From May 4 to 11, Prato will be filled with beats, food and even group sporting events, all part of a joint program of Prato’s three universities, promoting interaction not only among themselves, but also with universities in nearby Florence. With Prato only a 20-minute train ride away from Florence, Campus Week is a great opportunity for Florentine and study-abroad students alike to get to know a relatively tourist-free Tuscan town and those who study there—and have a ton of free fun in the process.
With the theme of Weaving Connections, Prato Campus Week is about building new relationships and discovering new places and people. At the heart of all the activities is inspiring ‘creativity and intercultural connections amongst the growing student presence in Prato. It also gives visibility to what could be seen as a new phenomenon or indeed profile for a city that has traditionally been characterised by its textile industry,’ says Dr. Cecilia Hewlett, director of Monash University’s Prato centre. The public is welcome to attend, including students from Florence and the surrounding areas.
The activities will centre on Prato’s three universities: Monash (an international centre of Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia), New Haven (Connecticut, USA) and PIN (Polo Universitario Città in Prato, Italy, see).