Mentorship Project

The project ‘Mentorship - Towards an Italian network of inclusive universities’ was set up with the support of the Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration of the Italian Ministry of the Interior (MoI), the Coordination Office for the Mediterranean of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) and in collaboration with the Ministry of University and Research (MUR).

The list of universities involved is given below: Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Pisa, the University of Naples L’Orientale, Roma Tre University, the University of Milano-Bicocca, the University of Palermo, the University of Bari Aldo Moro, the University of Turin, the University of Sassari and the University of Padua.

Project goals:

  • Encouraging student participation and developing dialogue on the role of young people as key players in promoting inclusion and multiculturalism.
  • Spreading or enhancing awareness of sustainable strategies to design mentorship schemes and facilitating the exchange of good practices between universities, towards a network of the universities involved.
  • Supporting universities in developing institutional strategies (including formal recognition of student committees) across all of the university bodies (governing bodies, third mission office, international relations office, student services, student associations, faculties and research departments).
  • Providing universities with a tool kit encompassing results and replicable approaches and good practices to design or improve mentorship schemes.

The team at the University of Padua consists of six student mentors, coordinated by Professor Andrea Gerosa and the Head of Admissions and Welcome Unit. Elisa Gamba.

The project is intended for international students enrolled in years subsequent to the first of Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Single-cycle degree programmes. The team designed and sent a survey to target students to identify their needs and develop a plan for support activities and integration in the local community accordingly.

Global Engagement Office

Palazzo Anselmi
Lungargine del Piovego 1 - 35131 Padova