Masters’ and university courses

VIS focus on education and vocational training is also carried out in the field of higher education through the collaboration with Italian and international universities.

Through VIS School for Higher Education presently partnerships aimed at university and post-graduate higher education are activated on issues of international development cooperation and the implementation of traineeships in projects in our countries of intervention.

More precisely:

VIS is partner of the  Master Cooperation and Development dell’Università di Pavia and has participated in its establishment in 1997 together with IUSS (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori) and the NGOs CISP and COOPI, with the support of the at the time Direzione Generale Cooperazione allo Sviluppo del Ministero Affari Esteri. The Master di Pavia has been the first in its kind in Italy and is today the most recognized experience by the academic world and by the students looking for quality training combined with a professional outlet.

This result was also achieved thanks to a large international university network which has supported its teaching and fostered its international and multicultural dimension. At the same time as the Master, in fact, the Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) di Pavia was established which has associated several universities in the southern hemisphere in the promotion of Masters in development cooperation: the University of Bethlehem (Palestine), the Universidad de San Buenaventura a Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), the Kenyatta University a Nairobi (Kenya), the Mid Western University at Birendranagar (Nepal). The curricular structure and the contents of the Masters’ offered by these other four universities propose the setting and aims of the Pavia experience, with an adaptation to the cultural and socio-political peculiarities of the different geographical contexts.

A prestigious acknowledgment came from UNESCO, which granted the Masters of Pavia, Bethlehem, and Cartagena de Indias the prestigious brand «UNESCO UNITWIN Chair», the first acknowledgment of this kind granted to an Italian university.

VIS collaborates with the Facoltà di Architettura of the Università di Reggio Calabria in preparing students in the process of graduating who choose to present a thesis on Architecture for Developing Countries. The country most involved in recent years has been Senegal, where students and teachers have been welcomed and followed by VIS staff for an experience in research and field study.

VIS is partner of the Master in Cooperazione Internazionale of the Luiss Business School, a Master at University 1st level which aims to provide participants with the most important methodological and operational, technical and economic tools for planning, monitoring and controlling development cooperation project initiatives and humanitarian interventions. The collaboration with LUISS BS also extends to the possibility of welcoming the trainees of the Masters’ at VIS offices in Italy or abroad.

Since the 2019/2020 academic year, VIS has been responsible for the course in International Cooperation aimed at students of the second cycle of Licenza (Masters’ Degree) and the third cycle of the Dottorato della Facoltà di Scienze Sociali (FASS) of the Pontificia Università San Tommaso D’Aquino of Rome.

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VIS is a nongovernmental organization established in 1986. Engaged in development cooperation, international solidarity it is also an educational agency promoting and organizing awareness raising, education and training in the field of sustainable development and global citizenship.

Believing the causes of extreme poverty can be tackled at their root through education and training, VIS aim is to improve the quality of life of children and youth in vulnerable situations together with their communities.

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VIS Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo - ONLUS -  Nongovernmental organization promoted by the Centro Nazionale Opere Salesiane

Headquarters: Via Appia Antica 126, Rome
(+39) 06516291