In communicating that the new professionalizing degree course in Technologies for environmental monitoring and sustainability of the Kore University has been approved by the national university council and will start next autumn, the rector and the president of the Enna university, professors Giovanni Puglisi and Cataldo Salerno, underline the contents and projects that support the launch of this new training structure of the Kore University of Enna, with particular reference to the recent critical observations that emerged in the political-cultural debate, which developed around the agreement between Kore and ENI-Gela aimed at allowing professional internships to future students enrolled in the degree course.
The note from the president and rector of Kore comes after in recent days over 170 members of Legambiente, Sicilians and not, have sent them an email – with the same text – to ask Kore, in a nutshell, to break off their relations with ENI.
“We appreciate – Puglisi and Salerno declare – the commitment of those who work for the improvement of environmental conditions and the protection of the planet and we ideally feel close to the thousands of volunteers who dedicate themselves to these issues with passion and personal sacrifice. However, it is not the task of the universities, and not even of Kore, to judge the small and large companies operating in the territories. Our university takes care, with commitment and seriousness, of higher education, scientific research, technology transfer and support for cultural, social and economic development, aiming at the highest quality of the training product and relations with the world of work, in interest of its students and graduates “.
“Kore deems it his duty – moreover required by law by the institutive procedures of the degree course – to pay the utmost attention to both the closest and the most distant contexts. And the agreement signed with ENI for the Gela site is along this line. , as well as the other agreements stipulated with companies operating in the Syracuse area. We are well aware of the environmental and health damage caused by almost all large industrial settlements, but for this very reason we have chosen to collaborate with ENI in the green reconversion processes of one of its important centers such as that of Gela, offering our students the opportunity to combine theoretical training with operational comparison in the field of environmental requalification policies, a peculiar characteristic of the new degree course set up by Kore “.
“In the same way and for the same reasons, we have been supporting for some time, with our research infrastructures and our know-how, the initiatives aimed at the environmental recovery of the Syracuse area, where other international players insist. Frankly, it does not seem like a good practice. that of refusing a collaboration on projects for the re-elaboration of industrial policies that are announced in a completely innovative sense with respect to the errors of the past. The objectivity of the scientific vision must be the only guiding light that must accompany the new model of on-the-job training , which in particular inspires these new degree courses, which absolutely cannot hide the alibi of ideological ostracism “.” Our professors and researchers, even if on average very young, are more than ripe to understand, in the letter and in the spirit of Article 33 of the Constitution, where to go, how far to go and where to stop eventually re to the “purity” of research. We therefore thank – conclude Salerno and Puglisi – for the alerts, always as precious as the ones we have received in these days, but we claim the autonomy of higher university education and the absolute freedom of scientific research “.
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