Slow Food

The University Of Gastronomic Sciences Opens Its Doors

Italy - 29 Sep 04

On October 4 2004 the University of Gastronomic Sciences will open its doors to the first class of students. “It is a historic day for the Athenaeum, created by Slow Food and the Regional Authorities of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna,” sustains Vittorio Manganelli , director of the Association of Friends of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, “and for all of those who have participated in the preparation of the campuses and courses over the past months. We would especially like to thank the Members and Friends of our Association.”Beginning Monday, more than 70 students from around the world will arrive at the Pollenzo campus; over 40 are Italian and 27 are foreigners. “The success which we have had in the application process confirms our expectations,” continues Manganelli, “in that we already, in the first year, have a notable presence of foreigners.” The nations represented in the new student body include: the United States, Japan, Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ukraine and Palestine. The Italian students come from various regions of the country: Piedmont, Lombardy, Lazio, Marche, Tuscany, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna. Over 20 partial and full scholarships have been awarded to Italian and foreign students of the class of 2004. From October 4, students will be occupied with language courses for the perfection of their English and Italian language skills, as these are the official languages of the University. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in two important events organized by Slow Food in Turin this fall: Terra Madre, from October 20-23 and the Salone del Gusto from October 21-25. The University classes will begin at the end of October and will be taught in English in order to progressively ease foreign students into the Italian language.“Gastronomic Sciences finally has academic recognition and it is this course which will, beginning in November, allow our students to travel round Italy and, within the year, other European countries to gain knowledge and experience in the various fields of food cultures,” declares Alberto Capatti, the Academic Coordinator of the University. Meanwhile, as the University awaits the official publication of the ministerial decree, the board of directors of the Association has appointed two commissions that will constitute the University: the Administrative Advisory Board and the Academic Advisory Board. Furthermore, an official inauguration of the University has been planned for the first part of December and will be attended by Italian and international authorities. It is with great anticipation and pride that the entire staff of the University will open the doors to the first class of international students for the degree in Gastronomic Sciences.