The latest headlines in Italian research policy and funding, covering a nationwide apology, tough degree competition and a plan to map the safety of all education buildings.
Italian universities apologise 80 years after ‘racial laws’
On 20 September, the 80th anniversary of the infamous “racial laws” that barred Jews from taking part in public life, the deans of all 83 major Italian universities will publicly apologise during an event in Pisa, where the law was signed in 1938. The laws led to 1,175 Jewish academics being expelled overnight from Italian universities and other cultural institutions, along with many thousands of students. The Pisa event will be the first official apology for the appalling act, according to historian Guri Schwarz, a member of the scientific committee of the event.