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SAPIENZA UNIVERSITY AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

October 18 - 9:30 am
Aula Organi Collegiali, Rectorate
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome

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 Wednesday, October 18, Sapienza will host a meeting addressing the "Refugees Crisis and the Role of Universities" promoted in collaboration with Unimed. Based on the experience and activities of Project "InHERE - Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe" (funded by the European Union as part of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Programme), the event will provide an opportunity to raise awareness on the opportunities provided by European universities to facilitate refugee integration and access to higher education institutions.

The meeting will also analyse the project results with representatives from Italian institutions, international organizations and universities. Prefect Rosetta Scotto Lavina from the Central Directorate for Immigration and Asylum Policy will present the "National Plan for Integration".

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. 

Other Recent Events

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.