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Antonella Polimeni Prof.ssa


Mara Matta

Administrative Reference

Maria Ester Scarano

Sapienza Contact Person, International Areas Officer

Daniela Magrini


Sapienza University of Rome (, founded in 1303, is one of the oldest and largest (over 100,000 students) universities in Europe. Sapienza has dedicated much attention to the inclusion of students from all over the world and students with vulnerabilities or coming from at risk countries. The university is working towards implementing transdisciplinary programs of internationalisation and fostering an academic environment increasingly more open to dialogue and inclusivity. Hence we have created various programs, among which there is the newly established BA degree of Global Humanities, which is established at the Faculty of Humanities but involves the Faculty of Medicine, Law, Economics and Politics Sciences. The program privileges interdisciplinarity and a horizontal strategy of teaching and learning. It is completely taught in English. The programme aims at developing knowledge, competences and skills throughout the course with teaching often taking place in the university premises, but also involving the collaboration of organizations and institutes which can offer highly specialised skills for educating students to the highest standards of arts, humanities and social sciences.

Furthermore, in 2019, Sapienza has signed the Manifesto for an Inclusive University with UNHCR and has subscribed to the mission of SAR ‘Scholars At Risk’, further collaborating with other institutions in Italy and abroad in order to nurture a model of an inclusive university open to all, particularly to refugees, asylum seekers and victims of trafficking. In 2020, Sapienza has signed a MoU with Princeton University to work together towards training and guiding students and refugees in the study of global history and historical and cultural interconnectedness. The Global History Lab, led by Jeremy Adelman at Princeton, is now in its second year at Sapienza and has already facilitated the inclusion and the enrolment of refugees at the University of Sapienza.

Sapienza strongly believes in the general aim of the network with special focus on research and collaborative nature of the CHCI Network. We firmly stand by the values of the Consortium to engage the international academic community in working together on some of the most pressing issues in society today, such as the debate on Democracy, the question of mobility and migration flows, the refugees’ plight all over the world, climate change and environmental issues, gender equality and violence, global health and the importance of understanding our interdependence in tackling pandemics and other global challenges