Ca’ Foscari University Venice was established in 1868 as the Royal Business College, the first educational institution in Italy to offer higher education in business and economics. Today, it is recognized as one of the best Universities in the country offering its students diverse and ample study programmes which can be distributed through the following areas: economics, languages, science and technology, and humanities Ca’ Foscari is organized into 8 departments carrying out both research and teaching, and 6 interdepartmental schools offering a selection of multidisciplinary courses.
The Summer School, the Challenge School and the Graduate School have been established to create summer courses and international exchanges, high level education programmes and doctorate research programmes, respectively. Every day, Ca’ Foscari offers its students the opportunity to live the university experience in an international environment where innovative aspects of research are applied and where new technologies and teaching methodologies are explored. Ca’ Foscari is also characterized by a varied range of cultural events and provides an effective placement system for its graduates entering the employment market. More than 3,500 students graduate from Ca’ Foscari per year. Ca’ Foscari offers a rich portfolio of international study programmes, comprising 5 first cycle degrees, 13 second cycle degrees, 2 professional master courses and 10 research doctorates.
Ca’ Foscari, currently has 116 international cooperation agreements in place, with as many institutions, in 43 countries (EU and non-EU). Ca’ Foscari University Venice is also a sustainable university. In 2010, it was the first Italian University to have participated in the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea “Carbon Programme”. Ca’ Foscari has successfully designed methodologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its activities, ranging from energy consumption to staff mobility and from digital archives to its purchase and supply system. Ca’ Foscari organizes around 800 cultural and scientific events per year and enjoys important relations with international bodies and institutions, both in regards to educational exchange experiences for students and teachers, but also through scientific publications from individual professors, university departments and its international research centers. The university library system holds a wealth of over 1 million volumes.
Within DeFishGear project Ca' Foscari University Venice will investigate presence and distribution of micro and nanoplastics in the marine and coastal environment, as well as evaluate their impacts on marine biota (WP5), so contributing to the development of a regional strategy to reduce marine litter pollution in the Adriatic Sea according to recent EU directives.