On November 14th, the Ceremony for the beginning of the Academic Year 2017-18 of Humanitas University and the inauguration of the new campus took place.

The ceremony saw the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda, the Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Maria Elena Boschi, as well as the President of the Lombardy Region Roberto Maroni, the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, the Mayors of Rozzano and Pieve Emanuele Barbara Agogliati and Paolo Festa.

Gianfelice Rocca, president of Humanitas as well as the Rector Marco Montorsi and the pro-rector of research Alberto Mantovani, intervened on behalf of Humanitas University. Also, Professor Elio Riboli, a professor of General and Applied hygiene, held a Lectio Magistralis bearing the title, “What are the great priorities for public health for the next twenty years?”. Furthermore, JavieraAli, on behalf of the students and a student herself, talked about their dreams, emotions and expectations.

The new Campus of Humanitas University

It consists of three buildings surrounded by greenery and 25.000 square meters to accommodate 1.200 students from 31 countries of the world. There is a Simulation Lab, high-tech classrooms, digital library and residence. The Simulation Lab, which includes the Mario Luzzatto Simulation Center and an Anatomy Lab, is the flagship of the Campus. The highly technological space of over 2.000 square meters and among the largest in Europe is available to students, specialists and health professionals who are trained on the basis of different levels of specialization and complexity.

The new campus is located a few steps from the research laboratories directed by Professor Mantovani and the Humanitas Clinical Institute, an integral part of the campus as a place of teaching for future doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.

“In an international context, it is essential that the educational path of future health professionals is based on the integration of a high-quality hospital network”, explains the Rector Marco Montorsi. “The students have an environment to live in, and thus, the clinical context immediately allows them to apply their theoretical knowledge, to study and develop essential skills. Skills such as empathy, predisposition to teamwork, quick adaptation and understanding of the implications of different cultural contexts. All this require a new paradigm, in which premises play a fundamental role in the exchange of knowledge, as already happens in the best Universities in the field of Life Sciences”.

The Challenge of Humanitas University

The challenge is to combine science, efficiency and humanism. This is the culture we are trying to transfer to our students“, said President Gianfelice Rocca.

Professor Alberto Mantovani also mentioned three more challenges. “Technology, scientific research at the service of health, and international dimension, that aim at a shared global health“.

President Sergio Mattarella focused on research and thanked Humanitas for the excellent level of teaching, clinical and research, that is a reason for recognition and appreciation.