Industry Community Project

University of Sydney

The University of Padua, in partnership with the University of Sydney (Australia) promotes the intensive international mobility project ICPU - Industry Community Project, which foresees the mobility to the University of Sydney or the University of Padua on alternate years.

The project includes an inter-disciplinary learning journey bearing 6 credits designed and delivered by professors of the Universities of Padua and Sydney, together with local partners from the industry (e.g.: KPMG, Harris Farm, Ferrero, Illy, Nonino, Jonix, Brazzale, Brazzale, Ancoral, etc). The latter will introduce a challenge and/or case study that the students will be encouraged to work on/solve.

The aim of the course is to foster the development of soft skills, and to facilitate connections with the industry. Collaboration skills, teamwork, and problem-solving attitude are key assets for professional growth and employability.

Students of both universities will work into heterogeneous groups of 5-10 members: each group is composed of students from a different educational background, in order to promote interaction between diversified disciplinary fields, in a multicultural environment.

At the end of the period, in order to obtain the 6 credits, each group of students must pitch and discuss a project to the industrial partner.

Supervisor: Mara Thiene
Co-supervisors: Roberto Antonietti, Martino Cassandro, Caroline Clark, Francesca Gambino, Luigi Marfè, Alex Martucci, Zuleika Murat, Valeria Paganizza, Marco Patruno, Enrico Zucchi 

Applications are now closed

Info session: 20th March 2023, at 5:30 pm - registration of the info session

ICPU 2023


  2021 - 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.

  2020 - 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

  2019 - 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


  2019 - 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.

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