Ca’ Foscari University is Italy’s first business school and the second in Europe. Over thirty languages are taught at the university. Like the city of Venice which hosts it, the university is a crossroads of culture, fields of research, ideas and creativity.Ca’ Foscari is a modern and dynamic university which, in its eight departments, carries out advanced research projects and innovative study programmes in order to guarantee excellent tertiary educational opportunities. Thanks to its five Interdepartmental schools, Ca’ Foscari offers its students fully integrated, cross-disciplinary study opportunities. Thus, a student in Venice can gain wider and better-structured qualifications: for example, Economics embraces Cultural Patrimony, Languages combine with Economics, Restoration encounters Science. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice also grants companies and external institutions the use of its venues – real “jewels” in the heart of Venice of remarkable historical, artistic, cultural and architectural interest.

Ca’ Foscari is well aware of the university’s role in the formation of future generations and in the spreading of awareness in society. It has adopted the concept of “sustainability” as scholars have defined it since the middle of last century.

The University identifies sustainability as a process which pursues environmental safeguards, the community’s wellbeing, social equality and economic development. It pays particular attention to its responsibilities in the education of its students as their future behaviour and decisions will also be influenced by the teaching they have gained during their time at university.

To this end, Ca’ Foscari has for many years been committed to identifying practices and methods which lead to the development, conservation and enhancement of an environment which increases the community’s wellbeing through a policy of sustainability. The commitment that the university has undertaken has among its goal a reduction in the university’s environmental impact and the promotion of a more responsible way of life among the members of the Ca’ Foscari university community: goals which can be obtained through constant works of analysis and research and thanks to the experiences gained over the years.

The university has identified three sectors in which to integrate sustainability in the actions and behaviour of all its members: teaching-research, governance and environment-community. Through its involvement the Ca’ Foscari University aims at creating awareness and the diffusion of the best practices and the values of sustainability.

The Ateneo Veneto’s “mission”

The Ateneo Veneto since 1812 is committed to fostering science, literature, art and culture in all forms. It is composed by three-hundred Members, all resident in the Veneto region, together with numerous Non-Resident, Honorary and Foreign Members. The Members’ Assembly appoints the Chairman and the Academic Council for their 4-years mandate.

The Ateneo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti was founded on 12 January 1812 by decree of Napoleon I, which merged the Società Veneta di medicina, the Accademia dei Filareti, and the Accademia Veneta letteraria. The first Chairman was the prominent art historian Leopoldo Cicognara.

Throughout the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries the Ateneo served as a forum for debates on crucial matters for the City of Venice in the fields of culture, science, art, literature, medicine, politics, economics and law. Such free discussions on significant issues have continued to characterize the institution, testifying its civic, social and cultural role.

Originally, the building hosted the Scuola di Santa Maria e di San Girolamo During the Sixteenth Century various great architects, painters and sculptors of the Baroque and Mannerist schools embarked upon a major reconstruction of the Scuola; by the beginning of the Seventeenth Century the building’s elements appeared as to date.

On the top floor is the library, which contains around 40,000 volumes, some of them of inestimable historic and artistic value. The art-collection, with works by Tintoretto, Veronese, Palma il Giovane, Zanchi, Fontebasso, Longhi and Vittoria, is also extremely valuable.

The Ateneo Veneto, a non-profit organization, is committed to making full use of its historical and artistic heritage (the building, the art-collection and the library) and to the pursuit of cultural activities, contributing to the City’s life, culture, education, with the ambition of updating and innovating its services and facilities.