UNIVERSITA’ POPOLARE DI FIRENZE
The Università Popolare di Firenze, (www.universitapopolaredifirenze.it) the first People’s University in Italy, was revived in 2011 with the intention of bringing citizens closer to the culture and to social commitment regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnicity. The Università Popolare di Firenze has cultural, scientific and continuing education purposes aimed at adults. To implement its programme it organizes events, seminars, conferences and cultural, educational, scientific, artistic and lifelong learning courses; it also pursues purposes related to unconventional medicine and bio-natural disciplines. The Università Popolare di Firenze, through its associates, organizes professional, refresher and specialized training courses; it is a member of the CNUPI, National Confederation of the Italian People’s Universities, http://www.cnupi.it/ whose institutional purposes include the following: offering a cultural growth service to citizens of all ages; seeing that those who pursue a profession are kept up-to-date; facilitating the education and specialist training of those who wish to enter and obtain qualifications in the workplace. The UnipopFi is on the Regional Register of Associations for Social Promotion as well as the National Register of Research Institution, it is a member of the European Association for the Education of Adults http://www.eaea.org/ and finally it is accredited as a Training Organization as per Ministerial Decree 177/2001.
The educational offer of the Università Popolare di Firenze, offers a multitude of courses for adults in various areas of interest, some of which are completely free, to better meet the social promotion objectives of its bylaws. The methodologies used are interactive, multimedia and collaborative, and the participation of adults in the courses increases over the years improving their educational offer.
The unipop FI offers and participate as partner in European projects of Adult Education and Vocational Education and Training.
The Università Popolare di Firenze also publishes the periodical Agorà – an online newspaper intended to be a place for the discussion and examination of social, environmental and cultural issues. The aim of this online newspaper is to create a community of dynamic people responsible for social and psychophysical health issues.