UniCamillus University’s Third Mission aims at enhancing scientific research, disseminating knowledge outside the academic environment and serving the community.
The University promotes socio-cultural initiatives aimed at enhancing the well-being, social development and cultural growth of the society it operates in.
1) Raising awareness of the meaning of the Third Mission;
2) Promoting the values inherent in the vision and mission of the Third Mission;
3) Sharing and collaborating between stakeholders, both internal and external.
There are multiple categories of stakeholders in UniCamillus’ Third Mission/Social Impact:
Fig. The Stakeholders
The international territory plays a central role in the realization of UniCamillus’ mission, as it fosters value exchanges in the following ways:
On the local level, for the purpose of territorial sustainability, the University aims to generate a positive impact in the urban area where its headquarters are located. As the student and infrastructure capacity grows, UniCamillus contributes to urban, social, and economic regeneration.
The national territory is the natural context where UniCamillus’ medical doctors and healthcare professionals, once graduated, operate in favour of health and well-being.
Fig. Area of Action
At the core of UniCamillus’ Third Mission Strategic Objectives are three foundational and inspiring elements:
Humanitarian Mission, Internationalisation, Inclusive Medicine.
Fig. UniCamillus students’ countries of origin
UniCamillus’ commitment to sustainability, through its Third Mission objectives, aligns with the multiple goals of the 2030 Agenda:
UniCamillus actively participates, through its appointed delegate, in the Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (RUS).
UniCamillus’ internationalisation activities encompass a wide range of actions, including welcoming students from developing countries, implementing “Internationalisation at Home” (IAH) and “Internationalisation of Curriculum” (IOC) initiatives, which involve integrating international, intercultural and/or global elements into student experiences and curricula, as well as conducting humanitarian missions in developing countries.
The humanitarian missions in developing countries, involving UniCamillus’ students and faculty, embody the meaning of UniCamillus’ humanitarian mission. Examples include development cooperation activities, university cooperation and research by the UniCamillus Task Force in South America and Africa, as well as Health Volunteering in Dermatology in Africa.
The topics covered in the latest edition of the UniCamillus Global Health Journal focus on the current state of global health. These include healthcare inequalities in India, gender as a protected social group, home-based therapy strategies to reduce the spread of infections, and tetanus in the war in Afghanistan.
In order to internationalise students’ knowledge and learning experiences, the presence of qualified international tutors is promoted through staff mobility within the Erasmus+ programme.
Conferences, symposia and scientific or public events on topics related to health and healthcare systems at the international level.
Activities for public health, clinical drug trials conducted by the Health Economic Evaluation (HEE) Research Unit specializing in the assessment of the economic impact of new drugs and dedicated to collaboration with international pharmaceutical companies.
In the healthcare sector, inequalities generate a high socio-economic impact. UniCamillus’ mission of promoting “inclusive medicine” aims to reduce inequalities between countries by pursuing equal healthcare conditions for disadvantaged and marginalised social groups, as well as for individual patients, through empowerment and personalised care pathways while respecting different cultures. UniCamillus’ humanitarian missions are a central objective in this regard. Diversity and inclusion also encompass gender equality (Goal 5 of Agenda 2030), including the use of inclusive language to challenge gender stereotypes and promote social change, and the establishment of an “Alias Career” within the University.
The UniCamillus Guarantee Committee for Equal Opportunities is a representative body of tutors, administrative and technical staff and students whose purpose is to implement activities for the promotion of equal opportunities, the enhancement of well-being as well as initiatives against any form of discrimination within the University, in accordance with the provisions of specific regulations.
The Delegate for Equal Opportunities is dedicated to the development of this important area of activity.
• Language inclusion activities,
• Counselling for students,
• Gender balance implementation,
• Disability and learning disabilities support desk,
• Establishment of the UniCamillus Language Centre (UCLC).
May 23rd saw the presentation of UniCamillus’ 2023 gender balance report, during which data on gender distribution within the different components and governance roles of the University were presented.
UniCamillus is committed to promoting health education and prevention through partnerships and initiatives aimed at the general public. This includes activities of public engagement that are closely integrated with our programmes, focusing on:
• Organising culturally beneficial activities,
• Engaging and interacting with the University community,
• Scientific dissemination,
• Producing social and educational public goods,
• Engaging in activities related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UniCamillus’ tutors play an active role in disseminating health-related topics through traditional and digital media, engaging in public engagement activities.
These are recreational and cultural events aimed at the local community, with the purpose of promoting and intervening to protect health, in collaboration with UniCamillus students.
• Sports events to raise awareness about the relationship between sports and health, open to the general public and in collaboration with students from healthcare professional programmes.
• Dental prevention campaigns targeting primary and secondary school students, carried out by students from the MSc Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics.
• Participation in National or International Days dedicated to the medical and healthcare professions, in collaboration with students from various programmes and healthcare partner networks.
The UniCamillus Magazine is the University’s official magazine edited by the UniCamillus Editorial Team. It is published every four months and focuses on the academic world, current affairs, scientific research and medicine.
The UniCamillus Management Academy (UMA) is an extracurricular training area dedicated to the development of organisational and managerial skills in healthcare. It offers conferences and informative scientific meetings open to the general public. UMA focuses on the in-depth exploration of specific topics related to organisational as well as managerial innovation, providing educational programmes on Organisation, Communication, and Management of healthcare activities, as well as social impact development.