17 December 2021

Philadelphia visits Naples

Philadelphia, United States

Vice President for International Affairs of Temple University and Board of Directors member of the Global Philadelphia Association Dr. Hai-Lung Dai visited the City Hall of Naples of Italy and met with its newly elected mayor Gaetano Manfredi on Dec. 10, 2021. Dai presented a letter and a token of friendship on behalf of the Global Philadelphia Association to Mayor Manfredi. Both Napoli and Philadelphia are World Heritage Cities! He also presented a letter of invitation to the Mayor, who is an engineer, to visit Philadelphia and Temple University to meet the government and educational leadership in Philadelphia and present a lecture of the Mayor’s vision on how to manage metropolises at the challenging time of climate change. Dr. Dai and the Mayor discussed extensively on how to make Napoli and its prominent universities desirable destinations for American students pursuing study abroad. The goal is to have many American students to come to Napoli to enjoy the Italian culture and benefit from the success of Italian universities. The Temple delegation included also biology professor Antonio Giordano, a native of Napoli and one of the top scholars at Temple University. For his work toward enhancing Italy-US relations, Dai was a recipient of the Knight of the Order of the Italian Star from the Italian Government in 2017.