2020 Pritzker Prize

Nobel Architecture

The 2020 Pritzker Prize – considered the Nobel Prize in Architecture – was awarded to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from Grafton architects, who also designed the Bocconi Building at Via Roentgen inaugurated in 2008.

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Which countries do invest the most on University research?


According to the World Academic Forum, the countries that spend the most on University research are Switzerland, Denmark and Norway.

Actually, Sweden reached the 4th position investing 0.63% of its GDP in University research, while Norway invested 0.64%.

What do you think?

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Adua by Igiaba Scego


Adua” by Igiaba Scego is a strong and up-to-date novel that deals with migration, racism, belonging and identity issues.
In this book we follow the story of a Somali family that move to Italy during three different eras. It is a compelling and exciting novel about three people who make the same journey in different times and political contexts, with different dreams and conditions, but also with many common experiences.
Igiaba Scego was born in Rome in 1974 by Somali immigrants. She is an important voice in the Italian contemporary literary scene for her current thematic related to the identity problem, that many who belong to two cultures can experience. She works as a writer and journalist, writing articles about dialogue and relationships between different cultures and migration issues.
The book – translated by Helena Monti and published in Sweden by Contempo – received the C.M. Lerici Foundation literature support in 2017.
More info about the book and the writer here.

Study sustainability in Sweden

Sustainable world concept.

Climate change is a crucial issue.
A degree or qualification on sustainability seems to be even more important today.
Then where is the best place to study a degree related to sustainability and the environment? Swede, of course!
Sweden is one of the world’s leading proponents of this cause and also one of the greenest countries on the planet.
Now you can follow a course about Environmental Science, Environmental law or Sustainable urban planning at Swedish institutions.
Read more here.

La vita bugiarda degli adulti – The last novel by Elena Ferrante soon published in Sweden

Elena Ferrante Novels

After the great success of the Neapolitan Quartet, Elena Ferrante will be back soon in all the Swedish libraries with “La vita bugiarda degli adulti” (The Lying Life of Adults) by the Italian publishing house Edizioni E/O.
The book will be published in Sweden by Norstedts (that also published the previous novels) and translated by Johanna Hedenberg, the official Swedish translator of Elena Ferrante. 
“La vita bugiarda degli adulti” – that is Ferrante’s first novel since concluding the Neapolitan Novels in 2015 – was released in Italy in November and it has sold over 100.000 copies only in the first month.
The book will be officially  released in Sweden on June 9th, 2020.
Are you excited? We are!
Read more details here.

A weekend in Umeå


If you are planning to move to Umeå for a study period… Then we have few tips for your first weekend in the largest city in Norrland region, that also hosts Umeå University.
Actually a winter weekend in Umeå offers a lot to do: cultural centres and museums such as Bildmuseet, local design …and much more!
Discover more here!

St. Catherine of Alexandria by Artemisia Gentileschi at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm

Artemisia Gentileschi

The cultural relationship between Sweden and Italy can also be founded in the art field.
In fact, Nationalmuseum in Stockholm has recently acquired the painting St. Catherine of Alexandria by the Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi.
Artemisia is perhaps the most famous of the rare female artists discovered until now in 17th-century Europe. She worked in her native Rome, in Florence, Venice, Naples, and London, for, among others, the Archduke of Tuscany and the King of Spain. She was the first woman to gain a reputation in her own right as a skilled painter of large-scale compositions with mythological or biblical motifs, and the first woman artist to be elected a member of the prestigious Florentine Accademia del Disegno.
Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting will be on display in the galleries with 17th- century art at Nationalmuseum from February 25th.
Read more here.

Trento University – Summer School about literary translation “Translating the narrative”


Trento University – Summer School about literary translation “Translating the narrative”.
Where: Andalo (Trento, North Italy)
When: 15-19 June 2020
In the Summer School “Translating the narrative”, five of the major literary translators operating in Italy, Ilide Carmignani (Spanish literature), Franca Cavagnoli (English literature), Fulvio Ferrari (Swedish literature), Enrico Ganni (German literature), Yasmina Melaouah ( French literature), will held a course dedicated to the narrative’s translation. They will conduct a literary translation’s laboratory for modern and contemporary fiction.
For all the information about this initiative, please visit Trento University website here

Which are the most innovative economies in the world?

world economy
Sweden reached the 5th position in the Bloomberg ranking by index value.
This ranking includes factors such as research and development expenditures, the number of domestic patent applications and the number of domestic public high-tech companies.
If you are a student involved in the economic field, you should know that Sweden – more precisely Stockholm – is also home to one of Europe’s leading business schools with a unique business-community network: Stockholm School of Economics.
Its research is internationally recognized and many of our researchers are among the leading figures in their respective fields.

How DNA studies can give a new view of Scandinavian history


According to Anders Götherström, professor of molecular archaeology, “migration is an important part of history and is constantly ongoing“.
Thanks to DNA studies, today a new view of Sweden’s history is possible. In fact, ancient DNA becomes useful in detecting and dating demographic events in the history of populations.
The Atlas project – started in 2014 – has changed the picture of Scandinavia’s settlement and how agriculture spread across Europe. 
If you want to know more about how Scandinavia was populated in the past, then this article is for you!