UniSannio is also among the 33 Italian universities that will participate in the fourth edition of the UNICORE - University corridors for Refugees project to give 69 refugees the opportunity to continue their academic career in Italy. Students will be selected on the basis of merit and motivation, through a public call for proposals launched today.

The project offers refugees the opportunity to arrive in Italy on a regular and safe way to continue their studies, in line with the objective of the UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, to strengthen the regular entry channels for refugees and to reach a 15% enrollment rate in tertiary education programs in countries of first asylum and third countries by 2030.

The UNICORE project was born in 2019 with a first pilot phase during which six students were welcomed by two universities, and then expanded with the participation of 20 and 45 students in 2020 and 2021 respectively. In its fourth edition, the project expands again to include refugees residing in Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria for the first time.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UNHCR, Caritas Italiana, Diaconia Valdese and Centro Astalli collaborate in the project, as well as a wide network of local partners who will ensure the necessary support to students during the two-year master's degree program. years and will favor their integration into university life.

"We are happy to be able to announce this year’s expansion of the UNICORE project to refugees residing in Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria," said Chiara Cardoletti, UNHCR Representative for Italy, the Holy See and San Marino. "Thanks to the commitment of Italian universities, 71 refugee students had already arrived in Italy in the first three years of the project and being able to double this number is truly an extraordinary result and an example for other European countries".

The call will close on April 29, 2022 and can be consulted at the LINK

The participating universities in 2022 are:

1.    Università di Bari
2.    Università del Sannio di Benevento
3.    Università di Bergamo
4.    Università di Brescia
5.    Università di Cagliari
6.    Università degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" di Caserta
7.    Università di Catania
8.    Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti - Pescara
9.    Università di Firenze
10.    Università degli studi dell'Aquila
11.    Università del Salento, Lecce
12.    Università di Messina
13.    Università Statale di Milano
14.    Università di Milano Bicocca
15.    Università di Milano Bocconi
16.    Politecnico di Milano
17.    Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
18.    Università degli Studi di Napoli L'orientale
19.    Università di Palermo
20.    Università degli Studi di Padova
21.    Università di Parma
22.    Università per stranieri di Perugia
23.    Università di Pisa
24.    Luiss Guido Carli Roma
25.    Università di Roma, La Sapienza
26.    Università di Siena
27.    Università per Stranieri di Siena
28.    Università di Torino
29.    Politecnico di Torino
30.    Università Iuav di Venezia
31.    Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli
32.    Università di Verona
33.    Università degli Studi della Tuscia Viterbo