Founded in 1343, the University of Pisa is a public institution with a long tradition, deeply rooted in its
territory and fully integrated into the international scientific community. With its twenty
Departments, it covers all main areas of teaching and research. It offers 58 undergraduate, 74 graduate
and 28 doctoral programs, 68 third cycle specialization programs, and about 80 shorter programs. It
has over 52.000 students, 2900 professors and researchers, and 1450 technical and administrative
The primary purpose of all UNIPI activities is the cultural and professional growth of the entire
university community, the training of students and the increase of knowledge in various fields of
research. According to the most recent Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU -2019)
released by the Shanghai JiaoTong University, UNIPI ranks among the three top Italian Universities
and the top 200 universities in the world. In the 2020 QS World University Rankings by subject, UNIPI
ranks among the top 100 universities in 4 subject areas.
The pursuit of the University’s fundamental mission – the creation and transfer of knowledge – today
is declined according to the three strands of learning/teaching, research, and the third mission,
including the social dimension and community engagement.
UNIPI pursues the mission of strengthening its ability to serve society, whether at a local or a world
level. It has recently joined, with other Italian universities, the UNCHR Manifesto for inclusive
university. The Manifesto aims to facilitate refugees’ access to university education and research and
promote their social integration and active participation in academic life. The project UNI-CO-RE
(University Corridors for Refugees) intends to create regular and safe entry routes for refugee
students. UNIPI also signed Agreements with the International Organization for Migration (IOM): in
particular, the project TandEM (Towards Empowered Migrant Youth in Southern Europe) aimed to
build a bridge between migrant and local youth to promote dialogue, mutual understanding and
cohesion. In order to expand the impact of this initiative, a second phase of the project is being
implemented under the initiative“Student Mentorship: towards an Italian Network of Inclusive
Universities”, also developed in partnership with IOM.
Source: Mentorship Committee
Here’s our mentors!
I am Valentina, I am 28 years old. I studied Law at the University of Pisa. I presented my thesis in European law and Migration Law for Master’s Degree on 15th December 2020. During my studies, I have developed a strong curiosity for the international law field. Therefore, I have chosen to orientate my studies in this direction, following optional courses with a focus on the international context and the migration law. Moreover, I took part in Universal Civil Service 2019 for “Cooperativa Sociale Odissea” (CAS and SIPROIMI in Viareggio- Tuscany), a camp for refugees and asylum seekers. In the future, I would like working in this field of law.
Hi, I am Filippo, a student of law at the University of Pisa. I am 25 years old and am a fan of International law and youth policies. In my university career I often found myself dealing with cultures of other countries in fact I was twice the beneficiary of an Erasmus+ call: the first time in Poland and then in Spain, in Cordoba. At the moment with the International Relations Office of our department I help foreign students to enter in the best way in the university of Pisa, I am also a tutor for students in their first year of study. Being part of an IOM project makes me proud, aware that with participation and commitment we can make this world better.
Hi! My name is Francesca, I’m 27 and I’m graduating in International Studies at the University of Pisa. I love travelling around the world, diving, exploring nature and discovering different cultures and way of living! I really like playing tennis, too! In 2019 I participated to the TandEm project: I had the chance to meet people from all over the world and it was such a great experience that I decided to applicate for 2020-2021 Mentorship project! “You never stop learning” is my motto!
My name is Ginevra, I am 24 and I am currently attending my last year of single cycle degree in Law at the Universityof Pisa. I have always been passionate about politics, I have been involved in it since I was 16, when I was elected as a student representative in the “Parlamento Regionale Studenti della Toscana”, where I also worked as a tutor between 2015 and 2017. In 2018, I was elected as a student representative for the Council of Department in the law faculty. I have been working as a tutor for the new law studentssince October 2020. I always believed in community buildinginitiatives, and that is why I decided to join IOM project Mentorship II;I have every confidence in mutual aid to be thekeynote of our work.
Hi everyone, I’m Ginevra, 23 years old, graduating in Law studies. Bookworm, movie fanatic, I would like to have the eccentricity of Monet, Woody Allen’s sense of humour and Dostoevskij’s sensitivity. I’m always ready for new travels, it’s no coincident that I find International Law such a challenging study. Joyful for new experiences and learning about new cultures and their languages. I cherish every moment and encounter or friendship made during my stay in Dublin or Newcastle. I’m proud to be a part of this IOM’s project because it shows that every distance or barrier can be overcome.
Hello everyone! I’m Messanh and I am 29 and I’m graduating in International Studies at the University of Pisa. I love documentaries, cooking and listening to music. In 2019 I participated to the Tandem project: having a migrant background, it is with enthusiasm that I participate in the Mentorship project too, aiming to support the integration of foreign students in universities.
My name is Ludovica and I am a student of Law at the University of Pisa. I am 23 years old, I am writing my thesis in European private right and I am part of the tutoring service of the Department of Law. I am convinced that it is essential to create a network of solidarity and mutual aid between university students, not only Italian but from all over the world. For that reason, I decided to participate at the OMI project to give my personal contribution to the realization of this important goal.
I’m Constanza, I’m 29 and I’m Chilean. My family and I moved to Italy when I turned 14. For this reason, I think I understand well those who decide to move to another country and are faced with all the difficulties that such a choice imply. I study Political Science and I am passionate about Sociology, Psychology and Contemporary Art. Thanks to this project I hope, individually, to make myself useful for those who tries, in the University to build their own destiny and, collectively, to be able to improve the university reception system.
I’m Matilde, I’m 22 years old and I’m studying Herbal Science (SPES) in Pisa. Over the years, I’ve always worked on inclusion and solidarity, promoting events and supporting realities who actively commit to guarantee equal possibilities to everyone, with no distinctions. Mentorship Project mirrors those values in which I firmly believe, and it allows me to collaborate with other students in order to create a peer-to-peer support network, so that nobody’s left behind.