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Italian Research Day, 15th April

On the occasion of the Italian Research Day, celebrated all over the world on 15 April, day in which Leonardo da Vinci was born, the Italian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has organized an interview with a prestigious Italian researcher who has been working in Southeast Asia (first in Brunei and then in Malaysia) for nearly 15 years now. The interview has been conducted by Nicola Bianchi, Diplomatic Counsellor in charge of the Scientific and Technological Relationships between Italy – Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

More than five hundred years after Leonardo da Vinci’s death, Italian science and Italian researchers are still standing out in most of the world.

Prof. Paolo Coluzzi, who currently works as Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and European Languages of the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, during his professional life and his academic career, has lived in different countries including Spain, the United Kingdom, Brunei and now Malaysia, carrying out a large amount of sociolinguistic research and publishing several articles on international journals and chapters in edited academic books.

He speaks several languages. However, even more interestingly, he is an expert in many minority languages and dialects. His research has mostly been oriented towards the study of linguistic minorities with particular attention to social influences and multicultural connections.

The interview is available on the Embassy YouTube channel or here: