BOLOGNA, JUNE 6 – Consistent with the perspective adopted in the Strategic Plan 2016-2018, the University of Bologna proposed today an innovative way to report on the contributions generated by its institutional activities, aimed at the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the U.N. 2030 Agenda.
The 2030 Agenda is an action plan for transforming the world, acting in favour of people, peace, the planet, prosperity and partnerships. This becomes realistically possible the more the values and the communicative and inspirational power of the SDGs enter into daily life, with real impact on the behaviours of teachers, administrators, executives and auditors within different institutes.
The efforts of the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna to report extensively on the results of its activities, which has led to the publication of the Social Report since 2012 and of the Gender Report since 2015, have been renewed today with the decision to publish a new document describing the University’s profound commitment to respond to the demands of a constantly evolving society, with continuously changing paradigms. The report was launched on Tuesday ahead of the G7 Environment which will bring together in Bologna the Ministers of Environment of the most industrialized nations of the world.
“The University of Bologna is committed to the values of sustainability, such as enhancing and safeguarding the territory, improving community wellbeing, promoting a knowledge-based development economy, social equity, and the ability of those involved to work effectively together for the common good”, said Francesco Ubertini, the Rector of the Alma Mater. Among the goals included in the report one is the project UniBo4Refugees. In orientation interviews, students get the chance to submit their CVs, find out about the opportunities for study and financial aid and draw up an educational plan for rebuilding their future. Even before obtaining refugee status and without having to pay enrollment fees, students can enroll in single learning activities and attend Italian language courses.
Enrollment in degree programmes is made easier thanks to special procedures for checking academic qualifications and admission requirements, obtaining study grants, getting exemption from fees and access to microcredit.
Through this action 19 asylum seekers from 10 different countries were able to enroll for the Academic year 2015/2016 and 22 in the Academic year 2016/2017. The main part of these students come from Sub Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, Liberia, Uganda).
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