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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 mainly works on research projects and capacity building programmes.
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 programmes 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


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:

  • 14 training rooms inside the “Bishop’s Fortress”, the Rivellino, St. Sylvester church and a Theatre;
  • 86 bedrooms (single, twin, double), for a total amount of 130 beds;
  • A full service dining facility with 200 seats for breakfast, lunch and gala dinners.

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.



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".


Joining NEST network means entering a network that guarantees open dialogue with experts and professionals working internationally on sustainable and responsible tourism.