Italian Week at IPACS RANEPA: from foreign policy lectures to ravioli from Consul General in Moscow
The RANEPA Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS) has hosted its traditional Italian Week that included workshops and public lectures delivered by prominent professors, politicians, business leaders and actors from Italy, heated discussions and Italian spoken in the hallways across the Academy’s campus. These activities took place at the same time with the Week of Italian Cuisine, a gastronomic event held at the end of November in many countries under the patronage of the Italian Foreign Ministry.
The sixth edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine began with an opening ceremony streamed on the Italian Embassy website. Giuseppe Lo Porto, Head of the Education Department at the Italian Consulate-General, moderated the meeting. The audience saw a mini-film made by students, members of IPACS InterClub. The speakers shared some secrets of cooking Italian stuffed dishes and talked about popular Michelin-starred Italian cuisine restaurants in Moscow.
Ernesto Ferlenghi, Executive Vice President of the Association of Italian Industrialists in the Russian Federation, Confindustria Russia, Co-Chair of the Russian-Italian Civil Society Dialogue Forum for the Italian side, delivered a lecture on the history of partnership between Italy and Russia, highlighting the current economic indicators of the two countries’ cooperation. He specifically focused on investment and opportunities for energy transformation. Director of the Institute for Eurasian Studies Andrea Giannotti gave a public lecture on Italian foreign policy during the Second Republic; he also analyzed the outlook for Russian-Italian relations.
Actor and translator Marco Dinelli, coordinator of Italian courses at the Italo Calvino school, told the students about PLIDA, a popular Italian qualification exam required for employment in Italy and enrollment at Italian universities. He also led an exclusive training on Italian Language Sounds. The participants learned how to improve their pronunciation by using the right breathing techniques.
At the end of the Italian Week project, members of the IPACS International Cooperation Department took part in a culinary class where Consul General of Italy in Moscow Luca Spiniello cooked his signature dish, ravioli, for the guests.
“RANEPA Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service and its Department of International Cooperation express their deep gratitude to the invited experts for the exciting events. We look forward to further cooperating with our Italian partners,” said Karolina Sikirinskaya, head of the International Cooperation Department at IPACS.