The project "Education without Boundaries"
Italy, thanks to its geographical position, but not only for that, has been historically and keeps on being a veritable bridge to the Mediterranean Sea; a bridge that peoples, civilizations and cultures pass through. The dialogue made up by exchange, confrontation and interaction is a key element that could not be separable from whatever action aiming at bringing the two edges closer to each other; an open dialogue, where everybody is equal, where everybody can access education and knowledge, by not being denied due to his/her origin.
Acknowledging the sharpening of the immigration emergency that involves the Arabian countries and the Sub-Saharan countries, as well as the whole Europe as to the reception of the migrants, the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO contrived a web portal, Education Without Boundaries, www.istruzionesenzaconfini.it. UNINETTUNO is the only University in the whole world where a student is taught and can learn in five languages (Italian, French, English, Arabian, Greek), where thousands of students are actually enrolled, who come from 140 different countries. The teachers, too, come from different universities in the world. The technological net has fuelled the creation of a network made of persons, intelligences, who are able to connect and share their knowledge, and, along with many professors of the Arab world, coming from Universities of Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Morocco, have been developing a virtual space for Higher Education and the dissemination of knowledge in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Thanks to this international experience, UNINETTUNO made out of internationalization an active instrument for cooperation, and that has allowed to plainly create Education without Boundaries www.istruzionesenzaconfini.it, in order to let refugees and immigrants access the University in whatever part of the world.
This tool makes it possible the recognition of academic qualifications, previously acquired by refugees and migrants in their countries of origin, and the recognition of their professional competences in order to facilitate their access to our University's degree, master's and vocational training courses.
It is the first tool in the world, realized in English, French, Italian and Arabic, allowing refugees and immigrants to access and continue their university education or enroll for vocational training and retraining courses; study in the different languages of the hosting countries; spread language and Arab World culture courses among the citizens of the hosting countries; promote knowledge about the regulations and the laws that govern reciprocal rights and duties. By collaborating with Uniti per Unire, through the AMSI, we implemented an area supporting immigrants and refugees in accessing healthcare services, medical treatments and first aid.
“Education without boundaries” www.istruzionesenzaconfini.it has already had the first outcomes.
His name is Harout, he is the first Syrian refugee in Lebanon who enrolled to the degree in Information Engineering, delivered by the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO thanks to one of the 50 scholarships, that are delivered for free by the University and devoted to refugee students entitled with international protection. Even in a moment of international fear, the purpose is that of boosting and sustaining the academic path of the immigrants holding the status of refugee, and of contributing to their vocational integration in the hosting country. The new technologies, in particular e- Learning, can help enhance the reception of the refugees; a reception that passes through a qualified training, aimed to develop vocational competencies by means of a new distance teaching approach, where knowledge is spread by a new model of University, the University of the 21st century, where every citizen of the World can study and learn without limits of space, time and place thanks to the net.
Harout is thirty years old, was born in the town of Aleppo where he accomplished his Bachelor in Chemistry. At this point, he has got the status of political refugee in Lebanon, and hoping that peace would come back soon in his country, he can make his dream come true: achieving the study path he kicked-off in Syria by attaining an academic title recognized in Europe.
Besides Harout, 60% out of the students enrolled to the portal Education Without Boundaries are Syrian refugees in Germany; they, too, googled the instruments to take up their own interrupted academic path, and to make their study dream come true, despite the refugee status.
Education Without Boundaries is developing a great laboratory towards true integration, in order to value good immigration, dialogue, peaceful coexistence among peoples and international cooperation.
The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO has a long and consolidated experience in distance education, delivered also in collaboration with several universities of the Arab World including Damascus University and the University of Aleppo (Syria), Cairo University and Helwan University (Egypt), the Jordan University of Science and Technology and Yarmouk University (Jordan), the Université Virtuelle de Tunis (Tunisia) and many others in Morocco, Turkey, Algeria etc.
UNINETTUNO offers foreign citizens tools connected to the skills and expertise that can allow them to constructively participate in the social, cultural and economic life of the hosting countries. Uniti per Unire, through the AMSI, allowed the implementation of an area supporting immigrants and refugees in accessing healthcare services, medical treatments and first aid. UNINETTUNO, in its turn, allowed for the recognition of the study paths of thousands of foreign students leading them to earn a study title recognized in some European and Arab World countries. Going along this way, in the work that it has been carrying on for over 20 years, UNINETTUNO engages in making available resources and competences for the benefit of integration.
In the "Education without Boundaries" portal, beside an information section on the Project, the student will be able to access the following services:
Recognition of academic qualifications;
Recognition of professional skills;
Language learning courses;
I learn Italian - The Treasure of the Letters
I learn arabic - The Treasure of the Letters
OLS language courses for refugees: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Greek, Croatian, Hungarian, Polish, Rumanian, Slovakian, Finnish, Swedish.
Mutual Rights and Duties.