On Monday, June 26, 2017, the University hosted the conclusive event of Operazione Mare Aperto 2017, a collaboration between LUISS and the Italian Navy.
The project was launched on April 12, 2017 with a lectio magistralis from Commander in Chief Donato Marzano.
From May 6 until May 18, 16 LUISS students from the Departments of Political Science and Law participated in Mare Aperto operations and boarded Navy ships working in the Central Mediterranean, acting as political and legal advisors as well as press assistants.
Mare Aperto is an operation that aims at training the Navy and other branches of the Armed Forces to maintain high standards of interoperability and integration of national and NATO forces in maintaining common maritime safety around Italy, Europe and the Atlantic Alliance.
“I learned that innovation also means knowing how to adapt to new operative needs and new challenges. This is reflected in the dual role of the Navy fleet that in recent years has been involve in operative theaters while also supporting populations struck by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 through ongoing initiatives,” explains LUISS student Lorenzo De Poli. “The key words that I will take with me from this experience are tradition, progress, competence, teamwork, duty and responsibility. I am grateful to the University for offering me this opportunity to participate in this intense activity and to the men and women of the Navy who were willing, enthusiastic and attentive while bestowing me their precious experience.”
The project is a part of the collaboration between LUISS and the Ministry of Defense, established in July 2014 when a group of students visited the NATO Command in Kosovo, follows by the Multinational Battle Group West Joint Enterprise Kosovo Summer School in summer 2016.