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Academia PostCorona I
In Syracuse, the World Academy meets "remotely" and thinks about the post Coronavirus
The first “Academia post Corona” meeting held remotely on 14 th of April 2020 promoted by the American University of Sicily with the participation of more than 100 high profile professors from 47 countries from all over the world representing 83 university. A dynamic international meeting that involves scientists with the idea not to produce typical and usual recommendations but to create subgroups to bring forward empirical researches that will propose concrete solutions. A brief presentation made by participants followed by introduction offered by prof. Sami Basha, president of the AUS. The mayor of the city of Syracuse, Francesco Italia gave his "Welcoming words" whom, despite his many commitments for the city, has cut some of his time, honoring the participants with his presence. He emphasized that, despite the discomfort and the closure, Syracuse remains the center of culture and that in times like these, it is always wise to start again from education. Professor Basha added that Sicily, and in particular the city of Syracuse, are a pearl and should be re-valued internationally. The American University of Sicily is a university research association, based in the city of Syracuse, which deals, through its centers and institutes with issues and topics related to the Mediterranean region. In support of the "Academia post Corona" initiative, the AUS Advisory Board, made up of professors from various national and international universities, started the conversation by stimulating the discussion. A productive discussion took place allowing the exposure of different points of view, which has developed a common vision for how to rethink research and redesign the university institution for a better future especially during this period of crises. Four questions were answered during the discussion: (1) How can/will higher education institutions respond? (2) What is our responsibility to the public good in the post-COVID wake? (3) How does this change our research? Our partnerships? Our fields of study and teaching methodologies? (4) How might we adapt to increase access to higher education for those most affected?. The Pandemic highlighted the many emergencies that can no longer be avoided in the post Corona. Professor Gregory Light, former director of the Searle Center advancing teaching and learning at Northwestern University of Chicago, talked about how we can learn from the failure of critical thinking in the university system, suggesting strengthening the same on multiple fronts, starting from schools. Prof. Gokce Gokalp, vice dean at the faculty of education of the Middle East Technical University of Ankara in Turkey, who strongly supports the importance of face-to-face teaching, essential for safeguarding human contacts, pointed out the importance of the discovery of a new dynamic humanism. Prof. Raja Gyreis from the University of Tel Aviv, reported the disadvantage for minorities both in accessing online services and in the difficulties that will arise following the crisis, proposing concrete and immediate solutions to avoid the worst. For the medical field, Professor Arben Gjata, Rector of the University of Medicine of Tirana (National Coordinator of the Task-Force for Education and Human Services), underlining the historical friendship between Albania and Italy, intervened offering concrete solutions on how better to act despite the great difficulties of continuing the online teaching for scientific and medical subjects. Prof. Walid Basha, an immunologist known for his career in laboratory research at the "Al Najah University" in Palestine, highlighted the deficit in research, highlighted how academy must “awaken”, and turns to the service of human being. A voice from the university of Jordan, prof. Areej Assaf, specialized in Cancer Immunotherapy, recalled the importance of academia and the words of scholars in political decisions.
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