Ca' Foscari University of Venice
|Ca' Foscari University of Venice|
|Università Ca' Foscari Venezia|
Ca' Foscari and Palazzo Giustinian
|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. The University has almost 19,000 students.
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.
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
Università Ca' Foscari last participated in the Institutional Evaluation Programme of the European University Association in 1999. It was not among the fifteen Italian universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings top 500 for 2013–14, nor among the nineteen Italian universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities top 500 for 2013. In the QS World University Rankings for 2013–14 it was ranked 701+, in 21st= (i.e., last-equal) place of the twenty-six Italian universities in the ranking.
In the QS World University Rankings by subject for 2014, Ca' Foscari was ranked 150–200 in both the economics and econometrics and the history and archaeology subject areas.
Ca' Foscari was ranked 105th of the 301 institutions participating in the Greenmetric ranking of universities by environmental impact and sustainability compiled by Universitas Indonesia in 2013, higher than any other participating Italian university.
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