first Italian University Colleges date back to the 14th century, although their
greatest development occurred during Renaissance and in the last century. Since
the beginning their main objective has been to foster students’ social
promotion based on merit.
During the 20th century,
the University Colleges had the aim of growing responsible leaders ready to
face a complex and ever changing modern society. For this reason, the Italian state
felt the need to sustain the centuries-old history of the University Colleges,
recognizing their role as institutions of cultural high profile. The University
Colleges are educational centres of excellence, that be going beyond the mere
residential services, have been enriching the educational and training
activities of the most prestigious Italian universities.
From the need for a
representative entity, the Colleges legally recognized by the Ministry gave
birth in 1995 to a representative body, called the CCU - ‘Conferenza permanente dei Collegi Universitari’ (the Permanent Conference of University Colleges).
2011, the Conference was established as an Association with a legal seat in Rome,
a statute and a new legal name: CCUM - Conferenza dei Collegi Universitari di Merito.