Education in Prato


The Monash University Prato Centre was officially opened on September 17, 2001 at Palazzo Vaj in the heart of Prato’s Centro Storico (historical centre). Monash secured this location with support from the Region of Tuscany and the local government of Prato.

The Centre’s establishment was assisted by the generosity of Rino and Diana Grollo, for whom the Centre’s major conference and performance room is named.

Professor Bill Kent, a world authority on the Italian Renaissance, was the Centre’s Founding Director (2000-2004). He retains involvement in the Centre in an advisory capacity.

Dr. Annamaria Pagliaro, former Convenor of Italian Studies at Monash, was the Centre’s Director from 2005 to 2008. A specialist in 19th and early 20th Century Italian literature, she has had a long association with the Centre and was involved in its establishment.

Professor Loretta Baldassar has been appointed as professor and Director of the Monash Prato Centre

The Centre’s activities are guided by the university’s Prato Advisory Group, which is chaired by Professor Stephanie Fahey, Monash University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International). The Honourable Sir James Gobbo, AC is patron of the Monash University Prato Centre.

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