Networks and certifications

The University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT enjoys recognized national and international prestige. This prestige is demonstrated by membership in numerous networks and associations, by the certifications obtained by the University and by collaborations with internationally recognized institutes.

UNINT, since 2023, has been part of APEnet, the Italian Association of universities and research bodies for public engagement, of which it shares the principles contained in the Manifesto for the public value of knowledge. Among the main objectives of the association, promotion and enhancement of the culture of public engagement and recognition of the role of universities in promoting and enhancing the culture and experiences of Public Engagement.

UNINT is a member of the AACSB – Business Education Alliance and has started the accreditation procedure for its degree courses in the economic and business area.

The University Linguistic Center UNINT from the academic year 2022/2023 provides the opportunity to obtain the International English Language Certification CAMBRIDGE, in collaboration with the recognized exam center Globally Speaking Exam Center.

The UNINT University Language Center hosts exams to obtain the International Certification of Portuguese as a Foreign Language CAPLE (Centro de Avaliação do Português Língua Estrangeira).

UNINT also organizes preparation courses for these exams.

La “Vasco da Gama” Chair” is a UNINT hub linked to “Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua”, the body of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for the diffusion of the Portuguese language and culture at an international level. Created in January 2020, "Vasco da Gama" is part of the circuit of the Chairs ofCamões Institute located in various countries around the world (United States, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Mexico, Switzerland, India, Ukraine, Poland, Canada and many others, in addition to the official Portuguese speaking countries) and among the 13 Chairs Camões currently active in Italy.

The Chair follows lines of research that include Portuguese language, linguistics, cultures and literatures; in more detail: literature and history of navigation; Italians in Portugal and Portuguese in Italy – archival works and diaspora studies; interpreting and translation; lexicography; Portuguese as a foreign language, second language or “heritage language”; Portuguese language and linguistics; Portuguese literature of all eras.

From a teaching point of view, the Chair promotes the teaching of Portuguese-speaking languages ​​and cultures and specializes in the training of translators and interpreters between Portuguese-Italian-Portuguese and Portuguese-English-Portuguese, with interpretation and translation experts. Given the peculiarity of the University, at the forefront of innovative teaching, some resources are dedicated to teaching the Portuguese language for the territory (Third Mission) and for secondary education institutions, favoring those located in the areas surrounding the University.

The President of the “Vasco da Gama” Chair is Mariagrazia Russo, Full Professor of Language and Linguistics and Portuguese Language and Translation at UNINT and Rector. The reference teacher is Maria Serena Felici, contract teacher of Portuguese at UNINT. Furthermore, all the other Portuguese teachers on staff at UNINT belong to it: Federico Giannattasio, Gislaine Simone Silva Marins, Filipa Andreia Martins Matos, Lucia Melotti, Daniele Petruccioli, Cecília Santanchè and Valentina Vettorazzo.

Vasco da Gama

The choice to assign the chair to Vasco da Gama (1469-1424) is due, first of all, to the international vocation that the chair has, in promoting the mobility of students and teachers with universities and institutions located in Portugal and in CPLP countries . Thanks to the Erasmus project and the numerous international agreements promoted, the teaching and research carried out by the president are constantly enriched by collaboration with European and non-European Portuguese-speaking institutions. The title of the Portuguese navigator is also linked to the scientific production carried out by the Chair, which mainly aims to deepen the importance given to the history of travels in the Portuguese-speaking world, to odeporic literature, to the cultures that arise in the context of expansion. The president will be responsible for spreading the Portuguese language at school level (taking into account the fact that the character of Vasco da Gama is one of the few historical figures known to young Italians) by creating educational material, programs and specific initiatives.


President: Mariagrazia Russo, Full Professor of Language and Linguistics and Portuguese Language and Translation at UNINT and UNINT Rector 
The reference teacher is Maria Serena Felici, PhD in Portuguese Studies. 
Furthermore, all the Portuguese teachers on staff at UNINT belong to it.

Agreement with the Chair of Global Studies at the University of Aberta – UNINT

On 17 May 2021, the University of International Studies of Rome - UNINT signed a cooperation agreement with the Chair of Global Studies of the Universidade Aberta of Lisbon / CIPSH (International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies) / UNESCO. Universidade Aberta is currently one of the Portuguese public universities most dedicated to leading the processes of change in the field of higher education and science in high-tech Portugal. The Chair of Global Studies has as its fundamental objective the understanding of the contemporary world and is the fulcrum of a network open to other universities, research centers and complementary institutions. The Chair also promotes the work of eminent professors and researchers from all over the world in the social and human sciences, without excluding other scientific fields such as environmental sciences, whose aim is to address globalization in a more humane way and contribute to sustainable development. more sustainable in cultural, social and economic terms. Among the main values ​​supported by the Chair we find a strong commitment to respect for human rights, the freedom of peoples and the fight against imbalances, inequalities and violence, analyzed from an inter- and transdisciplinary point of view.

This agreement, which will be automatically renewed every year, was signed by Mariagrazia Russo (rector – UNINT), João Luís Cardoso (vice-rector for Research, Knowledge Transfer and Scientific Dissemination of the Universidade Aberta) and José Eduardo Franco (director of the Chair of Global Studies and coordinator of the doctoral program in Global Studies) and is aimed at promoting joint projects of institutional cooperation for research and teaching and the creation of scientific and pedagogical events in collaboration between the two universities.

UNINT is among the four Italian members of CIUTI, a prestigious international association that brings together the best university faculties for translators and interpreters in the world.

The University Linguistic Center UNINT from the academic year 2022/2023 is an examination center for obtaining the international certification of the Spanish language DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), in collaboration with theInstituto Cervantes.

The master's degree course in Interpreting and Translation (LM-94) - UNINT is part of the EMT network of the European Commission, recognition given to university courses that meet high quality standards in translator training.

UNINT bases its vision on the belief that, within a system aimed at providing a quality service, the intersection, the knowledge of all the processes and the contribution of each party involved to the final result and the achievement of the objectives are fundamental.

The quality management system adopted by the University operates through an architecture that involves within the quality assurance process numerous actors engaged in various capacities to guarantee the constant and continuous improvement of the work carried out, periodically setting new objectives to be achieved .

In this context, on 8 February 2021, the appointed company Certi W Srl issued the first UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 certification to UNINT, the achievement of which was the result of a long and demanding work of definition and optimization of the finalized processes to the satisfaction of interested parties and the excellence of the University's services. For the years 2022 and 2023 the University has achieved the maintenance of the aforementioned certification.

In 2024 UNINT obtained the UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 re-certification for "Teaching, training, research and third mission activities"; on 31 January 2024, Certi W Srl issued the new certificate of conformity with ISO 9001:2015 requirements certifying the correct definition and execution of the processes implemented within the University.

Aware of the role of the university as a vehicle for social and sustainable issues not only within its community but in the entire surrounding area, UNINT joins the Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (RUS).

The RUS represents a coordination network for Italian universities involved in environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Its main objective is to ensure the sharing of good sustainability practices in order to amplify the positive effects in social, ethical and environmental terms of the actions implemented by the universities participating in the network.

UNINT participates in SCIC activities. This participation allows both to benefit from pedagogical assistance from the European institutions (Parliament and Commission) and to participate in the annual SCIC conference, an important event for keeping up to date on new trends and requests in the field of interpretation.

The UNINT University Language Center hosts certification exams PLIDA (Dante Alighieri Italian language project), official diploma issued by the Dante Alighieri Society which certifies competence in Italian as a foreign language.

UNINT is a member ofUnion of Mediterranean Universities (UNIMED), the network of higher education and research institutions promoting academic cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Western Balkans.

The University Linguistic Center UNINT from the academic year 2019/2020 is the venue for exams to obtain the international certification of knowledge of the Russian language ТРКИ-TORFL (The Test of Russian as a foreign language) with the partnership ofSt. Petersburg State University, also recognized as a foreign language certification body by the MIUR.

UNINT also organizes preparation courses for the ТРКИ-TORFL certification exams.