The Farnesina is promoting the internationalisation of the Italian higher education system and supports international cooperation projects between Italian and foreign universities.
The CINECA Platform keeps the records of all international agreements entered by Italian universitites. It has over 11,000 cooperation projects to date, which are further proof of the dynamism of our universitites.
The Farnesina facilitates inter-academic agreements, provides practical support to student mobility (recognition of qualifications, visas) and annually issues grants to promote the Italian higher education system.
On 28 March 2017 the Farnesina organised a conference entitled " Joint Action for the Promotion of Italian Higher Education Abroad," during which the Strategic Plan for the promotion of the national higher education system was presented.
The development of a Strategic Plan, drafted in broad terms jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Education, Universitites and Research, forms a key-element of a broader project developed by the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation to launch an integrated promotion of Italy's economic system. It is an approach that stems from the firm belief, shared by both ministries, that higher education must be included among the sectors that are traditionally involved in cooperation projects. Higher education is important as a means to disseminate the Italian scientific, technological and cultural know-how, but it is also a tool for diplomacy.
The promotion abroad of the Italian higher education system is by all means a driving force for Italy's economic development, due to the direct and indirect impact that a higher level of internationalisation of Italy's higher education institutions would have on 'Brand Italy' as a whole.
It is in this context and in compliance with the strategies developed by the Government, that Uni-Italia, whose founding members are the relevant ministries, supports the international promotion of the Italian higher education system, thanks to the network of Italian Embassies, Consulates and Cultural Institutes abroad.