Lo scorso 26 aprile la SUPR ha partecipato all’incontro “Erasmus today and tomorrrow”, presso la Pontificia Università Gregoriana, per parlare della possibilità di allargare il progetto Erasmus alle università pontificie. Di seguito il discorso del nostro Presidente:

Sirs, Academic Faculty, Italian State and European Authorities, dear Student friends,

Today, in my duty of President, I am representing the Association of the Students of the Pontifical

Roman Universities.

Since 2013 over 18000 laic, religious and consecrate Students from the 23 Pontifical Roman

Universities meet to promote dialogue and cooperation.

I am here to testify a reality, probably not well-known at a national level, but strongly rooted in the

International features of our community. We come from Europe, Africa, Asia, from all over the


I have direct evidence, in my experience and that of my collegues, of the superiority of continuous

exchanges that we live in Pontifical Universities. Not only in terms of knowledge, but also as

human and personal enrichment, much higher than in any national University.

Being an Italian citizen, I could have attended an Italian University. Instead, I chose a Pontifical

University specifically for the unique combination of the quality of the training offer and, more

importantly, the human enhancement we experience every day in our student life.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, underlines the central role of the University in our contemporary

world. The pastoral quality of education must characterize the total approach to education of the

students, in order to make them comfortable to a longer sight beyond the borders of their

diocese, nation or religion.

What we ask as students of the Pontifical Universities is a close cooperation with State Italian and

European Universities by means of the Erasmus projects, inter-cultural exchanges, Masters and

PhDs, job orientation. There is a need to focus all the information and operative strategies to

obtain the best for our professional targets in coherence with study paths and job requests in an

evolving job market.

Thus, what we propose is to allow our participation in mutual exchanges of knowledge and

experiences in the expanding European project. As students of the Pontifical Roman Universities,


deserve the advantages and possibilities that every European student already has.

Ladies and gentlemen, in conclusion, we hope for a ready acceptance of our requests in a very

near future.

Thank you for your attention.

Marino Marangelli, Presidente SUPR