Friday, 25 February 2011

Weekly quiz

First, a nuts-and-bolts update on where we stand in the process for admitting students for the 2011-12 academic year.

If you have applied to SAIS Bologna, you should have received an email from us confirming that your application is complete or, if it is not, what might be missing. In the event you have not received such an email, I'd suggest you write us at as soon as possible.

Many but not all of you have received an email with details of your interview. Those who have not received those details will get an email in coming days.

The Admissions Committee will be spending March interviewing candidates and reading your applications. You can imagine how much time goes into this process. We want to make sure we make the right choices. Several faculty and senior staff are involved in reviewing each application to make sure multiple points of view are brought to bear.

Admissions decisions will be taken at the end of March and communicated to candidates in early April. For those who are admitted, April can be a month of reflection -- the deadline for confirmation of acceptance is May 16. For those who are not admitted, there is a time of stock-taking. I know a thing or two about rejection -- its pain and its benefits -- and will be publishing a post on this in coming weeks.

So, on to today's quiz.

Who is the man in these photographs and what did he have to do with SAIS?

The winner, of course, gets a free lunch at Giulio's.

And just because I cannot resist, here is tonight's view from the webcam on our penthouse terrace:

Next week we are planning posts on the SAIS Bologna student government, the importance of outside speakers to the learning experience, a look at our DC campus and an interview with SAIS Associate Dean for Student Affairs Bonnie Wilson, who is a Bologna Center graduate.