The PRaNet project (Prevention of Radicalisation Network) entails the creation of a university network between the Italian University of Bergamo, leading by the consortium, and two universities from countries belonging to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Azerbaijan and Algeria, with the objective to deepen knowledge and understanding of the phenomenon of radicalization, development of social inclusion and de-radicalization policies and to provide for the improvement of integration, through post-university education activities and academic research in the 2019-2021 three-year period.
A special contribution in the research and training activities has been also offered by the International Team for the Study of Security – Verona (ITSS-Verona).
PRaNet, Prevention of Radicalisation Network
Research and education
In line with the Strategy for the promotion abroad of Italian higher education 2017/2020 (download pdf), a strategic plan jointly shared by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the PRaNet project aims at developing the ability to promote abroad the Italian system of higher education and research, in order to increase the number and quality of international students at the University of Bergamo, as well as to promote excellence in the field of international studies and align with de-radicalization policies in the EU, the MENA area and the OIC countries. The objective of the project is indeed to strengthen bilateral ties with partner countries in all sectors (political, scientific, cultural, economic).
In accordance with these goals, the PRaNet project involves university education (the MaRTe Master Program) and vocational training activities (Professionalization courses) as well as international Research activities on the themes of terrorism, radicalization and integration and de-radicalization policies.
The research objectives of the PRaNet project are pursued through the establishment of an inter-university research group for the study and deepening of the topic of violent extremism, made up of both researchers from the inter-university consortium and external experts on radicalization, recruitment, de-radicalization and social inclusion policies. The constitution of the inter-university research group is finalized to the elaboration of a final publication, based on a three-year (2019-2021) research plan for the deepening of the three pillars of the research: radicalization, violent extremism, de-radicalization.
The project entails also dissemination activities of the research results in the three-year period 2019-2021, through seminars and international conferences to promote Italian higher education and research abroad, comparing good practices in EU countries, and between EU, MENA and OIC.
In 2021 is planned the publication of the book “Understanding radicalization, terrorism and de-radicalization: historical, socio-political and educational perspectives from Azerbaijan, Algeria and Italy” with the contributions by the three partner Universities of the PRaNet project.
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