In addition to the Campus of the University of Florence (PIN), Prato boasts the prestigious presence of two international universities: Monash University (Australia) and New Haven University (USA).
Every year the three university campuses organize Prato Campus Week, an event open to the local community, with Open Day in the universities, live music, sports and competitive games.
Monash University, the largest public university in Australia, has chosen Prato as its base in Europe. It is ranked in the top one hundred universities in the world and has branches in every continent.
The choice of Prato is due to the renowned scholar of the Italian Renaissance, Professor Bill Kent.
Monash University Prato Centre collaborates with city institutions and with many private operators; academic programs connect with the local community through internships in Prato’s schools, agencies or companies.
The Family Lunch initiative introduces students to Italian life and at the same time gives people in Prato the opportunity to learn about Australian culture and practise English with native speakers. It organizes, for example, conversation exchanges, family dinners, internships and teaching assistantships.
Inaugurated in 2001, the Monash Prato Centre is located in the historic centre of the city, in the sumptuous Palazzo Vai, formerly the headquarters of the Industrialists Association. With the support of Regione Toscana and the Municipality of Prato, it offers numerous study programmes.
In addition to regular academic courses, it organizes symposia and conferences in various disciplines which attract scholars from across the globe to Prato.