The Giorgio La Pira Scholarships aim to support students who embrace the visionary Mayor of Florence's vocation for peace and mediation between peoples, and who seek to address transnational challenges.
The Giorgio La Pira scholarships, funded by the Fondazione CR Firenze, offer talented students the opportunity to pursue a Master in Transnational Governance at the School of Transnational Governance (STG) of the European University Institute (EUI). In the programme, the students will acquire the theoretical and practical tools to contribute to the development of innovative policies and governance responses to cross-border challenges.
The four grant holders for the academic year 2020-2021 are Hala Ahmad from Jordan, Lucia Bosoer from Argentina, Moaz Nasser Saber Abdelrahman from Egypt, and Jichen Qu from China. They started the programme on the 1st September attending welcome and introductory sessions on campus as well as online.
“We warmly welcome the four students. We are sure they will have an inspiring time and acquire valuable knowledge for their professional future,” said the President of Fondazione CR Firenze Luigi Salvadori. “Our two institutions believe in the promotion of young talented people and these scholarships are a concrete proof for that”.
Merit and solidarity are the main awarding criteria for the Giorgio La Pira scholarships. The beneficiaries have distinguished themselves in their studies and extracurricular activities in the context of initiatives promoting dialogue between peoples. In addition, students’ personal financial situation is taken into account during the selection process.
The Giorgio La Pira scholarships build on the longstanding cooperation between the Fondazione CR Firenze and the EUI.
“We thank Fondazione CR Firenze for their support in the education of a new generation of policy-makers and experts who look for solutions beyond borders,” commented EUI President Renaud Dehousse. “The new master's programme is in this respect fully in accordance with Giorgio La Pira's vision of promoting peace, sustainability and democracy as a means of dialogue between peoples.”
Throughout the years, the Fondazione CRF and the EUI have developed many joint initiatives to promote research, training and awareness-raising on challenges facing Europe and beyond. The two institutions share the commitment to enhance the role of the City of Florence in the international context, in particular with regard to the activities of the School of Transnational Governance.
From left to right: Jichen Qu, Moaz Nasser Saber Abdelrahman, Hala Ahmad, Lucia Bosoer.
The four grant holders about their expectations of the STG Master in Transnational Governance:
Hala Ahmad: “Completing the STG Master programme will provide me with the knowledge that I would need to improve my understanding of governance issues and will enable me to raise awareness on contemporary issues within the youth, civil society, and women.”
Moaz Nasser Saber Abdelrahman: “My expectations are getting introduced to the theoretical foundations of transnational governance, as a field of research, its relevance to both academia and real-life analysis, and building professional networks.”
Lucia Bosoer: “I hope that studying in an international centre of academic excellence such as the EUI-STG, will allow me to advance my professional career and acquire the interdisciplinary tools needed to contribute to the design of transnational policies that respond to the most pressing global issues of this time.”
Jichen Qu: “I am expecting to gain more comprehensive insights into the European Union and making comparative studies to possibly better bridge Sino-European relations.”