The recent publication of the annual Times Higher Education - World University rankings confirms the academic excellence and prestigious reputation of the VIU Member Universities.
Five out of the eleven Universities which constitute the VIU network ranked among the top 200 Universities in the world:
# 023 Duke University
# 048 LMU
# 052 Tsinghua University
# 150 Boston College
# 158 Tel Aviv University
Under the Presidency of Ambassador Vattani the University of Padua has joined VIU this year.
The University of Padua is the second oldest University in Italy. Along with such Universities as Bologna, Paris, Oxford and Cambridge, that of Padua was one of the first to exemplify the idea of a Gymnasium Omnium Disciplinarum.
Today, the University of Padua covers all fields of academic teaching and research and it is very active in the field of international cooperation.
In the past years VIU and its Members Universities have joined in several initiatives with Padua. A new project, the Digital Workshop Space, Time and City, Training and Teaching in a Digital Laboratory is about to start involving experts and professors of the Iuav University of Venice, Duke University and the University of Padua.