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The Marco Polo Programme was launched in 2006 by CRUI, the Conference of Italian University Rectors, in response to an official request from the President of Italy.
The Programme was conceived in order to increase the number of Chinese students enrolled in Italian universities. The first step was the signing of the agreement protocol SeiAzioni per l’Universitā, la Ricerca e l’Innovazione between CRUI and the Italian Employers’ Federation Confindustria in 2004. The agreement specifically addressed strengthening scientific cooperation between Italy and Asia.
The concept of the Programme was to create a preparatory course of Italian language and culture for Chinese students wanting to enroll in Italian universities, in order to provide them with the knowledge needed to attend level 2 classes.
Since the first step in 2006, a number of prestigious Italian universities have opened Marco Polo Program departments. The University of Pavia started its own Program in the very first year in March 2007, offering a high-level, six-month, full immersion teaching program with classes taught entirely in Italian by highly qualified personnel. The teaching program, which has been tested through the years, includes grammar, phonetics and speaking classes, as well as a course on Italian culture and a specific test-training course designed to help students prepare for the final exams.

Visit the official website of The Marco Polo Program (English / Chinese) here: