Two refugee students, a boy and a girl, flew in the morning from Fiumicino airport in Sardinia, where they will be enrolled at the University of Cagliari: he chose the master’s degree course in Computer engineering, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, while she that in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnological Processes.
Both are part of the progetto Unicore – University corridors for refugees, born in 2019, which so far has seen the participation of twenty-eight Italian universities for a total of seventy scholarships made available to new arrivals from Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the morning, thirty-seven of the forty-five scholarship winners arrived in Rome, the other eight students will land in the next few days.
The project for Cagliari it is coordinated by the Vice Rector for Internationalization Alessandra Carucci, while for the reception of the children the University of the Sardinian capital collaborates closely with the Diocesan Caritas. The selection of students, carried out by the individual universities, was based on academic merit and motivation. Thanks to the project partners, students will receive adequate support to complete their studies and integrate into academic and social life.
“The growth of this program from its pilot phase with six students to 45 this year is a very important achievement,” he said Chiara Cardoletti, UNHCR representative for Italy, the Holy See and San Marino. “Refugees need not only to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity, but also to be able to best express their skills and competences to plan a prosperous future for themselves and for the communities that welcome them”.
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