Italtel and University of Palermo together to promote research and development

The multi-year agreement between the University and the company, leader in ICT and digital transition, has been signed to develop cutting-edge projects of value for the territory

 Palermo, May 24, 2023 – The Rector of the University of Palermo Massimo Midiri and Benedetto Di Salvo, CEO of Italtel, signed today, at the Rectorate, a collaboration agreement, lasting 5 years, to start training courses for young talents of the University and innovative projects of strategic value for the territory.

The aim of the agreement is to stimulate important opportunities for discussion and deepening in relation to issues of particular importance in the field of Information Technology and promote the development of cutting-edge programs and projects in innovative fields such as smart Utilities, Smart Cities and Digital Healthcare.

Italtel, multinational of Information & Communication Technology, thanks to its proven experience, will be able to collaborate with the University of Palermo, a reference point for the Sicilian territory in terms of higher education, innovation and technology transfer, in the joint development of projects aimed at developing innovative solutions, specialised training activities and other joint initiatives, including within regional, national and European innovation programmes.

“Digital innovation is now essential for businesses, public administrations and new generations to ensure sustainable development and benefit the community. The collaboration with the University of Palermo confirms Italtel’s willingness to invest in young people and academic research and to experiment with new projects to build an innovative future: a contamination between the company and the academic world, necessary and of great value for the economic and social fabric of Sicily and the country“, says Benedetto Di Salvo, CEO of Italtel.

“The collaboration with Italtel is part of an articulated strategy, with the aim of establishing strong partnerships with the main international companies. In this context, the prestige of Italtel, the value of the solutions it proposes and intends to develop, represent an element of great value for our University – says the Rector, Massimo Midiri -. Universities are characterized by a threefold vocation: training, research and third mission. The agreement signed today intercepts all three of these vocations, with particular reference to the areas of technological innovation that affect and will increasingly affect in the future a central role in the development of territories and their competitiveness. In this way we contribute to enriching the opportunities and perspectives that we can offer to the many brilliant young people that our university every year brings into the world of work and to those, just graduated, who we hope to be able to welcome more and more”.

The activities that will be born inside of the partnership will mainly regard plans to realize thanks to the actions tied to the Missions of the PNRR, to the new programming PO-FESR 21-27 of the Sicilian Region, MIMIT calls for innovation or other opportunities that may arise during the duration of the agreement.

The partnership between the University of Palermo and Italtel is part of the main strategic initiatives that the multinational has been undertaking for some time in Italy, especially in the cities where it is present with its own offices.

Our Business Plan is based, among the many lines of intervention, on the updating and strengthening of skills and the development and inclusion of young talents, in particular in software development, cybersecurity, cloud and data analytics. We have implemented not only internal training courses but also planned multiple initiatives to attract and integrate young resources into the company. Doing business in a sustainable way for us means always collaborating with stakeholders in the territories where we are present, in Italy and abroad, and also the structured relationship with the University of Palermo represents a concrete opportunity for the development of human resources in the territory“, concludes Michele Saracino, Chief HR & Organization Officer of Italtel.

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