Visit strengthens UNE link with Italian university

Published 17 August 2009

luziThe University of New England’s relationship with the University of Macerata in central Italy has been further strengthened during a visit to UNE this month by two senior academics from the Italian university.

Professor Alfredo Luzi and Dr Viviana Gaballo discussed the current student exchange program between the two universities with the Head of UNE’s School of Arts, Professor Jennie Shaw, and other members of the School, and met the two students from Macerata who are spending this semester at UNE.

Dr Gaballo, who lectures in communication studies, also had discussions with UNE lecturers about extending the eight-year-old exchange program to include communication studies as well as languages and linguistics.

Their host in Armidale was UNE’s Convener of Italian, Brennan Wales – a regular visitor to Macerata.

Alfredo Luzi (pictured here) is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Macerata. “The agreement between our two universities has been a great initiative and is working really well,” Professor Luzi said.

He pointed out that the two universities are of a similar size, and are both located in small regional cities. “It’s good for Italian students to go to a smallish city in Australia,” he said, “and for Australian students to get a taste of the ‘real’ Italy.” This was Professor Luzi’s fifth visit to UNE.

The two students from Macerata who are studying at UNE this semester are Laraelsa Luchetti and Monia Fabiani. Laraelsa is in the third year of her degree program in Macerata, and Monia is in second year. At UNE they are both studying Italian Literature and Linguistics, while Laraelsa is also studying French and English, and Monia Chinese and History. Their work at UNE will count towards their Macerata degree.

Laraelsa and Monia arrived in Armidale late last month. In giving her initial impressions of UNE, Monia said that it seemed to be more “organised” than her home university, and added that she was impressed by UNE’s provision of student services.

THE PHOTOGRAPH of Professor Luzi displayed here expands to include (from left) Brennan Wales and Anna Cavallaro from the academic staff of UNE’s Italian discipline, Laura Churcher (a student of Italian at UNE), and Dr Viviana Gaballo from the University of Macerata.