The inauguration ceremony for the academic year at the University of Bologna. Credit: ANSA/GIORGIO BENVENUTI
The inauguration ceremony for the academic year at the University of Bologna. Credit: ANSA/GIORGIO BENVENUTI

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the University of Bologna have signed a memorandum of understanding to create "university corridors" between Ethiopia and Italy to give refugee students the chance to continue their studies in Italy.

A memorandum of understanding signed between the University of Bologna and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for a pilot project called UNI-CO-RE will create "university corridors" between Ethiopia and Italy to give refugee students the chance to continue their studies in Italy. 

The memorandum of understanding is sponsored by a broad network of partners with the support of Italian and international institutions and agencies. The agreement was signed Thursday in the Rome UNHCR office by Roland Schilling, UNHCR deputy regional representative for Southern Europe; Francesco Ubertini, University of Bologna rector; Don Francesco Antonio Soddu, director of Caritas Italy; and Luigi Maria Vignali, minister plenipotentiary.

Scholarships and degree program

The agreement lets five refugee students who graduated in Ethiopia continue their studies in Italy. The project's partners include the Bologna Archidiocese, ER.GO - the Regional Agency for the Right to Higher Education of Emilia-Romagna, Federmanager Bologna - Ravenna, Gandhi Charity, Manageritalia Emilia Romagna, and Next Generation Italy.

The UNI-CO-RE university corridors will allow students to obtain scholarships to enroll in a masters program at the University of Bologna. The program includes administrative and logistical support, as well as integration programs for orientation into local university life.


 

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