Eucentre, European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering, was founded in 2003 by the following institutions: Italian National Department of Civil Protection, University of Pavia (Italy), Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and Institute of Advanced Study (IUSS) of Pavia (Italy). It is a non-profit foundation with head office in Pavia. EUCENTRE promotes, supports and sustains training and research in the field of seismic risk mitigation.
IUSS was founded in Pavia in 1997 after an agreement signed with the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. Based on its qualified activities in the field of education and research, IUSS was recognized, in 2005, as "Scuola Superiore ad ordinamento speciale", in line with other three existing institutions in Italy: Scuola Normale Superiore and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa and SISSA in Trieste. Due to the completeness of its training fields, which allow a strong interdisciplinary approach, the mission of IUSS is to contribute to the growth of a small number of selected students by offering them, at any step of their higher education, qualified programmes that enhance their capabilities and knowledge. IUSS is also committed to scientific progress by preparing young researchers and developing scientific research programmes.
The An-Najah National University (ANNU) was founded in 1977 in Nablus, in the northern of Cisjordan. With more than 16,500 students and 19 faculties, the An-Najah National University is the largest public university in Palestine and is dedicated to promoting understanding, providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education, and serving as a leader in scientific research.