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​Italian Education in the World Days

First “Italian Education System in the World” event takes place at the Farnesina on 17 November


The closing event of Italian Education in the World Days will take place at the Farnesina on 17 November 2022. The first official event dedicated to the Italian Education System in the World is an opportunity for all practitioners in the network – Italian schools and departments abroad, language assistantships and Italian language and culture courses – to meet and discuss.

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Participants include studentsexpertsteachers, school managers and administrative staff . The initiative itself grew from an awareness that Italian education and learning is an important tool for cultural diplomacy and soft power, in the framework of promoting the Italian language and culture throughout the world.

With the first edition of Italian Education in the World Days, the Directorate General for Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation intends to impart a new impetus to this network of educational institutions by encouraging dialogue by all practitioners on the opportunities, challenges and prospects of the Italian educational model.

In the run-up to the event, four technical workshops were held. Representatives of the Italian Education System in the World, led by external experts, discussed strategic issues such as digitalisation, interculturalism, inclusion, communication, project design, the network and innovation in teaching methods.

The results of the thematic workshops will be discussed on the morning of 17 November in the International Conference Hall at the Farnesina, and will then feed into a planning document.

In the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Hon. Antonio Tajani, and of the Minister of Education and MeritProf. Giuseppe Valditara, the Italian Education System in the World and its relationships and collaborative initiatives will be presented on the afternoon of 17 November. The event will include considerations of the strategic role and present and future potential of this network of educational institutions.

The Italian Education System includes the following.

–       Over 300,000 students

–       Seven Italian state schools – the core of the System – operating abroad, in Addis Ababa, Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul, Madrid, Paris and Zurich.

–       42 state-recognised private schools abroad, 30 of them in the northern hemisphere and 12 in the southern

–       92 Italian departments in bilingual or international schools abroad, in which the Italian language is taught and other subjects are taught in Italian. More than half (49) are the result of international agreements.

–       10,979 Italian language and culture courses abroad, organised by the relevant management bodies and by ministry teaching staff. 65 management bodies in Europe, North America, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and the Middle East received ministry grants in 2021.

–       130 language assistantships in foreign universities, in 63 countries.

–       674 people – school managers, teachers and administrative personnel – managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and working in schools abroad.

All updates on this event will be published on and on the “Italiana” portal Home – Italiana – Language, culture, creativity in the world (

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