The President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visiting Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent
The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, visited the campus of the Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent (TTPU), an Uzbek university established in 2009 through collaboration between the Politecnico di Torino, UZAVTOSANOAT (Uzbekistan's leading automotive group), General Motors (GM), and the Uzbek Ministry of Higher Education. This project was established with the aim of training qualified engineers in Uzbekistan to the same standards as the Politecnico di Torino in Italy, creating a globally recognized institution for education and research. The goal is to support the industrial development of Uzbekistan by building entrepreneurial capacity and implementing innovative structures and processes.
The institutional delegation from the Office of the President of the Republic was welcomed by the Rector of the Politecnico di Torino, Guido Saracco, the Vice-Rector for Education Anita Tabacco, and the Operating Project Managers Pierluigi Leone, Guido Marchetto, and Fulvio Rinaudo. The Uzbek delegation, on the other hand, included the Rector of the Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent (TTPU), Jamshid Inoyatkhodjaev, the Prime Minister of the Uzbek government, Mr. Abdulla Oripov, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uzavtosanoat JSC, Mr. Ulugbek Rozukulov, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uzbekistan Airways JSC, Mr. Khudaykulov Shukhrat.
"We are very honored by President Mattarella's visit – commented Rector Guido Saracco – Today's meeting provided us an opportunity to illustrate how our university, from 2009 to the present, has managed to establish a leading role in spreading Italian scientific culture, engineering education, and technology in Uzbekistan. Our goal is to extend this success story to other parts of the world, as is already happening, for example, in Kyoto, Japan, with a hub of our university, and in China with joint campuses and research centers. We strongly believe that the Italian university should play an increasingly central role in the internationalization of knowledge and know-how, fostering convergence between skills and development in many non-European countries".
"The exchange of knowledge and ideas has always been at the heart of the partnership between Italy and Uzbekistan – stated Sergio Mattarella in his official speech – This experience, born from the now decade-long collaboration with a prestigious Italian university – Politecnico di Torino- is a tangible testimony to the journey that the two countries are undertaking together, with an eye towards the future. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to witness, in these laboratories, the application of studies conducted here and the highly qualified training of young researchers in various fields. However, specialized knowledge alone is not sufficient to address the complex challenges of our times. The sharing of knowledge and techniques that occurs here every day, instead, constitutes the most secure platform for promoting harmonious and sustainable development in our societies. Only through dialogue and cooperation can we overcome the specters of imperialism that are resurfacing today and successfully confront the problems jeopardizing humanity and its future: climate change, with the spread of desertification, and energy transition, to ensure growth opportunities for the younger generations on all continents".
Two thematic strands characterized President Mattarella's visit: on one hand, the commitment to build collaboration between Italy and Uzbekistan for the protection of the country's artistic and cultural heritage, also in relation to increased resilience towards climate change and seismic events. On the other hand, the pledge to cooperate in guiding the country's industrial transformation processes towards the 4.0 paradigm.
The first goal was discussed during the visit to the Cultural Heritage Technology Lab. The second was addressed in the concluding session of the workshop titled “Heading 4.0: education and innovation partnership for transformative change of industry in Uzbekistan”, organized by the Politencnico in collaboration with the Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent and in coordination with the Italian Embassy in Tashkent as part of initiatives for the integrated promotion and revitalization of the national system in Uzbekistan.
This workshop, in particular, aimed to share Italian experience in the field of Industry 4.0, involving institutional, academic, and industrial stakeholders, and showcasing ongoing collaborative activities in the country as examples. Four aspects related to Industry 4.0 were thus extensively explored: the specific context of Central Asia in relation to the international situation; Uzbekistan's strategy for the development of a 4.0 economy; perspectives on education, research, and technology transfer activities in Italian and Uzbek universities; best practices in industrial collaboration in the 4.0 domain between Italy and Uzbekistan.
The workshop was opened with presentations by the professors from the Department of Management and Production Engineering – DIGEP of the University, Eleonora Atzeni, Luca Iuliano, and Alessandro Salmi, followed by a strategic overview of Uzbek policies on industrial innovation and Industry 4.0 by Olimjon Tuychiyev, the Director of the Innovation Agency of Uzbekistan.
Engineer Giacomo Mussino from the CIM4.0 Competence Center then presented the initiation of activities in Uzbekistan, in collaboration with Uzavtosanoat JSC, to facilitate the company's transformation towards Industry 4.0.
The workshop concluded with a roundtable discussion involving the President of the CIM4.0 Competence Center, Professor Luca Iuliano, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uzavtosanoat, Mr. Ulugbek Rozukulov, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uzbekistan Airways, Mr. Khudaykulov Shukhrat, and Engineer Marco Volpengo from Italdesign.