Rosanna Santonocito | 30 gennaio 2017
Foreign stakeholders are interested in investing in private education in Italy, especially international schools, a growing trend of the last five years among parents who can afford to enroll their children. It is a recent phenomenon which has manifested itself later than the rest of Europe, “given the good quality of our public education system,” says Vittorio Villa of Villa & Partners, a Milan-based firm specialized in Executive Search.
British private equity fund, Educas International, has paved the way for foreign capital having acquired five Italian private schools in 2016 in Central North Italy: Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. According to Villa, specialized managers in the educational sector will increasingly become highly requested. They will not be easy to find, given the particular characteristics of these organizations, often family-run, “people business,” in which people management and marketing must be carried out properly.
School leaders, whom have experience in scholastic organization and marketing can be challenged, according to Vittorio Villa, as they “may not always necessarily hone the typical managerial skills for a corporate setting.”