Prof. Vincenzo Naso, Director of CIRPS

Environmental sustainability and the current UN SDGs have risen higher up the global and local agenda and there has been a proliferation of institutions, programmes and initiatives entering the glocal higher education framework.  Collaboration between institutions is now common, but even more often actors operate in isolation, duplicating effort, and confusing issues.  CIRPS with the support of IEP and in partnership with the Borghi Piu Belli D’Italia is harnessing momentum behind a focused set of global strategies and priorities that seem essential to higher education and lifelong learning.  

An educational framework which goes beyond one institution and beyond academia into the world of professional employability.  The objectives are those that maximise impact, explain the possible employment avenues for professionals in the field of specialised areas which are at the service of local and global communities.  Regenerating mind and contributing to new knowledge which can transform individuals from a global perspective and give them new skills and competencies that go beyond the ‘normal’ theoretical framework.  

All courses that have been developed by the top experts in Italy, in Europe and beyond aim at equipping learners with a body of applicable knowledge that allows them, also through an internship and stage, to sharpen their employability for the world post 2023.  CIRPS, IEP and the Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia have identified significant potential of an off-grid and mini-grid University higher education courses ranging from professional foundation to Masters’ programmes that are built on the premise of knowledge transfer and an essential component of building capacity at institutions and utilities at the service of global and local communities.  

The intent is to provide learners with a ‘living’ experience which is second to none in the post-covid era. It is a skills development programme that is tailormade for learners in line with the UN SDGs.  CIRPS and IEP are inviting bona fide candidates to reinforce the possibilities of changing their lives and the lives of glocal communities with a notable life experience inside often overlooked spaces which will regenerate knowledge, and crucially reinforce the acquisition of employable skills so important at this day and age – from face to face to digitalisation.  

I am convinced that the benefits for all participants will be enormous and produce a consistent pipeline of readily trained employable individuals through flexible and hands-on teaching learning formula, with new skills for glocal regeneration.  I welcome all global learners to this innovative state of the art international programme.  Italy and its millennial history of science, culture, art and technology welcomes you all to share in the concrete realisation of the UN SDGs.