Presentation of the Mentorship II Project – Towards a Network of Inclusive Italian Universities

Now more than ever, Italian Universities are places of socialization and first integration for a growing number of migrant and refugee students; but what opportunities and what obstacles do students with migratory backgrounds encounter when studying in Italy? That’s the main topic addressed by the webinar “Diversity and youth: youth as active agents of social inclusion in Italy.
Laurence Hart: Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean; Cinzia Conti: Istat researcher; Cristina Giudici: Professor of Demography, La Sapienza University; Asmaa Naiel: Linguistics student, La Sapienza University; Stephen Kenfack: Agricultural Sciences student, president of the Association of Cameroonian Students in Pisa.

Removing the barriers to higher education for TCNs

In the framework of the TandEM project – Towards Empowered Migrant Youth in Southern Europe, IOM hosted a series of webinars on topics related to youth, education and migrant inclusion. The following webinar presented the findings of the study “Higher Education for Third Country Nationals and Refugee Integration in Southern Europe” (European University Association) and addressed integration policies and actions implemented in Italian, Greek and Maltese higher education institutions. The comparative cross-country study identifies challenges that international and refugee students face in accessing and participating in Higher Education (HE), both at the system level and at individual HE Institutions level. It also provides operational recommendations to overcome barriers and to address TCNs’ HE access-related needs. The webinar offered the participants a dynamic debate with experts from EUA and IOM, and with representatives from national HE Institutions, on the report’s findings and on topics related to social inclusion and integration policies and actions.
Geertrui Lanneau, Senior Regional Labour Migration and Human Development Specialist, IOM RO Brussels; Thérèse Zhang, Deputy Director for Higher Education Policies, EUA; Stefan Sant, Qualifications Recognition Information Centre – National Commission for Further and Higher Education, Malta; Alexandros Triantafyllidis, Associate Professor, School of Biology AUTh; Laura Norton, PhD Research Fellow at Faculty of Economics, La Sapienza University of Rome.