Review the number closed, the mechanism of the turnover in the universities and increase interventions for the right to study and to fund universities and research: these are the promises that the Education Minister Maria Clare coach did the representatives of the National Council of University Students ( CNSU) who met in Rome.

The meeting with the minister has met members of the CNSU, who appreciated the fruitful ” exchange of ideas between the board and the ministry, both on the substantive issues relating to university to study law, and on those of method in the relationship between student body and the ministry, “said the president of the organism, Andrea Florin. Another source of satisfaction is the promise that the confrontation between the parties will be maintained and renewed as early as the next few weeks.


The issues that should be addressed in the rest of the meetings between the Minister and the CNSU are some of the central nodes of the Italian university system. Firstly mechanisms for access to university, starting from the most sensitive issue – that is at the center of the debate now years – the number closed. The Minister coach has promised the students a revision, allowing the opening of round table discussions with their representatives for the definition of actions to be taken to deal with all the related problems, starting with the exponential increase of the degree programs in limited number locally.

Another aspect on which coach said it was ready to make changes is that of the turnover of the university and ‘organic points’. The system – designed by former minister Gelmini – which debuted this year, but has already sparked much controversy, especially from the universities in the South , which would be penalized by the criteria used.

In addition to a limited number and turnover, the meeting also talked about the huge issue of the right to education and resources necessary to guarantee it. Currently, a college student out of three is ‘eligible’ to receive the scholarship, but not ‘beneficiary’ because of the shortcomings of state and regional funds. In this regard, the minister said Carrozza, taking a longer time horizon than there would be by studying an upper limit for the increase in tuition fees and also review the division of responsibilities between the State and the regions.

Meanwhile, however, there are emergencies. The first? Recovering the stability in the law of 41 million of state funds for universities virtuosos who have vanished for administrative technicality. And then change course: to increase the structural funds for higher education and research. “A cultural issue,” said the minister coach in Il Sole 24 ORE , adding that it will start a battle with “all possible means of communication to make everyone understand the importance of Italians to invest in research.”