Monday 17 October will be a historic date for all Neapolitans. TO Scampia the 2022/23 academic year of the sixteen three-year degree courses for the Health Professions of the Federico II University is inaugurated. A historic date expected for sixteen years and which finally becomes a reality both for the university and for an entire neighborhood, which in these 420 freshmen and teachers who will start the lessons of the first semester the following week, are looking for a redemption they have been waiting for a lifetime , shaking off every preconception of the “Gomorra”, showing instead its values, commitment and hospitality.
The rector will be there at the cutting of the ribbon Matteo Loritowhich already has new commitments and projects in store that will involve other peripheral areas of Naples, the mayor Gaetano Manfrediwho has accelerated the bureaucratic part bogged down for too many years, and the president of the Campania Region Vincenzo De Luca. Godmother will be the most beautiful and sunny face of Scampia: Palm Zeudi, miss Italia 2021 who was designated for this role months ago. While the Federico II University is in full excitement for the arrival of Tim Cook with a very armored ceremony for the delivery of the Honoris Causa Degree tomorrow at 10.30 in the Aula Magna Storica, we immediately get back to work to plan the event of 17 October and celebrate with all of Scampia.
The building signed by the architect Vittorio Gregotti is a cylindrical complex that is spread over an area of about 10 thousand square meters (another 11 for the external area) built on the area of the former Vela H, demolished in 2003. 7 floors high, the campus will surround a large internal square with a transparent cover that will be a space for socializing. Funded by the Campania Region with 50 million euros and from the Municipality of Naples with about 7, the university headquarters of the School of Medicine and Surgery will host classrooms for study and teaching, laboratories, libraries, a 500-seat lecture hall, clinics, day surgery and spaces work places for students and researchers, information points, dining areas, a college store, newsstands, secretariat and lots of greenery. On the intended use over the years there have been various hypotheses: Medicine, then Biotechnology, Medicine again and finally Health Professions. Here there will in fact be the sixteen addresses: Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Obstetrics, Rehabilitation Sciences of Health Professionsof the technical-diagnostic area, just to name a few.
On April 5, 2006, the first protocol of the agreement was signed by the governor Antonio Bassolinothe mayor of Naples Rosa Russo Iervolino and the rector Guido Trombetti. «With this new location we will solve the space problems that we have had for a long time for the Faculty of Medicine. The project starts with the right conditions, from the availability of funding and land to the new metro stop, which allows you to reach the Faculty headquarters in just two stops »stressed the then rector Trombetti. There will not be Medicine and Surgery but Health Professions, as already mentioned, the very coveted three-year degree course attended by young people who still dream of a job in the medical field but less demanding and selective. The benefit on Medicine, however, will be there, since the Policlinico will lighten the influx of students, with a halving of traffic and when it is fully operational, an influx of at least 2,500-3,000 people is expected to Scampia.
At the end of July 2021, the light was seen at the end of the tunnel. On that date the agreement was signed between the municipality of Naples and the Frederick University, one of the last commitments of the municipal council of Luigi De Magistris, perhaps the most important. The act regulates «the carrying out of the University’s didactic / training, technical-scientific and research activities in the field of Medicine, nutrition and related welfare activities». In addition to the university center of Naples North, the building will have an area used as a neighborhood clinic to enhance primary care in some specific pathologies, such as cardiology clinics, and metabolism and nutrition disorders. The inauguration had been hypothesized a year later, but the bureaucracy put a hand in it and although furnishings, surveillance, cleaning service and other tenders were widely anticipated by the Frederick IIthe various tests slowed everything down.