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 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.
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.
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.
Ca’ Foscari is one of the top 200 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2016 by subject for Economics, Econometrics and Modern Languages, and among the top seven in Italy. Ca’ Foscari was also ranked fifth in the country for Accounting and Finance, Environmental and Development Studies and seventh for History.
Ca’ Foscari was ranked fifth in the country for Research, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Ca' Foscari was ranked 87th of the 407 institutions participating in the GreenMetric ranking of universities by environmental impact and sustainability compiled by Universitas Indonesia in 2015, higher than any other participating Italian university.
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