La Sapienza - Università di Roma

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The institutional mission

Sapienza University acknowledges the importance of international development cooperation as fundamental for improving international relations and supports ethical and political engagement which reduces inequalities and solves conflicts. 

On 30th January 2007 the Academic Senate of Sapienza unanimously approved the Charter of Principles and the Mission Statement for International Development Cooperation using the United Nations Millennium Development Goals as a reference.


The primary goal is to encourage innovative and quality partnerships to promote academic and student mobility from and to developing countries, share skills, resources and aims, improve access to technological know-how and financial opportunities, strengthen decentralized cooperation and eco-sustainability.

Target countries and areas of intervention

Projects mainly involve the following countries: Benin, Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Iraq, Jordan, Albania, Mozambique, Palestine and Yemen.

These are the most critical areas of intervention: environmental sustainability, anthropology, medicine, food safety, rural and urban poverty, cultural heritage, development of local partnerships, support of local education systems, masters and university courses.

Didactics and education

Sapienza is currently working on a number of projects regarding the internationalization of education. The University collaborates with other institutions, even those in developing countries, to create international masters of first and second degree, international PhDs, and university courses focused on cooperation and development.

Higher education course in Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals

The aim of this course is to provide students with the basic skills, language, approach and knowledge  for international cooperation. It is open to students from all faculties and from different countries (Libya, Egypt, Sudan and others). It is entirely taught in English by Sapienza professors and experts from the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.


Sapienza has funded development cooperation projects since 2008. Between 2009 and 2011 nine projects were launched in the following countries: Yemen, Kenya, Chad, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Benin and Palestine. The areas of interventions were: programmes for training and professional updating – institutional and capacity building actions – quality assurance of educational and research university programmes in partner countries – programmes for research and technological transfer.