China-Italy Science and Technology Innovation Week and Matteo Ricci Network
The annual China-Italy Science and Technology Innovation Week (organized by IDIS City of Science Foundation in collaboration with Parthenope and other Campania Region Universities) as well as the Matteo Ricci Network (the China-Italy scientific collaboration network coordinated by Parthenope University and the Beijing Normal University) have come again to the attention of the media as a follow up of the speech of the Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit in Italy. The Chinese President has pointed out the importance of the Science Innovation Week as one of the main economic and cultural collaboration tools between the two countries, a bridge across the new Silk Road that characterizes the strategies of the Chinese Government in Europe.
The Parthenope University and the Beijing Normal University are carrying out a bilateral High-Relevance China-Italy research project funded within the framework of the scientific collaboration agreement signed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) and the China Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in the field of "urban circular economy".
As a follow up of such a bilateral project (coordinated by Prof. Sergio Ulgiati at Parthenope and prof. Gengyuan Liu at BNU), the two Universities have promoted the Matteo Ricci Network as a main collaborative and faculty exchange tool among 20 Chinese and Italian Universities. The outstanding scientific and cultural personality of the Italian gesuit Matteo Ricci (known in Cina as Li Madou, XVI century), at the same time scientist, philosopher, mathematician and cartographer, is considered a cultural bridge between the two countries and may still inspire science and friendship.
The Network was presented and officially signed during the last China-Italy Innovation Week in Milano, at the presence of the Ministries of University and Research of the two countries (Chinese MOST, Wang Zhigang, and Italian MIUR, Marco Bussetti) and Napoli (at the presence of the Deputy Governor for Science and Innovation of Campania Region, Valeria Fascione) and already started to develop joint projects, exchange of scholarships and visits. Next step, July 2019, when a group of PhD students of Beijing Normal University will visit Napoli to meet researchers and students involved in circular economy research at Parthenope University.