NEWS AND EVENTS





    • 4
    • August
    • 2017
    SYRACUSE II –CONFERENCE SERIES ON MIGRATION

    Following the first successful event of the conference series entitled "Managing Migration: Solutions Beyond the Nation-State" held in 2016, Ortygia Business School, in collaboration with the University of Messina, and the Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM) (of which OBS and the University of Messina are associate members), hosted a second conference on the same theme from the 25th to the 27th of April 2017.

    Migration continues to be high on the agenda of global policy makers and Italy’s G7 Presidency work has focused on key issues of ‘Human Mobility’, building on the UN global compact agreed upon in September 2016. The Italian G7 Sherpa invited the ALUM to provide a note (‘non-paper’) with research-informed specific policy recommendations ahead of the G7 Taormina Summit on May 26-27, 2017.  

    A group of 34 academics, practitioners and policy makers from Italy, the UK, Germany, Canada, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt actively participated in the 33 conference sessions. Academics came from the University of Messina, London School of Economics, University of Mannheim, American University of Beirut, Middlesex University, McGill University, American University of Cairo, American University of Kurdistan and University of Bologna. Participating policy representatives included Costanza Hermanin, Special Advisor to the Italian Under Secretary of State for Justice and Francesco Aureli, Italy’s G7 Sherpa Unit: The G7 and Migration.

    Discussion and debate during the conference focused on (1) investment in countries of origin and transit, (2) protection of children, hosting and integration of unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups and (3) the positive contribution of migrants, including net fiscal impact and political dimensions and perceptions.

     

    The conference resulted in two main recommendations for the G7: (1) direct collaboration and coordination between academia, international institutions and G7 policy makers could support more effective, evidence-based policies, and better-tailored, more policy-relevant research; and (2) to fully understand human mobility, it is necessary to incorporate different perspectives from the countries of origin, transit and destination.

    To learn more about the event, see the conference programme and FB Album.

    • 4
    • August
    • 2017
    THE 2017 MEDITERRANEAN LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

    OBS fist executive programme concluded with much positive feedback from all participants. The first edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey brought high level managerstop business schools professors and large company CEOs to Syracuse, Sicily for 6 days over the course of three week-ends, from April to June 2017.

    14 high-potential managers representing 9 large companies, 4 different industries, 8 different corporate areas and 6 different job positions improved their strategic thinking through Harvard case-study discussion mediated by Prof. Sadun from HBS, learned how to manage a crisis by simulating real world scenarios guided by Prof. Persico of the Kellogg School of Management, and were exposed to macroeconomic topics by Prof. Papaioannou, with a focus on the future of Europe led by Prof. Reichlin and the social and corporate implications of aging by Prof. Scott, all from LBS.

    We invited as guest speakers CEOs of important companies, during the networking dinners organized on each week-end, the participants had thus the opportunity to learn from the experiences of Claudio Costamagna - Chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Alessandro Profumo - appointed CEO of Leonardo and Luigi De Vecchi – Chairman Continental Europe of Citi Bank.

    The entire programme was characterized by a high level of interaction among participants, lecturers and guest speakers thanks to both the teaching methods and the relaxed environment, fostered by the location and small class size.

    Companies who trusted OBS and enrolled their managers in the Mediterranean Leadership Journey were Accenture, AlexBank, Be Consulting, Enel, Eni, Poste Italiane, Sace, ST Microelectronics and Unicredit.

    We are now designing the next editions of the programme that will be held in Spring and Fall of 2018.

    Learn more about the first edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey programme through our infographic and the photos on our FB Album.

    • 4
    • August
    • 2017
    PETRALIA WORKSHOP ON APPLIED ECONOMICS

    From July 21st to July 25th, 50 economists from around the world gathered at the Ortygia Business School to interact with one another, facilitate co-authorship, work, and educate graduate students.

    OBS hosted the ninth annual edition of the Petralia Workshop in applied economics. The Petralia Workshop is a 5-day workshop organized by Professor Nicola Persico from the Kellogg School of Management in collaboration with other established academics and supported by UniCredit & Universities Foundation, which covers travel and accommodation expenses of select participants.

    The workshop alternated presentations of established economists and "job market boot camp" sessions for PhD students on the verge of beginning their academic careers.

    Participating economists came from Columbia University, Northwestern University, Royal Holloway, Bank of Italy, University of Essex, CUNEF Madrid, HEC Montreal, University of Barcelona, University of New York, University of Messina, Univesità della Svizzera Italiana, University of Reggio Calabria, Oxford University, Bocconi University, Collegio Carlo Alberto, London School of Economics, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, University of Naples Federico II, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Toulouse School of Economics, University of Alicante, New York University, EIEF, LUISS, University of Mannheim, and American Enterprise Institute.

    Participating PhD students came from Bocconi University, New York University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Warwick University, Norwegian School of Economics, European University Institute, University of Mannheim, London School of Economics, LUISS, Harvard University, Sciences Po, Geneva School of Economics and Trinity College Dublin.

    The event concluded with the awarding of UniCredit & Universities Prize to Michela Carlana from Bocconi University, and Paul Vertier from Sciences Po and Alessandro Sforza from LSE ex aequo.

    Learn more about the workshop following the hashtag #PetraliaWorkshop on Facebook.

    • 21
    • July
    • 2017
    PETRALIA WORKSHOP ON APPLIED ECONOMICS

    From July 21 to July 25, 50 economists from all over the world, at Ortygia Business School, to interact with each other, facilitate co-authorship, catch up with work, and educate graduate students. OBS hosts the ninth annual edition of the Petralia Workshop in applied economics.

    The workshop begins with discussions by various economists and will conclude with a "job market boot camp".

    UniCredit & Universities Foundation generously supports the travel and accommodation expenses of select participants.

     

    • 14
    • July
    • 2017
    QUALITY OF MANAGEMENT AND COMPANY PERFORMANCE - OBS PRESENTS ITSELF

    One of the main sources of the competitive advantage of an enterprise is knowledge that is the element to develop in order to foster the continuous generation of value. An organization is primarily a cognitive system based on knowledge as an intangible factor, difficult to imitate and therefore more suitable to generate an advantage over its competitors. Knowledge develops and gives life to new knowledge.

    It is in this awareness that the Ortygia Business School Foundation wants to trigger a debate at national level but above all between the small and medium enterprises of southern Italy, in order to reaffirm the value of knowledge as a lever of the growth potential of the productive fabric.

    In partnership with Confindustria Siracusa, Ortygia Business School intends to conduct an analysis on the training needs of the enterprises - with particular attention to those of Southern Italy - with the aim of supporting them in the design of innovative training solutions that, starting from the needs of the productive fabric, they can focus on the true factor of Italian competitiveness, that is, the quality of human capital in its three dimensions of knowledge, know how, and know how to be.

    The first public event of this initiative will be on 14 July at 16:00 at the Confindustria Siracusa headquarters where founder Lucrezia Reichlin will present the Ortygia Business School and the benefits of investing in management education. Riccardo Di Stefano, Vice President - Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs, Diego Bivona, President Confindustria Siracusa and Giuseppe Giardina Papa, President Young Entrepreneurs Confindustria Siracusa will be present.

    • 21
    • June
    • 2017
    THE MEDITERRANEAN LEADERSHIP JOURNEY IS OVER: CHECK THE KEY FACTS AND PHOTOS

    The programme concluded with much positive feedback from all participants of the first OBS executive course, which brought high level managers, top business schools professors and large company CEOs to Syracuse, Sicily for 6 days over the course of three week-ends, from April to June 2017.

    14 high-potential managers representing 9 large companies, 4 different industries, 8 different corporate areas and 6 different job positions improved their strategic thinking through Harvard case-study discussion mediated by Prof. Sadun from HBS, learned how to manage a crisis by simulating real world scenarios guided by Prof. Persico of the Kellogg School of Management, and were exposed to macroeconomic topics by Prof. Papaioannou, with a focus on the future of Europe led by Prof. Reichlin and the social and corporate implications of aging by Prof. Scott, all from LBS.

    The entire programme was characterized by a high level of interaction among participants, lecturers and guest speakers thanks to both the teaching methods and the relaxed environment, fostered by the location and small class size.

    Learn more about the first edition of the Mediterranean Leadership Journey programme through our infographic and the photo on our FB Album!

    • 11
    • May
    • 2017
    FESTIVAL OF MEDITERRANEAN CULTURE
    11/13 May 2017, Syracuse

    Ortygia Business School takes part in the Festival of Mediterranean Culture. The Festival Sabir, organized by ARCI, ACLI and Caritas Italy, comes to its third edition this year in Syracuse, after those held in Lampedusa (October 2014) and Pozzallo (May 2016) and will focus this year on two main themes: on one hand, the relationship – often instrumental and contradictory – between international cooperation and immigration in countries of origin and transit, and on the other hand, the issue of unaccompanied foreign minors, particularly crucial given both the extraordinary number of arrivals recorded over the past year in Italy and the considerable presence of unaccompanied foreign minors in the reception facilities in the city and the province of Syracuse. We will participate in the event “The dangerous correlation between immigration, international development and trade in the relationship with migrants’ countries of origin and transit” of Saturday morning with the intervention of Gibril Faal, director of the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform and of GK Partners.

    Download the programme below.

    • 25
    • April
    • 2017
    SIRACUSA II – RESEARCH CONFERENCE SERIES ON MIGRATION

    Following the successful first conference of the series titled "Managing Migration: Solutions Beyond the Nation State" last year, Ortygia Business School, in collaboration with Università di Messina, and the Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM) of which OBS and UniMessina are associate members, will host a second conference on the theme. Migration continues to be high on the agenda of global policy makers. Italy’s G7 Presidency, along with Canada that will take over from Italy later this year, work has started on key issues of “Human Mobility,” building on the UN Compact agreed in September 2016. The Italian G7 Sherpa has invited the ALUM to provide a note (“non-paper”) with research-informed specific policy recommendations for the G7 Sherpas’ attention ahead of the G7 Taormina Summit on May 26-27 2017.  

    Check out the conference programme below.

    • 6
    • April
    • 2017
    OBS LAUNCHES ITS FIRST EXECUTIVE WORKSHOP

    Ortygia Business School (OBS) is pleased to announce the launch of its unique executive training workshop.

    The  Mediterranean Leadership Journey takes place over the course of 3 weekends and targets managers and professionals who hold important leadership positions or will do so in the near future.

    The OBS Scientific Advisory Board has designed a program unlike any other within the business school world. In addition to modules on corporate strategy, leadership, and crisis management, we offer a module focusing specifically on a macro-economic perspective, so as to offer participants deeper knowledge of the challenges currently facing the world economy.

    The particularly high level of this workshop reflects the ability of OBS to engage world-class professors and executives. The Mediterranean Leadership Journey is in fact entirely led by instructors from the best business schools in the world: Harvard University, London Business School and the Kellogg School of Management. Each module also includes the participation of high level guest speakers, from CEOs of international companies to entrepreneurs and leading global thinkers, who play an active role in discussions and networking events.

    For any further details download the course brochure below and do not hesitate to contact us at info@ortygiabs.org.

    • 1
    • January
    • 2017
    SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCEMENT

    Ortygia Business School Foundation announces a competition for two scholarships funded by Fondation pour l’Egalité des Chances en Afrique aimed at supporting two talented African professionals with around 10-15 years of work experience to acquire the practical skills needed to succeed in leading cross-border and cross-cultural businesses through the participation in the executive workshop “Mediterranean Leadership Journey”. 

    The deadline for submitting applications is February 15th 2017. For any further details download the announcement.

    • 18
    • April
    • 2016
    MANAGING MIGRATION – SOLUTIONS BEYOND THE NATION STATE

    The two days conference will take place in the frontline island, Sicily, at Ortygia Business School, in Siracusa.

    After an immersion into the concrete example on how Sicily, the venue of the conference, has managed very large refugee flows, the conference will explore solutions at the level of nation state and beyond: globally, regionally, and locally through a systemic approach drawing on a wide range of disciplines from economics and international relations to sociology and anthropology.

     

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