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Institutional partners

Institutional Partners 2017/2020


The University of Sassari is a public athenaeum, legally recognized in 1617 as the first university of Sardinia. Its creation is linked to the figure of Alessio Fontana, officer in the Imperial Chancellery of Charles V, who in 1558 left his possessions for the creation of a boarding school. During the XVII century, the King Philip III granted the Jesuitical college the status of first royal university. The University of Sassari is a top-line institution, as recognized in the yearly ranking drafted by the Censis since 2001, evaluating more than 70 universities. In the 2006 ranking, Sassari held the second position among the medium-sized universities, in 2009 it reached the first place with a score of 97.5, and in 2010 it sets at the third place.


The “Mario Sironi” Academy of Fine Arts of Sassari is an Institute of Higher Education for Visual Arts Training in Italy. Founded in 1989, it is the youngest among the 20 Italian fine arts academies. Today, the “Mario Sironi” Fine Arts Academy is one of the most thorough and stimulating institutions and it distinguished itself as one of the most followed and awarded state academies: with its students, it won four “National Arts Award” in the last five years. Recently, the institution transformed and renovated its educational spaces, for the representation and public relations with the national and international cultural and artistic sphere, with an editorial structure specialized in the technological, artistic and cultural contemporary sector. From 2011, the academy is named after the Italian artist Mario Sironi, an homage from the city in which he was born.


The Studium Generalis Kalaritanum was founded in 1606 along the lines of the old Spanish Universities of Salamanca, Valladolid and Lérida. It originally offered Law, Latin, Greek and Hebrew Literature, the Liberal Arts, Medicine, Surgery, Philosophy and Science. When Sardinia passed under the House of Savoy government in the 18th century, the statute of the University was significantly modified, with the expansion of the science faculties and institutes. Designed by the Piedmontese engineer Saverio Belgrano di Famolasco, the new University building was completed at the end of the 18th century. Today it hosts the Rectorate and the administrative offices. The 19th and 20th centuries saw more and more emphasis placed on research activities, with the achievement of important, internationally acclaimed results, especially in the fields of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Archaeology. In the 20th century, problems arising from severe damage to University buildings during the Second World War had to be addressed, and reconstruction is only now approaching its final phase. At the end of the 1960s ambitious plans were advanced for residential university structures in a campus style.


The Kore University of Enna has been subject to contrasting views during its first years: to the enthusiastic assessments of those who visited it, were opposed the adverse judgements of those who had only heard about it. In the last years, the Kore University built a broadly recognized positive image in the mass media and, more importantly, in the university ranking system. The national committee for the evaluation of university system wrote in 2008: “the establishment of the Kore University is the fruit of a precise political and cultural project, based on the specific idea of the role of the fourth university center of Sicily to complete the realization of the Sicilian college network”.


Conceived on the model of British college campuses, the Tor Vergata University of Rome started its activities in 1982 and covers an area of nearly 600 hectares. Inside this, among the relevant research institutions such as the CNR and the ASI – the Italian Spatial Agency –, there is the Laboratory Nicola Cabibbo, the new international center of fundamental and applied physics promoted by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and by the University itself for the realization of the new particle accelerator SuperB. Thanks to the other research centers, such as the ENEA, the ESA, the ESRIN, the National Institute of Physics and the Observatory of Monte Porzio Catone, Tor Vergata is one of the most proactive institutions of the Country.


The University of Messina is a public institution that inherits the cultural tradition of the ancient Studium messanense generale and renovates 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 bachelor’s degree, master and single cycle courses with the objective of preparing their students in order to facilitate their accession to the job market.


The Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata was established in December 1972, by decree of President Giovanni Leone, and was strongly promoted by the community and by Local Authorities who wanted to team up the University of centuries-old tradition with the highest level of artistic training. Currently the Academy of Macerata is located in a building in the historic center, a former convent of the Capuchin nuns, dedicated to St. Vincent with an outbuilding central plan church that serves as a multifunctional space and as an Aula Magna/Auditorium named after “Josef Svoboda”, the stage designer long active in the city for the representations at the “Arena Sferisterio”. The heroic early years were rich of activities and meetings at an international level. Thanks one of the first directors, Giorgio Cegna, the profitable situation that saw Macerata Academy connected to the artistic editorial activities of “Nuova Foglio, allowed the passage in Macerata of illustrious names such as French artists related to Pierre Restany and Michel Seuphor, with an important resulting impact on teaching.


Since its foundation (Italian Ministerial Decree 05.08.1999), the University of 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 center, the large number of Master’s courses, research doctorates, and the specialist colleges have contributed to turning the University of Foggia into a cultural center in which young people can acquire professional training that meets the needs expressed by society and the world of work.



The Sardinian Agency for Active Job Policies Agenzia sarda per le politiche attive del lavoro (ASPAL) was created from the regional authority in 2016 in order to manage job services (orientation, professional insertion, training etc.) in compliance with regional policies. The agency is structured in territorial offices open to the public called Job centers, in which converge the formerly existing structures at local level.


Sassari is one of the main centers in North Sardinia, capital of its metropolitan network. Founded during the Middle Age, the urban center runs through valleys and limestone backbone, surrounded by fields, olive groves and in a short distance from the coast. Among the main sites of interest, stand out the ancient cathedral of San Nicola, the fountain of Rosello, symbol of the city, the archeological collection exposed in the Sanna Museum and the Savoy-epoch architectures between Piazza d’Italia and Via Roma. Sassari is traditionally a city of culture, university town and bearer of ancient traditions, such as the Discesa dei Candelieri, a celebration held every 14th August inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Uri is a small hilly center in the province of Sassari, located at nearly 13 km from the capital. Its territory bears the witnesses of the Nuragic period, such as the archaeological site of Santa Cadrina, in the center of the village, and the stele of Pedra Longa; among the naturalistic elements, the Cuga lake is an artificial basin located near the town. Uri is renowned for its agricultural productions, particularly vine, olives and the artichoke, to which is devoted a well-known fair in March.


Olbia, capital of the Gallura, is a city of great relevance in the economy of Sardinia. Its considerable growth during the last decades dew origin mainly from the touristic sector: the port of Olbia is the first in Italy for passenger traffic, and its airport is the main hub in North Sardinia. The city is the main center of services for the Costa Smeralda, notorious vacation resort, and offers, besides its beautiful seashore, various attractions on the historical and cultural dimension.


Tempio is the second main center of Gallura. Located in upper hill, on a granitic highland at the feet of Mount Limbara, it is the reference center for services in the territory and the historical diocesan seat. The town is renowned for its traditions, such as the craftsmanship of granite and wood, the wine production and the celebration of the Carnival, one of the most famous in the island.


Nuoro is certainly a settlement with an ancient history, which then passed under the Roman domination. The name of the city is attested since the XII-XIII century with the form “Nùgoro”. Thanks to its high position (549 m above sea level) and favored by a healthy local climate, Nuoro grew rapidly along the most important communication route, the current Corso Garibaaldi. Between the 17000 and the 1800, it became the administrative center of the island, a post then transferred to Cagliari in 1860, but then partially reobtained with the creation of the Province of Nuoro.


Along the northern coast of Sicily, in front of the Aeolian islands, there is the town of Capo d’Orlando, famous bathing site and important service center. Born as a fishermen village, has then grown also thanks to the citrus production and the tourism, by virtue of which its populations redouble during the summer. Its coastline is particularly suggestive, characterized by the alternance of sandy areas, rocks and promontories.


Historically reputed the geographical center of the Peninsula, the city of Rieti is located in Lazio, in a mountainous area. Inhabited since the Iron Age, it was the most important center for the Sabini; after the Roman period, it passed to the Papal State, and hosted the papal seat more than once. Recently, the city grew as a service, industrial and cultural center: the historical village is characteristic, and the mountain landscape as well.


Trappeto, located nearly 45 km west from Palermo, was founded as a fishermen village and a center foer the processing of sugar cane during the XV century. In the course of the last decades, the municipality exploited the touristic orientation of its territory and the surrounding countryside.


Telti is located in the region of Gallura, a few kilometers away from Olbia. Despite the fact that it is a small village, it presents several points of interest: its hilly and rich of water courses territory lends itself to different types of excursions and allows to discover several prehistorical sites. The small town also hosts the Cultural and Naturalistic Museum of Sardinia.

11. MVI

MV International (MVI) is a network of 37 European NGOs and 8 associate organizations from Africa, Latin America and Asia aimed at promoting participatory planning between NGOs, fostering the exchange of knowledge among professionals in the field of European design. The establishment of a platform based on the concept of participate design has the purpose of facilitating communication, the exchange of good practices and knowledge creating a network to promote the role of youth in European integration.


Materahub is a business consortium established in 2011 and based in Basilicata and Puglia, that works at the international level. Our objective is to create new entrepreneurial and social value projects, bridging the competences and visions. The consortium wants to stimulate and reunite around the same table people and organizations, Italian and Europeans, that want to build together new projects, in a long-term perspective with a scheduling oriented towards 2020.


The association “III Millennio” was created more than 10 years ago and is involved with cultural activities and artistic events. Since 2010, the association is engaged in the valorization of popular traditions, fostering the promotion of the Ballo dei Pastori, an ancient tradition of Balestrate, in different regional folklore festivals, and the creation of the “Cu Sona e Cu Abballa” Folklore Festival of Balestrate. From 2013, the association is partner for various youth exchange projects, thanks to the program Youth in Action and Erasmus +: it took part in projects in Romania (twice), Turkey, Latvia, Slovenia, Portugal (three times), Spain and Finland. A project with 5 partners within the framework of Europe for Citizens program is in course of realization. We organized in Sicily 4 youth exchanges and 2 training courses for youth workers.


The Pitagora Cultural Association was established in 2013 and works in the field of education, with a focus on children with learning difficulties. It proposes afterschool activities targeting this specific group with the objective of setting up way of improvement of studying method thanks to the application of innovative model in order to reach the complete autonomy. Besides that, the association also deals with the training of teachers on the topic of specific learning difficulties, support the parents and undertake cultural promotion.


Created in 2010 in the village of Narboli, the Nieddì Cultural Association is a no-profit organization finalized at fostering cultural, recreational and social development aimed at the promotion of culture and traditions and the protection of nature and environment, in the sight of sustainable development, in partnership with other local institutions.


Established in 1955, the IAL works with regard to labor protection, offering consultancy and training services for organizations and individuals, with the purpose of facilitating professional insertion, active citizenship and the development of competences through tailored activities to contribute to local development