Foro Italico University of Rome (Italian: Università degli Studi di Roma "Foro italico"), formerly known as the University Institute of Motor Sciences (Italian: Istituto Universitario di Scienze Motorie, IUSM) is a public research university located in Rome, Italy.
It is a vocational university, the only Italian state university dedicated to sports and movement sciences. It was created in 1998 when it replaced Rome's Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica (ISEF) whose activity had been centred on higher education for P.E. teachers. The university extended the institute's scope to cover all the fields of interest arising from Man's physical activity: scientific research, coaching for recreational sports and for high level competitive sports, teaching, fitness and rehabilitation, organization and management of sports events and facilities.
It offers a three-year course for a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Sciences, followed by a two-year graduate degree in either Preventive and Adapted Physical Activity or Management of Sports and Physical Activities.
The University "Foro Italico" also offers a two-year European master's degree in Preventive and Adapted Physical Activity organized in co-operation with the Universities of Cologne, Odense and Vienna, and a post-graduate programme for physical education teachers. A second European master's degree in Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents, organized in co-operation with the universities of Odense, Bristol and Clermont-Ferrand.
It is situated in the "Foro Italico" complex, a huge green area along the banks of the river Tiber at the foot of Monte Mario, Rome's highest hill covered with thick woods. The Foro Italico is the greatest Italian sports complex, including indoor and outdoor swimming-pools, gyms of many dimensions, tennis courts, two track-and-fields arenas and the big Olympic Stadium.
Department of Motor, Human and Health Sciences
On February 8, 1928, the first stone of the Academy of physical education was laid, named after the "fascist Academy of male physical education of Rome".
Renato Ricci is the inspirer of the future Training School of the cadres of the youth organization he chairs, the Opera nazionale balilla (Onb), and at the same time the creator of the architecture of the Sports Complex of the Foro Mussolini, today Foro Italico. The school became an Academy in 1929 with the aim of training the leaders of the Onb qualified to teach physical education in all schools and to promote the progress of the biological sciences applied to this subject. Studies are divided into two bienniums: lower (diploma for the teaching of physical education) and higher (degree in biological sciences applied to physical education). In 1930 the courses were restructured over a two-year period, with a third year giving access to a managerial career within the Onb.
In 1931 the Academy became "director fascist Academy of physical education" and on March 2, 1932 opened the women's section of Orvieto. In that same year the Academy still changes its name, becoming "director fascist Academy of physical education and youth". In 1937, with the abolition of the Onb and the establishment of the Italian youth of littorio (Gil), Renato Ricci was replaced by Achille Starace and the Academy split into "Accademia della gioventù italiana del littorio con sede in Rome" and "Accademia femminile della gioventù italiana del littorio con sede in Orvieto", with university degree and special order. The course is structured in three years.
In 1952 ISEF was born, Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica di Roma, heir of the "Accademia della Gil", but structured according to the changed Political needs of the new Italian democratic order. His courses lasted until 1958, when Law No. 88 of 7 February, signed by Hon. Aldo Moro, recognized its validity by declaring: "the ISEF of Rome replaces the Academies of Rome and Orvieto". Reconfirmed university degree, endowed with legal personality of Public Law and administrative, educational and disciplinary autonomy within the limits established by the norm, involves a three-year course of study. At the end of them, students obtain a diploma to teach physical education in the school. Prof. Vincenzo Virno is the first director of the Institute.
The Statute indicates the purpose, of what is defined as "a specialized school for the study of physical education and sports", in the promotion of the "progress of the sciences applied to physical education" and in the statement to the " scientific and technical culture necessary for the preparation and professional development of those who wish to dedicate themselves to the teaching of physical education and the technical uses in the sports field." The teaching subjects are divided into two groups: one scientific-cultural and the other technical-training.
In 1988, a new statute was introduced with the reconfirmation of the institutional aims. From the A. A. 1990-91 comes into force a new study plan, structured in three areas: applied biological; historical, literary and normative; technical-didactic. The courses have basic and address disciplines.
With a Retoral decree amending the University statute, issued on 12 June 2008 and published in the Official Gazette No. 146 of 24 June 2008, The IUSM assumed the name of University of Rome "Foro Italico".
The International Relations Office is responsible for coordinating and favouring world-wide contacts and relations with fellow universities and higher education and research institutions. The University participates in major European programs such as Erasmus+ (KA1 ,KA2 and Sport) and currently has Bilateral Agreements with more than 100 universities, in Europe as well as in the USA, Brazil, Egypt, Balkans and other African and Asian countries. In this vein, International Joint Masters have been designed, with the support and funding of the EU and the Italian government, to further promote internationalisation and mobility of students and teachers in the fields of health and physical education as well as in human and educational sciences.
University of Rome Foro Italico is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Roma, Lazio. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy), Università degli Studi di Roma Foro Italico (UNIROMA4) is a very small coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Roma Foro Italico (UNIROMA4) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
This 22 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 70-80% making this Italian higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.
The IUSM, like other Italian universities, has groups of students who compete in inter-university and European competitions. The sports groups of the University participate athletes who compete in football, tennis, gymnastics (rhythmic and Euroteam) and basketball. The IUSM also founded the experimental groups, whose activity is focused on bodily expression and creativity through movement.