Those subjects we’d so have loved to study / 21 May 2014 / 21 May 2014

Multidisciplinary, multicultural approaches; group research, international outlook and the glocal focus. How amazing!

So many of us would have loved to study like this instead of being channelled, while still adolescents, into narrow paths of study in traditional faculties whose aim was to mould us into good lawyers, engineers and doctors.


At 18, many of us were still young and confused. We would have liked to learn about other worlds before having to decide on what we would do for the rest of our lives – or worse, that our parents, worried that we were dreamers, would have decided for us.

Welcome, therefore, to the new Degree in Global Governance, offered by six faculties of the Tor Vergata University of Rome, where students meet a mix of subjects such as history, statistics and economics, philosophy, arts and engineering, medicine and geopolitics, and only after three years of study choose a specialisation.

In brief, young people are given the time to explore, and encouraged to open their minds to the changes and challenges of the global world. They are taught to seek, among a vast array of fields, the tools for confronting complexity rather than reducing it to simplistic patterns; are helped to explore the many possible worlds in which to find themselves, discovering their own talents, interests and passions.

Because what Marcus Aurelius wrote in his Meditations almost 2000 years ago is truer today than ever before:

“He who knows not what the world is, knows not what he is”.

And the world today is larger and more complex than it was then.