Training and research activities

 

 

Collège de la Méditerranée

 

Preparation for free inventive reflection, which is a prerequisite not merely for the progress of science and literature but also of economic and political initiatives, needs non profit-making institutions supported by the international community, for this type of education is a decisive political factor in the future of a new Europe, affecting the nature of European democracy just as much as the constitution of lay schooling influenced French society.

Thus the F.L.M. has decided to respond to this requisite and found, through the Maison de la Mèditerranée, a Collège de la Méditerranée. Under a rigorous direction and with the collaboration of outstanding personalities in international science and culture this will prepare new generations of Euromediterranean researchers sharing the same critical awareness. The Collège will have its headquarters in Napoli.

 

 

European Masters in "Models of complexity and human ecology: instruments for community development"

 

Under the aegis of the European Union and Maison de la Mèditerranée, in collaboration with the Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università di Torino and Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, the FLM has inaugurated a European Masters degree in  "Models of complexity and human ecology: instruments for community development". The aim is to prepare graduates from various Euromediterranean countries in disciplines of  psychology fostering empowerment, i.e. promoting individual and group resources at the community level; enhancing resources of culture and research in Southern Italy and increasing competence in government of the territory by means of active participation on the part of citizens.

For we are convinced that throughout the Mediterranean basin support must be given to processes of transformation in progress in society. This Masters course offers employment opportunities for young graduates trained in the study of social and inter-personal relations who can intervene in theoretical and practical terms in the complex dynamics of community development, calling on skills and traditions of Southern culture as well as social participation and development.

The specific innovation is that young graduates in psychology will be given instruments of enquiry and intervention at the level of local communities to promote participation, processes of democracy and forms of active citizenship, requiring interdisciplinary studies and group activation and intervening with groups at risk and in contexts of social emergency.

The aims and system of organization of the course define, by their very nature, a predominant interest in interventions on the territory and hence the necessity for working closely with policies for increasing employment. The skills described are in fact an element of rationalisation of the organizations of civil society, their empowerment and an opportunity for new operative possibilities for the various services.

This initiative envisages a new professional figure able to act within local administrations to foster and promote processes of participation and active linking up of citizens, organisms of civil society and local administrations.

 

The FLM has carried out research in collaboration with local authorities to identify emergent needs and support specific, participatory forms of response.

These include:

 

·         Report on the University of the Mediterranean (1996)

·         Report on Water in the Mediterranean (1997)

·         Napoli, diagnosis of a city (1998)

·         Arts and crafts in the Mediterranean (1999)

·         Historical centres and the impact of tourism (2000)

·         Voluntary service: aims and prospects (2001)

·         Campi Flegrei: use of waste areas. Strategies for temporal Uses. Potential for

                  Development of Urban residual Areas in European Metropolises (2002)

·         Tourism and quality of life in the Historical centre of Napoli (2002)

·         Families and migratory processes in the Euromediterranean area. (2002)