Three professors of our University are on an academic mission in Rwanda as part of the international cooperation established with the partners of this African country. During one month, the teachers Roberto Valentino, Martina Giuffrè and Paolo Ciampolini will give lectures, hold seminars and strengthen relations to foster institutional exchange with Rwandan institutions.


Professor Roberto Valentino, as well as Deputy Director of the University Centre for International Cooperation (CUCI), will stay in Rwanda for four weeks on his eleventh visit to this African country. "Like so many other times before, I am going to teach. I will teach a course on "Soil Mechanics" for the Civil Engineering students of the INES Ruhengeri Institute of Applied Sciences, which is based in Musanze, a city 90 kilometers from Kigali, in the northern region of the country. I expect to find about 60 students in the classroom, as has been the case on previous occasions. The course will last three weeks and in the fourth week the exams will take place," explains Professor Valentino.

Meanwhile, for Martina Giuffre, professor of anthropology at the DUSIC department of the University of Parma, it is the first time she has visited Rwanda. She will hold several seminars and visit partners who have cooperation agreements with UNIPR, namely the INES Ruhengeri Institute, the Catholic University of Rwanda and the University of Arts and Technology Byumba (UTAB). Professor Giuffre's task aims to weave new relationships for future research projects in the field of anthropology of environmental disasters.

Professor Paolo Ciampolini, head of the Greater project, which aims to accompany the energy transition in Rwanda by training professionals and creating structures that facilitate and make the country's social and economic growth "smart", also participates in this academic mission. This project has obtained funding from the European Union from the "Erasmus+ Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices" Program, under the action "Capacity Building in higher education - Joint Projects", and will last three years.