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«She is in a hurry, runs away with the folders of the College’s architectural projects: this patron who does not overflow with details, who is able to impose herself on architects and bureaucrats in the name of culture and of the real female emancipation». (Interview with the Founder Sandra Bruni Mattei, by Sandro Rizzi, “Corriere della Sera”, 1973)

Collegio Nuovo’s core mission is fostering women’s talent and merit. Aware of the growing position of women in society, the Founder laid the basis for the creation of a stimulating international environment, in which also diversity allows the students to develop all-round skills aiming at standards of quality and excellence.

Among the initiatives undertaken to enhance soft skills, the “Women in Leadership Program” stands out as one of the major events since the establishment of the College. Many prominent women, who contributed to various fields of knowledge and areas of society, have been invited throughout more than 30 years, and especially in the last decade, to tell their stories and share their experiences. “Key women” such as Nobel Prize Rita Levi Montalcini and Penn Vet Leadership Award Ilaria Capua act as role model for College’s students who have the opportunity to meet them also in an informal way and develop soft skills.

This open-minded and forward looking model of education laid the basis for the invitation to participate as executive member in the international network of women’s colleges WEW (Women’s Education Worldwide) founded by US Colleges Mount Holyoke and Smith. Inspired also by such a global network, the College increased its offer of specific initiatives focusing on international exchanges and training courses (intercultural soft skills; public speaking), some in connection with the business world and in close cooperation with the Alumnae Association.

Collegio Nuovo students have the opportunity every year to participate in global meetings and courses hosted by the College’s institutional partners, in Europe (recently also thanks to the active participation in EucA), US, Dubai and Tokyo. Furthermore, a leadership conference was promoted in 2011, with more than 40 students coming from all continents and interacting also with their Collegio Nuovo peers.

In 2013 the Collegio Nuovo became an active collaborating institution of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a program launched by Hillary Clinton which empowers the next generation of women around the world.

Women’s empowerment- Related documents:

Collegio Nuovo in Japan:

Business and education: women leaders in Pavia

Students from 5 continents at the Collegio Nuovo

Presidents, deans and chief academic officers from all over the world at the Collegio Nuovo:

Women’s empowerment: the College’s mission impacts the Italian Network of College’s strategy

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