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mercoledì, 17 gennaio 2007

Atelier - “I Mediterranei”, South/East DIALOGUE

New horizons for a new Europe
Thematic networks for development of local traditions and typical products as a contribution to a globalized society; environment, health and quality of life; cultural heritage and tourism.


The successful use of thematic networks has already allowed an innovative contribution to be brought to the process of European integration, permitting the more decentralized geographical areas, both enlargement countries and Member States, to improve the typical potential of their territory.

In this context the Universities, in view of their scientific role and high-level training, have been appointed to urge the agents of development (local authorities, entrepreneurs and young professional people adept in the new technologies) to create a synergy which would otherwise remain unexploited.

Euroglobalization and specific territorial qualities form a natural humus, which, integrated into a pilot project for the setting up of a thematic network system, can create, through the interdisciplinary process, highly qualified figures in the sectors ofdevelopment of local traditions and typical products, protection of the environment, health and the improvement of the quality of life, as also in the appreciation and exploitation of the cultural heritage and touristic potential of each locality, for the sustainable development of individual territorial realities far away from Bruxelles, which each in their own way have a valid contribution to make to a globalized society.

The Faculties of many Universities have already made in-depth studies of the relevance of these sectors in the various individual disciplines directly linked to their own cultural and scientific activities. However at present:


1 - the Faculties of Letters studytourism as a multiplier of cultural exchanges, knowledge of art and the development of archaeological studies, thus remaining in the purely humanistic field;

2 - the Faculties of Engineering and of Architecture are more attentive to identifying a close connection between touristic activities and the requirements of the various territories;

3 - while the Faculties of Economics pay more attention to management and cost/benefits and to the impact on employment.


This categorized situation sets limits to the implementation of forms of innovative and interdisciplinary partnerships, since the separate faculties are generally not open to the varieties of experience gained outside their own specific fields.

The network that we propose, in which at least 60 Universities are now participanting, in addition to various consortiums, local authorities and non-profit organizations, will lead, through the exchange of disciplinary experience, to a synthesis of the different procedures which, within the framework of tourism and environment (implying also the quality of life), the Universities have already begun to work on, but without a genuinely interdisciplinary intent.

The proposed multi-sensitive specialization, to be achieved by means of short diploma courses or longer-term degree courses, aims at uniting the aspect of tourism which emphasizes each locality’s own cultural traditions, with those equally important elements occupied with the potential of the territory and the optimum exploitation of the resources available, thus maintaining or indeed raising the quality of life and consequently encouraging the protection of the environment and the re-valuation, development and utilization of typical local products.

In this way, specific and communal local development and Euroglobalization will combine to produce sustainable results.

The South-East dialogue is innovative both because it involves the participation of agents of development (Universities, local authorities, civil servants, entrepreneurs and young professional people adept in the new tecnologies) and for the role which the realities of South Mediterranean Europe can play in a dialogue with East Europe. Moreover, it permits an interchange between peripheral areas in the context of the enlargement of the Union and of experience gained in Objective One regions involved in the management and use of the Structural Funds.

Hence, the creation of innovative thematic poles in the sector of local development, international tourism and sustainable environment represents the interdisciplinary start of an attentive study dedicated to creating new professional figures with potential for the development of research and new tecnologies, drawing together peripheral areas and favouring the integration of different and distant European realities.

Last but not least, this project falls within the context of Professor Jean Monnet’s experience of networks.
Therefore the process of European integration will become a new and fruitful element in all individual disciplines and study activities.

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