Third Mission

As well as its two main missions of education and research, the University pursues a third mission, that is promoting the direct application and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic development of civil society. To do this UNINT endeavours to create direct links with the territory and all its parts.

Universities, as training and research institutions, can have a decisive impact on the development of territory and society. UNINT Third Mission consists of the following dimensions:

Inclusion, educational poverty, equal opportunities and active citizenship are among the Third Mission areas of intervention identified by the University.

The Third Mission activities are monitored by the University Third Mission Committee. It develops and updates principles, criteria and methods for the aforementioned monitoring. Moreover, it promotes good practices consistent with institutional objectives and their sharing with the entire community of teachers.

The evaluation criteria, approved by the University Bodies, are public and are inspired by international and national evaluation models for the Third Mission. They are consistent with the University's strategic plan, with the evaluation criteria adopted at national level by ANVUR and with the indicators adopted by the Self-Evaluation, Evaluation and Accreditation system (AVA). The operational application of these criteria and the procedures for the evaluation are reported to the Academic Senate and the Board of Directors.

The Committee expresses its opinion on spin-offs and business creation and on industrial and intellectual property; it also contributes to the definition of strategic plans regarding the development of the University Third Mission, to the identification of quality policies and to their monitoring during implementation.

The results of the monitoring carried out by the Committee are functional to: design specific development strategies; define the criteria for the incentive of teachers and researchers; direct any activities aimed at training them on the themes of the Third Mission.

The UNINT Third Mission Committe is composed as follows:

Maurizio Finicelli, President of the Board of Directors
Paolo De Nardis, President of the Institute of Political Studies "St. Pio V"
Antonella Ercolani, Pro Rector for the Third Mission
Angelo Iacovella, Faculty of Political Science and Sociopsychological Dynamics Representative
Maria Serena Felici, Faculty of Interpreting and Translation Representative
Anna Carla Nazzaro, Faculty of Economics Representative
Martina Taddei, Student Representative in the Board of Directors

Decree no. 374 (2022) - Third Mission Committee

Decree no. 333 (2020) - Third Mission Committee


UNINT sees “Public Engagement” as the whole range of non-profit educational, cultural, and developmental activities in society, and to this end promotes the following activities:

  • Publication of work by the academic staff at national and international level;
  • Participation of the academic staff in radio and television programmes at national and international level;
  • Active participation in public meetings organised by third parties (e.g. science cafés, festivals, scientific fairs, etc.);
  • Organisation of public events (e.g. Researchers’ Nights, Open Days);
  • Communication-oriented training days (for technical, administrative, and academic staff);
  • Publications (printed and digital) intended for other addressees (e.g. university magazine);
  • Interactive and public web-sites and blogs;
  • Access to museums, hospitals, sport facilities, libraries, theatres, and historical university buildings;
  • Organisation of concerts, exhibitions and other leisure activities open to the community;
  • Participation in developing programmes of public interest (policy-making);
  • Participation on committees setting technical standards and norms;
  • Health protection initiatives (e.g. information and prevention days;
  • Guidance and interactive initiatives for secondary schools;
  • Initiatives in collaboration with third parties to promote urban development projects or territorial enhancement;
  • Public initiatives for children and young people;
  • Initiatives of participative democracy (es. consensus conferences, citizen panel).

The Institutes engaged in Third Mission activities within the University include the Equal Opportunities Committee – PROUD. It promotes and guarantees equal opportunities within the University by identifying forms of discrimination, direct or indirect, which hinder the full realization of equal opportunities in guidance, professional training, access to work, remuneration and progression career of university staff and by promoting the initiatives necessary for their removal.

PROUD, in collaboration with non-profit organizations and / or high school institutes, promotes initiatives aimed at raising awareness on the issue of gender-based violence and on other issues of particular socio-cultural importance.

Moreover, the Committee is the promoter of the event dedicated to the celebration of the World Book and Copyright Day. In this event open to citizens, writers, philosophers, poets and artists participate; readings, exhibitions and musical performances are expected to be part of the initiative. The purpose of the event is to help promote the reading and publication of texts, while raising awareness on the subject of intellectual property protection.

In compliance with the mission of promoting the direct application and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic development of civil society, the University Library made its bibliographic and documentary resources available to the community of scholars and external users. Such an initiative promotes the dissemination and development of knowledge through a direct relationship with the national and international territory.

Through its participation in the National Library Service and the Archivio Collettivo Nazionale dei Periodici (ACNP), the Library gave visibility to its collections and therefore was able to become a privileged place of consultation in Central Italy for all those interested in the disciplines it deals with. The entire bibliographic sector dedicated to studies on translation and interpreting (from audiovisual to legal translation, from simultaneous to automated translation, etc.) is in fact a unicum in the city of Rome. The numerous books and periodicals owned by the Library, were purchased after a rigorous selective work on the products published by the most important national and international publishing houses. This is why it has been possible for years to find in the UNINT Library volumes otherwise present mostly in university libraries in Northern Italy. It is clear the relevance of this for all those in our city who love the subject, whether they are university students, professors, translators and interpreters, or citizens engaged in the multifaceted translation experience. Thus, all the users, internal or external to the University, can benefit from the decision of the University to positively interact with the territory.

The new library accessions for the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Political Science and the connection to new databases increased the number of external users. External visitors are attracted not only by the documentary richness of the library, but also by the numerous cultural and educational initiatives carried out in it.

Disseminating the results of research activities to stakeholders and more generally to all citizens is among the objectives of the University Research Centres. Sharing these results has the merit of: (a) promoting the dissemination of knowledge, in some cases even among high school students; (b) raising awareness among citizens on issues of particular socio-cultural importance; (c) contributing to spreading and / or strengthening civil awareness.

LabSciMat - LABORATORY OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES: the Centre promotes the research, application and disclosure of mathematical sciences with reference to the historical aspects and fundamentals, in synergy with the scientific and university environment, as well as with attention to industrial research. Particular attention will be paid to frequent refresher courses for school teachers and to innovation in the field of education, focusing on the epistemology and history of science.

DRC - DISABILITY RESEARCH CENTRE: the Centre was created in response to the national need to launch an active monitoring programme of the diagnostic, rehabilitative and educational needs regarding disabilities. The Centre’s main aim is to carry out training and research development activity in the field of epidemiology, prevention, rehabilitation, and behavioural psychology applied to education.

CLC - CORPUS LINGUISTICS CENTRE: the Centre undertakes scientific development-oriented research activities in the following fields: corpus-based sociolinguistics (specialised and sectorial variation), corpus-based acquisitional linguistics (L2 variation), corpus-based discourse and communication analysis, parallel and/or comparable corpus-based translation, translation memories and other databases, and corpus-based terminology and phraseology.

 MADEINT - MADE IN ITALY RESEARCH CENTRE: the Centre focuses on the study of the structural and management dynamics of Made in Italy, with particular attention to strategies of internationalisation. The Centre is organised into six research areas focused on the perception of Italy and Italian brands on the international markets, on the analysis of the most attractive foreign markets, on the features and trends of the economic and Made in Italy sectors, on tourism, and on legislation safeguarding national products and brands.

CIVIL PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY ACADEMY: the Information, Training and Research Centre is the link that unites local authorities, research organisations, trade associations, institutions, and the staff involved in civil protection and emergency management. The Academy’s main aim is to provide useful instruments to contain or, indeed, prevent both natural and man-made catastrophic events, such as seismic and hydrogeological risk, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risk, risk of terrorist attacks, meteorological risk, volcanic risk, and fire risk.

CIRCGE - INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON GENDER CULTURES: the Centre aims to contribute to the development and dissemination of gender cultures, understood as cultures of integration, tolerance and fight against all forms of discrimination. It promotes and advances the knowledge of cross-disciplinary issues concerning gender cultures and training in cultural, linguistic, legal, economic and political areas. Furthermore, it proposes itself as a place for discussions about cross-cultural comparison aimed at increasing synergies between academia and civil society.
GEODI - RESEARCH CENTRE ON GEOPOLITICS AND COMPARATIVE LAW: the Research Centre was initially composed of a working group specialized in North African issues and is linked to the Master's Degree programme in Investigation, Crime and International Security. The programme aims at training analysts and operators in the field of security and intelligence with a set of geopolitical and legal skills. The vision behind the Master’s Degree is a systemic vision of national interests, in the European and Atlantic framework. We are experiencing great transformations concerning the "underground" of Western civilization, where the categories of law and geopolitical analysis meet.
CRITE - INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH CENTRE ON THE ORIGIN, DEVELOPMENT AND FALL OF 20th CENTURY EUROPEAN TOTALITARIANISMS: the Centre was created to promote historical, political, cultural, literary and economic research on the phenomena responsible for the origin, development, rooting and fall of the 20th century European totalitarianisms. Aim of the Centre is to overcome the fragmentation of specific studies and develop an interdisciplinary scientific investigation capable of composing a European historical-cultural framework susceptible to a comparative investigation. Through this investigation it will be possible to highlight: the historical development that led from revolution to authoritarianism; the cultural phenomena that prepared, supported and then fought the dictatorial systems; the literature that has, to varying degrees, contributed to creating an epic of the revolution and later of the regime; the art and architecture that have characterized the iconology of the regimes; their economic features and policies; the function and role of trade unionism; the role of press and propaganda; the role of the army.

The “UNINTRAPRENDENZA” Call for applications is one of the activities through which the University interacts with its students. Students have the opportunity to present autonomously conceived projects to a commission, that assesses them and selects the best ones. The selection is done on the basis of predefined criteria expressed in the Call for applications. To be selected, projects must: have sociocultural relevance; be original and creative; be reserved to a high number of people; be accessible to the community; be functional to enhancing the skills of the proposing students.