Author Archives: MarkD

Italian graduates “less skilled” – OECD

Interested to read this article in the Guardian’s higher education section this week, based on a report by the OECD which claims that Italian and indeed Spanish graduates are less skilled compared to other nationalities, which therefore reflects directly on the … Continue reading

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Stefano Cucca – the Sardinian man who left his home to bicycle around the world

On June 8th, 2013, 34-year-old Stefano Cucca left his home in Sorso, Sardinia to bicycle around the world to promote sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyles. Thus far, Stefano has ridden 30,000 kilometers and he hasn’t left Sardinia, yet. The idea for this project came…

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Centre-left dominates in low turnout

Italy’s centre-left Partito Democratico are celebrating this week as they managed to win 16  out of  the 16 major mayorships at stake in ballots around the country this weekend, giving a welcome boost to Prime Minister Enrico Letta and strengthening … Continue reading

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President Napolitano fails to see clearly

If Italy’s economic and political situation seemed bleak over the past few years, after last month’s elections it’s got even worse. The political deadlock situation after voters failed to elect and overall majority in Parliament has been well documented and … Continue reading

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Panettone’s on the table..

Just to wish any regular or indeed any passing readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013. I haven’t been blogging here of late as a lot of (other) stuff has been happening in my life (re-starting a university … Continue reading

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Stronger Spain leave Italy disappointed

Most of Italy fell silent as the national football team were thrashed 4-0 by Spain in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev last night. High hopes were pinned on the side after a convincing win against Germany in the semi-finals. … Continue reading

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Exams begin as temperatures soar

It used to be said of the French Education Minster that he could say what French pupils were studying at any given moment such was the uniformity of the system and the national syllabus. The same could also be said … Continue reading

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