On April 2, 2022, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic Luigi di Maio along with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov, Minister of Energy Parviz Shahbazov and Minister of Education Emin Amrullayev has participated at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Italy-Azerbaijan University held on ADA University campus.
The newly founded university has been an initiative of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. The agreement for the establishment of this university was reached in 2020 during the state visit of President Ilham Aliyev to the Italian Republic. The Italy-Azerbaijan University will be housed on ADA University campus.
The University is established in partnership with five leading Italian Universities, namely Luiss University, Bologna University, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino and Sapienza University of Rome. The Memorandum of Understanding on Collaboration for Italy-Azerbaijan University was signed between ADA University and the Italian partner universities last year.
While presenting the plans of the newly established university at the ground-breaking ceremony, Galib Mammad, Head of the Task Force for Italy-Azerbaijan University mentioned that its program portfolio will cover niche strategic sectors of the economy and will strive to meet the increasing demand for competent manpower in these sectors.
The university is envisioned to be an intellectual basecamp for transfer of knowledge, know-how, technology and innovation in the following areas:
1. Agriculture and Food Science
2. Engineering, including Electrical, Electronics, Transport and Infrastructure Engineering
3. Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture
4. Design, including Interior Design, Product and Service Design, Communication Design
5. Social Sciences, including management, Italian Studies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Following the ground-breaking ceremony, Minister Luigi di Maio delivered a speech along with his Azerbaijani counterpart Minister Jeyhun Bayramov at the conference titled “Azerbaijan-Italy: Path to the Multidimensional Strategic Partnership” hosted at ADA University. Students and alumni of ADA University were joined by representatives of the Government, the Parliament, diplomatic corps, public and private sector, who attended the conference. Both the ground-breaking ceremony and conference were organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Italian Republic.