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Let's Unite! - Get to know Agnese and Carlos
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Agnese Carignano is one of the student representatives of SURE! at Politecnico di Torino and Carlos Castro is the Project Manager of Unite! for Politecnico di Torino.

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Agnese Carignano is one of the student representatives of SURE! at Politecnico di Torino. She is a third-year bachelor student in Physical engineering, who is very much involved in the university's life by being part of the student association "Obiettivo Studenti" and being elected as a student representative in the didactic committee. During her high school studies, she spent one year in Utah, USA, as an exchange student. On a personal level, she appreciates the importance of travelling, studying abroad and gaining new experiences as cultural and educational enrichment for students. 

Carlos Castro is the Project Manager of Unite! for Politecnico di Torino. He is a Venezuelan-born, Canadian-bred, Italian citizen with a BA from Universidad Central de Venezuela, an MA from University College Dublin and a PhD from Università degli Studi di Torino. He has worked as an elementary & high-school teacher, ESL teacher, ghostwriter and Sales Manager, always travelling to different places.  He also does occasional voice-over works. On a more personal level, he is a supporter of American Indian peoples’ rights throughout Turtle Island and the continent. 

Agnese, what is the advantage of studying at Unite! University? What do you think is special about Unite! Alliance?

I think that being able to study abroad, experiencing a different culture, a different language, and a different way of living University is a great opportunity for students to become better people. Actually, working for SURE! makes me experience this every day.

Carlos, how do you imagine higher education in the next future in Europe?

The way I imagine higher education in ten years time in Europe pretty much depends on the situation over elementary schools today. How often do we hear teachers saying that first year college students have lacks in mathematics, physics, languages, literature, and so on? University is not the place to patch up these lacks. On the contrary, University is where we go deeper into knowledge. I think that European University Alliances such as Unite! can contribute to the narrative of a European education. If the future generations actually feel European enough by the time they decide whether or not they want to pursue higher education.

More information about Carlos and Agnese positions within Unite!:

SURE! Students in Unite! for Representation and Empowerment provides the opportunity for students to co-create and engage with their companions from other European universities. SURE! representatives are involved all over Unite! activities and working groups, ensuring a bottom-up flow of initiatives and actions. 

Unite! partner's project managers work together with the KLO's of each university to plan and oversee the projects within the institution, from the initial ideation through to completion. They coordinate people and processes to deliver projects on time, within budget and with the desired outcomes aligned to objectives.