Provost interviewed by the Italian Cultural Institute
Provost Katia Passerini was interviewed by the Italian Cultural Institute in New York for Stanze Italiane, the virtual museum and the website of the Institute, which was founded in 1961 by the Italian government. Under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the mission of the Institute is to promote the Italian language and culture in the United States. Passerini was interviewed for a series called “Story di New York”.
Interviewed by Professor Vincenzo Pascale of Long Island University, Brooklyn, Passerini spoke of her experience at Seton Hall to date, noting that she was fortunate enough to arrive at the university “at the end of the first phase of strategic planning process ”, allowing him to be involved“ in the refinement of the strategic plan ”.
She further explained that now “The plan sets the direction for the growth of the University in many areas, from campus planning to new areas of academia, research and harnessing the strength of the University, which is our tradition of liberal arts and humanities coupled with very strong professional degrees in science, business, law and diplomacy. “
The rector also stressed the importance of “growth and quality” in the planning of the University, in particular with regard to “the student experience” and “to ensure that from their arrival until Upon graduation, students have the best possible experience and not only learn the trades of their future careers, but are placed into careers when they graduate. “
Provost Passerini, a native of Rome and a graduate of Italian and American universities, also spoke about some of the differences between education in Italy and the United States, including the five-year high school in Italy versus four in the United States. “I think the approach taken by the Italian education system is to be very deep at the beginning, and it’s a very good preparation that allows you to enter the specialty you want to choose. So immediately you will specialize in a profession, “she said. “In the United States, they take a lighter approach at the beginning and when you go to college you have to have that general education coupled with the professional degree you choose.” The provost further noted that although the skills taught in the Italian system were “very strong”, she believed that “the strength and beauty of the American system is that you learn to apply the theory.”
When asked what her “dream” for Seton Hall was, she replied, “Of course I want us to be the best Catholic university not only in the United States but also in the world. So what j ‘I would really like to bring, it is an international university dimension – we talked about diversity and culture – for me, diversity is really welcoming students from all over the world. “
Passerini also said she looked forward to welcoming collaboration and partnerships with institutions around the world. Noting some of the unique contributions and capabilities of relatively small but academically distinguished private higher education institutions such as Seton Hall, Passerini further touted the benefits of collaboration available when denominational and Catholic universities “like ours ” meet. “I think we really have an opportunity to make a mark not just in the United States, but far beyond.”
The video of the full interview with the Italian Cultural Institute in New York is available by accessing Stanze Italiane then by clicking on the link in the sheet that says “Katia Passerini”.