This morning, the agreement protocol for the Venice City Campus was signed at Ca’ Farsetti, the headquarters of the Municipality of Venice. The Venice Sustainability Foundation (VSF/FVCMS), the Veneto Region, the Municipality of Venice, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Iuav University of Venice, the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, and the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory of Music in Venice have agreed to embark on a joint venture in which knowledge becomes the driving force for progress in the region.
The objective is to establish a center of knowledge and excellence in the lagoon city, capable of attracting, educating, and retaining young talents with advanced expertise, through the quality of educational offerings, research, as well as related services within the context of an inclusive, modern, and sustainable community.
The agreement aims to create an internationally renowned City Campus, spread across the historical city and the mainland (in Venice, in the areas of overlap between the port and the city, in Mestre, in the via Torino area, and in Porto Marghera, around the Scientific Park Vega). It is crucial to enhance the educational offerings, aligning them with the virtuous European average, in order to attract talents from abroad as well.
The protocol was signed by the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, the regional councilor for Education and Training, Elena Donazzan, the Dean of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Tiziana Lippiello, the Dean of Iuav University of Venice, Benno Albrecht, the President of the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, Michele Casarin, the President of the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory of Venice, Fabio Moretti, and the President of the Venice Sustainability Foundation, Renato Brunetta.
Commenting on the agreement, Renato Brunetta, stated: “Venice has a new opportunity. From the monoculture of tourism, a low value-added economy, it is truly possible to rethink the city’s socio-cultural fabric. And this can be achieved through ‘Venice City Campus,’ one of the main areas of activity of the Venice Sustainability Foundation. It is a project aimed at attracting young students, researchers, and teachers to reside in the area. Venice can thus reclaim its role as a center of cultural production that it has held in the past and that is part of its historical identity.”