Development Cooperation

New book "SAPIENZA FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION: Strategies, Projects, Actions" by Carlo Giovanni Cereti and Francesca Giofrè freely available for download here:

Sapienza for Cooperation

In 2015, Sapienza, consistently with its mission "Contributing to the development of the knowledge society through research, training of excellence and quality and international cooperation", approved the Sapienza Agenda for International Development Cooperation formally committing itself to the achievement of the Millennium Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sapienza's task as part of the University Coordination for Development Cooperation (Cucs) is to promote, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, programmes, training courses, and research activities in this field and to participate in the Crui Coordination for International Development Cooperation and the Policy-Making Working Group in particular.

Sapienza has also joined the Manifesto of Inclusive University, proposed by UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The participation was approved by the Academic Senate (resolution no. 293/19 of 26.11.2019) and a working group was set up as per D.R. 2152/2020 to supervise and implement strategies and initiatives for inclusion, including academic ones, put in place by Sapienza to promote refugees' access to university education and to promote social integration and active participation in academic life.

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

The Impact Ranking, developed by the Times Higher Education since 2019, assesses the activities carried out by universities in pursuit of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN Agenda 2030.

The 2020 ranking, published on April 22, 2020, places Sapienza in the first national position for the SDG 7 Affordable & Clean Energy. Worldwide, the University is in the 101-200 bracket, while nationally it is among the top 5 universities, behind Bologna and L'Aquila, with a score of 76.6. All the single objectives achieved in Goal 17 (Partnership for the Goals) are taken into great consideration, also adding the 3 best results in the other Goals. Decent work and economic growth (SDG8), Enterprise, innovation and infrastructure (SDG9) and Reducing inequalities (SDG10) have been this year's greatest achievement for Sapienza.


Since 2009 Sapienza has issued annual calls for funding to encourage and promote international development cooperation projects promoted by Sapienza professors and researchers; every two years the results of such activities are presented to the academic community in a University Conference.

General objectives of the call are:

  • promotion of quality and innovative partnerships within strategic areas and areas of intervention representing the strengths and excellence of Sapienza;
  • to foster the mobility of professors and researchers from and with developing countries (Pvs), the exchange of skills, synergy and optimisation of resources and objectives;
  • the strengthening of decentralised cooperation, with particular attention to the most vulnerable groups, as well as the eco-sustainability of development actions.

Click on the Cooperation Call page

The project database

The projects financed by the calls for proposals are gathered in a database that highlights the areas of greatest impact and the sectors of intervention of the cooperation activities carried out by our professors in developing countries, in order to align strategies and funding - see "Downloads" section.


Specific Memoranda of Understanding (see Downloads section) have been signed with FAO, MAECI (Directorate-General for Globalisation) and the Italian Development Cooperation Agency for joint activities in areas of common interest, thus contributing to the Sustainable Development goal no. 4.3: " By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university".

Sapienza and AICS (Italian Development Cooperation Agency)

Sapienza coordinates Platform 4 - Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism, within the "Partnership for Knowledge" Programme of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency, in partnership with 8 Italian Universities. It provides a training programme for Master's and PhD students from the following countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Cuba, El Salvador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Sudan, Pakistan and Tunisia.

CIVIS and Cooperation

Within the CIVIS Alliance, Sapienza collaborates in the WP5 activities: "CIVIS, a bridge towards the Mediterranean and African regions: addressing global challenges of joint strategic importance through partnerships". It aims to build a CIVIS action at a global level by developing and creating partnerships with "mirror" universities in the Mediterranean and African regions and to address issues of common interest with academic partners in the Mediterranean and African regions and find common solutions.

Scholars at Risk - SAR

Sapienza is a member of the Scholars at Risk Network, an international network of universities founded in 1999 at the University of Chicago by academics and human rights defenders interested in promoting the principle of academic freedom and in protecting academics whose lives are in danger or whose research and teaching work is severely compromised.

Events and Publications

Every two years Sapienza organises a University Conference on international development cooperation actions, programmes and initiatives before the main national and international donors. The last Conference was held on December 11, 2018.

In 2019 Sapienza took part - with its own exhibition stand - in the Expo of International Cooperation, the first and only International Fair on cooperation for sustainable development, dedicated to all public and private individuals, profit and non-profit, involved in policies, interventions, products and actions aimed at the Sustainable Development Objectives in particular. The event received the support of the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of MAECI, AICS, FAO, IFAD and WFP and a major expression of interest from Italian NGO representative organisations, universities, and many major Italian companies.


International Office

Head of Unit
Daniela Magrini
T (+39) 06 4991 0435 (ext. 20435)

Antonello Battaglia
T(+39) 06 6886 8559 (ext. 28559)
Silvia Sebastiani
T (+39) 06 4969 0428 (ext. 30428)
Claudia Fiorani
T (+39) 06 4991 0978 (ext. 20978)

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