On Tuesday, June 11, the Viale Pola campus hosted the first annual Luiss Diplomatic Forum, offering a space for dialogue between Italian and foreign diplomats, institutions and Italian companies operating on the international level. The event began with a meeting of Luiss alumni diplomats and two guests of honor: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Enzo Moavero Milanesi and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Elisabetta Belloni.
The guests participated in a debate on current geopolitical and international scenarios, touching also on the evolution of the role of diplomats, and the responsibility of universities in offering interdisciplinary and international educational opportunities.
“An international calling is part of Luiss University’s DNA, and we have long been committed to educating our students to become citizens of the world. An open mind is truly what we need in today’s world,” underlined Luiss President Emma Marcegaglia.
“We are aiming for high-level internationalization, that is both welcomed abroad and welcoming at home. We work to shape the future leaders of the international scene that are capable of demonstrating what Italy is made of abroad,” declares Luiss Vice President Paola Severino.
Luiss General Manager Giovanni Lo Storto opened the forum: “Our objective is to global diplomats, young people that are open to dialogue who will work to build connections and consolidate relationships.”
“We live in a complex world; thus, we need to find the appropriate instruments to take the lead in a global political arena. We have embraced the model of an Engaged University. Working alongside institutions, associations and companies, we aim to produce knowledge and have an impact on society,” declared Rector Andrea Prencipe.
The University’s commitment to these values was underlined by Deputy Rector of Internationalization Professor Raffaele Marchetti: “Nearly half of Luiss University’s degree programs are offered in English and we have relationships with over 270 universities in 55 countries. The University’s internationalization process also includes numerous agreements with large institutions, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as the business world, international associations, NGOs and nonprofit organizations.”
The event was also an opportunity to present the new master’s program in Global Management and Politics, dedicated to interdisciplinary and international education that provides graduates with the skills required by companies and institutions that operate on a global scale.
“I am testimony to the strength that Luiss exerts to give students an international preparation.” declared Elisabetta Belloni, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Luiss alumna. “Today’s diplomats have a fundamental role in ensuring stability and security. They must be able to multitask, understand the scenario they operate in and be self-starters in analyzing national interests.”
The central role of diplomacy was reiterated by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Enzo Moavero Milanesi, who stressed the importance of an increasingly global world, in particular for a country like Italy, where exports are fundamental to the national economy. Minister Moavero also focused on the challenges that the European Union must face in the next years and on how Italy can provide a constructive contribution to the reform process that the European Union needs.