A delegation from the University of Palermo (UNIPA), headed by Vice President Mazzola Fabio, visited the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) on October 26th. Vice President Li Zhisheng met with the guests in the VIP Hall of the Tengxiang Building. Heads from the SWUFE-UD Institute of Data Science and the Office of International Exchange and Cooperation also participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, Li Zhisheng extended a warm welcome to the delegation and introduced SWUFE's history, educational characteristics, international exchange and cooperation efforts, as well as the "New Finance and Economics" strategy. Li Zhisheng stressed that the Sino-Italian collaboration within the "Belt and Road" Initiative is a correct option made by both countries based on their historical and cultural connections and practical development needs. He underscored SWUFE's high emphasis on cooperation with Italian universities and institutions. UNIPA is a prestigious university in Italy, and both universities possess unique educational features and complementary academic expertise. Li Zhisheng expressed anticipation for extensive collaboration in areas such as talent cultivation, academic research, and faculty development in the future, aiming to share opportunities for mutual development.
Mazzola Fabio expressed his appreciation for the warm reception. He noted that UNIPA substantially values collaboration with SWUFE. Given that UNIPA is a comprehensive university with a prominent ranking in Italy, both universities are highly compatible in their academic disciplines, providing ample prospects for cooperation. He conveyed his hope for harnessing this visit to inaugurate friendly cooperation between the two universities and pave the way for multi-dimensional and comprehensive collaboration in scientific research and talent development.
Founded in 1806, UNIPA is situated in Palermo, the capital city of Sicily. As the largest university in Sicily, Italy, it comprises 12 faculties and offers about 200 courses, with roughly 65,000 enrolled students and 1,930 teachers.