Under the auspices of the President of SQU, Vice Chancellor Dr. Ali Al-Bimani, and the Dean of the College of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Saeed Al-Muharami, the Department of Political Science invited Dr. Emmanuele Sommario from SCUOLA SUPERIORE SANT'ANNA in the period between 23 and 26 October 2016. The purpose of the visit was to establish solid academic partnership with the University of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSS), Italy.
Six activities were scheduled in four days for Dr. Sommario. After a warm welcome by the Dean of the College of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Sommario paid a visit to several SQU facilities, including the main library, the conference halls, and the staff club. On 24th October, Dr. Sommario had a scheduled morning meeting with the Head of the Political Science Department, Dr. Cuneyt Yenigun, Dr. Hani Basoos and Dr. Chamseddine Mnasri to discuss the MoU. The MoU meeting was followed by an afternoon discussion of an envisaged joint International Conference on "Security and Peace in the Middle East" as a first step in the direction of a future partnership between SQU, SSS in the late of 2017.
On 25th October, the local media had a reportage with Dr. Sommario. The reportage focused on future scientific collaboration between the two universities. The major areas of collaboration would mainly encompass students' exchange, joint research and expertise exchange.
Dr. Sommario's visit was concluded on 26th October by delivering an interactive seminar entitled “Appraising the Evolution of the Jus ad Bellum: History, Law, and Politics". The seminar topic was particularly valuable to POLS students who attended with interest and responded positively to the discussion.