Editorial staff 16 September 2021 12:49
Share Thirty-seven of the forty-five refugees receiving scholarships arrived this morning at Fiumicino airport and will continue their academic career in 23 Italian universities, including Unipa – thanks to the Unicore (University corridors for refugees) project. The last eight students will arrive in the next few days. The project, which began in 2019, has so far seen the participation of 28 universities that collectively have made more than 70 scholarships available in the last three years. The selection of students, carried out by the individual universities, was based on academic merit and motivation. The winners are refugees from Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Thanks to the project partners, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Caritas Italiana, Diaconia Valdese, Centro Astalli, Gandhi Charity, and a wide network of local partners, students will receive support suitable for completing studies and integrating into academic and social life. Students will begin today the quarantine period made mandatory by the Covid 19 emergency, after which they will be able to start their university course at universities throughout the Italian territory. “The growth of this program from its pilot phase with six students to 45 this year represents a very important result – declared Chiara Cardoletti, UNHCR representative for Italy, the Holy See and San Marino -. Refugees have need not only to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity, but also to be able to express their skills and competences in the best possible way to plan a prosperous future for themselves and for the communities that welcome them “. Enrollment of refugees in higher education globally is 5%, compared to an average of 38%, a dramatic figure that once again testifies to the need to work to remove barriers to access to education. By 2030, UNHCR aims to achieve an enrollment rate of 15% in higher education programs for refugees in host countries and third countries, including through the expansion of safe access routes such as corridors university students.