Riccardo Zucchi, professor of Biochemistry and president of the School of Medicine, took office on 1 November 2022.
As a first statement, Professor Zucchi commented the Circle U. Alliance:
“The University of Pisa has a long-standing tradition of excellence in teaching and research, recognized either at Italian and international level: from Galileo Galilei onwards, through seven centuries of history, it has constantly grown along with the competence in raising outstanding personalities in the field of science, literature the arts, politics and economics.
The Circle U. Alliance places us at the very heart an utterly ambitious project: to create a supranational European university together with eight other prestigious European universities, with common study paths, research projects, educational initiatives, pivoting on the great themes of today and tomorrow, such as climate, global health, democracy. With the partners of the Alliance we share important values, based on the fundamental importance of research, teaching, academic freedom and integrity in order to contribute to the creation of a more inclusive, sustainable and united society, although in its diversity.
As new rector my task is to take up this challenge and work together with all the faculty, students and staff of my university and all other partner universities to make the Circle U grow.
In such way, we can help achieving the ambitious goals the Alliance has set. I am sure that also through the participation in projects such as Circle U., the University of Pisa will be able to make, in the coming years, a decisive leap forward in quality terms."
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