The convention between the University of Pisa, Livorno City Council, Livorno Foundation and the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority has been renewed for 4 years, until 2024. The agreement ensures the continuity of Pisa University’s logistics faculty based at Villa Letizia in Livorno, in the facility provided by Livorno City Council.

This morning in the municipality’s ceremonial hall there was a press conference presenting the new convention. The Mayor Luca Salvetti, the Councillor for Innovation and University Barbara Bonciani, the President of the Port Network Authority Stefano Corsini, the President of the Board of Directors of the Livorno Foundation Luciano Barsotti and Prof. Gianluca Dini, Director of the University Logistics Faculty were present.

Luca Salvetti stressed the importance that the university course has for the city from an educational and cultural point of view as a whole. This is why the City Council wanted to renew the convention and maintain the same levels of funding to ensure activities continue. This operation is part of an overall project that the Administration is carrying out to renew all cultural programs designed to recover and give strength to the city’s identity.

Barbara Bonciani also highlighted the importance of the university faculty for the local area; a vital presence that is often minimized but that instead favors the birth of strategic skills and professionalism indispensable for the economic development of the Livorno area and its port. She also highlighted the synergistic relationship between the City, Port, Foundation and University in supporting this facility which has been operating for many years now.

Stefano Corsini reiterated the Port Network Authority’s commitment to funding this university faculty specialized in training sector professionals. There are a number of initiatives that the Port Network Authority pursues with the university world like laboratories and research activities for regional management. The relationship with the Pisa University’s logistics faculty represents another example.

Luciano Barsotti, while supporting the initiative (“The Foundation has financed the university faculty right from the beginning”), useful for the region, including the Piombino area, highlighted how the spirit with which the faculty was set up has to be revived, i.e. a closer link between the training sector and the local business world. A greater effort to involve local businesses is needed to rediscover the true purpose of the operation.

Professor Gianluca Dini illustrated the University Faculty in terms of figures as proof of how the Livorno facility represents one of the university decentralizations that has worked best. 15 editions of bachelor degree programs, 2 editions of post graduate degree programs and master degree programs (one held also during the Lockdown period), internships and degree awards. Since 2013 over 100 students have enrolled every year with peaks of up to 160. Of these 29% have continued their studies with post-graduate degree programs while 47% work in areas related to their study program. On the issue of improving ties with local companies the professor expressed his willingness to seek opportunities to meet and understand company needs.

The convention(the renewal of which was approved by the City Council with a specific ruling last July) is designed to foster the development of all the university faculty’s training and research activities, in particular to ensure the continuation of the Bachelor Degree Course in Logistics Systems Economics and Legislation (part of the L-18 “Economic Science and Business Management” degree class) and the Bachelor Degree Course in “Logistics Systems Management “.

It guarantees the commitment of the adhering Institutions (Municipality, Livorno Foundation, Port Network Authority) to funding the Degree Course teaching program, each paying Pisa University the sum of € 150,000 every year.

Livorno City Council also funds, with the sum of € 50,000 per year, additional educational and training activities of the university faculty, such as the master degree course in Logistic Processes Management and Control.

As a follow-up to the convention, the parties signed a specific memorandum of understanding, thus joining forces to support the logistics systems faculty , with the aim of establishing additional university courses, advanced training and further education and to identify mechanisms for consolidating university and company ties. With this memorandum they undertake, among other things, to strengthen the economic and engineering disciplines in the port and logistics sector, as well as, as mentioned, to promote and support the two degree courses in the convention.

In addition, a Strategic Steering Committee will be set up  to carry out and coordinate the activities covered by the convention.

The memorandum of understanding follows on from the Formare initiative by the Port Network Authority, Tuscany Regional Administration, the Chamber of Commerce and the Harbour Authority, which aims to set up training options in Tuscany for seafarers and students from nautical institutes who are currently obliged to move to other regions for training.