Luiss University, the Sacred Convent of Assisi, the Theological Institute of Assisi, the University of Bologna, Politecnico Milano and Federico II University in Naples present the Assisi Project, a new vision of interuniversity education.
From August 31 until September 8, in the Sacred Convent of Assisi, a week of lessons and group projects for fifty university students and graduates under 35 to reflect on the challenges of the circular economy and ethics in business and communication. In addition to course work, participants will visit large companies headquartered in the area and go on hiking excursions to reflect on themselves in a deeper relationship with the world.
The objective of the program is to promote positive exchange of visions and experiences with Franciscan values such as caring for the environment and being open to others in preparation for The Economy of Francis, to be held in Assisi in 2020.
The objective is to place the individual at the center of discussion, to give life to a new digital humanism and develop a new narration of the future.
During the press conference on June 19, Luiss General Manager Giovanni Lo Storto underlined: “The age in which we live, characterized by frenetic progress, speeding forward at all costs, requires us to slow down and reflect on the value that our actions create. What is missing today is preparation to move slowly. Not a sterile sort of slowness for its own sake, but a rational slowness that establishes priorities and sets long-term goals.”
“A good economy is more important than ever for the future of humanity. A bad economy is creating deep injustice and increasing death. As Pope Francis has recently written, we must correct models of growth that do not respect the environment, life, families, social equality, the dignity of workers and the rights of future generations. Franciscans have always been attentive to the economy. What has distinguished our work is our dedication to growing the economy while considering reciprocal love above mere profit,” added Padre Mauro Gambetti, Custos of the Sacred Convent of Assisi.
Also participating in the conference were Don Carlo Maccari, Vice President of the Theological Institute of Assisi; Gaetano Manfredi, Rector of the Federico II University of Naples; Angelo Paletta, Professor at the University of Bolgona; Veronica Chiodo, Researcher at the Politecnico Milano; and Padre Enzo Fortunato, Director of Press of the Sacred Convent of Assisi.
The course is open to all university students from economic, scientific and humanistic programs.