculty numbers, curriculum offerings, and financial and management systems. Dr. Giannini initiated AUR's first accreditation with the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools in 1992 and planted the seeds for Middle States accreditation.[5]

After operating from different locations in central Rome for almost 25 years, AUR moved to its current campus in 1993.

CampusEdit

The campus is located on top of the Janiculum, Rome's highest hill, offering views of the city. Most of its buildings are located on Via Pietro Roselli adjacent to a portion of the Aurelian Wall with the Communications Building, commonly known as the Carini building, being located on Via Carini, only a short walk.

The Carini building, completed in 1970, is after the style of the Italian architect Paolo Portoghesi and has been commonly referred to as Casa Papanice.[6][7] However, after some dispute, it has been acknowledged that the original Casa Papanice is another building in Rome[8] and the Carini building of The American University of Rome cannot be officially designated as a Portoghesi building but a building 'in the style of'.

The campus was extended in early 2018 to include an Art Studio, exhibition space and classrooms on via Angelo Masina.[9] This building is adjacent to, and shares garden space with, the American Academy in Rome.

The main campus includes two gardens centered around the main A and B buildings, the Evans Hall Library, and the Auriana Auditorium. The main teaching block (Building B) is part of a Barnabite monastery.

Organisation and administrationEdit

The American University of Rome is governed a Board of Trustees, President, and a Senate. The highest governing body, the Board of Trustees, is responsible for overseeing the University and maintaining its academic and financial health and welfare. Among other duties the Board appoints the President and has final approval of changes to the curriculum proposed by the AUR Senate (the body which, forms and amends academic policies and includes a Student Government representative). The Board is currently led by Gabriel A. Battista, a board member since 2006.[10][11]

The current President of the University is Dr. Richard Hodges OBE[12][13], who assumed the position in July 2012, taking over from then-acting President Andrew Thompson. The President is supported by the Vice-President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Maria Stampino, who took up the role in Fall 2018 after serving for 22 years at the University of Miami.[14]

AUR is a member of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities[15] and The American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL).[16]

AcademicsEdit

The American University of Rome is a liberal arts university with a student-faculty ratio of roughly 16:1.[4] AUR's undergraduate student body of roughly 500 students is multicultural and representative of over 30 nationalities.

AccreditationEdit

The American University of Rome is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.[17] The American University of Rome is licensed by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware to award associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. In Italy, AUR is registered as a legal entity with the Rome Tribunal and it is authorized to operate in Italy by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.[18]

Academic programsEdit

AUR offers four master's degrees (in Arts Management, Peace Studies, Sustainable Cultural Heritage and Food Studies) and ten bachelor's degree programs with 16 concentrations or tracks, two associate degree programs and 18 minors. Of the ten undergraduate programs nine are Bachelor of Arts degrees. The Program of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Associate of Arts Degrees can be obtained in liberal arts and international business. Internships are available in all majors for course credit and provide a practical format to relate their studies to career interests.[19]

The university's programs and areas include:

The University also runs a distinctive Honors program 'The AUR Honors Program in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship' led by ex-White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, Kyla Fullenwider.[30][31] Other members of faculty for this program include, another of President Obama's Innovation Fellows, Laura Weidman Powers[32] (who served as Entrepreneur in Residence from Fall 2018) and Anna Maxine Naimark, ex-Senior Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).[33]

The University also offers four Master (M.A.) Degree programs:

Student lifeEdit

Students live off campus mostly near the university, giving the opportunity to allow the students to immerse in the surrounding communities.

The AUR community of students and faculty publishes a literary journal of student works called Remus each year. A monthly student run newspaper called "the Howler" is now being published. AUR student run organisations include Student Government and a variety of clubs such as: Veterans Club,[38] Business Club,[39] Communication Club, Culture Club,[40] Italian Studies Club,[41] and International Relations Club which also organises AUR's Harvard National Model United Nations delegation.[42] The Communication club also supports AUR's Communication Week which is a showcase of the American University of Rome students communications and English work.[43][44]

 
The American University of Rome's mascot "Wolfie"

AthleticsEdit

The Wolves and She-Wolves are the American University of Rome's soccer clubs which play competitively against Rome's other universities including La Sapienza and Roma Tre University. Both AUR's men's and women's teams were founding members of their respective intercollegiate tournaments; the men's "Campionato di Calcio delle Università Romane" (2005) [45] and the women's "Campionato Calcio Feminile delle Università Romane" in 2006.[46]

AUR Wolves regularly play against Rome's second American university, John Cabot University, in what has been dubbed the "American Derby".[47]

AUR Wolves, men's soccer team, won the Universities of Rome a5 Football Championship on April 26, 2018, their first trophy since co-founding the league in 2006.[48]

In 2013 the University added volleyball as a competitive team and became a founding member in the newly created co-ed tournament, "Campionato di Volley delle Università Romane" [49]

MascotEdit

The school mascot is "Wolfie". The first mascot in Roman university athletics, Wolfie has been representing AUR since 2006. Originally named "Romulus" in reference to the mythical founder of Rome, the name Wolfie was popularized by students and later formally adopted.[2]

American University of Rome Abroad (AURA)Edit

The American University of Rome hosts a number of study abroad students but also promotes the opportunity for resident students to study abroad from AUR using the AURA program. Partnering institutions that accept AUR students to study abroad with them include:

Through the AAICU Direct Educational Exchange Program (AAICU-DEEP) (Association of American International Colleges and Universities) students can apply to study abroad for a semester at:

Notable scholars and Honorary Degree recipientsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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