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Only three years after the College’s opening, eleven Collegio Nuovo students were already foreign students studying in Pavia for at least a semester. In 1981, the college signed its first agreement for international exchange with one of the most important universities in Europe — Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany. Since then, at least 10% of Collegio Nuovo has been made up of foreign exchange students.
After 1985, Collegio Nuovo began offering study abroad scholarships to its students. One of its first recipients, a graduate in Medicine, went on to became a Full Professor at Oxford University.
My time at the Collegio Nuovo brought a sense of clarity to my ambitions and perhaps my first appreciation of the value of a good institution - the beginning of my never-failing optimistic outlook on the future. Most of my professional choices have been influenced by this experience; particularly, my passion for learning, the respect and care for the precious gift of a young enquiring mind and the happiness that comes from the achievement of a common goal.
The value of an institution is in the people that are part of it. Admiration for the talent of my fellow students was the force that drew me out of my “comfort zone” into the uncharted territory of freedom and possibility; it was the beginning of a long journey that led to the realisation that what I wanted most was to live, perhaps as a small fish, yet one that swims in the wide ocean!
Barbara Casadei, Commencement Speaker 1995