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Prato Centre, Italy.

More than 12,000 students and researchers have travelled to the University's research and education centre in Prato, Italy to draw on the networks, culture and resources found in Southern Europe.

The Prato Centre gives Monash a strong presence in Europe, adding to the University's reputation as Australia's most internationally-focused university.

It was established in 2001 with the support of the local government of Prato, the Region of Tuscany and prominent Italian-Australians Rino and Diana Grollo and provides an ideal base for Monash researchers to establish and advance collaborations with major European and North American centres and universities.

The University's Arts, Business and Economics, Law and Art & Design faculties utilise the centre for a range of intensive undergraduate study programs each year, learning from world-recognised experts and studying alongside students from America, Canada, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Stephanie Fahey said the centre immersed students into a different culture, economy and working practice.

"With its access to specialist archives, museums and landscapes, studying at Prato is a qualitatively different experience -- one you couldn't get in a classroom in Australia," Professor Fahey said.

Dr Loretta Baldassar, an expert in Italian and migration research, has taken over the director's role from Dr Annamaria Pagliaro who led the centre for four years.

For more information visit the Prato Centre website.