Frascati Scienza: European Researchers Night

Science Week (La Settimana della Scienza) occurring on September 21-28, 2019, was an extremely important week for the scientific community that saw its peak on Friday 27, with the European Researchers Night. Frascati Scienza, an association aiming at the diffusion of scientific culture, won for the 14th consecutive year the call promoted by the European Commission, in realm of Marie Sklodowska–Curie actions, thanks to the participatory science project, BE a citizEn Scientist (BEES). Citizen’s involvement and contribution to scientific research has a double impact, one in the training field and one to strengthen science-society bond. This idea is conceptualized in the acronym of the European Researchers Night 2019, BEES, that takes the idea from the homonymous insect and to their meticulous organization: in beehives, like all complex societies, the contribution of each component is fundamental for the welfare of the whole. The “great beehive BEES”, involved 34 Italian cities and partnerships with more than 60 entities, universities, institution, associations and companies. Partners, coordinated by Frascati Scienza, created a program with more than 400 events in Italy that has reached 33 million people and 30.000 visitors circa thanks to the communication campaign.

Frascati Scienza: European Researchers Night

The Banking Board Academy Roundtable

The Banking Board Academy, in collaboration with Guglielmo Marconi University, SPP and Oliver Wyman, welcomed private and public sector stakeholders at Palazzo Altieri, the representative offices of Gruppo Banco BMP S.p.A in Rome, an exceptional venue in the heart of the eternal city.

The objective of the roundtable – primarily institutionalized by Federico Arcelli, Oliver Wyman partner and Professor of Economics of International Financial Institutions at Guglielmo Marconi University, and by Rainer Masera, Dean of Economics at Guglielmo Marconi University – aimed to provide an instructive and informative forum allowing private and public sector stakeholders to connect and discuss today’s environment and the unprecedented demands attributed to board members in financial services firms and beyond.

A present world where, geopolitical, secular and macro-economic trends show a shift towards a new normal. In addition, the Academy aims at improving board members understanding of this changing environment, offering participants the opportunity to reflect on key themes such as the role they are asked to play, existing and upcoming regulation, governance challenges and the influence of geo-politics on their role as board members.

Prof. Rainer Masera
Prof. Rainer Masera
Prof. Federico Arcelli
Prof. Federico Arcelli

The seminar saw the participation of illustrious figures contributing to the roundtable discussion. Mr. Andrea Federico, Oliver Wyman partner, opened the day followed by Mr. Mauro Paoloni, Deputy Chair of Banco, BPM, who welcomed the participants, and Prof. Rainer Masera, Dean of Economics at GMU, who introduced the seminars. Prof. Ignazio Angeloni, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Christian Ossig, CEO at Bundesverband detuscher Banken, and Rodrigo Pinto, Oliver Wyman partner, conducted Seminar #1 on upcoming regulatory and board priorities. The first part of the seminar was followed by a networking lunch, addressed by Fabrizio Saccomanni, Chair at Unicredit, and Claudio Torcellan, Oliver Wyman partner. Following, Seminar #2 was presented by Belén Romana (Non-executive independent Director at Santander, Daniela Weber, board member of HSBC Germany, Luc Frieden, Chair at BIL and Prof. Patrick Kenadjian, at Goethe University of Frankfurt. Some of the themes addressed in the seminars will also be discussed at the next event “Financial Regulatory Outlook Conference 2019”, held in Rome on November 26th, 2019. The conference, organized by Oliver Wyman, will explore the different roles played during a business journey, the importance of a business models and data strategies, as well as the new information security risks, financial integrity, and the multiple challenges faced by supervisors.

Soft Skills: can we teach them?

On June 17th, 2019, Guglielmo Marconi University, in collaboration with Manager Italia and Erasmus+ program, hosted an exciting and up-to-date event on soft skills and human capital in the digital age at the Aula Magna in Via Plinio.  The theme of the conference concerned some crucial soft skills that are necessary to succeed in the immediate working environment. These skills, also referred as transversal, include creativity, flexibility, listening, and problem-solving.
“Soft Skills and Human Capital in the Digital Age” event was also based on two European Projects, eVET, online Vocational Education and Training platform, and DISCOVER, Developing Innovative Science Outreach for Vocational Education to Encourage STEM Careers and Education.
The event saw the participation of Prof. Tommaso Saso and Mr. Arturo Lavalle, Head of R&D area at Guglielmo Marconi University, respectively for the introductory speech and the role of moderator.
The relators participating at the meeting were divided in two groups.
The first group was composed by Dr. Enrico Pedretti, Head of Marketing at Manageritalia, Ing. Ginamarco Montanari, General Manager the Italian Institute of Technology, Prof. Michele Petrocelli, Professor of Monetary Politics at and Responsible for the course on Softs Skills at GMU, Dr. Davide Trotti, President of AIDP Lazio and lastly, from Federica Funghi and Monica Fasciani presenting eVET and DISCOVER projects.
The second group was composed by Giambattista La Rocca, CEO NTV Italo, Dr. Maria Tringali, HR manager at INFOCERT, Dr. Licia Cianfriglia, Manager of Institutional Relations at ANP “Associazione Nazionale Presidi” and Dr. Carlo Mannoni, General Manger at “Fondazione Sardegna”.
The goal of the conference was to provide the participants with valuable reflection points on how to succeed in the digital age, when soft skills have become extremely important tools useful during all the lifespan.
Given the digital nature of the University, the conference used a blended format that merged both on-site and online participation, thanks to online streaming and WhatsApp app, allowing students to attend the meeting and ask questions from all over the world. By the end of the conference, around 400 students had connected to GMU platform, and approximately 20 students used WhatsApp to ask questions.
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Soft Skills: can we teach them?

Let’s talk Masters at the City Unity College of Cyprus

Arturo Lavalle, Head of the R&D Area, participated as Guglielmo Marconi University representative at the meeting hosted by the City Unity College of Cyprus on May 7-10, 2019. The meeting saw the participation of the President and some Professors of the College of Cyprus, a branch of the City Unity College of Athens, to discuss the distribution of the two masters, Public Administration and Educational Leadership, in blended format in the Cypriot territory.
According to the committee, the Cypriot Masters should have a total workload of 90 ECTS, hence, the future objectives concern producing material for the two existing programs, and stipulating the agreement regarding financial fees distribution. Nonetheless, GMU also participated at the EMEA Economic and Investment Forum. The forum was a great event to present GMU’s activities related to the new digital age, introducing important concepts and realties based on the same topic. Specifically, one of the representatives of the University of Middlesex (UK) gave a very interesting speech, addressing issues regarding 4.0 training.

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GMU goes to Croatia for the 13th international conference “Challenges of Europe”

The University of Split, Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, hosted the 13th International Conference “Challenges of Europe” on May 22-24, 2019 in the beautiful island of Bol, island Brač.
Over the last two decades, this biennial conference has become an important meeting point between scholars and practitioners from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds who wish to discuss the issues affecting the present European economic system as a pivotal global player.

The guiding theme of this year three-day conference was “Growth, Competitiveness, Innovation, and Well-being”, and saw the participation of notable Harvard Professors including Prof. Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics 2007; Prof. of Economics Oliver Hart, Nobel Laureate in Economics 2007; Prof. Olivier Blanchard, President of the American Economic Association and Prof. Edward Glaeser, Leading world expert in urban topics. Nonetheless, other distinguished experts speakers were Prof. Koen Pauwels, Worldwide expert in marketing productivity, metrics and social media; Debora Revoltella, Chief Economist at the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Prof. Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Last but not least, Dr. Arturo Lavalle, Head of the R&D Area at Guglielmo Marconi University, participated as a guest speaker at the “Challenges of Europe” with a significant contribution: “A human-centered society: education at the core of innovation and future work” (Arturo Lavalle, Casale Oliviero). The three-day conference was divided into plenary and individual sessions, papers and workshops presentations and research findings, ensuring a 360° cutting-edge understanding of the topics debated and knowledge promulgated.

Dr. Arturo Lavalle and Dr. Susanna Correnti, from the Research and Development Area, also participated, during the same period, at FINAC project study visit organized by the University of Split mentioned above. FINAC’s study visit consisted of presenting and analyzing the results obtained by the Master in “Financial Management, Accounting and Controlling” launched in Serbian and Albanian Universities.

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