Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, met today at Palazzo Chigi the young students of the scholarship programme “ITALYOU – L’ITALIA NEL TUO FUTURO: la formazione universitaria per la promozione della lingua e della cultura italiana nel mondo” (ITALYOU – ITALY IN YOUR FUTURE: University Education for the Promotion of the Italian Language and Culture in the World).
Developed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the University for Foreigners of Perugia, the programme aims to train young professionals from the African continent as Italian language teachers. To do so, students will attend the Master’s Degree Course in “Teaching of the Italian language to foreigners” at the University of Perugia.
“Today you have been given a great responsibility: to represent a bridge between our countries, to become true Ambassadors of Italy in Africa. Italy is today committed to the development of Africa with unprecedented enthusiasm and dedication, as part of the new relationship of equal cooperation that is the basis of the Mattei Plan”, said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Expressing their gratitude to Italy for the opportunity, the students showed strong appreciation for the programme promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia, Valerio De Cesaris, also expressed his appreciation, praising the renewed impulse provided by the Italian Government towards attracting the best international talents to the Italian education system and to disseminating the Italian language around the world.
Precisely with the aim of fostering synergies between education and the business world, at the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister Tajani, a delegation of scholarship holders will take part in the National Conference on Export and Business Internationalisation scheduled for 5 December.