University of Montecara

University of Montecara
Univèrsita de Montecara
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Latin: Universitas Montecaræ
Motto
Ars in scientiae in artis scientiam
Motto in English
Art in science, science in art
TypePublic
Established1291 (1291)
EndowmentŁ140 billion (2017 est.)
ProvostDr. Umberto Uçì
RectorDra. Orieta Testa
Academic staff
1,174
Students19,660
Undergraduates14,565
Postgraduates5,203
Location
CampusUrban
LanguageMontecaran, Gaullican
ColorsScarlet     
AthleticsUM Atlètica
Websiteum.ac
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The University of Montecara (Montecaran: Univèrsita de Montecara) is a public research university in Montecara.

History

The University was one of the first in Euclea. Medieval universities grew out of informal gatherings of scholars, often itinerant, who sustained themselves by writing books and charging tuition to students who came and went as they pleased. Some of the better-reputed scholars were retained by merchants or aristocrats who became their patrons and whose children they often raised. The idea of a permanent home for teachers and students that was not reliant on the whims of the aristocracy became popular in republican Montecara at the end of the thirteenth century, and was encouraged by the need to train a class of professionals whose skills were in demand by a mercantile society. Experts in the law were essential to settling the growing number of commercial cases, seafarers needed skilled physicians, and wealthy merchants had money to spend on art and literature. The Senate responded by chartering the University in 1291 and providing a modest endowment for its faculty.

Campus

Most of the University's buildings are in the historic center of Montecara. There is little distinction between "campus" and the rest of the city, though the area around the University is strongly influenced by students and academic life. Student housing is similarly scattered among University and other buildings.

Organization and administration

Arcade under the Law faculty building

Governance

The highest official of the University is the Rector, currently Dra. Orieta Testa. The Rector is ultimately responsible for the proper administration of the University and for seeing to its academic and financial well-being. It is an elected position with a term of six years; an electoral college consisting of professors, lecturers and researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students in certain proportions elects the Rector. The Rector also chairs the Major Council, the body that handles day-to-day governance of the University, and is ex-officio a member of the Council of Auditors, which handles financial matters.

Colleges

Colleges of the University of Montecara

The University is organized into 21 colleges, which are themselves divided into 38 faculties.

Matriculating students apply to one or more specific colleges within the University and take only courses within their given college when enrolled. Students may, at the discretion of the instructor, audit courses from outside their college, but no credit is given.

Hospital

The university hospital pharmacy, built in 1845

The University of Montecara Hospital (Ospedàl da Univèrsita de Montecara) is a teaching hospital owned by the University and jointly operated with Sànita Montecara, the state health service. It conducts research in addition to its day-to-day operations treating the sick and injured of Montecara.

Libraries and archives

The main library for the University is the Bibliotèca Savonòra, founded by the donation of his personal library by Guaspàr Savonòra in 1415. Before this, students and masters had to provide their own materials, which was often prohibitively expensive in an era before the printing press. Savonòra's donation allowed for books to be shared among all members of the University, greatly increasing the availability of useful texts.

The University archives are maintained by a dedicated staff and include documents and other artifacts from over 700 years of the University's history.

Museums

The operating theater of the University Museum of Science and Medicine

The University operates five museums:

  • The University Museum of Anthropology, which showcases the remains of hominids and humans' primate ancestors and has an extensive collection of artifacts from various world cultures up to the present.
  • The University Museum of Art, which includes works by masters and students who have taught at or attended the University as well as masterworks from across the globe.
  • The University Museum of Design, the smallest of the museums, which focuses on the history and practice of industrial and informational design.
  • The University Museum of Sotirian History, which features artifacts from over two millennia of Sotirian culture.
  • The University Museum of Science and Medicine, a sprawling collection that covers the history of medicine, chemistry, biology, engineering, and physics going back to the ancients. The medical portion is located in the building that held the University medical school in the 16th through early 20th centuries and highlights the history of medical education with a large collection of anatomical specimens and surgical tools. Also includes a special section dedicated to the University's historic work on alchemy.

Botanic garden

A fountain in the Euclean section of the garden

The University boasts one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world, established in 1517. It was originally intended as a reserve of medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries and their students, and retains a focus on plants with pharmacological qualities. It eventually grew into a living catalogue of plants from across the world, with the goal of having every plant biome represented in the collection. All plants on display are labeled with their taxonomic names, a reflection of the importance of the garden to classifying global plant life and studying it in a systematized manner. The garden remains a center of research into herbalism, phytopharmacogy, and phytochemistry.

The university observatory

Observatory

The University owns and maintains its own observatory on Montalba. It was constructed in 1800 and was used to take the first accurate measurements of Montecara's longitude in 1805.

Press

University of Montecara Press is owned and operated by the University on a for-profit basis. It publishes work by professors and masters, including research journals and quarterly reviews, as well as poetry, novels, nonfiction works, and works by outside writers.

Academics

Admissions

Candidates apply to a specific program and are selected by a committee within each school. Generally, undergraduate students are chosen on a holistic basis that takes into account grades and evaluations from secondary school, the results of matriculation exams, and essays written by the candidate. One quarter of places in each first-year class is reserved for Montecaran citizens; the rest may be filled by either Montecaran or foreign students, but is usually dominated by those from abroad.

Admissions rates vary from school to school and year to year. In 2017, the highest admit rate for undergraduates was in the College of Economics at 63% and the lowest in the College of Veterinary Medicine at 12%. Of those offered admission as first-year students in 2017, 65% accepted.

Teaching and research

Provost Dr. Umberto Uçì

Teaching and research are carried out by a faculty which consists of several ranks of academics:

  • Professor (Profesòr) is the highest rank. They have a doctorate in their field and enjoy academic tenure.
  • Docent (Docènt) denotes a faculty member with a doctorate who has not attained the rank of full professor. They may be fully employed in teaching and/or research or may work on a part-time or otherwise non-permanent basis.
  • Master (Maestro) denotes a teacher and researcher with at least a magistral degree who is a permanent employee of the University. They work under a professor and may be pursuing a doctorate while doing their teaching work.
  • Visitor (Òspite) denotes someone who is not a professional academic but who is temporarily employed by the University to lecture or assist in teaching because of their particular expertise.

Degrees

The University confers degrees at three levels: baccalaureate, magistral, and doctoral. The University has never awarded any honorary degree.

Level Degree Translation Duration
Baccalaureate Làurea (La.) Laureate 3 years
Magistral Magistrà (Ma.) Magistral 2 years
Magistrà di inxenèria (I.Ma.) Master of engineering 2 years
Magistrà di lexè (L.Ma.) Master of laws 3 years
Magistrà di mediçìn (M.Ma.) Master of medicine 3 to 4 years
Doctoral Dotoràt (Dr.) Doctorate 3 or more years
Dotoràt di inxenèria (I.Dr.) Doctor of engineering 2 years
Dotoràt di lexè (L.Dr.) Doctor of laws 3 years
Dotoràt di mediçìn (M.Dr.) Doctor of medicine 3 to 5 years

The Làurea (La.) is the most basic tertiary degree and is a prerequisite for pursuing higher degrees. It is awarded after three years of study and the completion of a thesis which does not require original research.

Magistral degrees are intermediary tertiary degrees which are generally awarded after two years of further study. The Magistrà (Ma.) is awarded in all fields except for law, engineering, and medicine, and requires the completion of a thesis or comparable body of work which is worthy of publication. A Magistrà is required for pursuing a doctoral degree.

Degrees in law, engineering, and medicine are different from those awarded for other disciplines. The Magistrà di lexè (L.Ma.) degree is considered sufficient to begin preparing for professional certification as an advocate or notary. The actual examinations for these professions are administered separately. Those wishing to become judges, particularly at the appellate levels or in the specialized courts, must generally complete the Dotoràt di lexè (L.Dr.) degree. Similarly, the Magistrà di mediçìn (M.Ma.) implies fundamental competence at the practice of medicine and is often the terminal degree for nurses and medical assistants, while the Dotoràt di mediçìn (M.Dr.) is necessary for fully licensed physicians and researchers.

Student life

Nations

Members of the Carinthian nation at the University, 1497

Student nations have a history at the University dating back to the high middle ages. These are social organizations made up of students from the same general cultural or linguistic area that provide room and board, camaraderie, and other forms of support to students who might find themselves far from home. They are also the main organizations for clubs, intramural sports, theater troupes, and musical groups. The nations as they currently exist are as follows:

Nation Founded Scarf
Vespasian
Natio Vespasiani
1387
Gaullic
Natio Gallorum
1388
Nord
Natio Nordorum
1392
Carinthian
Natio Carinthiorum
1415
Oriental
Natio Orientalium
1512
Monic
Natio Monicorum
1880
Bahian
Natio Bahiarum
1950

It is also possible, and common, for a student to be "nationless" and provide for their own room and board. This is particularly the case when there is no nation that matches well with a student's background.

Nations host certain events that are open to the entire student community and which are major events in the University social calendar. These include the formal ball held by the Nord nation every winter, which attracts thousands of participants.

Student media

Radio Univèrsita de Montecara, commonly known as Radio Uni, is a student-run station that offers talk and music programming and broadcasts at 88.5 MHz. Students also publish a twice-weekly newspaper, Il Sparvièr, with news and opinion relevant to student life.

Athletics

The University’s extramural athletic clubs are collectively known as UM Atlètica. Teams for men and women are organized for all offered sports. Sports include:

Traditions

The first official event for new students each year is called Eclèsia. Students, who are allowed to wear the black academic robe for the first time, meet to hear speeches by the rector and provost and take the oath that all students of the University have been bound to for centuries. The oath, which is taken in Latin, is:

Opera loquēlāsque faciam tōtās honestās erunt et agnitiōnem dedī quibus fēcit.

Loosely translated, it means:

The works and speech which I make shall be wholly honest, and I shall give credit to those upon whom they rely.

Noted alumni