European Policy Statement (EPS)


The University of Naples “L’Orientale”, founded in 1732, is the oldest school of Sinology and Oriental Studies in Europe and has a strong tradition of language, cultural and social studies, relating to Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. It has consolidated its experience in the field of European and international cooperation through its connection with more than 250 universities: in Europe through the Erasmus (Study and Placement) network and outside Europe through special agreements with African, Asiatic, American and Oceanian universities.

Despite its focus on humanities, every year many foreign students come to L’Orientale for one semester or an academic year and find an environment attentive on cultural specificties of everyone, and many italian students go abroad to experience rare and internationally oriented educational paths. It is involved and collaborates with universities throughout the world in promoting activities and projects focused on multicultural cooperation and dialogue, social integration, antidiscrimination, diversity and protection of human rights.

Thanks to the LLP Erasmus Programme, L’Orientale offers to national and foreign students the chance to be part of a consolidated european programme that allows them to experiment different teaching and learning models, different ways of life, thus contributing to reinforcing european citizenship. Through the numerous bilateral agreements with extra-european universities and institutions, one of the main features of its internationalisation strategy, L’Orientale gives students the possibility to reach almost every country of the world in order to have absolutely unique study and mobility experiences. Through the LLP Leonardo PLM Programme, the University has gradually enriched its network with public and private institutions, companies and organizations to foster international trainings for students and graduates, in order to promote international mobility helping young people in acceding the labour market.

The University has implemented the TANDEM programme: foreign students are assisted by an italian tutor or student in order to simplify their integration into the academic and social life of Naples. Recognizing international mobility as fundamental to enrich students’ curricula and skills, L’Orientale is constantly engaged in informing and tutoring outgoing and incoming students and aims, in the next years, at increasing the above mentioned activities within the framework of rules set by European authorities. Furthermore, the University pays a strong attention to the composition of its network and is working to the enlargement of its cooperation partnerships to new international institutions. L’Orientale has a dedicated office (SORT) that gives students and graduates wide information about courses, academic programs and laboratories, and organizes national and international internships and a vocational office for disabled students (SOD) that informs about all the dedicated services offered, administrative support, logistic accompanying, psychological counselling, specialized tutorship, IT support. In fact, disabled students are actively involved in both Erasmus and extra-European mobility programmes set by L’Orientale.

Having the students as main target-group, the International Relations Office in collaboration with SORT, SOD, Academic Secretary’s Office and the academic staff involved in international mobility activities, ensure the following services:

  • welcome services
  • support for the accommodation and stay
  • help desk
  • language courses
  • translation and interpreting
  • visas assistance
  • medical insurance
  • administrative support

Beyond the courses on Foreign Language and Literature offered within the 2nd cycle degrees and taught in the respective foreign language, l’Orientale has begun experimenting some courses taught in English for students of social sciences and humanities. It is also involved in numerous co-tutoral doctoral european and extra-european programmes and has a running double degree programme with Hanoi University.

Concerning the implementation of double/multiple/joint degree programmes, L’Orientale has recently developed some experimentations with european and extra-european universities. These experiences have not yet beenformalized in integrated scientific paths because of the strict national rules, nonetheless they have originated good practices of Erasmus mobility, scholarships, services and brief common didactical activities that can surely be considered preparatory to the definition of the above mentioned programmes.

L’Orientale is also consolidating its experience in the management of international cooperation and research projects within the 7th Framework Programmme, EuropAid, LLP Jean Monnet, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus.

L’Orientale aims at supporting and widening its strategy of internationalisation of higher education through education and training, scientific research, international cooperation and mobility, participation in european and international projects.

It will enlarge its international network to new partners chosen in all geographical areas accordingly with the following criteria: similarity of scientific fields, previous good-practices of cooperation, strategic relevance of the cooperation in the perspective of a wider internationalisation strategy.

The sinergy between International Relations Office, European Projects and Financing Office, Academic Secretary’s Office, SORT, SOD and Departments will be reinforced in order to offer a more integrated set of services and opportunities to students of 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle and academic and administrative staff will be more actively involved in mobility thus fostering a better knowledge of education systems of different countries and a deeper cooperation between institutions. ECTS will be fully implemented by adopting a General Regulation stating the common rules and procedures for the recognition of credits to outgoing and incoming students and the organization of mobility periods for students and for academic and administrative staff, in accordance with European guidelines and the Bologna Process. L’Orientale will complete the ongoing procedures to issue the Diploma Supplement and will work to the internationalisation of its course catalogue in two ways: by increasing the number of courses taught in English and enlarging the offer of Italian courses for foreign students in order to allow them to better integrate. L’Orientale will develop double/multiple/joint degrees with partner institutions with which it has already begun a cooperation in this field and will foster the extension of international mobility of scholars and researchers actually shorter than 2 months. 

Through the stenghtening of its internationalisation strategy and the achieving of the above mentioned objectives, L’Orientale will:

  • make its course catalogue more appealing and competitive at european and international level and increase the set of services offered to students thus reducing higher education drop-out rates and including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups;
  • provide national and non national students with the opportunity to enrich their educational CVs with international experiences whose outcomes will be within European Qualification Framework. This will encourage students to complete their higher education paths thus increasing the quantity of graduates at all levels and will improve the competence and relevance of their higher education. The increasing of competence and motivation of graduates and researchers will foster the general process of reform and modernisation of Europe’s higher education;
  • intensify exchanges and cooperation with international institutions in order to increase complementarity between national systems, develop new forms of cross-border cooperation and give to students and researchers the possibility to increase their professional, social and intercultural skills and employability within the European Research Area;
  • promote closer and more effective links between education, research and business, despite the difficulties concerning its humanistic vocation, through the creation of partnerships with public authorities and private professional institutions (the three sides of the “knowledge triangle”), in order to contribute to the economic development of the territory in which the University is located and develop entrepreneurial skills and creative and innovative attitudes that could be employed to better integrate in the labour market;
  • use in a more effective way national and european funds to higher education and try to diversify founding sources by attracting private support and employ own financing.

In this way L’Orientale will contribute to the achievement of the 5 priorities stated by the European Commission in its Modernisastion Agenda for Higher Education and european general objectives stated by Europe 2020 strategy.