Internationalisation Days

Doing Research in post-media age: from theories to practice in lifelong learning

22 FEB 2023 / 09,00-12,00 am

Seminar: Doing Research in a age

  • Fayez Mahamid, Associate Professor in the Human Sciences Department, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine.
  • Josep Maria Duart Montoliu, Professor in the Psychology and Education Sciences Department Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

22 FEB 2023 / 03,00-04,00 am

How to manage European Grants

  • Federica Fumagalli (UNIMIB Grant Office)
  • Elisa Genua (UNIMIB Grant Office)

23 FEB / 10,00 am

Award Cerimony

Guests 2023

Digital challenges, research and professional practices in the Palestinian context

Prof. Fayez Mahamid An-Najah National University, Nablus, oPt, Palestine

In the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Palestinian higher education, research and development (R&D) have a relatively recent history and face extraordinary challenges not faced by other country. Coming on top of Israel’s ongoing limitations on Palestinian land-lines, cellular, and Internet infrastructures, the result is a “digital occupation” of the West Bank and Gaza strip characterized by increasing privatization, surveillance, and control. While deepening Palestinian economic reliance on Israel and making Palestinian high-tech firms into dependent agents, digital occupation also enhances Israel’s territorial containment of the strip. This presentation will be focused on technological difficulties and challenges faced by research, education, and professional practices in a context characterized by a high level of war trauma and ongoing political violence. Positive coping strategies and success stories of using technology will be also presented.

Fayez Mahamid

Dr. Fayez Mahamid has been a Rutherford Fellow in the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University, UK. He holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and served as a head of the Graduate Department for Human Sciences at An-Najah National University, Palestine. In addition, he continued to lecture in the Department of Psychology and Counselling. His research interests focus on mental health, trauma intervention, diagnosis, assessment, therapeutic programs, and psychosocial rehabilitation.

Transforming Higher Education: The Digital Education Challenge

Prof. Josep Duart Montoliu, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Higher education is undergoing an accelerated process of transformation. Since the beginning of the 21st century, society and its educational institutions have been changing rapidly, and the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated this process. Digital Education is a significant catalyst in the transformation process of education. The lecture will discuss how technology in education exercises a transformative power in educational organisations and, in particular, in universities. These transformations can be observed in the institutional leadership, the institution's organisation, and the dynamics of learning and teaching. Teachers and students are changing their way of teaching and learning, which has a significant impact on the university and society. We will consider at the lecture the challenges and opportunities of these transformations.


Dr Duart holds a doctorate in Pedagogy from Ramon Llull University (URL), Barcelona, and a Master in Business Administration from ESADE Business School, Barcelona. He qualified from the University of Barcelona (UB) with a bachelor’s degree in History and a teaching qualification. He is former Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Lifelong Learning, and director of the International Graduate Institute at the UOC (01/2007-08/2013).

As a researcher specialising in e-learning and educational organisation, he leads and collaborates on research projects in areas such as educational policy, higher education leadership and ICT use. He was the founder and director of the UOC UNESCO Chair in e-Learning (2002-2009) and academic director of the I International Seminar “Leading Universities in the Knowledge Society”. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE)

Introduction of the award

In line with the objectives of the Inter-Commission for Internationalisation and with the DISUF Programme Document 2021-23, the award aims at enhancing the internationalisation of researches carried out by resear4ch fellows and PhD students belonging to the Department of Human Sciences for Education "Riccardo Massa". The award is one of the initiatives of the "Internationalisation Days" promoted by the Department.

Motivation for the award

Implementing international researches is one of the strategic objectives of our University.  Early-career scholars (PhD students and research fellows) often cope with extra challenges to improve the visibility to their research within their scientific community. Therefore, the Inter-Commission for Internationalisation promotes, within the framework of the "Internationalisation Days", an award for PhD students and research fellows.

The action aims to encourage the international dimension of their research projects. The prizes linked to that award will support the presentation of the research in international contexts (publications, participation in conferences).

How to apply

The award is open exclusively to PhD students and research fellows belonging to the Department of Human Sciences for Education "Riccardo Massa". Applicants should produce a concept note of no more than 10000 characters structured as follows:

  • Foreword and background
  • Research question
  • Methods
  • Research implementation plan
  • Expected results
  • International follow-up of the research

Concept notes should be sent in pdf format by 25 January 2023 (17.00 CET) to

Applicants can choose whether to submit the concept note in Italian or English, justifying their choice.

In addition, applicants must attach a draft of a working plan (maximum one page) illustrating the use of the award by indicating:

  • Timing
  • Type of expenditure. Eligible expenses are: publications in open access journals, international conference fees, expenses related to presentations at international symposia or seminars.

Award structure

The concept notes will be evaluated by the Organising Committee - Jury based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity, rigour and coherence of the research framework - max.25 points
  • Originality and innovation - max. 25 points
  • Relevance to current topics for the scientific community - max. 25 points
  • Potential spin-offs and transferability - max. 15 points
  • International outlook (breadth of literature, collaborations, periods abroad) - max 10 points

Organizing Committee - Jury

The Jury is composed by Cristina Palmieri, Francesca Antonacci, Alice Bellagamba, Claudia Bonsi, Edoardo Datteri, Stefano Malatesta, Giulia Pastori, Guido Veronese.

Results and awarding
  • The work of the Organising Committee - Jury will end on 15 February 2022.
  • Two separate rankings will be drawn up: 1. PhD students and 2. research fellows.
  • The final rankings will be announced on the last day of the Internationalisation Days.
  • A certificate of merit will be awarded to the top three in the two rankings.
  • Each list will indicate a winner (who will receive a prize of €1000.00) and a second winner (who will receive a prize of €700.00) to be used mandatorily  before the end of the research contract or doctoral period
  • In the event of a tie, the youngest candidates will be awarded the prize.
  • In the event of renouncement of the prize or expiry of the time limit for its use, the Jury will award the prize to the second (or possibly third) placed in the ranking.

Winners of 2022 Edition

Gallery of awards - 2022 edition

PhD Students

  • Camilla Carabini (Internationalisation Award)
  • Valeria Cotza
  • Lucia Carriera

PostDoc Fellows

  • Federica Cavazzoni (Internationalisation Award)
  • Elisa Farina
  • Chiara Carla Montà 

Giornate dell'Internazionalizzazione DISUF - Cerimonia di premiazione edizione 2022

2022 edition award ceremony