CUCI Mission to Cape Verde


Outlined excellent possibilities for collaboration, actions and research projects with the Lusophone University of Mindelo and other Cape Verdean entities

The University Centre for International Cooperation - CUCI of the University of Parma went on a mission to the Cape Verde Islands to define concrete lines of collaboration with the Lusophone University of Mindelo, linked to Unipr by a framework agreement, and with other Cape Verdean realities.

The visit took place over the past few days. The CUCI delegation from the University of Parma was composed of Nadia Monacelli, CUCI Director, Martina Giuffrè and Marco Mezzadri.

In addition to the seminar and teaching activities envisaged by the mobility project, the Parma delegation met the Rector Carlos Alberto Delgado, the Pro-Rector Elisa Lopes Da Cruz Ferreira Da Silva, and a representative of the staff, and set up working tables. The Lusophone University is part of a very wide network of universities that includes not only Portugal (Lisbon and Porto) but also Angola, Guinea Bissau and Brazil, all countries of close interest to the CUCI.

During their stay, the delegation also met with representatives of the Public University of Cape Verde, President Daniel do Rosário Medina and Vice-President of the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais, Humanas e Artes Cláudia Inocêncio, and forged relations with the Prorettrice para Investigação e Formação Avançada Dominika Swolkien of the Praia campus. Concrete possibilities were opened with this university to sign a framework agreement and initiate further collaborations. The delegation was also received by Deputy Mayor José Carlos in the city hall.

Lastly, the delegation visited the Casa da Criança, a home for minors in Porto Novo, on the island of Santo Antao, managed by the Voz da Criança Association to continue the work of the recently deceased Parma architect Milena Cerdelli, who had invested a great deal of energy and time in its realisation. It was thanks to Milena Cerdelli that the University of Parma established the first contacts with the Portuguese-speaking university. The delegation was received by Dona Albertina and Vera, who showed the premises and explained the objectives and projects of the home for minors.