Welcome to Ilmari Ivaska from Finland

We are all pleased to welcome Dr. Ilmari Ivaska who will pursue his postdoctoral research at our Department.

Ilmari holds a PhD from the University of Turku, where he contributed to the Corpus of Advanced Learner Finnish. In his prior research, he has used a variety of Finnish corpora, such as the International Corpus of Learner Finnish (ICLFI), the Newspaper and Periodical Corpus of the National Library of Finland, the Finnish Text Collection Corpus, as well as the Finnish Dialect Syntax Archive.

Ilmari will be working as a Post-Doc researcher at the Department of Interpreting and Translation of the University of Bologna. He will participate in a project comparing texts written by first language users (Italian, English and Finnish), translations from other languages, as well as texts written by advanced learners of the respective language.

In May 2017, the Language Bank of Finland has chosen Ilmari as the researcher of the month. Read here the full interview where he tells us about his research.

How to apply to the MA in Specialized Translation: tutorial going live shortly!

Are you thinking of applying to our Master’s in Specialized Translation but found the procedure a bit…daunting? No worries! Our team of experts is here to help!

We are producing a video tutorial containing the key points of the call for applications (aka “bando”) that you need to clearly understand in order to apply. However, we do advise you to read the call thoroughly before applying since the tutorial will not go through each single detail.

The video will be released soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the gallery below for a few behind-the-scenes shots.

And remember: for any questions, send us an email.

President Sergio Mattarella visits the University of Bologna

On Thursday 12 January 2017, the University of Bologna officially opened a series of meetings on the theme “Youth and research: the Alma Mater path to the future”. A group of Professors, young researchers and PhD students from our Department attended the opening ceremony, which was held in the auditorium of Saint Lucia in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.

Rector Francesco Ubertini started his speech by recalling the origins of “Alma Mater” and its close connection with the city of Bologna. Young students and distinguished professors alike – including Torquato Tasso, Ulisse Aldrovandi and Giosuè Carducci, to name but a few – would walk around the narrow streets of the old town, talking about the current situation in Europe and around the world. On these occasions, ideas would be exchanged and would start to circulate, giving life to knowledge and research.

While firmly rooted in the past, Alma Mater looks at the future of new generations. The Rector expressed his pride for our University and its ability to maintain the highest quality levels in teaching and research, despite the well-known issues affecting the Italian University system and its recruiting mechanisms. The Rector stressed the excellent results of our University policies, thanks to which young people continue to be hired.

After receiving the Sigillum Magnum from Rector Ubertini, President Sergio Mattarella remarked that the University of Bologna has always played a vital role in the EU common development and the spreading of culture without borders, recognising that our University’s contribution to society is the same today as it was more than nine hundred years ago.