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The University of Trento is recruiting students for a new community-oriented and interdisciplinary post-master programme, starting September 2015. The deadline for applications is June 8th, 2015. 12 scholarships are available.

SCoDeM is part of the Italian Cluster on “Smart Cities, Smart Communities and Social Innovation” and is aimed at creating the innovative professional figure of the Smart Community Designer and Manager. Such figure is equipped with the methodological and technological skills needed to design, build, coordinate and monitor communities of users engaged in socially impactful projects. Smart Community Designers and Managers can rely on a wide range of interdisciplinary competences, which enable them to manage and consolidate online and physical communities at a local and translocal level. Smart Community Designers and Managers are greatly in demand on a job market which is increasingly pervaded by a widespread interest in the topics of social innovation and of the involvement of communities by companies, public corporations and nonprofit organisations.

SCoDeM involves a 1500-hour workload, inclusive of face-to-face teaching (around 10%), laboratories (around 15%), a study period abroad (around 10%), an internship (around 40%), seminars and individual study (35%). 
Activities will take place in the period between September 2015 and September 2016. Attendance is compulsory. In particular, students are required to attend at least 70% of the hours related to face-to-face teaching and internship.

Certificate and Credits
Students who have regularly attended activities and passed all the scheduled tests, including the final exam (consisting of a project elaborated under the supervision of one of the professors), will obtain a post-master’s certificate in “Smart Community Design and Management”. The attainment of the certificate entitles students to the recognition of 60 ECTS credits.

Target Audience and Admission Requirements
SCoDeM targets people with the most diverse backgrounds (computer science, social sciences and humanities), who are interested in carrying out socially impactful computer science projects with a multidisciplinary approach.
To apply for SCoDeM, students must have an MSc or an equivalent degree.
Students who will attain an MSc by October 31st 2015 are also eligible for admission, upon provision of a statement signed by their thesis supervisor, certifying that the MSc will be obtained by the above-mentioned deadline. If selected for the course, such students will figure as admitted with a reservation, until they actually attain the MSc degree.
There are no limitations related to disciplinary fields. Good computer skills are required, ideally gained at university. Moreover, as the course will be taught in English, a good knowledge of the English language (B2 level) is a compulsory requirement.
The enrolment on SCoDeM is incompatible with the enrolment on any other study course.
Selection of Candidates and Deadline for Applications

Candidates will be selected through the evaluation of their CV, publications (if any) and of the motivation letter they will provide. Candidates might be interviewed, if considered necessary by the Committee.
Applications must be submitted online by May 4th 2015 at 1p.m. at 

Tuition Fee and Enrolment
SCoDeM has a €4.000 tuition fee, payable in 2 instalments. This amount is inclusive of a €100 admission confirmation fee, that must be paid within 7 days from the publication of the list of selected candidates. Failure to pay the admission confirmation fee within the deadline may result in the exclusion from SCoDeM.
12 scholarships are available, that will be assigned to the first 12 students in the list of admitted candidates compiled by the Committee. 
Scholarship recipients must pay the €100 place reservation fee, but are exempted from paying the remaining amount of the tuition fee and will receive an additional contribution to living expenses and travel, for a total of €6.000.

Terms and Conditions
To guarantee the highest level of teaching, no more than 15 participants will be accepted.

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