The University of Bari, established in October 1924, started from the ancient schools of Pharmacy and Notary activated immediately after the Unification of Italy. Since May 2008 is entitled to the statesman Aldo Moro, first a student and then a lecturer at the Faculty of Law. It has branches and facilities also in Taranto and Brindisi. It provides language center, libraries and study rooms with wi-fi access and extended opening hours, psychological service and a service for disabilities and specific learning disorders. It has an award-winning University Sports Center, which is also the largest in Italy. In order to guarantee the right to study, the Agency for the Right to University Study offers scholarships, accommodation and refectories.
Today the University of Bari it has 23 Departments, 2 Schools (Medicine and Science & Technology), 7 Centers of Excellence and 20 Research Centers. It offers 60 three-year degree courses, 50 two-year specialist degree courses, 13 single-cycle degree courses and 16 doctoral schools, as well as 51 post-graduate specialization courses, 26 first-and second-level master’s degrees, short master’s degrees, postgraduate courses, higher education courses and summer schools. The library system has 33 facilities, there are 8 museums and 3 collections. In total there are over 90 thousand square meters of space dedicated to teaching and almost 2600 academics and researchers. The student population reaches 43 thousand members. Annually, student mobility exceeds 300 students, both incoming and outgoing. There are 6 international courses with about 650 foreign students enrolled. 72% of international students come from Europe, 57% from the Mediterranean basin, 13% from Africa, 10% from Asia and 3% from Latin America.
As a guarantee of specific support, there is a Foreign Students Office and an advice desk for the evaluation of qualifications, health care and the issuance of residence permits and visas. Since September 2020, the University of Bari has activated, in agreement with CIMEA-Center for Information on Mobility and Academic Equivalences, a service for the issuance of Verification Certificates and Certificates of Comparability of foreign qualifications that can be presented at the time of matriculation. In addition to scholarships for international students and students with international protection, which have already allowed several refugees to graduate in Bari, in 2019 it signed the UNHCR Manifesto for Inclusive Universities and in 2020 it joined the UNICORE University Corridors for Refugees project. With IOM, it launched “Student Mentorship: towards an Italian Network of Inclusive Universities” to support the social and academic inclusion of students with migrant and refugee backgrounds and encourage young people to become intercultural advocates.
Numerous cultural cooperation agreements have been activated with universities all over the world. In particular, since 1983, the University of Bari has been the seat of the Consortium of Mediterranean Universities (CUM), recognized by UNESCO, to which 158 universities belong. Since 2004 it has been part of the Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Argentina (CUIA). The international educational offer guarantees integrated courses that provide the issuance of double and joint degrees or the writing of theses in co-tutorship. The University has a Eurodesk Agency which offers information, promotion and orientation services on the programs and opportunities offered by the European Union and the Council of Europe for transnational student mobility.
Source: University of Bari Mentorship Student Committee