Italian President Napolitano Hosts SAIS Bologna Center
SAIS student Donatello Osti,
Bologna Center class of '09 (and D.C. '10), shakes the hand
of President Giorgio Napolitano.
Photo courtesy of the Quirinale
Thirty students from the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna
Center met with Giorgio Napolitano,
president of Italy, on May 6 at the Quirinale Palace in
Rome. The palace serves as the official
residence and offices of the president.
During the conversation, Napolitano remarked upon the
nearly six decades of a close
relationship and collaboration between the Italian
government and the Bologna Center, which he said
enhanced the academic, economic and political communities
"Scholarships from the Italian government have enabled
qualified young men and women to
attend the Bologna Center since its inception in 1955,"
said Kenneth H. Keller, the center's director,
who also attended the meeting. Italian alumni include
several ambassadors and other officials in the
highest levels of government and the diplomatic corps, as
well as in economic, university and private
Napolitano, the country's 11th president, told the
students that he had visited the Bologna
Center throughout the years, including the celebration of
the center's 25th anniversary and the 2007
dedication of the building renovation.
After their meeting, the students had the opportunity
to visit many of the rooms of the
Quirinale, which is not normally open to the public.
The students represented 14 countries, including
Azerbaijan, China, Vietnam and Brazil, as well
as Italy and the United States. Their visit was
commemorated the next day with a photo and story on
the Quirinale's home page (quirinale.it).
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