Exclusive Interview with Vittorio Ravaioli, CEO of KION Spa and garagErasmus Foundation Member
1. What does KION do?
KION Spa is an Italian EdTech company supporting the modernization agenda of roughly 120 universities across several countries in the European Higher Education Area - mainly Italy (65), Albania (11) and Turkey (44). We operate according to a mission assigned to us by our sole shareholder, our mothership - CINECA - a public, not-for-profit university consortium counting among its members 74 Italian Universities and the Ministry of University and Research.
We digitize and automate the entire student life-cycle of Higher Education Institutions - from enrollment through graduation - through the implementation of Student Information Systems. In Italy alone this means managing some 1.3 million students every day, approximately 75% of the market.
Our aim is to become the leading solution provider in selected areas of Mediterranean region, the Middle-East, Central Asia, the Russian Republic and Europe.
2. How important is acquired international experience for the recruitment of new collaborators?
Language skills is no longer the competitive edge that an international experience is valued for – that has become the baseline. What is really interesting for us are “personal traits” like empathy, resilience, versatility… qualities that are seen as challenges of today as well as the “skills of tomorrow” in the open and diverse business context we all face. We like to call it : #Erasmusness
4. Why has KION decided to support garagErasmus Foundation?
Joint vision, characters and a bit of entrepreneurial instinct. The chemistry between the real people running both organizations was a big incentive, but the complementarity with our roadmap of innovation was the compelling driver.
5. Which is the potential that KION sees in Check-in Europe project?
There is a milestone that marks the “before” and “after” in your life. We believe it to be the Erasmus experience (and to a different extent any other international experiences). For users – millions of them - CIE is the “time warp” app that can connect your past to your future, and becomes the compass for your personal and professional development. Anywhere, anytime. For KION it is a formidable opportunity to enhance our services to the communities of lifelong learners out there. By integrating with our Bestr platform we see great potential to finally make your skills visible and portable through the Open Badges standard.
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