Pietro Fiorentini, Alumni UniPd e CUOA together to celebrate Matteo Cazzola

09 May 2023  -  Corporate

We are pleased to announce two initiatives that will be financed by Pietro Fiorentini in memory of Matteo Cazzola, a company employee who tragically passed away on the 31st of March 2023 at the age of 35 due to an avalanche during a holiday with a group of mountaineers in Norway.

Matteo was a company manager specialised in projects related to the development of hydrogen as a clean energy source. With a degree in Engineering from the University of Padua, in his personal and professional career he continued to dedicate himself to education in both technical and managerial fields, obtaining an MBA at CUOA Business School.


Considering his passion for studying and the importance of  training in the policies and values of the company, Pietro Fiorentini contacted both institutions where Matteo had developed his skills to collaborate on teaching programmes.


Pietro Fiorentini therefore decided to finance a scholarship for the Master in Business Management at CUOA Business School, which will start on 7 June 2023.


The scholarship covers 100% of the cost. The requirements of the announcement for applications, which end on 24th of May 2023, and all related information are available at this link.


In addition, in collaboration with the Alumni Association of the University of Padua, Pietro Fiorentini will also finance a prize for the students of the University of Padua who have obtained a master degree in Engineering or Science and who have written or are writing a thesis on energy transition issues.


The prize will be assigned annually to graduates who stand out for their academic results and passion for energy sector. Terms, requirements and details of the announcement will be shared over the coming weeks on company and university channels.


Both initiatives will be valid for several years and will be renewed in the future.


Mario Nardi, CEO of Pietro Fiorentini, said: “These initiatives are a way of honouring the memory of Matteo, a brilliant, talented young man with a strong passion for the issues of climate change, renewable energy and environmental protection. We are confident that our contribution will give deserving young students the opportunity to realise their dreams in the field of energy and innovation, just as Matteo did during his lifetime. His respect for our corporate values will remain an example for all to follow. We thank CUOA and UniPd for their heartfelt cooperation.”



Focus on: CUOA Business School

Management school with the longest tradition in Italy, founded in the Northeast and projected at national level, CUOA Business School proposes itself on the national and international market with activities and training courses that respond to new professional challenges and promote the development of new business models.

Its offer includes: MBAs and masters, executive courses and tailor-made projects for companies, professionals and managers; training and consultancy for the banking and finance area; projects in collaboration with foreign institutions for the internationalisation of companies; activities for the managerial development of public administrations; dissemination of the Lean Management culture in Italy; it is a training, coaching and research centre on entrepreneurship issues, with a special focus on family businesses and entrepreneurial families. With 66 years of experience in advanced training for the development of managerial and entrepreneurial skills, it is now an aggregator of national training excellence, with the CUOA University Network Business School project.

Seventeen universities have joined as supporters of the school: all nine universities in north-eastern Italy, testifying to the strong link with the local area (Free University of Bolzano, SISSA of Trieste, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, University of Padua, University of Trento, University of Trieste, University of Udine, University of Verona, IUAV University of Venice); in central Italy the University of Siena and La Sapienza of Rome; in the north-west of the country the Polytechnic of Turin, the University of Genoa and the University of Milan Statale; and in southern Italy the Universities of Foggia, Bari and Palermo. This is a model of great authenticity and unique in the Italian panorama. www.cuoa.it 


Focus on: Alumni Association of the University of Padua

Established in 2015 by the will of the Founding Member, the University of Padua, and the Supporting Founding Member, the Association of Friends of the University of Padua aims to bring together, represent and enhance the community of Alumni of the University of Padua.

In line with the best international experiences of institutional advancement and thanks to the great potential that the Alumni network can offer, the Association operates within the broader framework in which the University is committed to structuring a system of relations functional to foster the understanding, promotion and support of its institutional missions: research, teaching, third mission.

The Association, in the name of the Patavina Libertas, gathers and makes use of the great wealth of experience, skills and professionalism that distinguish those who have studied and worked at the University of Padua in the world, enhancing the importance that Alumni maintain for the University that formed them, making them an active part of the institution and involving them in building the future of the University of Padua.

Graduates of all orders and degrees can join the Association, as well as those who have graduated, specialised, completed a doctorate in one of the Schools of the University of Padua and the University’s teachers, researchers and employees. To date, the Alumni community is estimated at 400 thousand people worldwide, while the association has over 48 thousand members on its web portal. www.alumniunipd.it

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