Established in 1088, the University of Bologna is the western world's oldest higher education institution (HEI) with a distinguished history of teaching and research.  Today it is recognized as one of the top Italian and European HEIs and famous for its beauty and integration with the city. Its highly diversified and modern teaching offer includes over 200 degree programmes among its 33 Departments, 11 Schools and over 78,000 students. The University of Bologna has always favoured internationalization, multi-disciplinarity and cross-cultural approaches. As a result, in 2014 over 5,000 foreign students from all over the world benefited of the wide range of courses, 52 of which taught in English. Moreover, between 2009 and 2013 over 30% of the annual income of  UNIBO came from EU projects, thus confirming its outstanding capacity to attract external funds. The School of Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage is divided into 7 Departments offering 8 BA programs and 15 MA programs to over 13,000 students. The international relations held by the teaching staff at the School also offer to the students manifold opportunities to study abroad. The Department of History and Cultures has a long tradition of researches on a wide chronological as well as geographical range. Within this framework, archaeological research is organized into 2 main centres and 6 research labs carrying out over 20 excavation projects in Italy and 10 abroad, 7 laboratories and 3 Summer School programsThe University of Bologna will be in charge of the coordination of the whole project and it will be also leader of WP 1 Archaeological, Cultural and Environmental Research and WP 7 - Monitoring & Project Management It will be in charge of the overall project management and financial administration, as well.

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NICOLÒ MARCHETTI. EDUU project coordinator. Full Professor of Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Director of the Specialization School in Archaeological Heritage of Bologna (since 2012) and former director of the Institute for Higher Studies (ISS) of the University of Bologna. He participated and directed numerous field research projects in Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey and Iraq. Since 2003 he directs the joint Turco-Italian Archaeological Expedition project in the region of Gaziantep (Turkey). Since 2015 he also directs an archaeological survey project in the Iraqi region of Qadisiyah and the East Nineveh excavations. He has coordinated the planning, organization and opening of two archaeological parks in the region of Gaziantep. He was awarded or collaborated in several Italian and international grants among which the Erasmus+ WALADU project (2017-2019), the EU Grant for the "JPI HeAT" project (2015-2018), the FP7 ERC AdG Ebla Chora project (2010-2014), the EU FP6 ARCHAIA project (2007-2008) as well as many from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (PRIN and FIRB from 2003 to 2013). In 2002 he also obtained a Marco Polo grant to carry out research at Harvard University. Prof Marchetti also organized several international conferences and exhibitions in Italy and is the scientific responsible of the research website He is author of more than 100 scientific publications and several books.

LICIA PROSERPIO. EDUU coordination team member. Licia Proserpio works at the IRO - Eastern Neighbouring Countries, Russia, Asia, Oceania and North America Unit. She is involved in the development and management of international projects under different frameworks: TEMPUS, EuropeAid, Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus + (Key Action 1 and 2). Main duties: monitoring project activities assuring achievement of project goals, internal and external communication activities, dissemination planning, exploitation and sustainability activities, management of project technical and financial aspects including budget expense monitoring and reporting and production of the periodic report to the European Commission.

GIULIA SCAZZOSI. EDUU coordination team member: coordinator of the development of the trainings and e-learning modules and coordinator of the activities for Iraqi secondary school students. She has a PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Pavia, with a thesis on the food-production practices in ancient Mesopotamia. She studied at the University of Milan (BA), Bologna (MA), and the Institute of Archaeology of the University College of London (Erasmus exchange program). Since 2009 she took part in several archaeological projects and excavations in Italy,Turkey and Iraq. Since 2012 she is a member of the archaeological expedition at Karkemish (Turkey), as area supervisor and object registrar, and she is collaborating in the organization and opening of the archaeopark. Since 2016 she is also a member of the archaeological survey in the Iraqi region of Qadisiyah. She conducted researches in some European and American institutions and universities, among which are the British Museum and the British Library (London), the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (Cambridge), the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Philadelphia). She collaborated in the organization of some exhibitions in Bologna and Gaziantep (Turkey). 

EMMANUEL DI TOMMASO. EDUU coordination team member. He has a master's degree in Development and International Cooperation at the University "l'Orientale" of Naples. He worked as finance officer and project assistant in several decentralized cooperation projects that were implemented both in Europe and in Mediterranean Countries (Lebanon, Tunisia, Palestine, Morocco and Algeria).