The Marconi Foundation participates in ALMA, Bologna's Graduate School of Information Technology, Management and Communication established as a consortium between the University of Bologna, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, the G. Marconi Foundation (founding members) and the Profingest Management School.
Created in the year 2000, Alma quickly became a point of reference in executive education, characterizing itself for its interdisciplinary orientation, integration with the business world, and international projection. Alma develops its own training programs that account for various typologies: from full-time or part-time Master degrees (for both newly graduated students and those wishing to follow postgraduate studies during their employment), to innovative e-learning services and even special projects that include tailor-made training as well as consulting and applied research services.
The thematic areas of intervention are essentially three: Communication, Management and Information Technology. The last-mentioned is the one to which the Marconi Foundation makes the greatest contribution, in view of its specific relevance with its own scientific mission.
In the year 2010 the Alma Consortium gave life to CITI, Center for Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship, part of the PRRIITT of the Emilia-Romagna Region. CITI's objective is to promote support services for the development of projects relevant to innovation for businesses or groups, both for those that are already established as well as those in start-up phase. In the CITI context, The Marconi Academic Entrepreneurship School has been set up, a project that, based on the concept that entrepreneurship cannot be taught but can be learned, has the goal of analyzing the complex relationships and difficulties of entrepreneurship in an academic setting. The project has been structured around a series of courses and workshops, free of charge, that have been quite successful and will most likely be offered again in 2011.
But in addition to the activities conducted within Alma, the Marconi Foundation, aware of the strategic significance in the relationship between the world of research and the world of work and institutionally committed to promoting the exchange of know-how from one to the other, organizes annual cycles of Study Days, dedicated to the most innovative aspects of modern radio technologies, themes that make up the research activity that takes place at Villa Griffone.
The Days – held at Villa Giffone and organized in collaboration with the Ugo Bordoni Foundation, the Department of Electronics, Computers and Systematics of the University of Bologna and the Marconi Wireless Consortium – are structured like small conferences, with lectures given by different speakers who have been coordinated by the Foundation. The success recorded in these years shows how this formula, coined by the Foundation many years back, is still very popular and is able to propose subjects of interest in a setting that is able to bring together different typologies of users.