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8 between Universities and Academies and 17 organizations support the NHEI project


Institutional Partners

The University of Sassari is a public university that conquered its legal identity in 1617, first in Sardinia. Today the university has eleven faculties. The birth of the University is linked to the figure of Alessio Fontana, official of the imperial chancellery of Charles V, who in 1558 left his property for the establishment of a college of studies. In the seventeenth century King Philip III granted the status of royal university to the Jesuit college, consecrating Sassari as the first royal university. The University of Sassari maintains itself at the highest level of the special classification, drawn up annually by Censis since 2001, among more than seventy universities. In the ranking of 2006 it is second in the ranking of Italian middle schools, in 2009 it is ranked first with a score of 97.5, reaching the top of the ranking of middle schools, while in 2010 it is third.

The Academy of Fine Arts “Mario Sironi” in Sassari is the Institute of High Culture for the Training of Visual Arts in Italy. Founded in 1989, it is in chronological order the youngest among the twenty national Academies. Today the Academy of Fine Arts “Mario Sironi” represents one of the most attentive, young and stimulating institutions for the High Education of the Italian Visual Arts and is one of the most followed and awarded Academies of Fine Arts of the State (it has won with its young students four “National Arts Awards” in the last five years). In recent years, the Institute has proposed a new structure of transformation, restructuring and updating of the spaces for teaching, representation and public relations with the world of national and international culture and art, with an editorial structure specialized in the technological, artistic and cultural sector of contemporary art. Since 2011, this institution has been called “Mario Sironi” Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari in homage to the great Italian artist who was born in the city.

Founded by Philip III of Spain in 1620, the University of Cagliari was born with four teachings: Theology, Law, Medicine, Philosophy and Arts. In the second half of the 18th century Palazzo Belgrano was built, which still today houses the Rectorate and the University Library. With the “Legge Casati” of 1859, the Botanical Garden and the Biological Station were developed in Cagliari. The University of Cagliari is one of the two Universities present in Sardinia and represents the main pole of attraction for the students of the whole island. It is committed to promote a permanent confrontation with the productive and institutional system: the aim is to feed the production process of value and growth of Sardinia, acting as an engine of development and generator of social welfare, through the enhancement of quality in research, teaching, health activities and, more generally, in the transfer of knowledge to the territory.

Kore University of Enna has been the object, in its first years of life, of conflicting opinions: the enthusiastic evaluations of those who have had the opportunity to visit it have been counterbalanced by judgments sometimes even violently opposed by those who have only heard about it. In recent years, Kore has gained a widely positive image in the world of mass communications… and, more importantly, in the evaluation system of universities. The National Committee for the evaluation of the university system wrote in 2008: “The realization of the University of Central Sicily Kore was a lucid political-cultural design with, at its base, a precise idea of the role and location of the fourth Sicilian university pole to reach the complete realization of the Sicilian university network”.



Designed on the model of Anglo-Saxon university campuses, the Roman university of “Tor Vergata” began teaching in 1982 and occupies an area of about 600 hectares. Within the area, where there are important research institutions, such as CNR and ASI – Italian Space Agency, there is the Nicola Cabibbo Laboratory, the new international center of fundamental and applied physics promoted by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and the University of Rome Tor Vergata for the realization of the Super B accelerator. Thanks also to the other research centers that gravitate near the campus, such as ENEA, ESA – ESRIN, the National Institute of Astrophysics, the Observatory of Monte Porzio Catone and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, “Tor Vergata” is confirmed as one of the most dynamic aggregations in the country.


The University of Messina is a public institution with autonomy, which inherits the cultural tradition of the ancient general Studium Messanense and renews it in scientific research and teaching, following the Mediterranean and European vocation of the city and the Strait area. The University of Messina offers 74 three-year, single-cycle and master’s degree courses that aim to adequately prepare its students in order to facilitate their integration into the world of work.


The Academy of Fine Arts of Macerata was established in December 1972, by decree of the then President of the Republic Giovanni Leone, strongly promoted by the community and local authorities who wanted to combine the University’s centuries-old tradition with the highest level of artistic education. Currently the Academy of Macerata is located in an eighteenth-century building in the historic center, former convent of Capuchin nuns, dedicated to St. Vincent with an adjoining church with a central plan that serves as Aula Magna, Auditorium named after the set designer Josef Svoboda long active in the city for performances at the Arena Sferisterio and multifunctional space. The initial heroic years were fruitful of activities and meetings at an international level. The fruitful situation that saw the Academy, through its first director Giorgio Cegna, linked to the artistic publishing activity of the Nuova Foglio, allowed the passage through Macerata and the consequent repercussions on teaching, of illustrious names including the French artists linked to Pierre Restany and Michel Seuphor.


Since its foundation (Italian Ministerial Decree 05.08.1999), the Università degli Studi di Foggia has presented – in terms of education and research – a dynamic and innovative proposal. A module characterised by didactics in step with the territorial requirements, by applied local research projects, internationalization, orientation, cultural events and promotion of University activities.
The six Departments (“Sciences of Agriculture, Food and Environment”, “Economics”, “Law”, “Humanities. Literature, Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences”, “Clinical and Experimental Medicine”, “Medical and Surgical Sciences”) with three-year degree courses, the specialist degrees, the Master’s degree courses, an Interdepartmental Research centre, the large number of Master’s courses, research doctorates, and the specialist colleges have contributed to turning the University of Foggia into a cultural centre in which young people can acquire professional training that meets the needs expressed by society and the world of work.



ASPAL was established by the Region of Sardinia in 2016 in order to manage employment services (guidance, job placement, training etc.) in accordance with regional policies. The Agency is divided into territorial offices open to the public called Employment Centers, where the existing structures at municipal and provincial level.

Sassari is one of the main centers of North Sardinia, capital of the metropolitan network. Founded in the Middle Ages, the urban center winds through valleys and limestone ridges, surrounded by fields and olive groves and a few kilometers from the coast. Among the most interesting sites are the ancient Cathedral of San Nicola, the Rosello Fountain, symbol of the city, the archaeological collection of the Sanna Museum and the Umbertine architecture between Piazza d’Italia and Via Roma. Sassari is historically a place of culture, university town and cradle of secular traditions such as the Descent of the Candlesticks, celebration of August 14 recognized as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Uri is a small hill town in the province of Sassari, located about 13 km away from the capital. In the territory there are traces of the Nuragic period, such as the archaeological area of Santa Cadrina, in the center of the village, and the stele of Pedra Longa; among the naturalistic elements, near the village there is the artificial lake of Cuga. The center is renowned for its agricultural production, especially vines, olive trees and especially the artichoke, to which is dedicated a well-known event in March.

Olbia, capital of Gallura, is a town of great importance in the economic panorama of Sardinia. The strong growth of the last decades comes mainly from the tourism sector: the port of Olbia is the first in Italy for passenger traffic, and its airport is the main port of call in North Sardinia. The city represents the main service center of the Costa Smeralda, a renowned seaside resort, and is able to offer, in addition to naturalistic beauties, several attractions also from the historical and cultural point of view.

Temple is the second largest city in Gallura. Located on a high hill, on a granite plateau at the foot of Mount Limbara, is the center of reference for various services in the area and historic bishopric. The city is known for its traditions, such as granite and cork working, wine production and the Carnival festival, one of the most famous on the island.

Nuoro was certainly a very ancient center, which then became part of Roman rule. The name of the city appeared in the XII-XIII centuries in the form “Nùgoro”. Thanks to its rather high position (m. 549) and favored by a very healthy climate, Nuoro grew rather quickly developing along the important artery of communication that today has the name of Corso Garibaldi. Between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it became the administrative heart of the island, a role ceded to Cagliari in 1860, but partially regained with the constitution of the province of Nuoro.

Along the northern coast of Sicily, facing the Aeolian Islands, is the town of Capo d’Orlando, a renowned seaside resort and important service center. Born as a fishing village, it has later grown also thanks to the production of citrus fruits and the strong tourist vocation, which makes the inhabitants of the village double during the summer. Its coast is particularly suggestive, characterized by the alternation of wide sandy areas, rocky points and headlands.

Historically considered the geographical center of the peninsula, the city of Rieti is located in Lazio, in a predominantly mountainous area. Inhabited since the Iron Age, it was the most important center for the Sabines; after the Roman age, it later became part of the Papal State, and was frequently papal seat. In recent times, the city grew as a center of services, industrial and cultural: it is in fact characteristic the historic village, in addition to the surrounding mountain landscape.

Trappeto, about 45 km west of Palermo, was founded as a fishing village and sugar cane processing center in the 15th century. In recent decades, the town has exploited the tourist vocation of its territory, with its seaside resorts and the surrounding countryside.

Telti is located in Gallura, a few kilometers from Olbia. Despite being a small town, it has several places of interest from a naturalistic and cultural point of view: the hilly area rich in waterways lends itself to excursions of various kinds, and allows you to discover different prehistoric sites. The town also hosts the Cultural and Naturalistic Museum of Sardinia.

MV International (MVI) is a network of 37 European NGOs from 37 countries, coordinated by Mine Vaganti NGO, aimed at promoting participatory planning between NGOs by promoting the exchange of knowledge between professionals in the field of European planning. The Network also boasts the presence of 8 member organizations from Africa, South America and Asia. The aim is to give life to the platform based on the concept of participatory planning with the aim of facilitating communication, exchange of good practices and knowledge by networking all knowledge. The purpose of the network is to promote the engagement of young people in the process of European integration.

Materahub is a consortium of companies founded in 2011 with headquarters in Basilicata and Puglia, which operates internationally. Our goal is to create new entrepreneurial and socially useful projects, combining skills and visions. The consortium wants to stimulate and bring together around the same table people and organizations, Italian and European, who want to build new projects together, in a forward-looking perspective and through a programming that looks to 2020.

The Association “III Millennium” was born over 10 years ago and is engaged in cultural activities and artistic events. Since 2010 the association is active on the enhancement of popular traditions, encouraging the promotion of the Shepherds’ Ball, ancient folk tradition of Balestratese, in various regional folklore festivals and in the creation of the Balestratese Festival of Folklore “Cu Sona e Cu Abballa”. Since 2013, the Association is partner of many youth exchange projects, thanks to the Youth in Action and Erasmus + program: it has participated in projects in Romania (twice), Turkey, Latvia, Slovenia, Portugal (three times) , Spain and Finland. We are implementing a project on the Europe for Citizens program with 5 European partners. We have organized in Sicily 4 youth exchanges and 2 training for youth workers.

The Cultural Association Pitagora was founded in 2013 and operates in the field of training with particular attention to children with learning difficulties. It proposes after-school activities aimed at this specific group with the aim of establishing a path to improve the method of study through the use of new and specific models to achieve complete autonomy. Beyond this, the association is responsible for training teachers on DSA issues, supporting parents involved and cultural promotion.

Founded in 2010 in Narbolia, the Cultural Association Nieddì is a non-profit organization with the aim of promoting cultural, recreational and social development aimed at promoting culture and traditions, protecting nature and the environment, with a view to sustainable development, in coordination with other institutions in the area.

Founded in 1955, the IAL acts in the field of employment protection by offering consulting and training services for organizations and individuals, with the aim of promoting professional integration, active citizenship and the development of skills through targeted paths to contribute to the growth of the territory.

The Prohairesis Association, founded in 2005, is non-profit and aims to carry out socially useful activities in the socio-educational, recreational and cultural sectors and operates mostly within the framework of major cultural events in Sardinia, Italy and Europe. Its beating heart has been literature since the beginning and its main events have been the International Festival Leggendo Metropolitano (2009 – 2018), which over the years has hosted Nobel Prizes and personalities from all over the world, and the Festival Parole sotto la Torre (2007 – 2016), born to explore the most important current issues in the different disciplines of knowledge, humanities and science. Meetings and side projects for adults and children provide answers and solicit debates and comparisons. With Vengo anch’io Prohairesis has created a union between active citizenship and culture, promoting the greater inclusion of people with disabilities. Prohairesis works with care and precision and is a leader in the planning, artistic direction and organizational secretariat of small and large cultural events throughout the country and collaborates with European institutions for the dissemination of culture. For info and projects: www.prohairesis.it ; (culturaprohairesis@gmail.com)

Work in Progress deals with the management of European funds as a tool for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of territories. Our activities are oriented towards social innovation in all its forms, and carried out by a community based on the value of sharing ideas and skills.