Vanvitelli joins the UNICORE PROJECT to welcome refugees from Ethiopia

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The Vanvitelli University together with 23 other Italian universities will give the opportunity to forty-three refugees to continue their academic career in Italy; students will be selected on the basis of merit and motivation, through a public call.

The project, University Corridors for Refugees (UNI-CO-RE), now in its third edition, offers refugees residing in Ethiopia the opportunity to arrive in Italy in a regular and safe way to continue their studies, in line with the UNHCR objective to strengthen entry channels for refugees and to reach enrollment rates in higher education programmes of 15% in countries of first asylum and third countries.

This project is linked to the Manifesto of the Inclusive University, an initiative proposed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which follows the commitments drawn up by the United Nations General Assembly through the Global Compact on Refugees. The Manifesto aims to encourage the inclusion in Italian universities of students and researchers seeking asylum and holders of international protection.

The Unicore project, therefore, reflects the indications given by the European Commission in the new Pact on migration and asylum and in its recommendation of 23 September 2020, in which Member States are invited to create new entry and protection paths for refugees, such as study and work programmes.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, Italian Caritas, Waldensian Diaconia, Centro Astalli and Gandhi Charity collaborate in the project.

The call will close on 1 April 2021.

Call for applications (in italian) Excerpt in English