“Medical faculty of the former hospital is a suggestive hypothesis. A building to be strengthened”

The Minister of Regional Affairs and Self-Government arrived in Piacenza in the late afternoon of Friday 9 July, mariastella gilmini, to inspect inside the former military hospital, a structure that the region and the municipality, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and State property, redeveloped, and applied to national and European funding projects.

Minister Gilmini's visit to Piacenza

A recovery intervention that is part of regional urban renewal policies aimed at repairing urban fractures and restoring beauty and usefulness to abandoned spaces, which often risk generating phenomena of urban insecurity. The intent is to transform the former military hospital into the final headquarters of A new course for the degree “Medicine and Surgery” from the University of ParmaIt is currently located at the Alberoni College of Piacenza.

Minister Gilmini's visit to Piacenza

“A building that could really be an opportunity not only for Piacenza, but also for the University – said the Minister at the end of the visit -. It is clear that it is not easy to find significant funding for such a large intervention, but it is equally true that the hypothesis of turning this building into a course for obtaining An international degree in medicine is very suggestive, and therefore with President Ponacchini and the Ministers of Defense. And the infrastructure we will try to identify a way to strengthen it.”

“Restoring a beautiful building within the city, which could become an international place to welcome many students, including foreigners, and doing a very high training, means redeveloping the entire area and above all providing additional potential for the growth of our center – Mayor of Piacenza Patricia Barbieri – emphasized. It’s a project that we care about a lot and have been working on for a long time; it’s not easy, this is a compendium that still belongs to the defense and we need to implement different practices that we have already started. For our part, we will continue down this path: it is a goal that we will continue to work towards.”

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“The recovery of such an asset – adds the regional president Stefano Bonaccini – will have a double value: on the one hand, it may mean the implementation of an urban renewal, and on the other hand an investment in knowledge and talent. If we want to compete with the more developed regions, in Europe and in the world, we must We continue to produce quality, in terms of ideas, projects and products.”

Minister Gilmini's visit to Piacenza

For Ausl General Manager Luca Baldino, the building will have “all the characteristics suitable to house the new college”. “We are talking about a long-term vision – as the President of the University of Parma Paulo Andre says – the investments and work required in this building are especially huge. The intention is to move forward quickly, everything will depend on the nature of the work to be done, considering that the building Intended to accommodate classrooms and offices, but also student housing. So far it is impossible to predict the timing: but we are laying the foundations to start as soon as possible. For us, the medical course in English is a very ambitious project related to the city of Piacenza and it wants to be fully included in the university system of the city , whether from the Polytechnic or the Catholic.

In the morning, Minister Gilmini visited the Vaccine Center at the Expo and Technopol in Bologna, the castle of sciences, the future technological heart of the Emilia-Romagna data valley, where the supercomputer of the data center of the European Weather Center is already installing the medium-term forecast.

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