italian Popular Universities were organized
in the last year of the past century. At that
age, the economical discomfort made impossible,
to the main part of the population, the acces
to elementary knowledges. School was for few
people, Universities more again. Popular Universities
began to engage themselves, not only for the
instruction of citizens of every age and social
condition, but even involving great culture
men that wished to offer part of their time
and knowledge in this enterprise really fascinating
and, for the times, “unconformist”.
We want remember, among the others, some of
the most important italian culture men that
teached in the Popular Universities: Giovanni
Bovio, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Benedetto
Croce, Ludovico Mortara, Roberto Ardigò,
Giocchino Volpe, Luigi Einaudi, Gaetano Salvemini,
Francesco Pullè and many others. After
the second world war, we had a new renaissance
of this Culture Institutes. In 1982, Prof.
O. Ferulano, founded, in Sorrento, the National
Confederation of Italian Popular Universities,
the C.N.U.P.I. The true engine of that enterprise
were, exactly, that ancient Popular Universities,
direct heir of that past so reach of experiences
and story, but even so strong to projet themselves
to the future. After less than ten years,
in 1991, the Italian Ministry of Universities
and Scientific and Technological Research
(MIUR), with an apposite legal decree published
on the Italian Official Law Collection n°
203, 30/08/91, recognized the C.N.U.P.I. like
a perfect Legal Subject, closing a process
that recognized the actuality and the future
potential of a didactic way consecrated from
a story more then secular.
C.N.U.P.I. (National Italian Confederation
of Popular Universities) and its purposes
Among the statutory, but at first historical,
purposes of the Popular Universities belonging
to the C.N.U.P.I., we wish to remember:
- to offer to the citizens of every age and
social conditions, a true service of cultural
growth, developing courses in relation of
- to control the learning of the worker citizens
(the long-life learning concept).
- to develop the formation and the special
knowledge of the one that has to introduce
themselves in the world of working.
All this is, today, really difficult.
True complexity show, in national and europeistic
implications: the legal ambient considered,
the connection with local Departments, Universities,
and Culture Institutes; the legal fiscal laws
for this kind of Institutes; the long-life
learning. C.N.U.P.I. offers to its Universities
technical supporting in regard of the relations
with the Ministry, the regional laws, the
territory, everything to the service for the
citizen. C.N.U.P.I offer his aid to the Popular
Universities of new foundation.
C.N.U.P.I defends the diction “Popular
University” in regard to the ones that
intend to use a name that doesn’t belong
to his culture and history.
Universities and Europe
of Permanent Education of citizens and Long-life
Learnig, Italy is quickly levelling his legislation
to the European outline. So we have new important
prospects for the job of the Italian Popular
Universities. Our Confederation is integral
part of European Association of Education
of the Adults that, in turn, works with Unesco
and European Parlament to stimulate, direct
and realize the appropriate cultural politic.
So, a Popular University belonged to the C.N.U.P.I.
can suddenly gives an international and europeistic
direction to its activities and projects.
Universities and Research
of C.N.U.P.I. in the National Register of
Research Institute with its own number of
research (41790YCU) makes possible, for a
confederate University, the realization of
a perfect union between didactic and research
dimension. The legal opportunities and the
possibility to help the research progress
in different fields are numerous and C.N.U.P.I.
is glad to help the job of its confederated
for these purposes.
Universities like net of national resources
sphere of our Confederation, didactic, operative
and programmatic resources of an University,
are available for every other branch. This
make possible, for an University, to grow
quickly, starting from a fixed point were
the other branches have realized experiences
The Scientific Committee of C.N.U.P.I., formed
by academic, orients and aids the specialized
programs of every confederate University.
C.N.U.P.I. is also member of Italian Association
of Education of Adults