Italian universities admit refugee students

Protocol foreign ministry, UNHCR, Caritas, Valdensians, Gandhi

15 June, 13:23

    ROME - Eleven Italian universities are joining forces to launch university 'corridors' to offer to refugee students coming from countries at war or affected by calamities the opportunity of continuing to pursue their studies in Italy, UNHCR announced in a statement.
    The UN Refugee Agency signed a protocol with the universities, the foreign ministry, Italian Catholic charity Caritas, the Valdensian community and the Gandhi Cahrity. The project, which is a continuation of a pilot project that kicked off in 2019 with the participation of two universities and six students, will involve 20 refugee students who are currently in Ethiopia. They will be supported to pursue a two-year university degree and integrate in campus life.
    The project, called University Corridors for Refugees (UNI-CO-RE), involves the universities of L'Aquila, Bologna, Cagliari, Florence, Milan, Padua, Perugia, Pisa, Sassari, Iuav in Venice and Luiss in Rome. ''Too many refugees in the world don't have access to education'', said Chiara Cardoletti, UNHCR representative for Italy, the Holy See and San Marino.
    ''The situation is dramatic for higher education: only 3% are able to access against a global average of 37%. Thanks to the work of the universities involved, projects like UNI-CO-RE not only allow refugees to reach Italy safely but also to develop their talent, contributing to the local community and giving once again hope to millions of children and youths who are currently in exile due to war and persecution''.
    Students will be selected based on merit, through a public competition and by committees of experts selected by each university. By 2030, UNHCR pursues the objective of reaching an enrollment rate of 15% in higher education programs for refugees in host and third countries also by widening safe access pathways that take into consideration specific needs and legitimate aspirations of refugees. 

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