On Tuesday (25 February 2014), the Deputy Italian Ambassador to Macedonia, H.E. Filippo Candela and Cultural Attaché, Alesandra Ksenija-Jelen, conducted a visit to South East European University, where they met with Rector Prof. Dr. Dika, Pro-rector for Research and International Relations, Prof. Dr. Blerim Reka and Director of the Institute 'Max van der Stoel' Prof. Dr. Veton Latifi.
The main topic of the meeting was the deepening of cooperation between the Institute 'Max van der Stoel' and Italian research institutes and universities, as well as the possibility of introducing the Italian language as an elective course at SEEU. Regarding this idea, both sides expressed interest in returning the Italian language to the SEEU curricula, and the Italian Embassy expressed readiness to help in this regard.
Rector Dika provided a retrospective of collaboration among SEEU, the Embassy and Italian universities. He presented the projects implemented, funded and supported by the Italian government.
The Cultural Attaché, Ms. Ksenija-Jelen, spoke about the cooperation and support of the Italian Embassy and the Department of Culture of the Embassy, in terms of establishing cooperation with universities and Italian educational and research institutions.
T0 mark the occasion of the Italian assumption of the presidency of the European Union in 2015, the meeting's participants discussed the idea of organizing a cultural event, which will be aimed towards a better recognition of the Arbëreshi people of Italy.
The parties agreed to deepen future cooperation in order to reinforce the ties of mutual cooperation in the fields of education andscience.