Stan­ley Suther­land opts for stud­ies at Italy’s old­est univer­sity

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - An­dré Poyser Staff Re­porter an­dre.poyser@glean­

KNOWN AS the global cap­i­tal of fash­ion and de­sign, Mi­lan is home to Italy’s old­est and most pres­ti­gious tech­ni­cal univer­sity, The Po­litec­nico di Mi­lano (Polimi), where Stan­ley Suther­land, a past stu­dent of St Ge­orge’s Col­lege, has cho­sen to pur­sue a first de­gree in ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign.

His de­sire to study in Italy grew out of what one could per­haps de­scribe as a ‘light bulb mo­ment’.

Even though he had passed it nu­mer­ous times, Suther­land, for the first time, no­ticed the Ger­man Em­bassy, lo­cated on Waterloo Road, dur­ing his reg­u­lar drive to school while he was in fifth form. It was this mo­ment that trig­gered his thoughts of an ed­u­ca­tion over­seas and changed the en­tire tra­jec­tory of this life.

“I saw it for one full sec­ond, and as the car passed, I couldn’t get it off my mind and why it looked the way it did, so I asked mom which build­ing it was, and she told me it was the Ger­man Em­bassy. Then after a cou­ple sec­onds, and to be hon­est, I don’t know why I said it as I didn’t think of it, it just came out. I asked mum, ‘What if I was to study in Italy?’,” he told The Gleaner, while ex­plain­ing the mo­ti­va­tion for his move to Italy.


Given that he did not re­ceive an im­me­di­ate response to his ques­tion, Suther­land had all but for­got­ten he had asked it, but, to his sur­prise, his mother had al­ready been pre­par­ing the way for him to study in Mi­lan.

“A week later, my mother sur­prised me by tak­ing me to the con­sulate’s of­fice, where we dis­cussed which univer­si­ties I should con­sider. I chose Po­litec­nico Di Mi­lano and ap­plied be­fore CXC and my ap­pli­ca­tion was eval­u­ated and I was ‘pre-ac­cepted’, and, thus, I was in­vited on their cam­pus in Italy to take their en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion that Septem­ber. I passed their exam and the rest is his­tory,” he said.

Now in Italy for five years, Suther­land de­scribes his ex­pe­ri­ence in the Euro­pean coun­try as a true ad­ven­ture. Not only has he learnt new ways of cook­ing, but he has also adopted Ital­ian as a sec­ond lan­guage and em­braced the vi­brant cul­ture.

“Life in Mi­lan is great. Italy has a lot to dis­cover. I still have a lot to un­cover. It is a very beau­ti­ful coun­try ... here good food can be cheap at the street mar­kets. Mi­lan has the an­nual fash­ion week and de­sign week, there are con­stant events with famed mu­si­cians, many art gal­leries and mu­se­ums,” he added.


He also shared that he has had the op­por­tu­nity to travel to other Euro­pean coun­tries as part of his stud­ies at the Po­litec­nico Di Mi­lano.

His stud­ies in ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign ex­pose him to the in­te­gra­tion and com­bi­na­tion of other dis­ci­plines and is struc­tured around work­shops and cour­ses aimed at im­part­ing the artis­tic and tech­ni­cal skills of ar­chi­tec­ture.

In or­der to suc­cess­fully com­plete the pro­gramme, Suther­land will be re­quired to in­tern in an or­gan­i­sa­tion that suits his ar­chi­tec­tural and de­sign in­ter­est. He pointed out that the pro­gramme also in­cludes sem­i­nars, con­fer­ences, work­shops, and ex­hi­bi­tions in which stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to meet with ar­chi­tects and schol­ars ac­tive in the field.

“Polimi, is a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the bach­e­lor’s. The ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign course is avail­able in English, though to be hon­est, a num­ber of pro­fes­sors in a few cour­ses aren’t flu­ent, but it’s suf­fi­cient to get the idea and at night fur­ther the ear­lier les­son with per­sonal study,” he ex­plained.

Stan­ley Suther­land has opted for stud­ies at Italy’s old­est tech­ni­cal univer­sity.

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