Of the 1.7 million university students to date, 570,000 are off-site and the beneficiaries of scholarships are about 223,0003. This is the key figure of the Mur released by the CCUM which today kicked off the calls for admission to the 52 university colleges of merit for the academic year 2021-22, a ‘competition’ that sees students enter for academic merits – regardless of income – a scholarship and a personalized training course. In this context, the CCUM underlines that considering that there are about 40,000 places available in university students and colleges4, it emerges that at least 300,000 off-site live in rented apartments, without receiving scholarships, with expenses between 6,500 and 8,000 euros per year including food, accommodation, utilities and internet access. Instead, the CCum still notes, one year in a college of merit, taking into account that the scholarships provided by these structures cover from 30% to 100% of the expenses, has an average remaining cost, borne by the boys, ranging from 5,000 and 6,000 euros, including personalized training course, food, accommodation, utilities, internet, use of the study and leisure facilities inside the structures. Already today in Italy there are over 4,000 students living and studying in the Colleges of Merit, non-profit organizations in which students, in addition to taking advantage of room and board, follow a further training path compared to university studies, mainly oriented to preparation for the world of work. Remaining even during the pandemic, the Colleges recorded an increase in admission requests by 12% in 2020. “The experience of the Colleges, where the children live and study together, goes in this direction and the hope is that the 960 million euros foreseen by the Recovery and Resilience Plan, Pnrr, for the construction of student accommodation, will not be used. only to the construction of buildings but to promote a ‘campus’ model with precise qualitative criteria, where study, university life and cultural exchange can go hand in hand “says Vincenzo Salvatore, president of the Conference of University Colleges of Merit (CCUM). “Teaching in universities must return to the presence and must favor the meeting and exchange of knowledge among students as much as possible and in safety” emphasizes Salvatore. And, in this perspective, the president assures that “the CCUM is available to work with the Ministry of University and Research, the universities and all the institutions to favor this process”.
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