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