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Ca' Foscari University of Venice


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Founded on August 6, 1868, as the "Scuola Superiore di Commercio" (Advanced School for Commerce), Ca' Foscari was the first Italian institution to deal with advanced education in Business and Economics. The original main office is still found in the grand gothic palace "volta de canal" (on the bend of the Grand Canal) in Venice's heart.

As a leading center for academic excellence, Ca' Foscari strives to attract and nurture talented scholars globally, offering a unique curriculum and delivering cutting-edge research emerging from the active engagement of the hard and digital sciences with the disciplines of our traditional establishment rooted in social sciences and humanities. Our mission is:

  • Promote scientific advances by undertaking the highest quality research, addressing global questions and deliver acknowledged impact across various disciplines
  • Encourage a transformative learning experience based on dedicated academic tutoring, a research-inspired, demand-led curriculum, and an engaging student life
  • Attract a diverse and international community of scholars and students at the heart of one of the world's most stunning locations
  • Act as an accountable and stable institution, capitalizing on culture and academic excellence to promote civic innovation and economic growth.

As a research university, Ca' Foscari will strive to shape a world-class scientific profile, leveraging the best skills in our traditional fields to explore new directions in cutting-edge research at the frontiers of our disciplines. To achieve this, Ca' Foscari will set out a new research agenda centered around a selection of well-defined themes of global scope and impact, aimed to attract the best scholars worldwide, enhance our research output and international standing, promote the collaborative action among groups and individuals within our faculty and increase our access to competitive research funding.

Providing the best opportunities for our graduates is at the heart of our vision. Ca' Foscari will renew curricula to prepare them to work adaptively in diverse settings and to operate in a global, fast-evolving society. While pursuing scholarly excellence remains the first premise of our new curriculum development plan, our programs will emphasize multidisciplinary knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving as critical elements of a full rounded education scheme they will be shaped around the research drive of our faculty as well as to the expectations of our primary stakeholders, our graduates, to encourage their personal and professional development and provide them with the best career opportunities and vibrant student life throughout their time at Ca' Foscari.

Broadening geographical and cultural diversity will be crucial in fostering international awareness and a global mindset within our community. Ca' Foscari will market the research agenda and a renewed curriculum to attract students, top-quality researchers, and administrative staff worldwide. A window on and for the world, Venice will continue to be a powerful brand for our international outreach. Strengthening our cooperation with the local network of cultural and scientific institutions and with the entrepreneurial fabric will be conducive to creating the critical mass required to engage a more comprehensive international partnership in our development plans.

The presence of research universities is nowadays widely acknowledged as a necessary condition to bring about innovation-based economic development. A critical factor in the economic rise of states and regions is a close tie and frequent collaborations among public institutions, companies, and a network of first-rate universities. Activating and supporting these collaborations is not just in the interest of regions, institutions, and companies, but also of universities. It is also useful for the increased potential of industry funding for demand-led translational research. For the rich humus, these collaborations create for the professional development of their graduates.

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