Policy and principles


Conscious of the role that universities play in the research field, advanced training and spread of knowledge (as a tool of emancipation and cultural/civil progress), UPO recognises and universally promotes the ethical principles shared by the international research, teaching and university system communities.

It considers moral ethics and behavioural responsibility to be fundamental values in the pursuit of institutional goals, to promote merit and excellence, along with the exchange of ideas with national and international scientific communities. It promotes a high level of social, institutional and individual responsibility and commitment, also through the creation of a professional environment that remains open to debate and correct interpersonal relations, revolving around personal values.

Specifically, UPO proposes collaboration with the community, institutions, financial bodies, business and service sectors, in order to:

  • increase competitiveness on national and international levels among key players in the research field
  • increase the possibility of attracting international researchers with proven competence in all academic fields
  • increasing interrelations between various fields of research, promoting integration of technical-scientific, biomedical, humanities, social and legal knowledge in a European perspective of open, inclusive and responsible science
  • Support in updating of laboratories with long-term investment for technologically advanced large-scale infrastractures.

UPO also adopts full and open access policies regarding scientific/academic literature and promotes free circulation of research results (as stated in the Statute).

 UPO recognises the principles and tools of Open Science as an opportunity for growth in university research, with important results in the field of training and its cultural mission hailed widely by the academic community – from the definition of policies for promotion, sensitisation and support, to access to scientific publications and data.