On April 10, 2014 the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Michele Valensise intervened during the Training Academy for Democratic Governance with a presentation on "L'engagement international de l'Italie dans le domaine des droits de l'homme et la lutte contre la violence sur le femme".
The Academy for Training in "Democratic Governance for Young Professionals of Southern Mediterranean Countries" was set up at Venice International University in cooperation with EIUC and the Council of Europe. A series of courses on "Democratic Governance for Young Professionals of Southern Mediterranean Countries" are planned for the training of the new generation of Arab country leaders, the goal of which is to build a bridge between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean.
Human rights were prominent among the themes of the course, attended by 14 participants from Morocco, 16 from Tunisia and 7 from Algeria, 25 of whom were women and 10 men. The same theme was at the centre of the intervention by Secretary General Michele Valensise. The course was organised by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the European Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and Venice International University (VIU), and is part of the joint European Union and Council of Europe "Strengthening Democratic reform in the Southern Neighbourhood" (South Programme).
On February 20, 2014 at 3pm, VIU will host the first social event for visiting scholars of the fledgling
Venice Research District.
The goal of the District is to strengthen the network of research organizations in the Venice area, in order to achieve excellence in research, innovation and technological transfer and to develop innovative joint projects and programs. Interdisciplinarity and internationalization are key, and will form the foundation of a competitive advantage in national and international funding applications.
Through the Venice Research District, Venice can become an attractive international campus for visiting professors and scholars who will benefit from the enhanced network of research institutions. Professors of Venice International University’s member universities will have the opportunity to meet colleagues and access the facilities and services (eg. the libraries) of other institutions in Venice.
The Venetian Research District is the outcome of the commitment undertaken by signatories of the Joint Venice Statement for Collaborative Research, signed on the occasion of the UNESCO World Science Day in 2011, whose first aim is to promote the development of scientific research within an effective collaboration in agreement with the fundamental principles of the freedom of movement and the freedom of expression as expressed in Article 33 of the Italian Constitution.
On November 8, 2013, Venice International University obtained the release, from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), of the Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008 certification for the "Design and provision of undergraduate, graduate and advanced training courses and programs".
ISO 9001:2008 is an internationally recognized standard, which proves that VIU quality management system has been certified against a best practice standard and found compliant. The standard applies to the processes with an impact on quality and emphasises continual improvement and customer satisfaction.
Ecomondo (November 6-9, Rimini, Italy) is one of the most important fairs on green technologies and lifestyles both at national and international level. It is also a place where new models of economic growth, driven by a focus on innovation and clean technologies, are discussed by different stakeholders, such as trade associations, governments, NGO's and all types of industries and goods manufacturers.
Città Sostenibile (Sustainable City) is one of the collateral events offering an excellent occasion to present examples of best practices for the sustainability of cities and to discuss their interdisciplinary aspects at botha European and international level.
On November 7, Città Sostenibile will host the conference “Sustainable Universities”, focusing on the experiences of different Italian Universities on this matter. Universities, as education and training places, could play a very effective role as promoters of projects, strategies and actions coherent with the concept of Sustainable Development.
VIU will be present both at the Conference and with a stand to share the activities and programs carried out to promote the development of a Sustainable Society among relevant stakeholders.
VIU President Umberto Vattani officially presented the new VIU logo at the Opening Ceremony of the VIU Fall Term. Watch its genesis! Designed by Studio Cheste, Venezia.