Bologna from the air - the city is now a United Nations University hub

Bologna now one of the UN University hubs

By Region Culture News North-east Italy

The Italian city of Bologna is to be the latest location for the new United Nations University. It will monitor and manage changes in the human habitat.

On Wednesday 21st December, Emilia-Romagna Governor Stefano Bonaccini announced Bologna will house the 12th branch of the United Nations university. It is the first location within the Mediterranean area.

The Italian region and the Italian foreign ministry submitted a bid in 2020. The UN University board accepted that bid.

The hub will use big data and artificial intelligence to manage changes in the human habitat.

Bologna University will be a partner

The university of Bologna, the world’s oldest, will be a partner in the operation. Furthermore, the new branch of the climate change uni will be at Bologna’s ‘techno-hub’.

Founded in 1088, Bologna has the motto The ‘Nourishing Mother of the Studies’, and has never been out of operation. Until relatively modern times, the university only taught doctorate studies. However, today it has a diverse range of programmes at all levels.

Among its celebrated former students are: Popes Alexander VI, Gregory XII and XV, Dante Alighieri, Laura Bassi – the world’s first woman to earn a university chair in a scientific field of studies; Petrarch and Archbishop Thomas Becket.

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