Ideas about education in Italy
October 2, 2021 – 18:34
We select the minds of local education professionals with considerable contributions Simon Gamel, Director of the British Institute; Carla Guwarduchi, President and CEO, Lorenzo de Medici – Italian International Institute; Alessandro Colombo, AD Education Italy / Academy, Italy, and Eleanja Lucasali, Member of the Italian Parliament.
You’re back! Not in the same numbers as before the epidemic, but on the streets of the Ultraran neighborhood, you will once again find a group of young Americans replenishing their energy. They are here for the rest of their lives on one of 45 American study programs. It’s great when they come back.
Before the outbreak, there was a slight negative perception of the 10-15,000 American students who come each year: destroying many rows of roads and creating hibernation. But last year, the efforts of local youth to turn Pisa Santo into a city (when there were no American students in the city) ruined that basket. Instead, the city decided to accept temporary residents who make temporary contributions to international students, partly because they stay longer than regular tourists, and 30K international students spend 2.4m nights a year in Florence. This reconsideration is being implemented with the support of the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau, a new program. Be (Clever point, isn’t it?)
Florence is an international center for higher education. Alongside American university programs, there are prestigious colleges, such as the European University Institute and Polymoda, as well as several other academies, art schools and research centers, including the University of Florence, and 4,000 international students each year. Much must be done to realize the full potential of the sector in Florence’s growing knowledge economy and startup, including better collaboration between different colleges and programs, building strong links between research and industry, and facilitating it.
But, for now, we welcome the return of international students and welcome them with open arms.
Director, Florence Institute of England
Study is a privilege; It is something we should not forget. And studying in Florence is priceless for many reasons.
The world of education has been damaged and students around the world have been forced to change their way of learning, in front of a computer, at home, with compassion and communication that can only be spent with a teacher.
Education is not the same as it used to be and we all in this world should not underestimate this aspect. Many opportunities have arisen from the current model. By this I do not mean that physical learning is basic, but that the classroom format in which the teacher explains and the students listen is no longer fun; The world of work and interaction between people is far removed.
During these two years, the concept of school changed. The physical space is gone and only the task of teaching remains. This gives us new stimuli; School is not the place but the way we learn. By the same token, we can argue that an entire city could be a “school” and that a place like Florence would be more affordable.
Imagine classes in the park (think of Boboli!), A coffee shop on the Piazza della Sigarian, and across the river in front of Arno, in front of an artist workshop, theater, or Arno. If we want to dream of a more “scattered” school, now is the time to achieve it, and maybe we can go one step further and think of our classmates as eager, even over-the-top visitors. They are human beings and we can find experts among them on various topics. One thing can lead to another and we will soon have an exchange of knowledge that enriches our whole being.
If so, I anticipate the future of education after the epidemic is over, There is an answer – Florence.
Director, AD Education Italy / Academia Italy
The enthusiasm and energy of the students who came to Florence is a great recognition for all we have done to ensure their safety and legal requirements.
It is more than jealousy; Demonstrates commitment and understanding. Our Mexican students were obliged to spend ten days in neutrality and did so without complaint, happy to be here and eager to begin their studies.
Travel problems–Vaccines, green pass, exclusion–They raised their awareness. Our students know exactly what they want, even in their academic choices, and value their experiences; They have never been more motivated and see only the goal rather than the obstacles along the way.
The situation has forced us to work with great creativity and knowledge to find solutions – small groups, new classrooms and workshop layouts, new cleaning processes, directions and lessons online and online. We try to listen to our students as much as possible, trying to understand their needs and doubts through constant and thoughtful discussion. For my staff, this is indeed a time of struggle, but also of growth and affirmation that we put into our work.
We now have more than 300 students, which is less than 50 percent of the pre-epidemic levels, but an increase from last year’s numbers. The good news is that more and more countries are showing interest in bringing more cultural resources to our school and we are looking forward to next spring.
The persistence of our students and their efforts to stay in Florence fills us with the responsibility and energy to overcome all difficulties and to look to the future with confidence.
President and CEO, Lorenzo de Medici – Italian International Institute
Now more than ever, the universality of the Italian university education system, especially in terms of attracting international students, is a key factor in following the international trends in education.
To achieve this, it is important to make this globalization more vivid than the European context.
For some time, the universality of our universities has certainly improved the continent and the scale of the European Union. This has led to the European Union’s excellence in higher education, which is no longer a problem, to the detriment of the promotion of integration processes as a model to encourage and guide similar processes in the region. And international standards.
This global perception of higher education is something we should expect today. The growing demand for national universities, which has challenged the dynamics of migration, provides new opportunities for the European context.
Challenges and opportunities are often seen in terms of competition. The words seem to be intended to structure the whole discussion of globalization. In fact, globally advanced higher education is the answer to all the needs of the planet.
As we will see, the intransigence of a university or university system can bring benefits to that university or system. Nevertheless, there is no conflict between following them and working for world development and sustainability. Moreover, the mission of the universities is always transcendent.
In terms of competition, it seems more appropriate to use the concept of cooperation developed in the early twentieth century, to point out the reasons for competition and cooperation. This is how we find ourselves globally.
As a result, we can do nothing but assume that the inclusion of international education comes from the opportunity to integrate and integrate different learning and learning cultures. In this regard, enrolling our students to our universities and connecting them with foreign universities to facilitate access to our young people overseas is the key to all learning and baptism in a culture that includes culture and the local environment.