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Laying the foundations for a better European research world

Sara Fascione is among the winners of the UIF/UFI Vinci Programme 2016 and agreed to give an interview about her co-tutorship experience between Italy and France.
 

The “Researchers without borders #EU4PHD” project, financed within the framework of Horizon2020 and stemmed from the collaboration between ABG (Association Bernard Gregory), UFA (Université Franco Allemande) and UIF/UFI (Università Italo Francese/Université Franco Italienne) resulted in a two-day meeting that took place in Paris last December 2017. Participants there had the chance to connect with different actors playing in the field of research mobility through seminars, workshops and face-to-face talks. In particular, the debate focused on the perspectives of the academic research world in Europe, the range of financial contributions to projects and the recruiting processes.

The UIF/UFI University actively participated, confirming its role in supporting and promoting the highest-level academic mobility and the assistance of researchers for the development of their professional career.

Sara Fascione is among the winners of the UIF/UFI Vinci Programme 2016 and agreed to give an interview about her co-tutorship experience between Italy and France.
 

Could you please tell us something about yourself?

I am an Italian PhD Doctor and I have always been interested in studying within different international contexts. In particular, I have always been looking for testing and challenging my skills and research experience by confronting with different colleagues and approaches. The Vinci programme represented a great chance to achieve this.

Please briefly describe your studies

My research focus is on Latin Literature, in particular on the late antique period.

Why did you decide to undertake a French-Italian co-tutorship?

I believe that enriching your professional background with experiences in other countries and with other universities is indeed a god way to shape your career.

How would you evaluate your experience in France?

My experience with French university has been extremely fulfilling and rewarding: it allowed me to grow personally and professionally, while contributing to the improvement of my research methodologies as well as my language skills.

Which is your professional status today?

I am holding a place as post-doctoral researcher in Germany. I just received a scholarship co-funded within the Marie Curie Programme and I hope to continue to have the possibility to move and study within the European Space for Research.

How complicated was to find a job after your doctorate? How the co-tutorship represented a plus in your professional placement?

I was rewarded a post-doc scholarship before the accomplishment of the PhD; the joint
supervision played then a decisive role in my professional placement.

Which are your long-term goals or career plans?

I am planning to continue working in the academia, perhaps still in an international context.

Would you give advice to a student wishing to undertake co-tutorship?

I would suggest to take advantage of any opportunity occurring while studying and working abroad. And good luck!

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