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Susanne Reffert | IPMU | Japan

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Giro d’Italia

Seafront in Naples

Seafront in Naples

For the last week, we have traveled Italy, having first visited the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and now the University “Federico II” in Naples.
While the cold seems to have followed us down from North of the Alps and we’ve even seen snow flakes in Rome (rather unusual, we were assured), in Naples we finally met some milder temperatures again.

The atmosphere at Italian universities is rather tense these days. At the beginning of the month, Rome has seen violent clashes between police and students who were protesting against the proposed university reforms. As often the case, the reforms include large budget cuts and are widely feared to endanger the quality of university education. A picture that presents itself unfortunately world-wide to researchers these days.
Tomorrow will be the final vote about the reform, more protests are expected, and everyone is a bit nervous about the things to come.

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