Italian Universities allocate funds for Ukrainian students and academics
A growing number of Italian HEIs is set to finance scholarships, grants, and research funds for displaced Ukrainian students and researchers.
In recent days, the Minister of University and Research, Professor Maria Cristina Messa, sent a letter to the Rectors of Italian Universities on the measures and emergency provisions relating to the current Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
Messa confirmed a € 1.000.000 national fund to support students, PhD students, researchers and professors of Ukrainian nationality.
Professor Messa also invited the Universities to consider the suspension, for security reasons, of all mobility activities to the Russian Federation and Belarus linked to the dual-degree and joint-degree programmes, giving priority in this regard to distance learning activities.
Following the minister’s call, a number of Italian universities allocate funds for Ukrainian students and academics.
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will allocate 50,000 euros to welcoming students, researchers and professors from Ukraine. The proposal was agreed upon during the latest meeting of the Board of Governors and will fund scholarships and visiting professor positions.
Bicocca University of Milan offers ten one-year scholarships, eight for students of Ukrainian nationality and two for students with international protection from other countries «with the aim of welcoming and accompanying students and students in time, allowing them to start or continue their studies». IULM and Bocconi, also based in Milan, cancelled the fees owed by enrolled Ukrainian students. The same action is taken by the University of Cagliari.
Rome-based Luiss decided to establish a fund of 10 scholarships for the training of Ukrainian students. The University of Calabria established 15 scholarships covering all living expenses. Campus Bio-Medico, also of Rome, has decided to support the 5 Ukrainian students with the establishment of as many scholarships, including food and accommodation, available to young people who want to take part in one of the 12 university courses starting from the current academic year.
The University of Macerata launched a project labelled “Unimc for Ukraine“, activating two calls for scholarships. 5 scholarships worth 9 thousand euros per year, will be allocated to Ukrainian students, residing in the areas affected by the conflict, wishing to enrol in one of the degree courses of the current academic year. Another ten will be allocated to the financial support of those who are already enrolled or on mobility at the University of Macerata. In addition, there is a total exemption from tuition fees for all normal years of study.
The University of Molise made 22 scholarships available. Of these12 are intended for students for a contribution of € 2,500 for 5 months. 4 for PhD students (€ 2,500 for 5 months), and 4 for teachers and researchers who will be spent and hosted of everything, always for 5 months.
Last, the Board of Directors of the Sapienza University of Rome, approved extraordinary funding to accommodate scholars who are in difficulty because of the war, for a period of up to 6 months.