Promoting full respect for human rights and creating a learning environment as inclusive as possible has always been a core value of the University of Padua. Loyal to its motto Universa Universis patavina libertas – (Paduan freedom is universal for everyone), it has always been a bastion of free thought, study and research, as declared in its Statute (art. 1): “It seeks to promote the realisation of a culture founded on universal values such as human rights, peace, preservation of the environment, and international solidarity”.
In recent years, the University of Padua has encouraged various initiatives for receiving refugees, asylum seekers and persons in a refugee-like situation which culminated, in 2019, in the signing of the Manifesto dell’Università Inclusiva (Manifesto for Inclusive Universities) promoted by UNHCR, which aims to facilitate access to higher education for refugees and promote social inclusion and active participation in academic life.
One of the latest projects the University of Padua has taken part in is the University Corridors for Refugees UNICORE 2.0, which started as a pilot project in 2019 and has now been further enhanced and broadened. Promoted by 11 Italian Universities (Università dell’Aquila, Università di Bologna, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Università di Firenze, Università Statale di Milano, Università degli Studi di Padova, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Università di Pisa, Università di Sassari, Università Iuav di Venezia, Luiss Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli) with the support of UNHCR, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Caritas Italiana, Diaconia Valdese, Ghandi Charity, UNICORE aims at increasing opportunities for refugees currently residing in Ethiopia to continue their higher education in Italy.
Through this project, 20 Ethiopian refugee students will benefit from a scholarship to attend a Master’s degree programme in a.y. 2020/21 at one of the Italian partner universities.
The University of Padua has already selected 2 students within the UNICORE project, who will both attend the Master’s degree programme in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance. Their scholarships include:
- full coverage of the expenditures incurred before their arrival in Italy (flight tickets, visas, and preparation of supporting documents)
- tuition fee-waiver for the whole duration of the Master’s Degree
- free accommodation
- two free meals a day, from Monday to Friday, in student canteens or affiliated restaurant
- free Italian language course at the University Language Centre
- free personal computer
- registration with the National Healthcare System
- dedicated support for all administrative procedures
- a selected Italian family as a support in everyday life
- a SIM card and subscription
- annual subscription to public transport
- pocket money (€200/month)
- psychological support
- support for integrating in student life and assistance for any issue encountered during their studies, offered by senior students of the University of Padua.
We look forward to welcoming them in Padua!