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February 19, 2024 - 18:30 Auditorium

SAIS Europe 69th Anniversary Lecture - The Big Gamble: The National Recovery & Resilience Plan and Italy in the EU
Tito Boeri, Bocconi University

hosted by Professor Renaud Dehousse

SAIS Europe 69th Anniversary

The Bologna Center of the Johns University, now SAIS Europe, inauguration was celebrated on February 22, 1955. More than a thousand guests attended the event, held in the University of Bologna Aula Magna, with stately medieval pomp, and a procession of dignitaries.

With four professors, 10 students, and borrowed classrooms, Professor C. Grove Haines launched an experiment in international education. Haine's vision was to offer these students the experience of living and studying together under a multinational faculty in an international environment, thereby encouraging cross-cultural communication and fostering collaboration among world leaders.

Today, SAIS Europe students, trained under a multinational, multidisciplinary faculty, continue to form lifelong friendships and professional connections that sustain them through careers as leaders in all sectors of international affairs worldwide.

The 69th anniversary celebrates Haines' vision and the center's 8,500 alumni from 129 nations — ambassadors of Bologna and of SAIS Europe in the world.


Tito Boeri is Professor and Head of the Economics Department at Bocconi University in Milan, where he was also Pro-rector for research until fall 2014, and Senior Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, where he was Centennial Professor.

Boeri has been senior economist at the OECD, consultant to the IMF, World Bank, EU, ILO and to the Italian Government. From March 2015 to February 2019 he served as President of INPS. He is Scientific Advisor to the Fondazione Ing. Rodolfo Debenedetti, is a columnist for La Repubblica and has collaborated with Italian and foreign newspapers, including Il Sole24ore, La Stampa, the Financial Times and Le Monde. Boeri is one of the founders of the economic information website and the federated English-language website He is the scientific director of the Turin Festival of Economics.

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