Day 3 started off with our whole Plus3 group taking the metro together to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, which is a large Catholic University in Milan. When we arrived, we listened to a presentation given by Francesca Romana Ronaldi, a sustainable fashion expert who also teaches at the University. She explained different fashion business models with designer being Italy’s strongest and best known; yet, sustainability in the fashion industry was the main focus. Since the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry just after oil, it is crucial to discover and implement sustainable actions to improve the health of our planet. Francesca Romano Ronaldi discussed how sustainable businesses focus on these 3 P’s: the planet, the people, and the profit. These businesses also tend to have more of a circular supply chain as opposed to a linear supply chain, where products used by the consumers can then be recycled and turned into new products. Overall, her presentation was extremely informational and interesting, and I feel as though I learned a lot from it.
After the presentation, we were informed about the University itself and the exchange opportunities available there. We even had some Italian students show us around the beautiful campus, which also provided us with a chance to interact with them. The few showing us around campus were all very nice and spoke English impressively. The campus was charming, and compared to the condensed nature of the University of Pittsburgh, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore’s was pretty spread out. It was also funny to learn about all the superstitions they have at the university: if you walk directly through the courtyard or in between certain columns you supposedly will not graduate. For some lunch we then went to the school’s cafeteria, which was fairly similar the ones in America.
Once finished with our food and time at the University, we walked over to the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology. This year commemorates 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, and inside the museum there was large room filled with models made based off of his designs, which was really neat to see. On the walls, paintings of made by his pupils hung, all created with a very similar style to Leonardo da Vinci’s. There was also a space section where we were able to see a piece of the moon, and outside was an enormous submarine. The museum was huge and filled with so many different kinds of displays and artifacts that all helped provide some of Italy’s technological history.
I liked getting to see a new part of Milan, and it was neat to see the University and the ways in which is it both similar and different to Pitt.
Next stop, Como!