DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
The Council of Europe launched in 2017 the EQPR - European Qualifications Passport for Refugees project, aiming to verify and to certify qualifications, knowledges, skills, and expertises of international protection status holders who have no full documentation at hand to prove their educational and professional pathway. The Passport for Refugees is a document issued by international credential evaluators after a detailed questionnaire and a structured interview: the document provides reliable information about refugees’ educational qualifications, work experiences and language proficiency and turns out to be an innovative and valuable instrument for Universities in order to approve refugees’ admission to Higher education study programmes.
During 2018-2020 the project has been extended to Italy and supported by Ministry of University and Research together with CRUI (The Conference of Italian University Rectors), and CIMEA (Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence), the official Italian member of ENIC-NARIC network.
The next EQPR evaluation session is scheduled from 6 to 10 July 2020 and will be held at Università degli studi di Brescia: the initiative named “UNIBS welcomes” has been promoted by the research center University for peace (U4P) with reference to University Strategic plan 2020/2022, UNHCR Manifesto for inclusive universities and Global compact on refugees by United Nations General Assembly.
The event will welcome around 40 holders of international protection aiming at enrolling in an Italian university.
The main aims are:
- define and test innovative, authoritative and effective instruments to verify educational pathways of refugees
- promote UniBs academic offer and the “Foundation year” (introductory programme for international students) starting in September 2020
- activate long-term cooperation with expert Italian and foreign institutions for evaluating incomplete refugees documents
- get in contact with refugees and associations supporting refugees in Italy in order to create a network for sharing information and experiences