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Exploring Student Mobility: University Flows and the Territorial Structure in Viterbo

Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (DAFNE), Tuscia University, Via S. Camillo De Lellis, I-11100 Viterbo, Italy
Urban Sci. 2019, 3(2), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci3020047
Received: 16 March 2019 / Revised: 18 April 2019 / Accepted: 22 April 2019 / Published: 26 April 2019
Student mobility is a subject of very in-depth study in the urban sciences in the United States while it is little addressed in the literature on Europe, especially for Mediterranean countries such as Italy. The present paper focuses on Viterbo, a city located in the central part of Italy where there is a significant presence of university students. Welcoming more than 10,000 students, the Tuscia University in Viterbo is currently divided into seven Departments, ranging from Agricultural and Forestry sciences to linguistic and juridical studies. For this reason, the Tuscia University is appreciated for its graduate courses rather than the other neighbouring universities, such as Rome. Though the city of Viterbo is not infrastructurally well-connected and forces students to a difficult commute. Based on the limited literature in which student mobility is interrelated with issues affecting the spatial scale, a questionnaire was submitted to a sample of voluntary and anonymous students, which described their experiences giving insight into an intimate relationship between territorial networks and university reality. Results raised many topics of discussion, offering evidence, advantages and perspectives for Tuscia University, its territorial area and even the city of Viterbo. View Full-Text
Keywords: student mobility; urban mobility; territorial structure; university; Viterbo student mobility; urban mobility; territorial structure; university; Viterbo
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