About us

Responsible Institution


Centre for Advanced Studies in Tourism

The Centre for Advanced Studies in Tourism (CAST) was established in February 2014 at the Rimini Campus of Bologna University. The Center works on research projects and capacity building programs in the fields of sustainable tourism, tourism destinations development, tourism economics, cultural heritage and tourism, visitors’ behavior and others related to the sector of tourism.

For the pursuit of its functions the Centre:

  • Proposes common integrated initiatives in the field of tourism, connecting economical, management, statistical, socio-political, historical, geographical, legal, and institutional aspects;
  • Carries out research on national and international issues in the field of tourism following the methodologies of different disciplines (economics, management, statistics, history, geography)
  • Develops post-graduate programs and capacity building projects even through the participation to competitive calls at national and international level.

Four Departments are part of the Centre:

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Sciences of Quality of Life
  • Statistics

There are 5 key-players active in the NEST Network. They have the role of coordinating the network activities in 4 geographical areas

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Lucy Atieno Odhiambo (Kenya)
  • Latin America: Ricardo Antonio Rivas Basil (El Salvador) and Marcos Antonio Guirola Aparicio (El Salvador)
  • South-East Asia: Nyunt Win Naing (Myanmar)
  • Mediterranean: Rania Mechergui (Tunisia)

Funding Institution


Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

AICS - the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation - is one of key innovations established by the Italian law on international cooperation (Law No. 125/2014).

The Agency began operating in January 2016, with the aim of aligning Italy with its principal European and global partners in the endeavor of development. Its basic model reflects that used in the main European countries, and it must comply with the demand for more professional and innovative forms of cooperation, involving the methodological flexibility necessary in a continuously evolving scenario.

The Agency headquarters are in Rome. AICS runs another base in Florence and 20 field offices worldwide for assessing local needs, implementing development initiatives, monitoring results and building partnerships on the ground. According to the law, the Agency’s mission is to "perform technical and operational activities associated with the examination, development, financing, management and control of the cooperation initiatives".

Technical Support


University Residential Centre at Bertinoro

Since 1994, the University Residential Centre at Bertinoro (Ce.U.B.) has worked in the field of vocational training, conferences, congresses and lectures.

Ce.U.B. provides both Italian and international universities, companies, agencies, and individuals with extensive conference and lodging facilities.

During the years of its intense activity Ce.U.B. has developed an exceptional team specialized in the organization and management of national and international training courses, workshops, private events and meetings.

Ce.U.B. is managed by a Foundation (Fondazione Ce.U.B.) participated by the University of Bologna and by the municipality of Bertinoro.