The academic year 2020-21 marks the start of many changes and new beginnings at the School of Transnational Governance (STG).
In the first week of September, the STG welcomed the first cohort of 35 students of the Master in Transnational Governance. The MA programme is the first of its kind, tailor-made to educate and train future generations of policy leaders and a flagship programme of the European University Institute (EUI).
The STG also received the first group of new Policy Leader Fellows. The fellowship programme offers an opportunity for early- to mid career policy professionals to develop their topics and skills while participating in workshops, trainings, and conferences of the EUI. Unlike in previous years, the fellows will stay in Florence for either the first or the second semester or throughout the entire academic year.
Masters students and fellows will benefit from the expertise of the STG Faculty, which now features several new members: Prof. Diane Stone and Prof. Claudio Radaelli took up their appointment as Chairs of Transnational Governance. Prof. Daniela Iorio and Prof. Claudius Wagemann joined the Faculty as part-time Professors, and EUI Professor Corinna Unger will take on a teaching position in the new Master programme. Furthermore, former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso joined the STG in the role of Visiting Expert.
With regard to the School’s executive training offers, Prof. George Papaconstantinou has been appointed Director of Executive Education and Prof. Michael Bauer is the new Academic Director of the Master’s Programme. The overall leadership of the School is in the hands of its new Director Alexander Stubb, who joined the STG in April, together with Executive Director Fabrizio Tassinari in charge of the School’s strategy, institutional design and policy programme.
Most of the new arrivals were physically on campus throughout the week, getting to know each other and the STG team, discovering the beautiful premises of the EUI and participating in the first introduction sessions including the EUI welcome reception at the Teatro Romano di Fiesole.
That all this was indeed possible is a particular delight, as the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a challenge for the start of the academic year 2020-21. On the STG side, Villa Pagliaiuola, which will host part of the STG community until the move to Palazzo Buontalenti in downtown Florence, has been equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual infrastructure to facilitate teaching and event organisation in times of social distancing.
Looking forward to a special new academic year 2020-21!