Launch Date

4th december 2017

The Petition

This year the Erasmus Programme is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The Erasmus Programme has helped millions of young people and education professionals to travel abroad, study, and gain experience and skills. It has completely transformed European universities as well as European society. As Italian writer Umberto Eco said: “Erasmus created a first generation of European youth”.

Since 2015, the Erasmus+ programme has opened its borders and also reached the Southern Mediterranean countries, acting as a catalyst by paving the way for making international cooperation a priority.

Over time, the European Union received requests by numerous authorities and organisations to support a mobility programme for students open to the participation of academic and educational institutions of the Southern Mediterranean countries. The last relevant initiative was the appeal of five members of the European Parliament in 2011 to stimulate the European Commission to create a Mediterranean Erasmus.

UNIMED has joined the efforts of this appeal by launching, at its 2011 General Assembly, an on-line petition to the EU Commission aimed at promoting the international dimension of the Erasmus programme and at widening the programme to Southern Mediterranean universities. That petition collected around 6.000 signatures from 55 countries and was delivered to the EU Commissioner for Education and Culture in January 2012. This shows the strong interest and need to have a Euro-Mediterranean Erasmus programme.

The extension of the mobility programmes to the Southern Mediterranean countries will give the students and young people of the European and Southern Mediterranean countries the possibility to contribute to create the conditions for the establishment by future political generations of increased cooperation in the Mediterranean basin.

Therefore, following our commitment and the 2011 petition, we still strongly encourage the international dimension of the Erasmus Programme. In particular, we support the two current actions – “International Credit Mobility” and “Capacity Building for Higher Education”; because we believe that the representatives of academic and educational institutions must contribute to the definition of new models of education able to guarantee communities leading to a peaceful and prosperous future.

Furthermore, we believe that, through sharing best practices and lessons learned as well as through capacity building activities, the Erasmus+ Programme can support Higher Education Institutions in the Euro-Mediterranean region in responding to the need to integrate refugee students in their education systems.

For these reasons, we ask you to support this new petition in order to achieve together, as we did in 2011, new results for the benefit of the future of the students, the university staff and the Higher Education Institutions of the Euro-Mediterranean area.

By signing this petition, you will help us ask the European Commission:

  • To strengthen the International Credit Mobility dimension of the Erasmus+ Programme (programming period 2021-2027) to help participants (students and staff) to acquire key skills, support their professional development and help them deepen their knowledge and understanding of other cultures. This can be achieved by increasing the number of scholarships from the current number of about 8.000 grants per year (students and staff from South to North and vice-versa) to 30.000 per year;
  • To support Southern Mediterranean Countries in establishing a regional mobility scheme (South-South Mobility);
  • To continue to support the integration of refugee students and academics in the Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education systems;
  • To reinforce the “Capacity Building” action to work together, develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.

As UNIMED founder Prof. Franco Rizzi said, “Mediterranean is our destiny” and we, as UNIMED, are convinced that we should live this destiny together, hand in hand, thus creating the vision of a Mediterranean region promoting a new Erasmus Mediterranean Generation for peace and prosperity.

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Individual signatures list

Name Comment
Marcello Scalisi -----
carmen torres cd
Federica De Giorgi any
Valentina Chiarini -----
Anne-Laurence Pastorini -----
Paola ROMANO -----
Silvia Marchionne -----
Raffaele Longo -----
Martina Zipoli -----
Emilia Stoduto -----
Raniero Chelli -----
Cristina Stefanelli I sign because academic cooperation and international mobility of students and youth change lives, and are are key ingredients to reach our shared objectives of stability and prosperity in our Mediterranean region
Mustapha Bennouna -----
Elena Avgoustidou-Kyriacou -----
Marco Ferri -----
sana harbi -----
Alessandro Bianchi Una grande iniziativa che sarò lieto di sostenere
Maria Teresa Petrilli -----
Marco Di Donato -----
Imene Bakiri -----
Francesco Fabbrocino -----
Fausto Di Quarto -----
Emanuele Greco -----
Marta Laranjo -----
Cinzia Generali -----
Giuseppe Giliberti -----
Alessandra Carucci -----
Giovanna Gallo I agree because I strongly believe in the importance of humanities for a bettter world
Saulo Delle Donne -----
Claudia Minniti -----
Gianluca Tagliamonte -----
Adriana Galvani My career has been based on Erasmus and many other EU grants and projects.
Angelica Ranieli -----
Recep Caner Erselcan I was Erasmus student at Pavia Italy,formerly.I m supporting petition.Pls provide to better legal and financial conditions to the exchange student to increase mobility.
Cinzia Ferraris -----
Mounir Ben Achour -----
Faical Tajeddine -----
Jacqueline Bacha -----
Licio Ferrario Erasmus is absolutly the best esperience of my live!
Bibiana Crespo -----
Ahmad Diab -----
Claudia Bellucci -----
fethi sellaouti -----
Riccardo Imperatori -----
Mariona Grane -----
Francesc García Grimau -----
Asma Errais -----
Maroun Kosseifi -----
Wail Benjelloun North-South mobility for young people reinforces understanding of the other and counters xenophobic and maladaptive behavior. The Erasmus program has contributed to capacity building and understanding the other. It needs to be reinforced in the mutual interest of North and South Mediterranean youth, who will be tomorrow's leaders.
Rueda Pedro -----
Marina Solé Català -----
Olivia Orozco -----
Concepción Rodríguez-Parada -----
Ferran Izquierdo -----
Rafik BOUAZIZ -----
Elena Sanna Ticca -----
antonella cammisa -----
Rossana Parè -----
Grumo Rosalina -----
Rami Ali -----
Laura Feliu Martinez -----
Rima Mattar -----
Anna Laura Carboni -----
Jose Diez -----
Caterina Tosi -----
David mark Katan -----
Javiera Atenas -----
Annalisa Manca -----
Enrico Dongiovanni -----
Houda Mesbahi -----
Khelil Nawel -----
Maria Grazia Melis -----
Muhammad İbrar This program is providing great opportunities for students to strengthen their CVs.
Daniela Civitillo -----
Nejib BOUTHELJA J' approuves totalement la pétition et j'adhère parfaitement aux objectifs d'autant plus que l'initiative provient d'un partenaire incontournable de collaboration euromed.
Hosam Safaa -----
Hosam Safaa -----
Alex Aguilar -----
Mustapha Diani -----
Bayan Shobaki -----
Patricia Garcia-Duran -----
Raimon Soler-Becerro -----
tarek habibi -----
Jorge Ramon Centurion -----
Charles Paillusson -----
Ayman Eldeib -----
Abdelkader Bouzidi -----
Tuomo Melasuo Au domain de "Capacity Building" nous devons renforcer le rôle dirigent de chercheur(e)s du Sud. Nous devons aussi reflechir ce que les établissements et les universités du Nord puissent apprendre de leurs partenaires du Sud.
Bassam Abu Karaki -----
Annalisa Poggialini -----
Francesco La Rocca -----
Vincenzo Basile -----
Alberto Provenzano -----
Maria Angustias Parejo -----
Antonino Germana’ -----
Andrea Perilli -----
barbara silveri -----
Alberto Forte -----
Nada Rahal -----
Damien Vialle -----
Jean-Marc Bonnisseau -----
Paola Davoli -----
Maria Leria -----
SAMIRA MECHRI I am a Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Tunis El Manar (Tunisia) and I have been coordinating Erasmus+ students and staff mobility programmes with several European universities since 2015 and we can see how these exchange programmes start to bear fruit in different respects: contributing in the academic and self development of both incoming and outgoing students and staff and bridging the cultural gaps between Tunisia and North Africa and European countries. We are working closely with our Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish colleagues to build new academic communities that can be culturally different but share so much in terms of human, academic potentials and endeavors. Now we have students and teachers on both sides sharing success stories about their academic journeys in both directions. We should make this programme work and reach as many academics as possible worldwide.
Abdulbast Kriama -----
Gema Campo -----
Amad Mohammed -----
Lorenzo Pastuglia -----
Lachezar Gudev -----
Giacomo Biscosi -----
Alessia Infantino -----
Dario Lupo -----
Rojan Saleh -----
Zeen Bazaz -----
Riccardo Mussari I fully support this petition.
Marco Martori -----
Teresa Martinez -----
Giorgia Vignola -----
Davide Strangis I fully support this very important petition!
Ciprian Mihali -----
Giulia Passaniti -----
manuel heitor -----
Alessio Cavicchi -----
Khalid Berrada 1) We will highly appreciate increasing mobility of students and university staff in the Euro-Mediterranean region. 2) Encourage the International Credit Mobility dimension of the Erasmus+ Programme, supporting South-South mobility, reinforcing Capacity Building and supporting the integration of refugee students and academics.
Domenico Laforgia Very important initiative to exploit positive feeling in the area
Carsten Walbiner -----
Dario Carpini -----
Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio -----
Jibriel Abusaleem -----
Pablo Morales -----
Manuel Montoya -----
Ramon Alemany -----
Ugo Tramballi -----
Elodie Nunes -----
Helio Rodríguez -----
Veronica Petrilli -----
Merzak GHARNAOUT -----
Jaime Cabanas -----
Franco Navas -----
Pina Civitella -----
Francesca Di Nezza -----
Maxime CACCIUTOLO -----
Peter Griffin -----
Jaume Fortuny -----
Mona Abraheem -----
Costanza Concetti -----
Nouraldin Shtaya Wishing more support for Palestinian students, its important point for cultures and languages In my opinion more increase feasibility of education exchange will increase benefits for other sectors . Best regards
Fatma Ghorbel -----
Elena Girasella -----
Mohammed Bouslikhane -----
Hasson Lahssony -----
Ali Alhemaly -----
Basher Alashheb -----
Hanibal Alsqayer -----
Emad Dew -----
Ahmed Soker -----
Almoatas Alzanatey -----
Filippo Sartor -----
Heba Dwikat I am very supportive of this petition
Lise Guennal -----
RAFAH HAMAD I strongly support the petition because I also believe that social sciences, arts, and humanities are important sciences to understand other cultures
Anna Sibilla -----
Maria de Falco -----
Baker Bozeyeh -----
Dimitris Tsaltas -----
May Wahbeh I do support this request and I am sure that it would benefit students, staff and the higher education sector.
Claudia Paolinelli -----
Gazy Salman -----
Lucas Zinner -----
Giovanni Di Guardo -----
Migle Camplone -----
Linda Shaabneh -----
معتز حج علي -----
valeria priori -----
Sanaa Aslan -----
Tom Withnell For me, Erasmus is key to international mobility.
Laurence Nadal I believe in the Mediterranean potential , dialogue and cooperation between countries of both shores of the Mediterranean. To build shared prosperity zone, económically, culturally and socially sp eaking.
Jenna Couffin -----
Ninfa Leonardi -----
Giorgio Marinoni -----
Luisa Di Fabio -----
Rami Kukhun -----
Irene Hazou -----
Oussama Chakroun I believe that bringing the Mediterranean together will bring more to the future
sarah de berardinis -----
Laura Casale -----
Federica Maria Li Muli -----
Jihan El Garouaz -----
Mohamed Boufarma -----
Mechlioui loubna ERASMUS in the Mediterranean countries is a very good initiative to develop the area.
Allison O’Reilly -----
Ihab Rizk Soliman Una iniziativa per un nuovo mediterraneo a dimensione di giovani e un futuro miglio.
mohamed boualam -----
Hamza Darkouch -----
Anass Benziane -----
Badr Jaoui -----
Salah Eddine Filali -----
Serafino de Rubeis -----
Hamza ohichi -----
abdelilah guennoun -----
Maha Said Great job !!! Hoping for more prosperity and advancement.
اشرف شقدان -----
Ait rais Yasser I study in the university of Cagliari
Khouloud Boulsaien -----
Ahmed Tahtah La mobilità studentesca è molto importante per il dialogo e la pace interculturale.
Atef Nassar -----
Emad Aboukila -----
Talal Al Shihabi -----
Mohammed Mhaidra -----
Ebrahimi Charaf-Idin -----
Federica Pistono -----
Zakaria ABED -----
Ari Kerkkänen -----
Giorgia Baldi -----
Ruben Safrastyan -----
bourouba hamid I hope that this initiative will be heard .
Alessandra Scagliarini -----
Antonio Bontempi -----
Kostas BURASELIS -----
Fabio Monteverde -----
Athina Dimopoulou -----
Gaetano santi cutrona -----
ANdrea Miconi -----
Suada Sela -----
David Bruchon -----
Jorge Villanueva Farpon -----
Vania Palmieri -----
Léda Mansour -----
Etienne Prache -----
Ada Maria Florena -----
Virginia Cassola -----
Joel Lascaux -----
Katrin Gebhard -----
Hamid Belhamra -----
Nicolas Patrici -----
Nicolas PATRICI -----
Andreas Helmis -----
Myassa Zeggagh -----
Pauline Goubert -----
Corrado Venti -----
Nunzio Scala -----
Raffaella Caruini -----
Naila Sabra -----
Anna Zambrano -----
Ernesto Campiti -----
Maria Teresa Nicodemo -----
Laura Galli -----
Fiorella Carollo -----
Diva Ricevuto -----
Nicoletta Brancaleoni -----
Agnese Naldoni -----
Domenico Rizzuli -----
Giovanni Cespa -----
Adele Cantoni -----
Valentina Tozzi -----
Carmela Pirri -----
Françoise Marie Babinet -----
Davide Milana -----
Norma Andriani -----
Anna Romeo -----
Maurizio Reggio -----
Andrea De Martino -----
Franca D’Agostino -----
Gaetana Trupiano -----
Paolo Greco -----
Antonella Bondì -----
Anna Campagnano -----
Elena Castellano -----
Stefano Bonizzato -----
Simone Cuozzo -----
Ugo Ferruta -----
Paola Pittei -----
Claudia De Martino -----
Sogol Mirtorabi -----
Aras Pourbijan -----
Rosanna Malcangi -----
Valentina De Giorgi -----
Marcello De Giorgi -----
Augustin Jomier -----
Fabio Nascimbeni -----
Charlotte De Bussy -----
Ermete Mariani -----
Nada Chemeissani -----
Khaoula Dhakouani -----
Alessia Cattaneo della volta -----
Luigi D’Ettorre -----
Annalisa Geraci -----
Romain DEVAUX -----
Francesca Helm -----
Antonio Magliulo -----
Mara Scampoli -----
Mattea Capelli -----
Danilo Breschi -----
Christine Fernandez-maloigne -----
Antonella Ercolani antonell -----
Eric Vallet -----
zouhour messili -----
hmaid Ben aziza -----
Gian Battista Parigi -----
Barbara Sorgoni -----
Pieter Boele van Hensbroek -----
Roberto RIVAS -----
Giulio Rubino -----
Claudia Cocozza As a former Erasmus Student, I think opening the proget to even more Countries can only bring positive consequences, and can also help built a future where frontiers are no more. We all need to come together, now more than ever.
Anna Pirri valentini -----
Claudia Negrini -----
Marianna Barberio -----
John Tolan -----
Camilla Rubino -----
zahra royer -----
Lorenzo Bagnoli -----
Giulia Talamelli -----
Elio Giroletti -----
Toa Giroletti -----
Chiara Pesci I'm an erasmus student in Croatia at the moment and I discovered that all those students from east Europe can travel more than us because they have more money from the scholarship and they have also another mobility program. We have to increase also the Mediterranean area!
Alessia Giroletti -----
Patrick Materatski I agree.
Sérgio Godinho -----
Cati Dinis -----
Carolina Velloso -----
Carlos Godinho -----
Ana Margarida Ferro -----
Ana Fonseca -----
Vasco Cruz -----
Ana Geraldo -----
José Martins -----
Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt -----
Knickel Karlheinz To increase the mobility of students and teachers in the Euro-Mediterranean region by strengthening relevant support schemes, supporting South-South mobility, strengthening capacity building and supporting the integration of refugee students and academics are all very important goals. European Commission level action is needed and all public support will be an excellent investment!
Miguel Angelo Pinheiro de Carvalho -----
Ana Rita Martins -----
Claudia Deidda -----
Maria Ilhéu -----
Sónia Bombico -----
António Mira -----
Maria Fernandes Exchanges between Mediterranean countries from Europe with Northern African countries is greta for enhance bigher and better growth.
Brahim chebbi -----
José Tavim -----
Cláudia Pereira -----
Ana Carvalho -----
Filomena Gonçalves -----
carlotta monini -----
Angela Balca -----
Fernanda Olival -----
Teresa Nogueiro -----
Carlos Alexandre -----
Anabela Belo -----
Raquel Garcia -----
Raquel Oliveira Esperamos que seja favorável!
Sara Albino -----
Francisco Rodrigues -----
Greta Spineti I strongly believe in cooperation and exchange programmes, they are probably one of the best way to improve students' skill and open their minds to different cultures, making them more tolerant and better citizens.
ana luísa cardoso dias janeira -----
Jose Muñiz-Rojas -----
Paulo Batista -----
Boudewijn De Graeve -----
Pier Paolo Viazzo -----
Claudia germanà -----
Alberto Guerreiro -----
Mathias Eistrup -----
Jose Nunes -----
catherine henke -----
Melissa Bruscoli -----
Adriana Di Stefano -----
Marina Anastacio -----
Anna Fusacchia -----
Mohamed Sami KECHAOU -----
Maria Alexandra Gonçalves -----
Nader Ketata -----
Rosario Sinatra -----
Laurinda Abreu -----
ALI BAHLOUL Je soutenir la Pétition car ce projet doit renforcer la mobilité entre l'Europe et le sud de la Méditerranée et soutenir aussi l'intégration des étudiants et des universitaires réfugiés pour contribuer à la création d'une Génération Erasmus Méditerranéenne.
Jouhaina Gherib -----
Nicolas Guinard -----
Maria Zozaya I have seen the good results with siryan refugees (that live in Évora), allowing them to integrate into the University, so in the same line I consider essential this role that UNIMED is playing and could promote in the future
Ricardo Serralheiro -----
Sergi Gil -----
Maria Lucia Mancino -----
elena mondino -----
Rui Lourenço -----
Renata Pepicelli -----
Maryam Ben Salem -----
Ridha Bensaleh -----
Franco Barbanera -----
Hassen BOUBAKRI -----
Iain Michael Chambers -----
Massimiliano Di tota -----
Rostane Hamdi -----
Ilaria POGGIOLINI with my full endorsement for UNIMED's continuous efforts in extending EU mobility strategies to Southern Mediterranean countries and Erasmus' global dimension
Lucia Arcifa -----
Mustafa Cenap Aydin -----
Isabella Camera D’Afflitto -----
Stefano Lentini -----
Nada Kach En tant qu' assistance chargée de l'évaluation des diplômes dans le département reconnaissance des diplômes- Centre ENIC-NARIC France, je soutiens le programme Erasmus .
Maritxu Skawinski -----
Alberto Siani -----
Stefania Panebianco -----
Francesco Spinillo -----
Giuseppe Di Fazio -----
Domenico Cantone -----
Biagio Ricceri -----
Giulia Briccardi A
Maria Grazia Cupido -----
Giovanni Gallo -----
Mario Di Raimondo -----
Nuno Guiomar -----
Tawfik Hassan -----
Erminia Spagnolo -----
Francesca Zampagni -----
Dario Catalano -----
Simone Faro -----
Maria Alessandra Ragusa -----
Barbara Spadaro -----
Daniela Saitta -----
Salvatore Leonardi -----
Vincenzo Maimone -----
Pinella Borgia -----
Giulio Burgio -----
rita cirmi -----
peter zin keep up the good work
Catarina Lavrador -----
Annalisa Frisina -----

Institutional signatures list

Institution Comment
UNIMED -----
Alaqsa University – geostationary data center for education, research and development -----
Mohamed Lamine Debaghine Sétif 2 -----
Alessandro Bianchi I think it is an initiative of great interest to which the Telematic University Pegasus gives its full support
University of Petra -----
Université Libanaise Nous, à l'Université Libanaise, soutenons très fortement les actions de la précédente petition.
Université des Frères Mentouri Constantine -----
Università degli Studi di Cagliari -----
CESIE -----
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik -----
Open Education Working Group, Open Knowledge International -----
Al-Hawash Private University We would like to sign the petition to promote a new Erasmus Mediterranean Generation for peace and prosperity and to achieve together new results for the benefit of the future of the students, the university staff and the Higher Education Institutions of the Euro-Mediterranean area.
Al Quds open university -----
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS University of Cyprus Institutional endorsement
European Digital Learning Network 47% of Europeans are not properly digitally skilled, yet in the near future 90% of jobs will require some level of digital skills. Europe needs better digitally educated people at all levels. We need more digitalization in schools, in the SMEs, in our universities, in our society as a whole. We need to work toward digitalization as a means for social inclusion, for marginalized people - or at risk of being marginalized - and to avoid a further reasons of social exclusion: the lack of digital skills. To fulfil these objectives, we need more digital educated people, teachers, entrepreneurs, educators, children, youth, seniors and so on. We are facing an enormous challenge and an exceptional way to meet the challenge is to allow for more mobility in Southern Mediterranean Countries in establishing a regional mobility scheme (South-South Mobility). So, have no better claim than ask for more resources for the Erasmus+ Programme 2020-2027 in particular by fully endorsing the reasons of this petition.
University of Zawia -----
Palestine Polytechnic University -----
Arab American University We are with increasing the number of scholarships from the current number of about 8.000 grants per year (students and staff from South to North and vice-versa) to 30.000 per year;
University of Duhok -----
Womenpreneur -----
Sirte University -----
Faculty of Economics and Business -----
University of Siena -----
Islamic University of Gaza -----
Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport -----
Université de Sfax -----
Centre for Research on the Arab World -----
Salento University (Lecce) Salento University shares the needs expressed by UNIMED to support and increase the development of higher education Institutions in the Euro-Mediterranean area by expanding and strengthening the ERASMUS program in the Southern Mediterranean regions.
جامعه الزرقاء -----
Bethlehem University -----
POLITECNICO DI TORINO As the vice-rector in charge for International Affairs, Politecnico di Torino confirms to support the Petition opened by UNIMED.
Università degli Studi di Palermo -----
University of Catania -----
University of Poitiers -----
Universidade de Evora Great idea. Very important
University of Évora -----
Center for International Cooperation, University of Pavia -----
INCOMA -----

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