Conference of the Colleges

The Conference of the University Colleges legally recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (CCUM) is the association that brings together and represents the fourteen institutions that manage a total of 47 Colleges in Italy. They are institutes of a private legal nature, which provide services for the public, contributing to the widening of the university offer, by carrying out educational projects aimed to foster the intellectual, professional and human growth of the students.

Colleges combine the residential model with solid and intense cultural, academic and formative activities. In fact, over 30% of the total available spaces are specifically used as places of study, classrooms, laboratories, and recreational areas.

  • More than 100 university courses promoted by Colleges and accredited by more than 20 universities – thanks to a convention reached with the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) of the public and private universities that allows the acknowledgement of the Colleges’ educational projects as part of the official academic curriculum credits – are open to the entire student community, with a focus on the topics of advanced research.
  • Intense multidisciplinary cultural activities: conferences and debates, concerts and film clubs, project work and orientation meetings to attend, study and work within. An average of over 700 annual opportunities for public meetings involving more than a thousand speakers from Italy and abroad: almost 12% consists of Collegiate Alumni; two names above all: Umberto Eco and Luca Cavalli-Sforza.
  • Meetings with distinguished individuals from (or working) abroad: Robert Altman, David Grossman, Odile Decq, Nicholas Negroponte, Silvana Arbia, Inge Feltrinelli…
  • The establishment, since 2005, in Pavia of the IUSS (Institute for Advanced Study). Institute, recognized by the Ministry, that offers the best students not only high quality formation courses but also opportunities of scientific and cultural enrichment.

  • Important are the outcomes aimed at collegial students, such as:

  • implementation of internal initiatives: creation of student organizations, musical groups, organizational committees of events and the direct involvement of students as protagonists
  • influence over the choice of degree thesis and vocational guidance, support during the studies.

  • Living in a College means being given the opportunity to grow as an individual with the knowledge of the guidelines of community living and the importance of sharing. This results in the formation of persons that combine their high academic background with the ability for teamwork with colleagues from different disciplines and “generations” (juniors, seniors and mentors).

    The activities are mainly carried out within the college structure, within which services are guaranteed to help completing the full university degree within the foreseen time and aimed at favouring a free and structured but responsible personal growth. They offer an integrated package of services and training opportunities ranging from supporting students in their university and professional choices to contributing to the enhancement of their soft skills. CCUM is founding member of EUCA (European University College Association). EUCA represents 30 thousand students and 194 halls of residence in Europe and promotes cultural exchange and experience between European students. EUCA aims to increase the dialogue and the connections between the university halls of residence existing in Europe promote the image of the halls among the institutions.

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