A collaboration agreement was signed between the University of Salento and the Italian Naval League (Lni). In the council chamber of the Rectorate of the University of Salento, the agreement was signed by the Rector of UniSalento, Professor Fabio Pollice, and by the President of the Italian Naval League, Admiral Donato Marzano. For the Lni present the Regional Delegate for Puglia Andrea Retucci, the Director General Rear Admiral Gabriele Botrugno, the President of the Frigole (Lecce) section Lucio Cusumano and the President of the Brindisi section Roberto Galasso; for the University of Salento, professors Genuario Belmonte, contact person of the University for the agreement, and Stefano Piraino and Luigi Melica, members of the technical-scientific committee of the agreement, intervened. Starting from the common belief that the sea plays a central role in the development of the country system, and that it is necessary to increase public awareness of the importance of the maritime dimension for prosperity and national security, UniSalento and LNI have understood with this agreement to consolidate existing collaborative relationships and broaden the horizon of potential synergies. In fact, it is envisaged the creation of strategic partnerships in the fields of research, innovation and experimentation, training, education and practice of maritime sports, with reference to the themes of the law and culture of the sea, maritime and maritime safety, the physical environment and its dynamics, biodiversity and its protection, the safeguarding of maritime heritage and the diffusion of nautical sports.The first initiatives in the program are the joint organization of a second level master’s degree for specialists environmental quality and environmental monitoring campaigns carried out by the members of the Naval League under the technical-scientific supervision of the University, as well as the involvement of the student community in the practice of nautical sports and participation in environmental volunteering and solidarity boating initiatives. Referents for the agreement are, for the Italian Naval League, the National President, Admiral Donato Marzano, and for the University of Salento Professor Genuario Belmonte, Director of the forthcoming Master in collaboration with the LNI and responsible for the boat ” Pelagia “of the University of Salento.” The sea is of fundamental importance for our territory and for our University, not surprisingly “Athenaeum between the two seas”, underlined UniSalento Rector Fabio Pollice. “This agreement enriches the process of building synergies with local actors in a national strategic dimension, in which networking and the enhancement of the “Terra d’Otranto” with its specific Mediterranean projection express the desire to reaffirm our vocation to be a “cultural beacon”, gateway in the Adriatic-Ionian region and a driving force for sustainability “.” Culture of the Sea that has solid foundations in the history of our country’s maritime life “, commented Admiral Marzano “with a projection into the future and innovation of the new generations that animate our universities and the sections of the Italian Naval League. I have a lot of faith in them. “
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