Development Cooperation

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.


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.

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.

AICS - Somalia (UNS5)

Sapienza participates, as a partner, in the Institutional and Academic Strengthening of the Somali National University - UNS5 project. The project, coordinated by the Politecnico di Milano, envisages the assignment of scholarships for Masters and PhD students from the Somali National University. 5 students from the Somali National University enrolled in the Master's degree programme Finance and Insurance at Sapienza and were awarded the related scholarships. 

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.


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