The legacy of the Dubai Expo: how many projects for Torino 2025 and the Piedmontese universities

A trip that opened the doors to the world. There were intense and fruitful days at the Dubai Expo for the Torino 2025 delegation, composed of Fabrizio Ricca (Councilor for Sport of the Piedmont Region and Honorary President of WUG Torino 2025), Alessandro Ciro Sciretti (President of the Organizing Committee of WUG Torino 2025 and President of EDISU Piedmont) and Riccardo D’Elicio (Deputy Vice President of WUG Torino2025 and President of CUS Torino).

The highlight was undoubtedly the presentation on January 27 at the Italian Pavilion with the exhibition of the project for the XXXII edition of the Winter University World Games (scheduled from 13 to 23 January 2025) and the presentation of the official logo, created by Matteo Belletti, 24-year-old Torino student enrolled in the Faculty of Communication, ICT and Media at the University of Torino.

On the sidelines of this event, broadcast in live streaming all over the world which will see the Piedmont Region as protagonist with four other municipalities involved together with Torino (Bardonecchia, Pinerolo, Pragelato and Torre Pellice), there were many institutional meetings, aimed at framing new international relations. On January 26, the representation of the Organizing Committee of Torino 2025 was a guest of the SP Jain School of Global Management, where it was received by Marko Selakovic (Faculty & Director – Europe) and by Dr. Christopher Abraham (CEO and Head of Dubai Campus). Also in the afternoon of the same day, at the Dubai Expo there was a meeting with Prof. Ahmad Murad of the University Outreach Department (UOD) of the University of the United Arab Emirates.

On the morning of Friday 28, or the day after the presentation, there was instead a visit to the structure of The Higher Colleges of Technologies (HCT), directed by Mr. Ahmed AlMulla, while in the afternoon there was the meeting with Alexandre Blaise, Head of Sports Department at Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.

The Organizing Committee of Torino 2025 does not stop and, indeed, in early March it is ready to return to the Expo in Dubai on the occasion of the Italian Sports Days, another important showcase to talk about the XXXII Winter University World Games scheduled in less than three years. This summer, however, from 20 to 23 July, the Royal Park I Roveri will host the World University Golf Championships, another fundamental showcase for Piedmontese university sport on the world.

«It was a fruitful journey, which gave us the opportunity to get to know realities different from ours. I think that meetings of this type are useful for everyone – says the Councilor for Sport of the Piedmont Region and Honorary President of WUG Torino 2025, Fabrizio Ricca -. Promoting the value of sport in academic life is a central point of our mission and to do it well it is necessary to open a dialogue also with international universities that have gained important experiences in this regard».

Thus Alessandro Ciro Sciretti (President of the Organizing Committee of WUG Torino 2025 and President of EDISU Piedmont): «University education can be a great tool for international cooperation. In the Emirates, we encountered realities of great interest, we were greeted with extraordinary hospitality and fascinating opportunities for collaboration emerged. We are already working to create the conditions so that we can start an exchange of skills, in the interest of our female students and our students. The comparison leads to the development of a network of new and increasingly excellent services to be made available to the student population. We take this precious opportunity given to us by the 2025 Universiade to connect with such prestigious international realities and create, primarily today on sports issues, a network that allows us to create new development scenarios and opportunities for the whole Piedmontese territory».

This is the comment by Riccardo D’Elicio (Deputy Vice President of WUG Torino2025 and President of CUS Torino): “The aspect that struck me most is the value of the four universities, between state and private, strongly addressed by the State and its indications for training of young people. It is to be commended that the university is free for those born in the Emirates and that all four boast a course for citizen happiness. We always hear about training, future and work, but never about anything related to the well-being of the individual in the community. There, however, they teach how to pursue happiness. These are universities that have half a century of history and are younger than ours, so they are hungry for relationships and new opportunities. The soil is very fertile and there will be opportunities for sharing: the next meeting is scheduled again in Dubai at the beginning of March».

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