The Italian Almanac
Italian News - March 14
Italy, which is host to only 600 Chinese students, made its debut at the 10th China International Education Exhibition Tour (Spring 2005). The exhibition, showcasing 135 universities and institutions, was earlier held in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing.
A project called Marco Polo, initiated by the association of rectors of Italian state and private universities, offers courses ranging from graduate to doctorate degrees and aims to attract 2,000 Chinese students.
"Our education system is as good as other European countries. Courses in the field of design, engineering and architecture rank among the best in the world," said Michelangelo Balicco of Polytechnic Di Milano, a public university.
Balicco explained that recruitment of Chinese students is driven by Italian enterprises which have set up offices and factories in China and need professionals who speak the language and understand the culture.