Representatives from the Italian region of
Emilia Romagna traveled to Shanghai to join in Tongji University's centenary
celebrations last month.
Roberto Grandi, vice-president of Bologna University (left), Italian
Ambassador Riccardo Sessa (middle) and Duccio Campagnoli, Regional Minister
of Emilia Romagna on a visit to Tongji University last
They included members of entrepreneurs, scholars and representatives of
Italian high society.
Delegates from Bologna University, one of the world's oldest universities,
were also present, along with the Italian government's consular and embassy
The significance of Tongji University's Centennial Celebrations was
underscored by the announcement of the appointment of the university's long
serving president, Wan Gang, as Minister of Science and Technology.
As part of the celebrations, Emilia Romagna showcased its distinctive
features through an exhibition titled "Italian Excellence".
Minister Wan Gang was guided through the exhibits by Italian Ambassador
Riccardo Sessa and Emilia Romagna Regional Minister Duccio Campagnoli, who was
joined by the Bologna University Vice-President, Professor Roberto Grandi.
The exhibition highlighted the region's diversity, with displays ranging from
the industrial sector, food and wine, to health and wellness products, and
The stand was dominated by world renowned car manufacturer Ferrari and bike
producer Ducati, both based in Emilia Romagna, which is often referred to as
"The Land of Motors".
Ferrari displayed their F430 model, with Ducati importing 2 bikes especially
for the event from Italy: one the Ducati Superbike 1098 and the other the more
commercial Ducati Monster 695.
A special section of the exhibition was also dedicated to the fitness and
wellness company Technogym, who is the exclusive supplier of fitness equipment
for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
(China Daily 06/05/2007 page28)