Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

09/09/2019

A Journey for Circular Economy: China-Italy University Exchange Programs Aim to Build Friendships of the Future based on the Matteo Ricci Network

Visiting scholars from China

            Professors and Students from Beijing Normal University (China) visited Partner Universities Parthenope and Ca’ Foscari of Venice. The visit took place between 16 and 27 July, and is part of the collaboration promoted by the China-Italy Research Network "Matteo Ricci”, the High Relevance Bilateral project (Analysis on the metabolic process of urban agglomeration and the cooperative strategy of circular economy) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy and the National Science Foundation of China, and the EU funded ReTraCE project (Realising the Transition to the Circular Economy).

            The Matteo Ricci Network (the China-Italy scientific collaboration network coordinated by Parthenope University and Beijing Normal University) has been presented in 2018 and officially signed by 20 Chinese and Italian Universities and already started to develop joint projects, exchange of scholarships and visits. In the summer semester (from July 17-28) of 2019, a group of undergraduate students of Beijing Normal University visited Parthenope University in Napoli, Ca Foscari University in Venice, glass house, wastewater treatment plant COGEI in Nocera Superiore (Salerno), WEEE industrial park Ri.Plastic as well as Legambiente Center for Environmental Education in Potenza, to meet scientists, students and industrial operators involved in circular economy research in Italy.

            The High Relevance Bilateral project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy and the National Science Foundation of China performs a research activity focused on urban circular economy aspects, involving the Parthenope University of Napoli and the Beijing Normal University, China. The project aims at identifying sectors and processes capable to prevent resource waste within the urban metabolism and allow recovery and reuse of urban resources.

            Finally, ReTraCE - a prestigious Marie Curie EU funded project coordinated by the School of Management of the Sheffield University, UK - mainly focuses on industrial circular economy strategies and aims at training a number of highly qualified young researchers, capable to support European and world transition patterns towards circular economy. The project involves Partners from Europe (among which the Parthenope University), East Asia and Africa.

News_Italy-China 7 settembre 2019