The 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.

With different historical backgrounds, but with the same aim, in 1997 the University Colleges legally recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research created a body which would represent them externally and which could fulfil the role of coordinating and promoting their common actions: the Permanent Conference of University Colleges.

In 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.


Events and news from University Colleges and the association.

Educational project
progetto educativo