The University of Trento welcomes students from more than 80 different nationalities and a growing number of international researchers, presenting the University as a place of interaction between people from different backgrounds.
Over the years, the University of Trento has activated multiple services aimed at supporting and welcoming people from other countries, committing itself to realize the objectives of inclusion and equal opportunities through actions and initiatives that raise awareness and spread a culture of equity and justice. In this context, a fundamental role is attributed to “The Committee for Equal Opportunities “(Comitato Unico di Garanzia, in acronym CUG) which, with the support of the Equity and Diversity Office, promotes actions to enhance differences and prevent discriminatory phenomena. In the event of discriminatory situations within the University, it is possible to contact the “Confidential Counsellor for mobbing and sexual harassment cases” (Consigliera di fiducia).
As part of the initiatives aimed at enhancing the ethnic-cultural differences, starting from the academic year 2015/2016, the University has paid particular attention to the issue of forced migration, launching projects in favor of migrants in the area of Trentino, welcoming students seeking for and / or holders of international protection and scholars at risk. A few years after the launch of these initiatives, the 2016 - 2020 five-year report "L'Università di Trento per rifugiati/e e studiosi/e a rischio" (The University of Trento for refugees and scholars at risk) has been prepared, made available here in summary, which briefly illustrates the ongoing projects and the results achieved:
Furthermore, by joining the Inclusive University Manifesto promoted by UNHCR at the end of 2019, the University has renewed its commitment to support the access of refugees to university education and research, and to promote the social integration and the active participation in academic life.
Starting from the first months of 2016, in the perspective of an increasing internationalization of the University, a working group was set up to investigate the issue of ethnic-cultural differences within the University, in order to prevent or fight situations of discrimination or inadequate treatment and to make the University of Trento a welcoming environment, careful to the intercultural dimension. An initial recognition of the needs and the monitoring of the experience of students and staff from other countries and cultural contexts were followed by the promotion of awareness raising actions for the teaching staff and other initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the existing differences.
The members of the working group: Barbara Poggio, Maurizio Marchese, Grazia Callovini, Mathilde Chivet, Giovanna Covi, Paolo Fontana, Mariangela Franch, Uri Hasson, Lisa Marchi, Donatella Piffer, Benjamin Timberlake, Alessandro Tomasi, Riccardo Zandonini.