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On World Refugee Day 2018, Sapienza confirmed its commitment 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.

The inHERE (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe) Project Staff Training Week on “Integration of Refugees: The Role of Universities” at Sapienza University in Rome was successfully held on April 20, 2018. More than 50 higher education institutions and organisations related to refugee integration into higher education from 19 countries participated in peer learning activities and workshops throughout the week.

Recently, Sapienza also participated in the Beirut "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 involved one hundred experts who will discuss the impact of the Syrian Crisis on the higher education system in southern Mediterranean countries.

Sapienza was in Lebanon for 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.

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.  Moreover, with Project Tandem: Towards Empowered Migrant Youth in Southern Europe,” Sapienza promotes intercultural comprehension and inclusive university environments.