Compared to public universities, which mark a -17 percent of registrations, the number of enrolled in universities online is steadily growing for ten years now: rose from 1,500 in 2003 to 39,792 in 2013, with an average annual increase of 16 per cent . And those who attend the university at a distance now account for 2 percent of the total. This was revealed by a survey conducted by just one of these telematic universities, namely the University “Nicholas of Cuba” in Rome, founded in 2006 and today ranks first among the structures recognized by the Ministry of Education for the number of graduates and educational activities proposed.

The continuous growth in the number of subscribers to the universities online is due to several factors, which then are the strengths of distance education: in two words, savings and convenience . Study, in fact, involves a considerable economic impact, especially for offsite, they face the costs of travel, meals and accommodation, as well as for the educational materials. And if you choose a private university, you also need to add a line not just economic. In this sense, the telematic universities help drive down costs.


Apart from that distance learning is also able to help those going to take lessons when unable, such as workers who do not want to renounce to achieve a higher level of education or young people who can not afford to move away from home for the high costs involved in the life of a offsite . From the educational point of view, then, the universities online now offer a large selection , which helps to attract more and more students.

As to the identity of those who have actually chosen this type of course of study, it seems that distance education levies acclaim especially among males. According to research conducted by the University Telematics “Nicholas of Cusa,” in fact, the identikit of the student-type telecommunications universities is that of a man aged between 23 and 40 years .

Despite the growth in the number of students to universities online and their success, however, the Minister of Education, University and Research, Maria Chiara Carrozza , is increasingly focusing on the evaluation of the quality of the training offered by this type of institutions, and in the new version of the decree on the three-year program University for 2013-2015, recently signed, has even predicted a halt to the creation of additional telematic universities.