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Internationalizing Italian Universities


Internationalizing Italian Universities

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The Farnesina supports international cooperation initiatives between Italian and foreign universities,  within the framework of a wider political and economic strategy, with special attention to areas that have a priority relevance for Italy.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting international cooperation initiatives between Italian and foreign universities as part of a wider political and economic strategy, with special attention paid to areas of the world that are a priority for Italy.

A growing number of students and brilliant researchers located in many emerging economies represent a reservoir of talents connecting Italian universities to universities in their countries of origin.

As of now, the CINECA platform, which keeps track of agreements signed between Italian and foreign universities, contains over 11,000 cooperation programmes. They are further proof of the level of dynamism of our universities.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes inter-academic agreements, provides practical support for student mobility (recognition of educational qualifications, visas) and grants scholarships.
The Office VII of the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation (DGSP) is in charge of this area, in conjunction with other Directorates General of the Ministry (Directorate General for Global Affairs, Directorate General for Political Affairs and Security and Directorate General for Italian Citizens Abroad and Migration Policies) and relevant institutional stakeholders, such as the Ministry of University and Research and the Conference of Italian University Rectors.