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The University of Gastronomic Sciences opens its doors to the first students

Pollenzo (CN) ITALY. On the 4th of October 2004 the University of
Gastronomic Sciences will open its doors to the first class of
students. “It is an historic day for the Athenaeum, created by
Slow Food and the Regional Authorities of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna
,” sustains Vittorio Manganelli , director of the Association of
Friends of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, “and for all of
those who have participated in the preparation of the campuses
and courses over the past months. We would especially like to
thank the Members and Friends of our Association”.
Beginning Monday, more than 70 students from around the world will
arrive at the Pollenzo campus, over 40 are Italian and 27 are
“The success which we have had in the application process confirms our
expectations “, continues Manganelli , “in that we already, in the
first year, have a notable presence of foreigners”. The
nations represented in the new student body include: the United States,
Japan, Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey,
Mexico, Costa Rica, Ukraine and Palestine. The Italian
students come from various regions of the country: Piedmont,
Lombardy, Lazio, Marche, Tuscany, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Liguria
and Emilia-Romagna. Over 20 partial and full scholarships have
been awarded to Italian and foreign students of the class of
From the 4th of October, students will be occupied with language
courses for the perfection of their English and Italian language
skills, as these are the official languages of the University.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in two important
events organized by Slow Food in Turin this October, Terra Madre, from
the 20th to the 23rd and the Salone del Gusto, from the 21st to the
The University classes will begin at the end of October and will be
taught in English in order to progressively ease foreign students into
the Italian language.
“Gastronomic Sciences finally has academic recognition and it is this
course which will, beginning in November, allow our students to visit
Italy, and within the year other European countries to gain knowledge
and experience in the various fields of food cultures”, declares
Alberto Capatti, the Academic Coordinator of the University.
Meanwhile, as the University awaits the official publication of the
ministerial decree, the board of directors of the Association has
nominated two commissions that will constitute the University:
the Administrative Advisory board and the Academic Advisory
board. Furthermore, an official inauguration of the University
has been planned for the first part of December and will include the
presence of Italian and international authorities.
It is with great anticipation and pride that the entire staff of the
University will open the doors to the international first class of
students for the degree in Gastronomic Sciences.

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