March 13, 2018 – As a longtime supporter of the Bocconi University, the Pesenti Foundation participated again this year in the Donor Event, the annual event when the University meets and thanks alumni, businesses, institutions and foundations that contribute to its growth.
The 2018 Donor Event was entitled “Stories of Worth” and was entirely dedicated to the importance of building new opportunities for talented students–regardless of their geographical and socio-economic backgrounds–who with their commitment, ideas and concrete projects contribute to make the world a better place.
The meeting was opened by Bruno Busacca, Vice Rector for Development and Alumni Engagement, Bocconi University: “At present, about 1 Bocconi student out of 5 receives some financial aid, and our aim is to further improve this financial support by 2020 to open the University’s doors to any bright and motivated student regardless of his/her economic condition. We are gathered here today to tell the stories of three deserving students who had the chance to build their future. Special thanks to all those who support and have supported the University over the years.”
“The Bocconi University is fourth in Europe and eleventh in the world according to the QS World University Rankings for Social Sciences & Management.” Rector Mr. Gianmario Verona underlined, when presenting the results in the areas of research and innovation. “Human capital is at the heart of Bocconi’s program in these years, and the results of this ranking, in which three out of four parameters refer precisely to academic reputation and scientific publication, are the proof of our valuable investment. In the academic market, more and more often we compete with universities such as Harvard and the London School of Economics and Political Science for the best young researchers. Increasingly, professors choose Bocconi knowing that they can count on an ideal environment to continue their commitment as researchers and teachers.”
Stories of Worth
During the ceremony, three high-impact projects, promoted by the University, were presented and illustrated. Three projects including a research study, an entrepreneurial business and a social initiative told by their protagonists: three Bocconi scholarship students and three Bocconi Faculty members who supported them throughout this experience. Three “Stories of Worth” telling the impact that a gesture of generosity may have on the life of brilliant and motivated students and, through their growth, on the construction of a fairer, more sustainable and merit-based society.
Research: The IGIER Visiting Students Initiative
Francesco Giavazzi, Full Professor of Political Economy, started with a story of ‘Research’, the story of Pier Francesco Mei Innocenti, a second-year master student in Economic and Social Sciences, who enters this year the IGIER Visiting Students Initiative.
“Thanks to your support I could be actively involved in research projects since my first years at Bocconi University.”
The aim of IGIER is to attract some of the best European young economists—particularly Italian–normally working abroad (in the US, especially), and supply them with a research environment like an American university, where they can work on their research projects while interacting with Italian and foreign researchers.
Entrepreneurship: Bocconi StartUp Day
The story of Francesca Lisi, a first-year student in the Master’s in International Management, was told by Stefano Caselli, Vice Rector for Internationalization.
“I was very lucky to have so many people supporting me in this challenging and difficult project, made possible thanks to the scholarship.”
Francesca is one of the 350 team members of the Startup Day, the Bocconi University initiative aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and startups and enhancing the educational activities of the University.
Social impact: the “Making sense of profits” program
Giorgio Fiorentini, Senior Professor at the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, finally introduced Giulia Bono, a first-year master student in Marketing Management. Her story comes from the “Make sense of profits” program, an initiative offering young students the opportunity to participate in the world of work and gain practical experience in an environment where business expertise aims at creating social impact.
“When I received the email inviting me to participate in the selections for ‘Make sense of profits’ I thought time had come to put into practice my learning, and that is how my adventure at the Street Lawyers ONG began, providing pro bono legal assistance to homeless individuals.“
In his closing remarks, Mario Monti, President of the Bocconi University, underlined the importance of these initiatives: “This Donor Event is dedicated to all the people who trusted us last year and shared our commitment to building together a new idea of the future. We are here today for an exchange of gifts and hopes: students presented us with their experiences, they told us three beautiful stories, and they showed us how donations can bear fruit.”
The Pesenti Foundation and the innovative strength of Youth
“Bocconi University’s long-time supporter, the Pesenti Foundation promotes scientific research and solidarity projects aimed at finding effective, lasting solutions to the problems confronting our society. Since 2006 the Foundation has generously supported Bocconi, offering grants to faculty and students. In the last three years, in particular, the Foundation has promoted the degree course in Sustainable Operations Management held by prof. Alberto Grando, Full Professor at the Department of Management and Technology. The Pesenti Foundation strongly believes in new generations and their innovative strength: therefore, alongside the degree course, it also supports our students through the Partial Exemptions program.”
Excerpt from the Donor Report 2017