UniBo is part of many international networks composed of groups of institutions, within the European and Mediterranean areas, to promote cooperation in several fields and create a common European area of higher:


SAR is a network of institutions and individuals who share a mission: protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom. SAR supports scholars facing threats to safety by setting up temporary academic positions at partner institutions.


Alma Mater has contributed to the establishment of the RUS - Italian Network of Universities for Sustainable Development, aware of the key role that universities play in the training of future generations and in the dissemination of knowledge within society, also regarding the ability to promote sustainable development. This network is the first experience of coordination and sharing among the universities, with the main goal of spreading a culture of sustainability. The main aim of the Network is the diffusion of the culture and good practices of sustainability, both within and outside the Universities (at urban, regional, national, international level), to increase the positive impacts in environmental, ethical, social and economic terms of the actions implemented by the members of the Network, to contribute to the achievement of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development SDGs, and to strengthen the recognition and value of the Italian experience at international level. The RUS is officially represented inside the seventeen working groups involved in promotion of the SDGs.


The University of Bologna has 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 expand our commitment to education for sustainable development and the dissemination of a culture of sustainability, recognising the value of the UN Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and making its objectives our own. The Alliance represents a possibility to extend our areas of intervention to the definition of shared strategies that allow consolidation of a sustainable approach.


The IAU Cluster on HESD (Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development) promotes the role that Higher Education Institutions globally must fulfil 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 to raise awareness of this important need of our society at all levels.


The Alma Mater is part of the Coimbra Group, with a particular focus on the Working Group of Development Cooperation. The Coimbra Group was founded in 1985 and is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of a high international standard, whose goal is to create special academic and cultural ties 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.