About Us

UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union – is a network of Higher Education and Research Institutions, active in promoting academic cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region and in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Middle East and in Western Balkans.

Our Vision

We strive to be a dynamic network that combines the resources of its members in mutual support, so as to benefit our communities on a local, national, regional, and global scale.

Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate international academic and research cooperation in order to enhance the scientific, cultural, social, and economic development of the region.

Our History

Founded in 1991, in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the network has grown over the years counting today more than 100 members coming from all over the Mediterranean Region and beyond. Through the many initiatives carried out over 30 years, UNIMED has promoted the collaboration between universities of the Mediterranean becoming a point of reference of the international university cooperation.

Our Governance

UNIMED statutory bodies are the Assembly, the Board of Directors, the President, the Vice-Presidents, the Secretary General and the Director. The UNIMED Assembly is organised every year and represents the main event to deliberate and approve the decisions made by the Board of Directors.

Our Priority Areas

UNIMED works on several topics as many as the Universities and regional priorities are. It carries on projects in different fields, ranging from governance issues at the University level to integration of refugees, as well as sustainable development, digitalisation, employability and intercultural dialogue promoting mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean Region.

Besides, it keeps a strong dialogue with Academic experts in the framework of its thematic SubNetworks and with its institutional partners. All its activities aim at contributing to the scientific, cultural, social and economic cooperation.

The Statute

UNIMED has the nature of a not-for-profit association and shall be governed by the rules of the Italian State and, in particular, Articles 14 et seq. of the Civil Code, the provisions of its memorandum of association and this Statute.

The Founder

Prof. Franco Rizzi (Avetrana, 1944 – Rome, 2017), professor of Contemporary History at the University of Roma Tre and founder of UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union, dedicated his life to research, to studying, to books and to the dialogue among universities in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Passionate about the Mediterranean region and author of numerous scientific contributions and novels, he founded UNIMED in 1991, a network that would bring together the universities of the Mediterranean countries in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a monumental change that would have repercussions not only in Europe but also in the countries of the southern shore.

Our Staff

UNIMED headquarters is in Rome where the majority of our staff is based. UNIMED project managers and officers, financial and administrative managers and officers, together with the Communication team ensure the daily management of UNIMED activities coordinated by its Director.

Join Us

Founded in 1991, UNIMED counts today more than 100 members coming from all over the Mediterranean Region and beyond.

Ethical Code

In order to promote the quality of the activities carried out by UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union (hereinafter “UNIMED” or “the Association”) and a positive atmosphere of collaboration, a Code of Ethics is adopted. It presents the principles guiding the behaviors of UNIMED members, staff and partners in compliance with the current legislation and UNIMED values.

Gender Equality Plan

The aim of the Gender Equality Plan (GEP) of UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union is to ensure equal opportunities for everyone involved in the organization’s activities, including both the internal staff and formal representatives (such as the Board of Directors) and all the academics, researchers, administrative staff, experts, practitioners and stakeholders which take part to the actions and initiatives of the network.