Industry Community Project

Industry Community Project

The project is in collaboration with the University of Sydney. It aims to connect students with different educational and disciplinary backgrounds through the development of a case study.

The course provides soft skills development, relationship and collaboration skills, group work, problem-solving approach, in order to promote professional growth and integration into the world of work.

How it works

The project includes an ad-hoc educational path (Industry Community Project, ICP Unit) of 6 credits organized by the University of Sydney, in collaboration with external Australian partners (companies, multinationals and service companies), to define and present to the students an operational question and/or case study to which the students are asked to give an answer. The aim of the course is to promote in students the development of soft skills, relationship and collaboration skills, teamwork, problem-solving approach, basically the skills necessary for professional growth and placement.

Students are divided into heterogeneous groups of 10: each group is composed of students from a different educational background (e.g. engineering, psychology, agriculture, physics, history, mathematics, languages, medicine), in order to promote interaction between diversified disciplinary fields. The heterogeneity within the groups is finally assured by the presence of Paduan and Australian students. At the end of the period, in order to obtain the 6 credits, each group of students must present and discuss a project to the industrial partner.

Supervisor: Mara Thiene

Co-supervisors: Martino Cassandro, Caroline Clark, Francesca Gambino, Alex Martucci, Marco Patruno, Roberto Antonietti, Andrea Gerosa.


Informative session: 04th March 2021_17:00 - 18:30
Recording of the meeting On the Attachment tab you find on Mediaspace you can download the slides of the event.

ICPU 2021 edition

  Industry and Community Project - international innovative teaching project

From June 28 to July 23, the University of Padua inaugurates the new ICPU - Industry and Community Project - international innovative teaching project, developed in collaboration with the University of Sydney.

The course offers students from the University of Padua and the University of Sydney the opportunity to acquire soft skills, relationship skills, teamwork and a "problem-solving" approach. In order to promote their personal and professional growth, the students will be supervised by entrepreneurs and industrialists. They will work in mixed groups of 10, each with deliberately different profiles (psychology, engineering, statistics, medicine, etc.), and from Padua and Sydney.

The project foresees a compact didactic path of 6 CFU, based on the Department of Territory and Agro-forestry systems. The direction of the course is headed by prof. Mara Thiene (University of Padua) and prof. Rosalind Deaker (University of Sydney).

Among the industrial and institutional partners there are: KPMG, Harris Farm, Ferrero, illycaffé, Nonino, Jonix, Brazzale, Brazzale, Ancoral, EU Spokesperson at the WTO and the Regione Veneto.

ICPU 2020 edition

  Food for Thought - Rethinking food systems for better health and sustainability

In collaboration with the University of Padova, held at the University of Sydney

  • Period: 28th January-14th February 2020
  • ECTS: 6
  • Participants: 25 selected students from the University of Padova and 25 selected students from the University of Sydney

ICPU 2019 edition

  The future of milk

"The future of milk" in collaboration with the University of Padova, held at the University of Sydney

  • Period: 4th-22nd February 2019
  • ECTS: 6
  • Participants: 25 selected students from the University of Padova and 25 selected students from the University of Sydney
  • Projects and partners, general overview


  Food and Health

"Food and Health" in collaboration with the University of Sydney, held at the University of Padova, in partnership with Brazzale Italy

  • Period: 24th June-9th July 2019
  • ECTS: 6
  • Participants: 25 selected students of the University of Padova and 25 selected students of the University of Sydney

Food systems and human health are inextricably linked, and depend on trust and agreement between all actors in the food value chain as well as adequate world food policy frameworks. The rates of non-communicable diseases have increased rapidly in recent years, particularly in developed countries and in urban areas of countries with economies in transition. Virtually all of these disorders are diet-related and, not surprisingly, do not respond well to the pharmaceutical model that characterises today's health care paradigm. Therefore, promoting better nutrition is a major goal in order to reduce non-communicable disease. Brazzale (est. 1784), is the oldest Italian dairy company and you will be exposed to the Italian food production system through visits to a range of farms, food and beverage processors and manufacturers including dairy, pasta and prosecco. In this project, you will look at smart food or food designed for health and wellness as it is the fastest growing food and beverage category resulting from a sharp rise in non-communicable chronic diseases.

International Relations Division

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Lungargine del Piovego n.1, 2nd floor - 35131 Padua, Italy