Meeting with the Italian Ambassador to the United States

University, scientific and technological cooperation with the United States

On 6 December, the Rector of the Politecnico di Milano, Professor Ferruccio Resta, hosted a meeting at the University with the Italian Ambassador to the United States, Mariangela Zappia, which was also attended by Università degli Studi di Milano La Statale, Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca, Humanitas University and Università Bocconi.

Ambassador Zappia highlighted the importance, in the current geopolitical scenario, of the scientific and technological collaboration between Italy and the United States, central to the partnership between our two countries. 

The increase in the number of agreements between primary institutions of the two countries was valued, such as the one signed between the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the MUR in the field of Fundamental Physics and, more recently, the agreement between NSF and MUR on artificial intelligence. The existing collaborations between universities and research centres in Italy and the USA in sectors such as life sciences and health technologies, basic sciences, earth and environmental sciences and the most innovative technological domains were appreciated. 

In the field of higher education, the opportunity was shared to intensify the promotion of the Italian university system in the United States, with the involvement of the universities of both countries, the Associations of US universities and on the Italian side of the MUR and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI). Also at the centre of the discussion was the opportunity to promote the excellent quality of Italian research in the USA and American investments in leading sectors in Italy, fostering more intense relations with the innovative ecosystems of the United States. In this context, the Ambassador mentioned the opening in San Francisco of Innovit, the first Italian ‘Innovation and Culture Hub’ abroad, as a crucial resource for promoting translational research and innovation, with the offer of qualified services in one of the most competitive ecosystems on the planet.