Recently, Eni and the University of Bologna further strengthened their relations since the oil company financed two Research Doctorates for the academic year 2019-2020. In particular, Eni supports two scholarships in chemistry involved in research in the fields of «oxidation and stabilization of biologic fats» and «synthesis of bio-ethers, which can be utilized with advanced».
This collaboration has enabled two enterprise’s managers to take part in the candidates’ selection board, in the capacity of «financial institution’s representatives».
As a result, the educational matters of this public call are 70% influenced by a private company that responds to market logic. The consequences deeply affect freedom of research.
Eni, moreover, is a company that finances the University of Bologna so, by law, the funds transferred for the financing of researches are integrally deductible from taxes.
Eni seems to be remarkably advantaged by its presence in public universities.