Boston, April 2013
In Boston, MA, USA, at the Northeastern University, in April 2013, an institutional workshop was held in order to establish the international cooperation between the Northeastern University and the Università Mediterranea from Reggio Calabria, Italy, for the extension of the international doctorate “Urban Regeneration and Economic Development”.
Since the academic year 2012-2013, in fact, the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria has launched the first round of the international doctorate as a result of the research activities of the CLUDs project (Commercial Local Urban Districts) of the 7th FP, and funded by the Calabria Region through POR ESF resources Calabria 2007-2013. Ten Professors, belonging to the network of the CLUDs project (Aalto University, Helsinki; Salford University, Manchester; Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA; San Diego State University San Diego, CA, USA) were committed to hold courses during the first and third years at the University of Reggio Calabria, mandatory for the six European fellows selected. Second-year courses, mandatory, are held at the Department of Economics of Northeastern University in Boston. For the Regional Administration was present in Boston, Giacomo Mancini who emphasized how “The doctorate will allow six young European graduates, participating in high-level training lessons fielded in the Mediterranea University by ten renowned international teachers, to develop innovative design ideas in public private partnership and ” Urban Regeneration “, therefore aimed at offering a scientific contribution to the revitalization of urban and rural areas in Calabria. We participated with enthusiasm to this successful path, drawn by the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, financing (thanks to a good use of the Community funds POR- ESF 2007-2013) the first three-year cycle of the doctorate programme, with an amount of over one million euros. Our goal is to strengthen sustainable initiatives, to occupy a permanent space on the international stage for higher education, with the concrete possibility of international experiences for young Calabrian researchers”. The workshop was coordinated by Professor Alan Dyer of the Economics Department of the “Northeastern University”. The Italian Consul in Boston, Giuseppe Pastorelli, took part at the meeting.