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17: Partnerships for the Goals

  • teaching

  • research

  • research

  • third mission

  • third mission


  • AlmaContest

    Open innovation initiatives that involve students in the participative design and development of new applications

  • AlmaEClub

    Creation of an interdisciplinary community open to all personnel, facilitating the dissemination of an entrepreneurial culture within the University via training sessions, seminars and the sharing of best practices

  • AlmaLaBOr and Elab Network

    Co-working spaces equipped with digital manufacturing technologies and networked with advanced research laboratories

  • Almae Matris Alumni

    Active community of Alma Mater Alumni

  • Availability and Accessibility of Data

    Renewal of the system of business intelligence and development of an open data platform

  • Choose Unibo!

    Orientation of secondary school students, helping them to make informed decisions based on their interests and skills

  • Cooperation For Development

    Seek and benefit from synergies among the various cooperation for development activities carried out within the University

  • Entrepreneurial Ideas and Team Training

    Events and activities that benefit the entire student community, in order to draw out new entrepreneurial ideas and support them via the provision of team training

  • European and International Projects

    Promotion of strategic actions designed to attract additional European and international research funds

  • Geographical Strategies

    Strategic planning by geographical area, within a broad vision that encompasses education, research and the third mission

  • Industrial Research

    The University sets strategic objectives and provides organisational tools in support of industrial research

  • Institute of Advanced Studies

    Promotion of the Institute of Advanced Studies as a tool for involving international teachers and PhD students in the inter-disciplinary research and training activities of the structures on the various campuses.

  • Internationalisation at Home

    Expansion of University education that is transnational in terms of content and learning environment

  • International Mobility

    Incoming and outgoing mobility of students, teachers and technical-administrative staff

  • International Networks

    Active participation in the definition of European and international policies in the fields of higher education, research and the third mission

  • Magna Charta

    Promotion and update of the principles embodied in the Magna Charta Universitatum

  • Reception and Orientation Policies

    Improvement of the reception and orientation services for international students.

  • Simplification and Dematerialisation

    Administrative simplification and dematerialisation of processes, via action on the activities carried out by the structures and by the General Administration

  • Territorial Integration

    Territorial integration implemented via dialogue with local institutions, industrial associations and professionals active in the municipality, the region and nationwide, contributing to training, innovation and the economic and social growth of the country

  • Third Mission Observatory

    Activation of an observatory to collect, analyse and highlight all the third mission activities carried out by the University

  • Training as an Opportunity for Personal and Collective Growth

    Implement a policy for the development of the professional community that is consistent and compatible with the strategic decisions made, the organisational objectives and the needs of individuals

  • Transversal Competencies

    Enrichment of the learning paths of students via course units and laboratories designed to promote the development of cross-disciplinary skills in various contexts

  • Unibo4Refugees

    Welcome asylum seekers and refugees within degree programmes and the student community.

  • Unibo4Work

    Support for students actively seeking work during and at the end of their University careers

  • Web & Social Media

    Development of new web and social media tools, to support communications about the initiatives of structures and the strategic actions of the University

Integrated Research Team - Brasil

Integrated Research Team Brasil connects a large number of researchers of the University of Bologna who are active in scientific projects with and about Brazil, in order to:

  • promote an interdisciplinary approach and coordinate a consistent critical mass of researchers, cooperating with Brazilian partners and working on themes linked with Brazilian culture and knowledge production;
  • ecome a recognized stakeholder, qualified for the dimension and quality of knowledge and research on Brazil and with Brazilian, European and Italian partners;
  • promote scientific, institutional and economic dialogue with Brazilian, Italian and European partners, by developing and improving multi and trans-disciplinary research initiatives;
  • enhance the quality of scientific, cultural, and economic dialogue between Brazil and Italy, Brazil and Europe;
  • contribute at different levels to the diffusion of knowledge on Brazil in Italy, so as to promote shared cultural policies.


AlmaEngage is a virtual structure for coordinating development cooperation activities within the University of Bologna at a local and an international level. AlmaEngage is part of a broader process in which universities are opening up to the outside world, are actively engaging in social and public issues and are sharing as well as transferring knowledge to the benefit of society. This project serves as a way to promote and put in place any planned initiatives, as well as to create and implement new ones aimed at sensitizing and stimulating academic and non-academic stakeholders on the themes of development cooperation.

Within the activities of AlmaEngage, the University of Bologna has collaborated with international NGOs to identify opportunities for student mobility within development cooperation projects. As for promotion and communication, the University has recently created a photographic exhibition that shows its projects on development cooperation all over the world.


The University of Bologna is a part of The Italian Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (RUS), the first experience of coordination and sharing, with the main goal to spread the culture of sustainability.

The Institutional Objectives are:

  • harmonizing institutional activities and improving the management of the members environmental and social aspects, even through continuous monitoring of the state of sustainability within the Universities.
  • Creating a community which is able to develop/spread/transfer/adapt national and International best practises with particular attention to sustainability in International rankings and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Promoting projects, and developing joint initiative, in areas such as knowledge and skills transmission, education and university management, with a focus on learning and on a multistakeholder/ multidisciplinary blend.
  • Developing a multidisciplinary approach in university programs, with the purpose of contributing in the growth of the sustainable development culture.
  • Training and updating the staff of Italian universities (professors, technical-administrators, collaborators and linguistic experts) on the topics of sustainable development, including teachers and professors from different levels of education, if necessary.
  • Developing awareness and promotion campaigns at local, national and international level, to stimulate stakeholder engagement. 
  • Increasing collaboration with public bodies as well as with public and private businesses, in order to join forces and achieve RUS’ goals regarding the Third Mission of the University.
  • The RUS Network actively collaborates with the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (AsviS) and is officially represented inside the seventeen working groups related with SDGs promotion.


The University of Bologna joined the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) in order to increase its contribution to the process of transition to a sustainable society. We want to enrich our commitment to education for sustainable development and the dissemination of a culture of sustainability, recognizing the value of the UN Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and making its objectives its own.

The Alliance represents a possibility to extend our areas of intervention to the definition of shared strategies that allow to consolidate a sustainable approach.


The IAU Cluster on HESD (Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development) promotes the role that Higher Education Institutions globally have to fulfil in order to achieve the SDGs and Agenda 2030. Universities are to address the SDGs, which themselves impact on and transform universities.

The Cluster encourages a holistic approach to the SDGs, focusing specifically on the whole institution approach. The IAU Clusters brings HEIs from all continents together and encourages them to develop joint initiatives and synergies toward the achievement of the SDGs and to build a Worldwide Higher Education Community.

The University of Bologna is a Leader Institution of SDG 5 Gender Equality, thanks to the many initiatives and projects we have implemented in order to raise awareness at all levels of this important need of our society.


We are part of the Coimbra Group with the particolar attention to the Working Group of Development Cooperation.

The Coimbra Group was founded in 1985 and it is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard, whose aim is to create special academic and cultural ties in order to promote internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society.

The Working Group of Development Cooperation is focused on global social responsibility of universities which requires their active engagement with development issues and challenges.


UI GreenMetric is an international ranking of universities, published by the Universitas Indonesia of Jakarta, focused on the evaluation of their environmental sustainability. The assessment is based on a list of items grouped including six areas: Setting and Infrastructure, Energy and Climate Change, Waste, Water, Transportation and Education.

In the last edition of the ranking (2017) the University of Bologna has been ranked at position 29th in the world, and at 1st position in the Italian rank. Our University is the national coordinator of Italian Hub of GreenMetric network, and in the September of 2017 has organized the first National and Technical workshop of UI GreenMetric in Bologna, hosting the representatives of over than 30 Italian universities.