It’s with great honour that I welcome you to the 11th edition of the Rome Press Game. This carefully designed simulation offered by the Giovani nel Mondo Association, has been thought to give all those passionate about journalism, communication, translation and interpretation, a chance to taste the work of some of the most important international news networks currently in action.
During the 4 days of the International Careers Festival in Italy’s magnificent Capital, participants of the Press Game will take on the role of reporters or language experts and will collaborate with the aim of sharing news regarding the conference. Each participant will be assigned to a team, which will be
expected to face challenging tasks: interviewing, radio broadcasting, web journalism and television reporting are just some of the activities you will all
experience. Right beside you will be a team of carefully selected experts who will guide you through it all and give you all the advice you need.
As you may know, it takes more than studying to become a good journalist. While a proper education is absolutely essential, to really stand out in the global information system you must acquire all the practical skills possible. The Rome Press Game has been thought to do just this and by adopting a learn by doing approach, this event will help you put in practice the knowledge you have gained during your academic life in an innovative learning and multicultural environment.
As someone who has participated as a student, I personally know that you will treasure this experience for the rest of your life. This is not just a chance to
broaden your professional expertise in journalism, translation or interpretation.
It is also a fun and exciting opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to create new interpersonal relationships that can last a lifetime. You will also be able to attend the International Careers Fair free of charge, where you will meet numerous representative of a diverse range of universities, businesses and associations.
I really look forward to meeting the participants of the Rome Press Game 2020 edition and to help you get one step close to achieving your dreams.
Shanthi Kodituwakku Hettiarachchilage
By Sara De Mola e Lily Rizzoli
Nii Morton: Nii is a 16-year-old from Guinea, Africa. He is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of his company, Vermo Reality, which promotes the use of virtual reality technology in the classrooms of Guinea. Vermo aims to help students recall what they learned in class, using virtual reality to make it easier for them to visualise this material.
Visual (spatial) learning is a learning style in which students are able to understand and retain information if they digest it visually rather than traditionally. Students who learn visually are more successful creatively and have higher special senses. According to Forbes, 65% of learners in the world identify as visual learners. Visual learners can struggle retaining information that they learn by reading textbooks or listening to lectures. The use of videos, drawings, or in this case, virtual reality, can be a turning point for visual students.
Sara Ferasat: Sara is a 28-year-old from Iran. She has earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Design in Tehran. She owns and runs her own brand, Tiida, where she designs clothing. She would like to internationalise her brand by improving her international connections and networking.
Women’s fashion in Iran has many different limitations. Women must cover their heads/hair, and in the past, women were expected to wear shapeless clothing and dress in drab colours. The latest trend for women in Iran is to use more colours in their wardrobe, to wear patterned hijabs, and wear more fitted clothing.
These two impressive and completely culturally diverse individuals can both be found at the Rome Business Game, one of the programmes under the International Careers Festival which is in its 10th year. Societal issues are presented to the participants of the programme. They must then come up with solutions to these conflicts. Dr. Luca Marco Giraldin von Lahnstein, who has a Master’s Degree in Marketing Management from EMLYON, has been the Director of the Business Game since 2014 and presented it during the Opening Ceremony. “This workshop is different from all the other simulations,” he said, “because there is not a single solution to the problem we give. We want to promote a 360° view of it [the problem.]”
Daniela Conte spoke to Team 4 reporters on the 10th anniversary of the festival and the Business Game specifically. Conte highlighted the importance of the intercultural background of the participants in the simulation. “If you want to work in an international company in the future, maybe you’re working with ten different nationalities, so you have to be very open minded.” Conte also described the ever growing nature of the festival and reminisced on the past ten years. “We started with just a small group of 200 people most of them were Italians.” Conte looks forward to this year’s festival.
- Team 4 - Rome Press Game
Giovani nel Mondo has interviewed the protagonists of the 10th edition of the International Careers Festival. Do you want to know their experience? Read the article and get to know them!
This year, the International Careers Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary, confirming a successful record of this international event which allows young students from all over the world to challenge themselves and to live a unique experience in the charming Italian city of Rome. Such a remarkable success would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and the commitment of the dynamic youth that work behind the scene of the ICF. We have met some of the key figures that contribute to the realization of the four projects of the Festival: the RomeMUN, the Press Game, the Business Game and the International Careers Course. Here are their stories and their advice for a successful international career.
Luca Marco Giraldin von Lahnstein –Business Game Director, Executive Committee
Successful entrepreneur in the Food and Luxury sector and with professional experience in marketing, managerial and strategic consulting, Luca Marco is the creator and director of the Business Game, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Careers Festival. His collaboration with GnM began in 2011 and since then his contribution has become more and more concrete, coming to the design of the Business Game that this year will see its third edition. Luca in fact wanted to bring his experience within the festival to help young people interested in following a professional path in the business area to understand how "to have the freedom to choose their own future, to realize it according to their ambitions, with courage, dedication and receiving adequate gratifications. This is success" What is the reason for including the Business Game within the Festival? Because in an increasingly international and competitive reality, young people cannot limit themselves to academic knowledge but need to develop soft skills, better if in an association like the GnM. Today Luca continues his entrepreneurial adventure thanks to a new challenge in the United States with the launch of the "Patavini" brand, a food boutique and a laboratory for the production of fresh pasta in the heart of New York. The secret that made his initiative competitive? An in-depth analysis of the American market in the field of food production and distribution, together with a correct positioning in the distribution channels and a constant tension towards excellence. If you want to acquire these competences, the Business Game is the right opportunity for you, apply here!
Jorge Alejandro González Galicia - Deputy Director
Jorge is a young professional of Mexican-Guatemalan origins who has participated for many years at the International Careers Festival and this year will play the role of Deputy Director. Excellent communicator, his biggest dream is to give voice to his ideas to create a positive impact in society. The reason that motivated Jorge to join the GnM team is "the opportunity that represents an organization like GnM: connecting young people through the power of dialogue and diplomacy". Over the years, GnM has allowed him to get in touch with thousands of people from all over the world who, like him, are determined to overcome contemporary global challenges. Jorge told to us that he traveled a lot more with his new international friends than he ever did with his fellow students or his colleagues, "it's funny because you would never imagine that someone living more than 100 kilometers away from you can share so much with you, and in so many different ways ". Do you share his same aspirations? Take part to the 10th edition of the Festival, apply here!
Alina Barsamyan - Under Secretary General RomeMUN
Alina Barsamyan is a girl of Armenian origin who has lived abroad since the age of 7 and this year will serve as Under Secretary General of RomeMUN. Student of International Relations at King's College London, as Jorge also Alina has participated in many editions of the Festival and she looks forward to seeing the tenth edition that already promises to be "biggest and better than ever". Alina told us that this year the MUN Secretariat has worked hard to include new committees and controversial topics "We hope to ensure that the delegates collect the best possible memories from this anniversary edition and keep returning as we have in the past", she added. The strength of the RomeMUN Secretariat is the multiculturalism that contributes to making the Festival truly international. "In an era of rapid globalization, we must take into account how extremely interconnected we are, irrespective of global disposition.” This is why a successful MUN must celebrate diversity in all its forms and make use of differences to educate on new cultures, traditions and lifestyles. Do you want to join this multicultural team? Apply here!
Shanthi Kodituwakku - Press Game Program Director
Multiculturalism is also the word that best describes Shanthi, the Press Game Program Director. Shanti has mixed Italian-Sri Lankan origin but she has always felt to belong to the whole world rather than to a single culture. Before arriving in Messina, where she works for a web radio, Shanthi has traveled to England, Italy, India, Sri Lanka and Mexico, living in contact with different cultures. From this experience Shanthi realized that she wanted to give voice to what she had seen. For this reason, she decided to study journalism and join the GnM team choosing the path offered by the Press Game. "Following a course of study based on journalism and communication, the Press Game was immediately the project that I felt most suitable for me," Shanthi told us. The fundamental value of the Festival, according to Shanthi, is to fill the gap existing in Italy between universities and the professional world: "Universities should act as a bridge bringing young people to the world of work, but if this is true for a few universities, it remains a utopia for others ". In a globalized world, it would be impossible to imagine life without information... or the Festival without the Press Game! Do you agree? Then apply now and bring your voice to the ICF!
Ebenezer Essilfie-Nyame - Scientific Committee
Ebenezer is a young professional who works with the FAO Regional Office for Africa and is a member of the Festival's scientific committee. According to his experience, to understand what is your best way within the vast world of international careers it is important to follow your passions, specialize in a field and dedicate your with commitment to refine your own skills. The International Careers Festival is the best platform to explore different career paths in a multicultural environment. "Through the ICF, participants are taught fundamentals of diplomacy, public speaking, marketing, leadership, and negotiation. Additionally, through the mentoring from highly accomplished individuals and diplomats, participants are not only able to network with over 100 different nationalities, they also have the opportunity to learn from highly experienced experts in the field of international relations". Ebenezer also told us about the importance of the Festival for young people coming from African countries, an internationally reputable event that offers young talents from its continent the opportunity to be known and to cultivate the fundamental values of the Festival for those who could be leaders of African institutions in the next few years.
From the 23rd to the 27th of March you will have the opportunity to participate as a tutor at the Rome Press Game 2018 edition. This unique event organised by the Giovani nel Mondo Association will come alive during the International Careers Festival, annually located in Italy’s magnificent capital.
As the first simulation in the world of its kind, the Rome Press Game rotates around the world of international journalism, offering young minds from all over the globe first hand experiences in news reporting, radio broadcasting and news writing.
So, if communication and journalism are your passion don’t miss a chance to participate, becoming apart of the event. As a tutor it would be your responsibility to prepare the necessary teaching material for the participants, collaborate with the Program Project Director and Executive Director in preparation for the event, and last but not least guide and supervise one of the teams of participants
Institution: The Giovani nel Mondo Association is an independent, non-profit, non-denominational, and apolitical organization. The Association pursues educational and cultural goals at the national and international level. Its primary focus is assisting and accompanying youth and young adults, between eighteen and thirty years old, on their educational path and encouraging their professional, academic, and socio-cultural growth.
Position: Rome Press Game Tutors 2018
Description of the offer: We are searching for young individuals with some experience in the communication and journalism sector. You will be in charge of mentoring the participants during the four days of programmed activities focused on the most important spheres of journalism: web, radio, television and interpretation.
Here are the requirements:
-Previous experience in a similar simulation in Italy or abroad
-Previous in-depth knowledge of the English language (minimum level C1) as this will be the main language spoken during the whole event
-Knowledge of any of the following languages: French, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese.
-Good researching capacity
-Previous experiences a tutor/assistant
-Bachelor's degree, preferably in communication, languages, interpretation, letters, journalism and political sciences
-Preferably some knowledge of the WordPress and joo web platforms
Where: Rome, International Careers Festival
When: From November 2017 to March 2018 (remotely, before the Festival, and at the Festival itself from the 23rd to the 27th of March)
Remuneration: Room and board during the Festival are guaranteed. Partial reimbursement of the train/plane ticket
Terrorism, Turkey-EU relations and the reliability of media
On the third day of the International Careers Festival, we had the chance to listen to Murat Salim Esenli, Turkish Ambassador in Italy, who held his speech on terrorism at the simulation of the UN Security Council.
After outlining a timeline of terrorism and the diverse tools used at different points in time, he pointed out the lack of a common definition of terrorism at an international level.
No shared vision makes impossible to create a shared strategy to face the issue.
According to the Ambassador, a widespread mistake is considering terrorists as part of “subspecies”. Instead, he suggested that “we should recognize that they are humans like us, but they use human potential for negative aims”. Terrorists, indeed, are smart because they use political and religious beliefs as powerful means to attract followers. So, if we want to fight terrorism, we should first acknowledge the intelligence of our enemies.
Another crucial aspect is that the association of Islam with terrorism is misleading. In fact, as Mr Esenli explained, one of the fundamental teachings of Islam is that killing a person means killing the whole mankind. Therefore, terrorist groups claiming of operating in the name of Jihad have no religious base whatsoever.
The Ambassador goes on, underlying that terrorist groups are monitoring closely the resolutions made by the Security Council, since their silence means their inability to react.
Then, he focused on Turkey’s position on terrorism, listing the terrorist groups operating in his country: PKK, YPG, DHKPC and FETÖ. Their combination is a burden for Turkey, especially the latter, which triggered the failed coup d’état of 15 of July 2016.
Among the questions of the audience emerged the one posed by the French delegate, who asked the Ambassador how to distinguish the thin line between terrorist groups and resistance movements. Mr Esenli replied that the answer could be found in the concept of self-determination of people outlined in the UN Charter. However, according to him, this concept should be analysed carefully, because the first concern should be preserving the unity of the country. Moreover, liberation movements should reconsider their means, because they cannot claim legitimacy if they keep using terrorist methods.
At the end of his speech, he kindly gave us an interview.
Q: What do you think about the depiction of Turkey by the European media?
A: We feel that the European media has not been fair towards Turkey, they seem to be very inclined to pick negative elements, making broad generalisations. This is bringing a certain division between the Turkish communities living in Europe and that of Turkey. We feel that media has a very serious responsibility in doing an accurate reporting. When we start making broad generalisations we are led to the wrong conclusion, thinking that the conclusion drawn by the media is correct.
Q: The European Union has a polarized attitude towards Turkey. On the one hand, EU desperately needs Turkey to cope with the refugee crisis, on the other hand, it tries to retard its access to the Community. What do you think about this contradiction?
A: Well, I think that this contradiction is absolutely enormous because we have made this huge sacrifice hosting 3 millions Syrian refugees. Turkey is now holding the largest refugee population in the world and we have so far spent 25 billion US dollars. In 2015 with 1 million of Syrian refugees, the entire European institutions were shaken and unprepared. When we make a comparison on the economic front, we could realize that Turkey is a country with 8 hundred billion US dollars of GDP, and then when we look at Europe, especially EU, 15 trillion US dollars of GDP and 5 hundred million people. And they cannot handle 1 million people. This is a huge shame. And still with that, we try to help our EU partners. And the media still does not appreciate Turkey’s efforts on the humanitarian front. They also do not recognize that Turkey is fighting against five different types of terrorist organizations, so we are making a contribution on the security front of our NATO members and EU partners. On the humanitarian front, on the security front and then we are constantly criticized.
The EU of course is a country we would like to have more chapters open with, we would like to intensify our relations, and hopefully come to point where we could become a full member.
Q: Just one more question, have you got any piece of advice to improve the relationship between Turkey and the European Union?
A: In terms of our relationship with European Union, our door is always open. In 2016 we had three summits. During one of them, we managed to strike the 18 March Agreement, that was fundamental to stop the flow of refugees from Turkey to Greece. We, as Turkey, have been fulfilling all of our commitments and, at the same time, we expect EU to fulfil its commitments. But it does not. And that’s why we have a certain frustration. And the EU is very quick to define itself as extremely innocent in that. We find that to be very far form the truth, because we made our accords, we are fulfilling our commitments, they made their commitments and we expect them to honour theirs.
Beatrice Petrella, Francesca Lanzillotta and Paola Giuntini
International Career Festival is an incredible opportunity for young students interested in the world of international affairs. But this is only possible by staff working behind the scenes, not just during the days of the festival but before it happens.
The preparation of the festival starts in July, when the association “Giovani nel mondo” selects both ex participants of previous editions and new forces using networks, advertisements and encouraging people to spread the voice.
In order to train the staff, the association organizes workshops and training sessions in September in which they explain everything about the festival, how it works, what they will have to do. Tutors are the first and substantial contact with the participants, bringing them to the event by emails with instructions and steps to follow. In the event, they are responsible for sharing information about which tasks should participants fulfil.
The staff gives information about what is happening in the games, informs the others about extra events and takes care of the accomodation.
Organizing events is not always a simply task, sometimes it requires great decisional skills, since there could be many things to cope with. The International Carreers Festival would not be possible without the planning of directors of 2017 games and staff, who helped to build the event as a hole.
The most important projects among which you can choose are: Rome MUN (the largest diplomatic simulation of the United Nations), Rome Business Game (dedicated to the business world, international markets, marketing and business management) , Rome Press Game (dedicated to the international world of journalism).
Determination, willpower and commitment are essential ingredients to achieve one’s goals.
An example of how it is possible to make a dream come true is represented by Eleonora Mantovani, program director of the Rome Press Game 2017. Rome Press Game is the first world simulation of a newsroom, on different levels (Radio, Web and Television). When she was only 25, after several experiences in journalism and collaborations with many online newspapers, she was chosen to cover this role, which entails high responsibilities.
“I tried, with the supervision of the president of “Giovani nel Mondo” association Daniela Conte, to make the Press Game the heart of the International Careers Festival, the voice of the Festival, thanks to the work of 85 participants. With regards to the organization, it is difficult to be able to create dynamic and multicultural teams, and not to distinguish people according to their nationality, so as to allow all of them to experiment with the three levels of radio, TV and writing. It has also been challenging to find skilled tutors.
“Tutors have been excellent in their work and they worked in a professional way”.
Team 1 was coached by the young journalist, Arianna Alessi, graduated in Communication, passionate about semiotics and symbols. She published articles related to fashion and contemporary art. In the last year Arianna ghostwrote for Huffington Post and collaborated with the press office of the 16th Art Quadriennal of Rome.
The aim of the Rome Press Game is to let people understand their aspirations and skills. Eleonora Mantovani’s main suggestion was to work better and better, to not be discouraged, and to send the curriculum, as she did. She accepted the challenge: chairing the press game and go on with her academic career at the same time. Her work has been recognized.
“There will always be people who will criticize you, many obstacles, but it is important to be determined to face our challenges better and better.”
The important issues of the planet
During the International Careers Festival, the Deputy Permanent of Ireland, Damien Kelly, responsible for developing and managing relationships with partner institutions in European and International locations, was one the guests.
As members of the Rome Press Game, one of the fiv eprojects of this festival, we had the occasion to ask him some questions, before his speech at the conference. He spoke about this festival as a great opportunity for students to absorb a lot of information, but the only conditions is to have the curiosity to discover new things. People should not be afraid of asking questions, because this is the only way to remove all thei rdoubts.
He also spoke about the fundamental role of Ireland, in the context of the International cooperation among the States of United Nations. In addition to this, he underlined the importance of obbligations, that each State has, to support development countries.
Furthermore, he suggested new generations to travell and to study abroad in order to develop their skills and to give themselves a challenge.
During the conference, he introduced the role of Faoas a system of international goals. The major challenges for this world organization are to face hunger, poverty and climate change.
But how can Ireland achieve these goals? It is necessary a radical transformation, referring planet, peace and partnership. Another big rolecould be played by agricolture. Sustainable production will require agriculture for the development of local ecosystems and the prevention of climate changes.
Another issue Fao has to deal with is the condition of poor farmers, that requires a crucial investment to develop the potential of small production. Tecnology is really important for the improvement of the agricultural development efficiency.
Shortly, it is necessary to try evertything possible in order to address the climate change. The contribution of talking is important for the success of these plans, because it is the beginning of International agreement and action.
The Fao’s responsability is that of supporting resolutions through the International agreement. In this way it becomes possible to make significant progress in reducing pollution and water conservation.
The fundamental questions is the following: “how can we use less energy in order to make the resources more efficient?” “What can we do in order to support developing coutries, suchas Somalia?”. That’s the challenge for an international community.
Another important solution is the food education, that implies the respect of cultural diversity, by producing etnichally appropriate food. In conclusion, he confirmed the role of technology,by mentioning drones as an example of advanced technology that is making agricolture more productive.
This is how Damiel Kelly ended his speech, inspiring all the International students who took part in the conference, and encouragingthem to contribuite to this challenge.
Lavinia De Santis e Silvia Cortese
Giovani nel Mondo Association will guide you!
As the sun shines, Rome welcomes the International Career Festival Fair 2017. The fair will be in place from the 13th to the 14th of March. Don’t miss out!
This morning hundreds of students both from high-schools and universities lined up in front of the UNINT (University of International Studies of Rome), waiting for the fair’s doors to open. Students are full of vibrant expectations concerning prompts and opportunities that the non-profit organization Giovani nel Mondo has organized.
Let’s take a step back to understand what and who we are talking about. Giovani nel Mondo Association pursues educational and cultural goals at the national and international level. Its primary focus is assisting and accompanying youth and young adults, between eighteen and thirty years old, on their educational path and encouraging their whole growth.
The two-day-fair hosts more than 50 stands varying from universities such as the University of Padova to non-profit organisations such as Amnesty International and WWF, united by their mission to inform young people about what opportunities they have on offer. As the representative of Amnesty International Marek Rembowski explained to us, their purpose at the festival was to give young people an insight as to the ambitious work that is at the root of the organisation as well as possible internships.
An ambitious project which finds its core uniqueness in the capacity of combining organizations that operate at an international level as well as locally. Such a varied event is a rare chance that must be awarded for attempting to build a bridge between the education system and the world of work. Often this is the hardest hurdle to overcome as a young person trying to find their way in the world, it is for this essential reason that a fair which enables greater communication and guidance during this time is necessary aid.
The CEO and executive president Daniela Conte, who assisted the fair, discussed the main goal of the Fair that consists in filling the gap that emerges between theory and practice which is the University-Work dilemma.
So start building that bridge! What are you waiting for?
Shanthi Kodituwakku and Eleonora Orso, Team 2
On the 13th and 14th of March the International Careers Fair took place at the UNINT of Rome. It is an opportunity for students of all ages to come across several and diverse chances to apply for students’ exchange programmes, University courses, interniships and volunteering programmes in Italy and abroad. Walking inside the exhibition pavillon is the perfect way to taste the international and intercultural flavour of the Fair.
Exploring students’ exchange programmes, the World Education Program offers a wide range of choices. WEP was born in Belgium in 1988 and it owns 5 official offices in Italy nowadays(Milan, Turin, Bologna, Udine and Rome). This organization covers all ages, starting from high school programmes to employment opportunities and internship opportunities in companies. WEP promotes cultural, educational and linguistic adventures in 62 countries, dealing with 20 different languages.
Among all those organizations, there is Fulbright that started in Italy in 1948 and became a bi-national program in 1975. “The Fulbright Program” was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries”. Fulbright offers 7 scholarships to all disciplines up to a total of $38.000, 2 scholarships for MBA up to $100.000 in cooperation with Ethenea and one scholarship to law students up to $20.000.
Since the global hospitality industry is experiencing an unprecedented level of growth, the Business & Hotel Management School of Lucerne City in Switzerland trains the global leaders of the future. B.H.M.S. allows students to choose between the Degree in Hotel & Hospitality Management and the Degree in Global Business Management. The peculiarity of this School is that each year is divided in 6 months of lessons and 6 months of internships paid up to 2.000 euros. B.H.M.S. includes the Culinary Academy that introduces students to the world of food production through basic operation techniques and hands-on core competency training.
If you are a student looking for practical experience in global development the World Bank’s Internship may be right for you. It offers highly motivated and successful individuals an opportunity to improve their skills while working, the Bank Internship seek students specializing in economics, finance, human development, social science and other related field. Internships are at minimum 4 weeks and at maximum 3 months.
AIESEC is the biggest organization in the world run only by students. It offers students the chance to be citizens of the world and to acquire the experience and the skills that the job market requires today. AIESEC internship programme abroad is called Global Talent. It provides graduated students with the opportunity to live a real professional experience in the field of Marketing, Teaching and Business. The main destinations are India, Colombia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Russia, China, Spain and Brazil.
In conclusion, for those interested in volunteering as a very valuable and learning experience, there is Lunaria. Lunaria is an Association for Social Promotion. It was founded in 1992 and it is defined as a non governmental body, autonomous from religious and political affiliations and not-profit. The activities of the association are based on research and action research, training and communication on several social issues. Lunaria believes in the importance of informal and non formal education through the promotion of international voluntary service. Lunaria sends over 400 volunteers to short-term initiatives abroad therefore, it definitely represents the international set and background of this event.
If you would like to discover the world and, at the same time, do the job of your dreams, go and explore the Fair. Now, it’s your turn to play!
Written by Jessica Cannucciari and Marzia Costanzo