Advising and guidance

Guidance refers to all activities aimed at enabling the future student or current student to plan and manage their learning in a manner consistent with personal life goals and making full use of individual skills and interests in order to achieve personal fulfilment.
Depending on the moment in the university course when these activities are implemented, a distinction is made between: guidance on entrance carried out before choosing a course of study, it is aimed at prospective students and offers support in identifying the course to be undertaken on the basis of individual interests, expectations and aptitudes. In this phase, the various possible scenarios are presented to the future student and the alternatives of the university pathway are illustrated; orientation carried out during the university career, this is aimed at enrolled students and is designed to guide them within the courses of study already undertaken, enabling them to establish a better interaction with the structures and the university context; career guidance carried out close to or after graduation, it is aimed at graduates or undergraduates and aims to facilitate their introduction into the working environment.


The professors/instructors delegated for the orientation of the Biotechnology degree course coordinated by the University Guidance and Job Placement Unit and in coordination with the other delegates of the degree courses linked to the Department, they participate in orientation meetings held at upper secondary schools where information is provided to future students on the structure, content and methods of access to the degree course, they organise educational visits to the Departments, they collaborate in the organisation of the 'Studiare a Parma' (Study in Parma) open days, held annually at the University in spring, and the 'From Maturity to University' info days, held annually at the University in summer, to coincide with the opening of enrolment.
The degree course in Biotechnology adheres to the Piano Lauree Scientifiche (PLS), created in 2004 with the aim of combating the growing disaffection of young people towards scientific disciplines. This initiative takes the form of traineeships of one or more days for high-school students activated at the SCVSA Department; the relevant information is collected in a digital brochure published annually on the website; the same brochure is sent by email, through direct contact with the headmasters and school guidance teachers, to all the schools in the catchment area (Parma and neighbouring provinces as well as other provinces in which guidance meetings are organised in schools or guidance fairs are held).
In addition to traineeships, more specific initiatives are organised directly by professors/instructors (not necessarily delegated for orientation). These actions are thematic in nature and are aimed at high school students in order to provide them with further information on study paths leading to more or less 'canonical' professional profiles.
The delegated professors/instructors  for orientation also carry out direct contact activities with users when requested directly by e-mail or telephone, possibly setting up appointments for visits or interviews.
The guidance of the Biotechnology degree course is also aimed at the eventual choice of a Second-cycle degree, in order to orientate it, favouring vocation and talent, through more intensive contacts with students enrolled in First-cycledegrees.

Tutoring and Guidance

Tutoring "is aimed at guiding and assisting students throughout their studies, at making them active participants in the educational process, at removing obstacles to successful course attendance, including through initiatives tailored to the needs, aptitudes and requirements of individuals."
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