Today, the Rector of the University of Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Siebke, the Consul-General of the Republic of Italy in Stuttgart, Dr. Bernardo Caloni, and the Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Stuttgart, Dott.ssa Adriana Cuffaro signed a cooperation agreement between the University of Heidelberg and the Institute of Italian Culture. Also present at the reception in the bel étage of the Old University were Dr. Fausto Troni, embassy counsellor at the Italian ministry of foreign affairs in Rome, and Dr. Christiane Liermann, deputy head of the Villa Vigoni in Loveno di Menaggio.
Rector Siebke expressed his gratification that the excellent relations between the two institutions are to be cemented and extended in this way. "Although we already have European Union, bilateral relations of this kind are absolutely essential," he said. With reference to the existing agreement, Consul-General Carloni reminded his audience that "it has enabled us over the last 10 years both to cooperate and to cultivate an intensive dialogue." Sr. Carloni emphasised how impressed he was by the large number of joint events organised in the last few years.
The formal cooperation between the University and the Italian Culture Institute dates back to a first agreement signed in 1991. The new undertaking is both a prolongation and an expansion of existing relations. In substance the cooperation primarily revolves around the planning, preparation and organisation of guest lectures, lecture series, conferences and exhibitions, but also extends to film showings and theatre performances in Italian. For this purpose the Istituto places audio and video material at the disposal of Heidelberg University. In addition, the University funds a lectureship on Italian area studies held by a lecturer appointed by the Institute of Italian Culture.
Both partners in favour of an Italian Studies centre
Both institutions desire a further deepening of the successful cooperation and will be looking closely at the possibility of establishing an Italian Studies centre (Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana) at the University of Heidelberg. Such a Centre would be a project "very dear to my heart," said Consul-General Carloni.
Following the signing of the cooperation agreement a continuing education seminar for Italian Studies lecturers in Germany will be opening at the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IÜD) of the University of Heidelberg. The two-day seminar, taking place under the patronage of the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy in Germany and the Rector of the University of Heidelberg, centres on didactic aspects of translation. Lectures will be held by Prof. Dr. Arcaini (University of Rome), Prof. Dr. Marello (University of Turin), Prof. Dr. Bausch (University of Bochum), Prof. Dr. Rovere and Dr. Brissa (both University of Heidelberg).
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