The cur­rent Comité Directeur is plan­ning a spe­cial con­tri­bu­tion to the 30th anniver­sary of the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty project: the board of direc­tors will orga­nize an Ital­ian lan­guage course as spe­cial Trav­el­ling Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty from 4th till 19th of August. “With three Ital­ians in the CD, their beau­ti­ful lan­guage has become some­thing like our sec­ond lan­guage in the house”, says Loes Rut­ten, Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Europe, who has stud­ied in Bologna. “There­fore it’s just nat­ur­al that we want to teach the net­work Ital­ian.” (Note: this arti­cle is the April Fools’ Day 2018 sto­ry of the Gold­en Times)

The CD devel­oped the idea for the CD SU dur­ing the EPM in Yere­van.

Many rea­sons led the Comité Directeur to this deci­sion. “We want to revive the tra­di­tion of Ital­ian lan­guage course SUs”, says Ter­ry Kiambu. AEGEE-Europe’s Finan­cial Direc­tor had been Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Udine before – an anten­na, which is known for Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties of great qual­i­ty. “AEGEE wants to make SUs more the­mat­ic again. This is our lit­tle con­tri­bu­tion”, adds Net­work Direc­tor Mar­co Daniele, a for­mer Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Tori­no.

Terry’s anten­na AEGEE-Udine is famous for their SUs.

More­over, by orga­niz­ing this lan­guage course the CD wants to avoid the clas­si­cal “post-CD shock”, which hap­pens to many mem­bers of the Euro­pean board after fin­ish­ing their term. “Many CD mem­bers are sud­den­ly rest­less, they miss the busy life in the head­of­fice, the con­stant Skype calls, the meet­ings, the mails, the adren­a­line rush”, says Mar­co Daniele. He is the only one in the team who stands for re-elec­tion at Ago­ra Kraków. “Even if I am get­ting re-elect­ed, I will join my mates for this SU, because I won’t need to read up on my tasks like the new­ly elect­ed CD mem­bers”, he stress­es. “Besides: what can be bet­ter than show­ing my team mem­bers my beloved home coun­try? Like this, we can stay togeth­er a bit longer and have fun!”

Mar­co Daniele will be hap­py to show you Tori­no, the real cap­i­tal of Italy.

The trav­el­ling lan­guage course will start on the 5th of August in Tori­no and then move on to Gen­o­va, the city of Fab­rizio Bellicano’s home local, on the 10th of August. Fab­rizio is very enthu­si­as­tic about the idea: “I will give a short spe­cial course about Ital­ian IT lan­guage. That can be very use­ful for AEGEE mem­bers, who want to work in Italy.” On 15th the CD and the 25 par­tic­i­pants will go togeth­er to Udine, for the con­clud­ing part of the event. Ter­ry: “Peo­ple will have a blast! Udine is called the Paris of Italy for a rea­son.”

The new inter­im CD mem­bers will be there too!

The fact that the inter­im CD mem­bers don’t speak Ital­ian, is not a big con­cern. “We asked Julia and Kse­nia, and they were total­ly onboard with this idea!”, recalls AEGEE-Europe’s Vice Pres­i­dent Maria Balles­teros, whose lev­el C1 Ital­ian skills have fur­ther improved in the past year. Julia de Lange is an expert in con­flict stud­ies and will give some work­shops on inter­cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion; while PR expert Kse­nia Lupano­va will give a few PR and pho­tog­ra­phy class­es. Loes: “Every­one will ben­e­fit so much from this event.” More­over, also the social pro­gramme will be spec­tac­u­lar. “We need some great par­ties after this tough year”, adds the AEGEE-Europe Pres­i­dent.

Berg­amo would be a great place for a new AEGEE head­of­fice.

While plan­ning the event, the CD mem­bers even con­sid­ered to pro­pose to move the head­of­fice to Berg­amo. “You have to con­fess: Ital­ian sun­shine, Ital­ian food and Ital­ian cul­ture sound so much more appeal­ing than the rainy days in Brus­sels – and there are a lot of them”, under­lines Mar­co Daniele. “Just imag­ine how many more peo­ple would run for the CD if the head­of­fice was in Italy! And it’s a lot cheap­er here too!” Why Berg­amo? Ter­ry: “The pos­si­bil­i­ty for cheap flights would be awe­some for the AEGEE-Europe bud­get!” The CD would sim­ply rent a sin­gle room in Brus­sels for CD mem­bers who need to make some vis­its to the Euro­pean insti­tu­tions. Mar­co: “Being away from Brus­sels would also give us anoth­er per­spec­tive on the net­work, which can be ben­e­fi­cial too!” Anoth­er CD mem­ber, who does not want to be quot­ed by name, sim­ply said: “Final­ly a good place. One can stand Brus­sels only for so long.”