Mediterranean Project with the LUISS University

16th May 2017

The ‘Mediterranean Project’ was presented on the 16th of May 2017, in the charming setting of Villa Blanc in Rome, the LUISS Business School campus.  This ambitious and innovative project, has been achieved almost entirely with the contribution of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro, as suggested by the Chairman, Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, and was promptly and far-sightedly espoused in toto by the LUISS University in the persons of the Vice Executive Chairman, Luigi Serra, and the Chairwoman, Emma Marcegaglia.

LUISS University has been distinguished by the exceptionally high degree of professionalism for over thirty years, during which it has offered undergraduate and postgraduate education in the fields of Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Law and Political Science.  The University immediately placed its expertise at the disposal of the project, which originated from an idea of Professor Emmanuele.

This is a rather unusual circumstance, which has a follower in Malta, the engine of which is a commendable woman, the President of the Republic of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, with whom the Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro, Professor Emanuele, is engaged in a productive discussion concerning high-level projects to be undertaken jointly.

Considering the circumstances, surprisingly few journalists attended the presentation.  Newspapers such as “Il Corriere della Sera” and “Il Messaggero” (which claim to pay attention to events that could significantly affect the future of Italy, have at best reduced the Foundation’s role to that of a mere financial backer), emphasised the presence of Minister Angelino Alfano and the Chairwoman of the LUISS university Emma Marcegaglia, whilst failing to mention the important role of all of the other players that made this project possible.

Conversely, the reports in newspapers such as ‘Il Tempo’, ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’ and ‘Il Foglio’ were praiseworthy since they accurately described in detail the roles of those who, for various reasons, actually accomplished the wonderful ‘Mediterranean Project”.

From left > Giovanni Lo Storto, Direttore Generale LUISS, Emmanuele Emanuele, Presidente della Fondazione Terzo Pilastro, Angelino Alfano, Ministro degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione internazionale, Emma Marcegaglia, Presidente LUISS, Marwan El Muwalla, Presidente Università di Petra (Giordania), Luigi Serra, Vice Presidente Esecutivo LUISS and Paola Severino, Rettore LUISS