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Sapienza is deeply committed to provide support for the refugee crisis and, as part of a series of activities to face the large migration flow to Europe, it is involved - together with the European Commission and other universities - in several projects that aim to provide refugees with access to university and higher education.

On September 26-27, Sapienza was in Beirut at the "Higher Education and Refugees in the Mediterranean" Conference, organized by the European Commission and Project "Hopes - Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians." The event involves one hundred experts who will discuss the impact of the Syrian Crisis on the higher education system in southern Mediterranean countries.

Subsequently, on September 27-28, Sapienza will be in Lebanon to attend the meeting of Project "Rescue - Refugees Education Support in Mena Countries" coordinated by UNIMED, the Union of Mediterranean Universities. Project Rescue, funded by the Erasmus+ Capacity Building Programme in Higher Education in 2016, addresses refugee acceptance in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, countries that have been particularly affected by the Syrian Crisis and have had to manage large flows of immigrants from the nearby areas of conflict. The project aims to establish operational units at the seven Lebanese, Jordanian and Iraqi partner universities, to provide ad hoc services to refugees who wish to access higher education.

Moreover, Sapienza is also involved in Project InHere (funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Programme) to facilitate the integration and access of refugees to higher education institutes.  Project InHere (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe) has developed and published a catalogue of good practices on refugee reception, a selection of nearly 300 initiatives collected through the Refugees Welcome Map Campaign conducted by the Association of European Universities. As part of the project, the University of Barcelona will also organise a series of webinars on related issues and Sapienza will organise a workshop entitled "Easing Access of Refugees to HEIs” on October 18, 2017.