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AY 2021-2022

Within the activities offered by Arts and Humanities, Bocconi University gives students the opportunity to deepen topics related to contemporary geopolitics, thanks to courses and seminars realized in collaboration with ISPI. 

The agreement with ISPI allows Bocconi students to approach to the knowledge of geopolitical dynamics of the current international scenario. 

The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), founded in 1934, is one of the most prestigious Italian study and research center, focused on geopolitical and global political-economic trends analysis

Find out the opportunities reserved to Bocconi students for a.y. 2021-2022.

2nd semester

Winter School ISPI (reserved to undergraduate students)

Bocconi University and ISPI School offer a number of Winter School on contemporary geopolitics topics, that take place during the weekend with an intense mode format.

Courses will be delivered online on Friday and Saturday from 9am to 6:30 pm and will be offered in Italian. 

For the full list and further information visit this webpage: unibocconi.it/convenzioneispi

Cultural Diplomacy ("Round out your knowledge")

Cultural Diplomacy: changing the world through culture, art and creativity.  

Cultural diplomacy is one of the most advanced forms of soft power: the exchange and sharing of ideas, values, languages ​​and artistic practices ultimately facilitate the promotion of dialogue, respect for diversity and mutual understanding between peoples and nations, in support of a broader action of political and economic cooperation at the international level. 

International organizations, national governments and civil society organizations are increasingly promoting a strategic approach to international cultural relations, encouraging cooperation and co-creation of shared actions and programs, involving the cultural and artistic community in a decisive way. 

This optional course promotes the learning of the main theories and models for the development of international relations and diplomacy at the national, European and global level, dealing with particular attention to the processes and working mechanisms of large international organizations and institutions, foundations and associations committed to the protection of the artistic heritage and the promotion of a culture of peace. 


  1. Introduction to cultural diplomacy: the use of soft power, when and why? (with Omar Mohammed)
  2. UNESCO for cultural diplomacy: from local to global
  3. Music Diplomacy: the power of music education (with Joseph Fowler)
  4. Visual art and social change: the power of images between artistic experiences and institutional communication (with Armando Milani)

Calendar: 12, 14, 21, 26 April at 6.30PM-8PM

How: in distance

Coordinator: Paolo Petrocelli

Paolo Petrocelli (PhD) is a senior cultural manager and university professor driven by the belief that culture, arts and education are a major force for growth, development and change globally. As a cultural and music diplomacy ambassador, he serves in institutional roles to forge bonds through music and arts in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the US.

He is the Founder and President of EMMA for Peace (Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy), international non-governmental organization for the promotion of music diplomacy between Europe and the Middle East, Co-Founder and Honorary President of the Italian Youth Association for UNESCO, the largest youth organization in the UNESCO system, Cultural and Music Diplomacy Officer of the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and Cultural Advisor to Coldplay. 

Petrocelli is the Program Coordinator of the Professional Certificate in Cultural Diplomacy and International Cooperation at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). 

Guests: we are happy to announce that during the course there will be some prominent figures in the humanitarian and environmental fields who will contribute to the lessons:

> 12 April: Omar Mohammed, Research Fellow at The Program on Extremism at George Washington University

Omar Mohammed is an historian from Mosul, known until recently only as the anonymous blogger ‘Mosul Eye’. Through Mosul Eye, Omar set out to inform the world about life under the Islamic State in his city. He is the host of the podcast series Mosul and the Islamic State, which tells untold stories from inside the Islamic State’s reign of terror, the pursuit of justice in its aftermath, and the enduring struggle of the people of Mosul for a better future. Omar is currently teaching Terrorism and Transformation of Citites, Middle East History and Cultural Heritage Diplomacy at Sciences Po University. His focus has now shifted to the advocacy of social initiatives for the people of Mosul, including the international effort to re-supply the Central Library of the University of Mosul. At the intersection of media, academia, and civil society, Omar is motivated to develop new networks of collaboration and innovations in humanitarian action. As an historian and lecturer at the University of Mosul, he focuses his scholarly work on conceptual history and research dealing with local historiographies and narratives, micro-histories, and Orientalism. Omar is a regular media commentator on Iraq, has an MA in Middle East History from the University of Mosul, and was named 2013 Researcher of the Year by Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. His doctoral research explores history and historians in 19th and 20th century Mosul. He now lives in exile in Europe.

> 21 April: Joseph Fowler, Head of Arts and Culture del World Economic Forum
Joseph Fowler is a director, programmer and strategist working within Arts and Culture with over 20 years of international experience collaborating across disciplines in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Joseph currently holds the position of Head of Arts and Culture at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. Previous positions include Cultural Advisor to the Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia, Director of Opera, Arts & Culture for Expo 2020, Director of Programming and Events at Dubai Opera, General Manager of Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre, Resident Director at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Associate Director at Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Director of Movement at La Comédie-Française.
Joseph has received several awards as recognition of his contribution to the arts including The Sir Kenneth Macmillan Award, The Joan Lawson Award and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patron of the Arts Award.
Joseph is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Music Academy of the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses (MAAKSS)

> 26 April: Armando Milani, a true design icon worldwide
Born in Milan, Lombardy, 1940. From 1959 to 1963 he studied at the Umanitaria School in Milan under Albe Steiner. In 1965 he opened his own studio in Milan and started to collaborate with Giulio Confalonieri and Studio Boggeri. In 1976 his brother Maurizio joined him. The year later he moved to New York City to work at Vignelli Associates on major corporate identity programs. During his career he served prestigious clients including De Padova, Montecatini Edison, Roche, Touring Club of Italy, and the United Nations for which he designed a poster for the world peace that has become a world classic. Member of AGI. Honorary Member of AIAP. He taught and exhibited both in Italy and abroad, and his work has been published on the most important design magazines. He also publishes some book about graphic design.
Armando Milani has created an extraordinary series of posters dedicated to humanitarian and environmental issues and will bring a very strong perspective on the subject.

How to register: through yoU@B Diary from 24 March to 7 April.

Certificate of attendance: students who attend at least 3 out of 4 lessons can receive the certificate of attendance

China, New Economic, Political and Financial Power (reserved to graduate students)


Over the last 40 years, China has actively sought its role in the world economy from the world's first factory of low-cost mass-produced goods, to the world's largest exporter and is now also an ambitious innovator in advanced fields such as artificial intelligence. This has led to growing economic power that is being exploited to gain wider political influence abroad. At 70, China is interdependent with almost all other countries, both rich and poor, through trade, investment and finance. China's inevitable influence on the world economy today stems from its being closely intertwined with the rest of the world, keeping itself relatively closed to foreign influence. China's rise in the world is undoubtedly the greatest challenge ever to one of the cardinal principles of liberal philosophy: the importance of political freedom for economic growth. Unlike all other economies that have been planned in the past, the 'plan-to-market' transition has been pursued by introducing the market mechanism into an otherwise party-controlled economic system. The Belt and Road Initiative and the internationalisation of the RMB are both strategies promoted by China in the 21st century to increase its integration into the world economy, but they came about at different times and with parallel, if complementary, aims. However, there is a great synergy between them. BRI provides a formidable platform for pursuing an ingenious currency strategy of gradually increasing the international circulation of the RMB. The most interesting aspect of this strategy is the highly innovative and ingenious way in which China intends to circulate the RMB around the world, i.e. not through a progressive and unconditional convertibility of the currency, but through a system of controlled convertibility based on deposits of RMB in a network of banks in various countries around the world and, more recently, through the issuance of a digital currency that can also be used in international payments.

Date (5PM 7:15PM)
7 February
China, a new economic and political power
Alessia Amighini
8 February
A new financial power?
Alessia Amighini
14 February
Finance as a pillar of the Belt and Road Initiative
Alessia Amighini
15 February
The long hand of Chinese loans abroad and the mounting ‘debt trap’
Alessia Amighini
21 February
The renminbi in foreign and commodity trade: financial and political implications
Alessia Amighini
22 February
The e-RMB: China's great financial leap into the 21st century
Alessia Amighini
28 February
Which scenarios for the future of globalisation?
Alessia Amighini

INSTRUCTOR: Alessia Amighini is Co-Head of Asia Centre and Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI. She is Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economic and Business Studies (DiSEI) at the University of Piemonte Orientale (Novara, Italy). Amighini previously worked as an Associate Economist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD, Geneva, Switzerland). Alessia holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Florence (Italy) and a Master in Economics as well as a BA in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy).

HOW: lessons will be held in distance mode

The course is reserved to Bocconi students who are enrolled for AY 2021-22 in a Master of Science program.

3rd call for applications for curricular supplementary activities.

Further information on registrations and creteria of assignment are available here: enhancing Experience - Curricular supplementary activities

9.3 ENHANCING EXPERIENCE - Curricular Supplementary Activities: choice, assignment and placement in the Program Structure


Live attendance to at least 80% of all lectures is a precondition to take the final test.
Passing the test gives students access to 2 CFU.

Gli Slums e lo Sviluppo Urbano Integrato (reserved to graduate students)

CALENDAR: April 2022
The course is offered in Italian. Detailed timetable and program is available here.

Summer School ISPI (reserved to graduate students)

CALENDAR: May  July 2022

All Summer School courses will be offered in Italian. 

Further information will be made available in March/April 2022

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