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Italy takes center stage at NAFSA in Washington DC (May 26-31, 2019)



Italy takes center stage at NAFSA in Washington DC (May 26-31, 2019)

After the successful participation in the 2018 edition, Italy and its university and higher education system are once again at the center of NAFSA, the largest international fair in the sector.

The 2019 edition is held in the American capital with the participation of over 100 countries. At the Italian Pavilion, which has been among the most admired and visited since the early days, 35 Italian public and private institutions from almost all regions of the country were present, bearing witness not only to the goal of increasingly internationalizing Italy’s university system, but also to the continuous strong international interest towards Italy.

Italian participation was made possible also thanks to the contribution provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) which supports Italy's presence at the event within the framework of the strategy for internationalization of the Italian university and higher education system, adopted jointly with the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). In addition to MAECI, also Uni-Italia, an academic center working to foster university cooperation and cultural exchanges between Italy and other countries, has contributed to the success of the Italian presence.

EduItalia, an association that has been operating effectively, under the patronage of the MAECI, promoting Italian language and culture, was also present at the fair.

To celebrate Italy's participation in the NAFSA, yesterday the Italian Ambassador to Washington, Armando Varricchio, offered a reception for the Italian participants attended by representatives of the State Department and the leaders of the NAFSA, of the IIE (Institute of International Education) and NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators).

During the event the Ambassador recalled the importance of academic education and exchanges between students and universities in order to provide the next generations with the necessary tools to excel and succeed in all fields in an increasingly interconnected world.

Also within the framework of the NAFSA, a meeting organized with NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators) will be held today at the Embassy between representatives of Italian universities participating in NAFSA and members of the US academic community dedicated to issues of international scientific research management.