AEGEE CATANIA was born in Catania in 2004 and in a few years it emerged as one of the most active and lively of the Italian antennae.
AEGEE Catania has already organized several international events and thanks to the Summer University project, it has become one of top 5 most required destinations in Europe. It was in fact awarded as the Best Summer University of Europe in 2006 and then 4 times in a row from 2012 to 2015. In 2008 it was awarded by the Cultural Working Group of AEGEE Europe as the “Best Culture European Night” for the organization of the best European Cultural Night of the year.
It works together with the ERSU of Catania, within the program “Mobility and Multiculturalism” and with the International Relations Office of the University of Catania, for what concerns the hospitality of the Erasmus student hosted by the University of Catania.
From an organizational perspective, AEGEE Catania has already organized 10 Summer University, and got voted the best Summer University in the whole Europe for 4 times in a row!
It also organized serveral other international events, such as:
- “Melting pot between lava and sea” in 2005
- Napoli’s Agora post-event, culinary themed, in 2006
- NWM (NetWork Meeting) in 2011 and 2015
- ESE (European School of Entrepreneurship) in 2011
- “Let eat Be”, a culinary event in 2012
- WU (Winter University) in 2013
- Summer University Project School in 2016
Since 2004, it is engaged in the “Anfitrione Project”, which provides a one-to-one tutoring for each Erasmus student. Actually, every year, the project mentioned above gives the opportunity to about 200 students of the University of Catania, to make contact with the Erasmus guys, which are living a new reality, and need a little help to settle in our city.
One of the AEGEE Catania purposes is to break down the typical Sicilian stereotype about Mafia, still highly popular abroad, by lending support to “AddioPizzo Catania” during the year and by offering various workshops to foreign and Italian students, including the well-known “The Godfather is just a movie?!”
Since 2010, it carries out the “AEGEE Linguistic Aperitif” project, in collaboration with the European Program of “European Days of Languages”, by which AEGEE aims to promote non-formal learning methods and allow to test the individual linguistic proficiency, outside of the academic context and in a culturally vibrant setting.
Since several years, it works with the URI in the organization of the Welcome Week for international students who have won the Erasmus scholarship. We organize various activities, aperitifs, excursions, trips, workshops, and more.
To conclude, as the current president, I just want to say that for me AEGEE Catania is not just an association, but a gathering of friends with whom I have shared and continue to share unforgettable moments of my life!