Matteo Mandalà, well-known albanologist, professor of Albanian literature and head of the scientific unit of albanology of the University of Palermo, has been proclaimed 'Doctor Honoris Causa' by the 'Ismail Qemali' university of Vlora.
In the ceremony held in the aula magna of the institute, where in addition to the academic staff guests of the Albanian academic world, the rector Roland Zisi underlined the role and the contribution of professor Matteo Mandalà in the field of albanology, labeling these moments as facts cultural events of great value.
In particular, the rector of the university 'Ismail Qemali' focused on the role of Mandalà in the albanology of the last three decades, on his high human and human values and on what he did in collaboration with the academic professor Francesco Altimari, in order to illuminate the many cultural bonds present on the two shores of the Adriatic.
Thanking for the high title of 'Doctor Honoris Causa' of the University of Vlora, Professor Matteo Mandalà focused on some of the directions of his work that has albanology as a point of reference, emphasizing the importance of the arbëreshë community in Italy :
"The arbëreshë in Italy constitute a precious cultural reality in the panorama of European linguistic minorities." - he said, among other things, Mandalà.
Matteo Mandalà: biography
Matteo Mandalà is a full professor in the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Palermo. Of arbëreshë origin, he is the author of numerous books and basic studies on the history, culture and literature of arbëreshë in particular and, more generally, of Albania.
Honorary member of the Academy of Sciences in Albania by 2016, he is known as the founder of modern Albanian philology. Furthermore, he is considered an intellectual with wide-ranging interests and studies with significant contributions in different areas of national knowledge and a leading representative of scientific thought in today's academic and university world.
To prof. Mandalà was awarded the honor by President Nishani "Pride of the Nation"-" Nder i Kombit ". He is one of the most famous current Albanologists.
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