Education Policies Observatory

The data of the national education system have been in front of everyone’s eyes for years. In international rankings, Italian universities are struggling. In educational performance, we are at the bottom of the rankings, highlighting a gulf between North and South that has not been bridged even in the 160 years of unified history.

To remedy this situation, we do not need detailed interventions but structural policies that take time, distinguishing between contingent and long-term challenges.

Education is central to the future of any country. Yet, according to all indicators, in Italy, although it has played and is still playing a very important role in social advancement, enabling the social rise of millions of Italians, the education system is losing ground compared to others, with the directly related drifts of institutional inefficiency, public corruption and organised crime.

Qualitative investment in education pays off at the national level since, as is well known, there is a direct relationship between school quality and GDP growth. It is no coincidence that countries that invest more in education become richer, and in Italy, even a small increase in the OECD-PISA indicators could lead to a 5% increase in GDP.

Therefore, it is necessary to initiate a political and cultural debate in our country on education.

In this sense, the objectives that the Eurispes Observatory on Education Policies has set itself are to place the issue of education at the centre of the political, scientific and cultural debate with initiatives and research; to monitor the quality of expenditure and the effectiveness of the reforms linked to the educational mission of the PNRR.

In this initiative, we have involved the most significant pedagogical associations, the most prestigious cultural institutions, public institutions, as well as experts and sectors that have to contaminate education. This is an area that represents a meeting point for all sciences, in the knowledge that education is so important for society that it cannot be dealt with by educators alone.

The Observatory is directed by Mario Caligiuri of the University of Calabria.


Scientific Committee

Deputy Directors

Elena Ugolini, former Undersecretary for Education in the Monti Government

Alberto Felice De Toni, President of the Foundation of the Conference of Italian University Rectors



Benedetta Cosmi, journalist and writer


Members of the Scientific Committee

Gerolamo Balata, Director Eurispes office for the Region of Sardinia

Paolo Benanti, Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome

Pier Giorgio Bianchi, CEO of Talents Venture

Paolo Calabresi, President of the Italian Society of Neuroscience

Giovanni Cannata, Magnificent Rector Universitas Mercatorum

Nunzia Ciardi, Deputy Director of the National Cybersecurity Agency

Luigi D’Alonzo, President of the Italian Society of Special Pedagogy

Liliana Dozza, President of the Italian Society for Educational and Training Research

Maurizio Fabbri, President of the Italian Society of General and Social Pedagogy

Donato Ferri, MED Managing Partner Ernst Young

Luigi Fiorentino, Head of Cabinet Ministry of Education

Massimiliano Fiorucci, President Italian Society of Pedagogy

Franco Gallo, President Treccani Institute

Maria Amata Garito, Permanent Member of the Club of The Rectors of Europe

Antonello Giannelli, President of the National Association of Headmasters

Francesco Grillo, Director of the think tank ” Vision “.

Giovanni Lo Storto, Director General Luiss University of Rome

Pietro Lucisano, President of the Italian Society for Educational Research

Mario Mariani, CEO of Pearson Europe

Alberto Mattiacci, Professor of Economics and Business Management at ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, President of the Scientific Committee of Eurispes

Evgeny Morozov, Sociologist, Visiting Professor Stanford University

Ferruccio Resta, President of the Conference of Italian University Rectors

Roberto Ricci, President Invalsi

Pier Cesare Rivoltella, President of the Media Education Research Society

Rosy Russo, President “Parole Ostili” Association

Arianna Saulini, Advocacy Manager for Save the Children Italy

Domenico Simeone, President of the National University Conference on Education Sciences

Antonio Uricchio, President of the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and Research

Carla Xodo, former President of the Italian Centre for Educational Research


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