19-Mar-15 16:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

La mamma è sempre la mamma

“La mamma è sempre la mamma!” “Mum is always Mum” also in fashion. We are talking about Italy, of course. The “Settimana della moda di Milano” has just concluded and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana managed to make people talk about their new collection with a clever idea: they presented their new collection celebrating the mum and her idealisation in everyone’s imagination on the notes of "Viva la mamma" by Edoardo Bennato. The classical elements of the Dolce & Gabana brand, such as lace and its patchwork applications, and the “Dolce vita décolleté” have been proposed in a new way, stripped down of their sexy value. Corsets and plunging necklines have been replaced with soft sweet lines.


23-Feb-15 10:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Il Volo to represent Italy at Eurovision

The 65th edition of the Italian song contest “Sanremo festival” has come to an end, proclaiming its winner: “Il volo”. The already world famous group of young talents will now sing “Grande Amore”, the winning song of the festival, at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, as the Festival’s winner is automatically invited to perform at the Eurovision contest.


23-Feb-15 10:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Learning English becoming an obsession for young Italians

Learning English has become an obsession for Italians. No matter the crisis, parents are so worried for their children’s future that whoever can afford it send their sons or daughters to study abroad.


09-Jan-15 12:18. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

10% of Americans studying abroad choose Italy

According to a research by the Institute of International Education (IIE) studying abroad can be a great career booster. Apparently, as it emerged from an IIE survey, most of the HR departments took into consideration their recruits’ international experience when hiring, promoting and deciding on a new assignment. Nothing new so far, but the surprising data is that 10% of Americans who study abroad go to Italy, which takes second place only to the U.K. Not only American students prefer to study in Europe but also UK students are now more likely to study on the continent, especially since the introduction of much higher tuition fees, which made studying abroad a good cheaper alternative to a traditional British degree.


09-Jan-15 12:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Italian School system reforms

The Italian school system is totally different from the British one. After junior high school, at the age of 14, students are asked to choose amongst “Licei” (classico, scientifico and linguistico) and technical schools. The Italian government has recently published online a school reform proposal in order to share it with the citizens, and encourage what has been defined the wider public consultation ever made in Italy. The school reform has, as always, raised a lively debate especially online.


28-Nov-14 13:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Andrea Faustini UK X Factor

Andrea Faustini is a 20-year old student of Chinese and Korean languages from Rome. After failing the admission to the Italian X Factor and Sanremo Giovani he endeared X Factor Uk’s judges and is now one of the finalists of the popular programme. In 2008 he took part in the programme “Ti lascio una canzone” where he met Roberto Cenci who advised him to learn English and go to sing abroad. He had already tried with the Italian X Factor three times without succeeding. Things were about to change this year when he was admitted to the Italia X Factor but also to the UK’s one, so he had to choose between the home land and the UK.


28-Nov-14 13:46. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (11)

Talented Young Italians Awards UK

The first edition of the “Talented Young Italians” Award has acknowledged talented young Italians who excel in their careers working in the UK, and who are not only leaders but an example of leadership to other young people. The award is an initiative of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK - in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in London and with the patronage of H.E. Pasquale Terracciano, the Italian Ambassador.


09-Oct-14 15:43. By | Comments (19)

CLIL (Content and language integrated learning) introduced

From this year Italian students are going to study one of the subjects in their curriculum in a foreign language. It’s called “Content and Language Integrated Learning” (CLIL) and it has been introduced in other European countries from the 90’s. The CLIL will be effective in the third, fourth and fifth year of “linguistico” and in the fifth year of “licei” and “istituti tecnici”.


01-Aug-14 13:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (22)

Young Italians struggling with financial skills?

Italian teenagers are not good in Financial subjects. More than a fifth of Italian teens tested, failed to reach the most basic level set by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). An assessment of 15-year-olds’ financial literacy of the OECD showed that 21.7 percent of the Italian students quizzed, could, at best, make only simple financial decisions and recognize the difference between needs and wants. The figure was markedly higher than the OECD average of 15.3 percent.


10-Jul-14 16:39. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (23)

Young Italians shunning marriage

As the news agency “Reuters” has recently reported, the rate of marriages in Italy, especially among young people, has dropped to 3.3 per thousand of population, one of the lowest in Europe.


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