The banner in Scampia
A maxi banner was unrolled on a building, in front of the health professions center of the Federico II University, in Scampia, which will soon host the head of state. Sergio Mattarella, with the writing: «What does Scampia want, president? Everything”. The banner is signed by the Committee of Vele di Scampia, which has been working for years to find a solution to the deteriorating situation of the inhabitants of Vele.
Gaza, student protest
The students want to bring a letter to the Republic President and to the rectors gathered in Frederick II on the situation in the Gaza Strip. Moments of tension with the police blocking them in a small adjacent alley with no possibility of movement. «Today in Naples is a day of celebration, but in Gaza people are dying with the complicity of Western governments. Here is the democracy of the Italian Republic: apparently sequins and clean clothes, but every voice of debate and dissent is hidden and repressed. We request to be able to enter as a delegation to deliver the letter written by hundreds of students to the President of the Republic and the rectors gathered for the celebration. We too have the right to make our voices heard.».
Bocelli sings the national anthem
Before the inauguration of the academic year of the Federico II University of Naples, the Head of State attended the inauguration of the temporary Lictera by Asad Ventrella, a work in stainless steel. In the historic Aula Magna, at the entrance of President Mattarella, the National Anthem was sung by Andrea Bocelli and the Ode to Joy, the European anthem, performed by five musicians from the Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti will open the celebration. Among those present was the Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano.
The arrival of the president
The president of the Republic, Sergio Mattarellacame to university Frederick II of Naples where today the celebrations for the 800 years of the oldest secular university in the world will begin. Mattarella will attend the opening of the academic year; Then she will go to the Scampia university complex, the federation center for health professions, to inaugurate the first specialized medical clinics. Present at the inauguration of the academic year were, among others, the Minister of the University, Anna Maria Berninithe governor of Campania, Vincenzo De Lucathe mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi.
Manfredi: Mattarella in Scampia has symbolic value
«The presence of President Mattarella at Escape It has a very symbolic value.” Thus, the mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi, on the visit of the Head of State today to the headquarters of Frederick II in Scampia on the occasion of the beginning of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the University. “The opening of the University in Scampia means another Scampia – he added -, a Scampia that erases Gomorrah and begins again from the young people to whom we must give a different future, it means dignity of living and of living.” Manfredi stressed that “the presence of Mattarella for us is the recognition of a path that we are traveling and that has not yet been completed with the great Re Start Scampia project but it encourages us because opening the University in Scampia was an act of great commitment and courage and it is recognition of the work done.”
The great joy of rector Lorito
Talk about a “great joy” Mateo Loritothe rector of the Frederick II, the university that begins today the celebrations of eight centuries of history. «Today we feel a burden but it is a light weight that pushes us towards the future. It is a great joy to have Mattarella visiting two places, Bocelli singing the anthem, I would say that we have reached the highest moment – said the rector before the opening of the academic year – We do it above all for our students, we are here thanks to them. We present ourselves to Italy and the world as a great cultural heritage and today we will do it with facts. We also feel the closeness of the city and the region, all together we demonstrate what Naples has done in these eight centuries.” Then there is the presence of the Head of State Mattarella in Scampia: “It has been a bet and it means that Scampia becomes integral part of the system of Neapolitan culture known throughout the world.
Minister Bernini: the oldest universities welcome innovations
The 800th anniversary celebrations begin in the historic great hall with the inauguration of the academic year that has not been celebrated for years: in addition to the Head of State, there is also the Minister of University and Research, Anna Maria Bernini. «Today the 800th academic year of Frederick II opens, the oldest universities in the world are in Italy, a responsibility that history has given us. Knowledge is destined for immortality, it is up to us to illuminate the roots and take them to the future,” said the minister. “In Bologna a year ago, President Mattarella inaugurated the Leonardo supercomputer, in San Giovanni a Teduccio, near Naples, it will live the second most powerful, the oldest universities house the most innovative Italy, it is a pride and a weight of a new consciousness. A university that has existed for centuries interprets the world that changes every minute,” added Minister Bernini.
The 800th anniversary celebrations
The inauguration of the academic year in the presence of the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella, but also of the first specialized clinics of the Federiciano complex, in Scampia. And then the national anthem sung by Andrea Bocelli, permanent works created by artists such as Asad Ventrella, Lello Esposito, Ciop&Kaf. Thus begin, in Naples, the celebrations for the 800 years of the Federico II University of Naples, the oldest secular university in the world.