Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
|Latin: Venetiarum universitas in domo Foscari|
|Established||6 August 1868|
Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italian: Università Ca' Foscari Venezia) is a public university in Venice, Italy; it is usually known simply as Università Ca' Foscari. Since its foundation in 1868 it has been housed in the Venetian Gothic palace of Ca' Foscari, from which it takes its name. The palace stands on the Grand Canal, between the Rialto and San Marco, in the sestiere of Dorsoduro.
The institute became a university in 1968. It currently has eight departments and almost 21,000 students. It is one of the highest ranked universities in Italy, ranking 5th in 2017 out of 89 universites.
The institution was founded as the Regia Scuola Superiore di Commercio ("royal high school of commerce") by a Royal Decree dated 6 August 1868, and teaching commenced in December of the same year. The idea of establishing such a school had arisen after the annexation of the Veneto to the new Kingdom of Italy in 1866, and was promoted by three people in particular: the Jewish political economist Luigi Luzzatti, later Prime Minister of Italy; Edoardo Deodati, senator of the Kingdom of Italy and vice-president of the province of Venice; and the Sicilian political economist Francesco Ferrara, director of the school for its first thirty years.
The school was the first institute of higher education in commerce in Italy, and was from the outset conceived as a national rather than a regional institution; it had a diplomatic arm to prepare commercial consular staff for overseas service, and was also a training college for secondary school teachers of commercial subjects. Foreign languages were taught from the start. The school was modelled on the Institut Supérieur de Commerce d'Anvers, founded in 1853 in Antwerp, Belgium.
Following the establishment of a national syllabus for university teaching in 1935, the Istituto Superiore di Economia e Commercio di Venezia, as it was by then called, was authorised to teach and award four-year laurea degrees. In 1968 it obtained university status, and the name was changed to Università degli Studi di Venezia. In the following year two new faculties were created, of industrial chemistry and of philosophy and letters.
The university is divided into eight departments:
- Philosophy and cultural heritage
- Environmental science, computer science and statistics
- Molecular science and nanosystems
- Linguistic and comparative cultural studies
- Asian and Mediterranean African studies
The QS World University Ranking by subject has placed Ca’ Foscari of Venice among the top 150 universities in the world for ‘Arts & Humanities’ and ‘Languages’, and it is among the top 200 for ‘History’. ‘Economics’ has kept its place among the top 250 in the world.
The University is also the third state university in Italy for the quality of research according to ANVUR ratings, the National Agency for the Evaluation of University Research Systems.
Five Ca’ Foscari departments have been awarded additional funding by the Italian Ministry for education for a total of 35 million euros over 5 years, to which another 13.5 million has been made available by the University.
Nobel prize-winner lectures
In 2018 six recipients of the Nobel Prize gave lectures at the university: Robert F. Engle, Martin Karplus, Mario Vargas Llosa, Robert C. Merton, Amartya Sen, Wole Soyinka and Muhammad Yunus.[not in citation given]
Among the alumni of the university are:
- Giuseppe De'Longhi, businessman
- Enrico Dallavecchia, businessman
- Roberto Meneguzzo, banker and investor
- Renzo Rosso, businessman, founder of the clothing brand Diesel
- Michele Boldrin, economist
- Paolo Costa, economist and politician
- Carlo Carraro, economist and Ca' Foscari's sitting president
- Ugo La Malfa, politician
- Flaminio Piccoli, politician
- Lilli Gruber, politician, author, journalist and TV-personality
- Barbara Frale, historian
- Paul Watzlawick, philosopher and psychologist
- Damiano Michieletto, opera director
- Massimiliano Frani, pianist
- Damiano Michieletto, theatre director
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