Italy and its university and higher education system are once again at NAFSA, the most comprehensive international education conference and expo event. Italy is participating in the 2019 edition, held in Washington and attended by over 100 countries, with 35 institutions, public and private, from almost all of the country’s regions, to attest not only to its goal of increasingly internationalising the Italian university system, but also to the continued and growing international interest in Italy. Italy’s participation has been made possible thanks to the contribution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), in association with the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
The space dedicated to Italy also features Uni-Italia, an academic centre promoting Italian higher education programs and encouraging university cooperation and cultural exchanges between Italy and other countries, and EduItalia, an association fostering the Italian language and culture. The Italian Ambassador to the USA, Armando Varricchio, underlined the importance of “academic education and exchanges between students and universities to provide future generations with the tools needed to excel and succeed in all fields in an increasingly interconnected world”.
Also within the framework of the NAFSA event, the Embassy of Italy hosted a meeting between representatives of the Italian universities participating in NAFSA and members of the U.S. academic community dedicated, in particular, to the management of international scientific research.