European Parliament

Brussels focusing on Sardinian-Maghreb relations

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

"Be believe that we must not withdraw into ourselves and that Sardinia can build its future by connecting and building relations with its neighbours".

Graziano Milia, Head of External Relations of Fondazione di Sardegna, thus describes the spirit that prompted in 2015 the launch of the ForMed project, offering 100 study grants to Maghreb students to enrol at the Universities of Sassari and Cagliari.

This project, soon to end in August 2019, was presented at the European Parliament during the last day of the “Unimed Week in Brussels”, three days of meeting and debates with the representatives of EU institutions and universities coming from both Mediterranean shores.

"When we started ForMed, we thought how to start an initiative that could be useful for universities to boost Mediterranean relations", so "we understood that education and research collaborations could be useful tools to open up to new scenarios”, Milia explained. One hundred grants are "so many if you think that Erasmus+ funds 5,000 grants" UNIMED Director Marcello Scalisi said, who promoted the event in Brussels.