UNHCR - Inclusive University Manifesto

IULM’s planned actions to recruit students, staff, and faculty from under-represented groups.

The Inclusive University Manifesto is an initiative promoted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with the aim of facilitating refugees' access to university education and research, and promoting their social integration and active participation in academic life.

This initiative incorporates general principles and programmatic commitments that universities can refer to in order to expand activities and projects in favour of refugee students.

The measures promoted by the Manifesto are:

  • Information and mentoring services;
  • Support for recognition of degrees and qualifications;
  • Humanitarian corridors for refugee teachers, students and researchers;
  • Scholarships and other incentives;
  • Information and awareness-raising events.

Adhering to this Manifesto contributes to the valorisation and use of knowledge for the social, cultural and economic development of society, contributes positively to the international positioning and perception of IULM and to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals within the University's activities for the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

The signing of the present document formalizes the university's commitment to social integration and inclusion, specifically with regard to young people with international protection status, promoting their active participation in academic life, acknowledging the Manifesto's general principles and committing to upholding and disseminating them within the entire IULM community.

Forty-seven Italian universities have already joined the Manifesto, including Bicocca, Cattolica and the major state universities.

For more info: https://www.unhcr.org/it/

IULM initiatives

  • Scholarships for international protection holders: IULM has joined the initiative promoted by the Ministry of the Interior and CRUI that awards scholarships to students with refugee or subsidiary protection status;
  • IULM-In Zone Project:  since autumn 2022 IULM has been participating in the training project dedicated to students residing in the Azraq refugee camp (Jordan) and in the Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya) in collaboration with the University of Geneva, especially with their InZone program;
  • Support for Ukrainian students: considering the situation resulting from the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Università IULM has adopted the following measures: the reduction of enrolment fees and the extension of the deadline for payment of the third installment, for affected students.