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Institute for University Cooperation Onlus


Institute for University Cooperation Onlus is an International Non-Governmental Organization recognized by the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs implementing development co-operation projects in developing countries and fostering information and education on international solidarity issues.

CU was established in 1966 by some Italian university professors, whose aim was to support the growth of the Culture and Science put at the service of mankind. In order to reach this objective, ICU promotes and carries out initiatives designed to:

  • Support Human and Social growth in developing countries through development co-operation projects with special emphasis on the training of local human resources.
  • Disseminate the idea of a development co-operation culture as promotion of human dignity.

Since its foundation, ICU has completed about 480 development co-operation projects in 40 countries in Latin America, Africa, Mediterranean Basin, and the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Pacific, for a total budget of 150 million euros.

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