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“STEM Study Visit to Italy” initiative meets with great success

Stem Study visit to Italy

The Scientific-Technological Hub of the “Federico II” University of Naples and its “Apple Academy” venues hosted the final ceremony of the programme “STEM Study visit to Italy” for young innovators from Georgia.

As part of the long-standing cooperation between the Foundation for Technological Innovation (COTEC) and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) – which aims to strengthen ties between Italy and Georgia in the scientific-technological and digital sectors – the event disclosed the results of the STEM study visit to SPICI (renowned digital academy of the “Federico II” University of Naples) by two young Georgian innovators through a scholarship assigned by the COTEC and Materias Foundations.

The two young students talked about the personal and professional growth they experienced during the visit, specifically mentioning the skills they acquired while developing digital transformation solutions for businesses and public administration offices, and while thoroughly studying international scientific-technological cooperation and start-up programmes.

Moderated by Vera Viola, journalist of the daily “Il Sole 24 Ore”, the event featured a number of speakers, including COTEC President, Prof. Nicolais, the Rectors of the “Federico II” and “Orientale” Universities of Naples, Prof. Matteo Lorito and Roberto Tottoli, as well as Italy’s Ambassador to Georgia, Enrico Valvo, the Councillor for Research, Innovation and Start-ups of Campania’s Regional Government, Valeria Fascione, the President of host organisation SPICI, Vincenzo Lipardi, the head of the Apple Academy, Prof. Giorgio Ventre, and representatives from public and private stakeholders involved in Naples’ innovation strategy. The President of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency, Avtandil Kasradze, visited the Naples Hub on the occasion, following the visit to Georgia, in May 2022, by a delegation of southern Italian innovation bodies, for the Italian Innovation and Research Day in Tbilisi.

The event also featured a special guest: young Georgian footballer Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, a star of SSC Napoli football club.

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