Opportunities for refugees

The University of Padua encourages various initiatives for receiving refugees, asylum seekers and persons in a refugee-like situation.

The Academic Senate has encouraged discussion about migration, rescuing and receiving people with migration backgrounds among students, professors and staff members. The aim is to restrict the issue within the principles of reasonableness and to promote the full respect of human rights, a core value of the University and the civil society alike.

The University of Padua provides staff with resources and support that ensures an inclusive work environment.

  Scholars at Risk (SAR)

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of higher education institutions. Its main objective is to promote academic freedom and protect scholars who are risking their lives or whose jobs are at stake.

The University of Padua is a member of SAR Italy.

  Arqus Enabling Refugees

Arqus is one of the 17 thematic consortia selected by the European Commission under the European programme ‘European Universities’.

Under Action line 2, a whole team of experts is working on mapping and planning activities for refugees: 2.6 Enabling refugees: a shared policy for the academic recognition and admission process of refugees.

Find out more about Arqus Action Lines

  Manifesto for Inclusive Universities

Schools and universities are fundamental stages and important opportunities for young refugees to seize in their social inclusion path. According to the UN Refugee Agency statistics (UNHCR), only 3% of the refugees worldwide have access to higher education while the global average accounts for 37%.

To meet these challenges, Italian universities have signed the Manifesto dell’Università Inclusiva (Manifesto for Inclusive Universities) promoted by UNHCR. The manifesto aims to facilitate access to higher education for refugees and promote social inclusion and active participation in academic life.

The Manifesto includes general and guiding principles to which the signatories have committed themselves. The universities involved are implementing and working on the range of activities and programmes for refugee students, e.g. services for information and tutoring, recognition of qualifications obtained abroad, scholarships and benefits, and university corridors as regular immigration channels for refugee students living in third countries.

This initiative is part of the Global compact on refugees. This document, adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 2018, commits governments, civil society and universities to promoting support and integration pathways for refugees.

Following the decision by the Academic Senate on 12 November 2019, the University of Padua has responded to the UNHCR’s appeal by signing the Manifesto for Inclusive University (Manifesto dell’Università Inclusiva).

  National Coordination for the Evaluation of Refugee Qualifications - CVNQR

CIMEA, the Italian information center on academic recognition, pursuant to the Lisbon Recognition Convention, has activated the National Coordination for the Evaluation of Refugee Qualifications (CNVQR). This is an autonomous decision by CIMEA, in line with its institutional tasks and responsibility, following the increase in migration flows towards Italy and Europe that has resulted in more and more requests for recognition of refugee qualifications by Italian higher education institutions. 

The CNVQR is an informal network of experts from the administrative sector within higher education institutions. It deals with recognition of qualifications and shares evaluation procedures, problem cases, sources of information and methodological practices to follow when evaluating qualifications held by refugees, even with little or no documentation.

Participating in CNVQR implies:

  • participation as an institution on a voluntary and self-financing basis;
  • involvement of the whole institution, on behalf of its legal representative;
  • appointment of one representative per institution;
  • CIMEA is responsible for coordination, through the implementation of tools to exchange information among experts and a specific email address to use for the purpose.

The University of Padua has joined CNVQR on 20 September 2017.

  100 scholarships for refugee students/students with international protection - a.y. 2019/20

According to the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), in cooperation with ANDISU (Italian Association of Right to Study Organizations), the Italian Ministry of Interior offers 100 scholarships for the A.Y. 2019/20 to refugee students or students who obtained international protection in Italy by 15th July 2019.

Amount: the scholarship include full tuition fee-waivers and free student services such as accommodation, meals at university canteens, etc.

Duration: 1 year

Who can apply: students having the status of refugees or subsidiary protection and belonging to the following categories:

  1. Winners of the previous calls in the A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/2018 and A.Y. 2018/2019 who are entitled to the scholarship in A.Y. 2019/2020 if they have obtained the minimum number of ECTS credits indicated in the Call for applications
  2. Students with international protection, obtained in Italy by 15th July 2019, who enrol for the first time at an Italian University in a Bachelor's or Master's degree or PhD programme - A.Y. 2019/2020.

Please note that the scholarship cannot be granted to students who have obtained other scholarships funded by Italian public institutions (e.g.: Regional Scholarship)

How to apply: http://borsespi.laziodisco.it/ (deadline: 15th July 2019)

Call for applications