On 26 September the first edition of the Italian Business & SDGs Annual Forum has been held in Venice at VIU - Venice International University (Island of San Servolo).

The Forum was promoted by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation with the collaboration of VIU and the support of FriulAdria and Edison SpA.

During the summer months at VIU, there are perhaps fewer students on the island campus of San Servolo, but nevertheless, within the walls of the conference halls and seminar rooms, VIU continues to be a hub of activity.

VIU's campus lends itself especially well during this period to intensive residential programs, with the calmness of the parkland on the island, and the noiselessness of the lagoon beyond; San Servolo is connected, yet detached from the bustling city of Venice, which is of course an attractive destination for attendees.

Every July, VIU together with different partners, organizes a series of high-level research symposia:

July 10-22, 2016
Brain exploration and epilepsy surgery
International School of Neurological Sciences in Venice

The course is targeted to neurologists, neuropediatricians, neurophysiolgists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons and neuroscientists interested in phathophysiology, diagnosis and management of pharmacoresistant epilepsies and in the development of epilepsy surgery programs.


July 10-16, 2016
International School on Lasers in Materials Science
PhD students and young research scientists working in the field of laser-materials interactions. It aims at educating doctorate students in the principles of laser-surface interactions, along with bringing students up-to-date with current state-of-the art in laser materials processing.

July 18-23, 2016
CESifo Venice Summer Institute
The Institute focuses on themes of current interest in European and global economic policy and brings together international economists working on economic policy topics for workshops, panel meetings and discussion.
This year, the main topics are:
The Economics of philanthropy; Disrupted Economic Relationships: Disasters, Sanctions, Dissolutions; Political Economy Aspects of Income (Re-)Distribution; The Economics of Peace and War; Climate Change and Migration



Italy and Japan praise a long lasting history of cultural and commercial relations over the past centuries, endorsed by tight diplomatic relations celebrated this year on their 150th anniversary with a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.


ambasciatore vattani onorificenza 2016On May 11, 2016 Ambassador Umberto Vattani, President of Venice International University, received the Grand Cordon decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun by Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Order of the Rising Sun was established in 1875 as Japan's first award, honoured by the Japanese Government; it features rays of sunlight radiating from the rising sun and a pendant flower, and is conferred to a person who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of services and achievements.

President Vattani has assiduously worked in building up strong and fertile relations between the two countries, during his long service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy as Secretary General, and as personal delegate of the Italian Prime Minister during the G7 meetings.
He is President of the Italy-Japan Foundation, that supports important economic initiatives, cultural exchange and artistic activities, personally curated since 2001 by Ambassador Vattani both in Italy and in Japan.


Thanks to Ambassador Vattani’s efforts, Japan has a valuable representative in Venice International University with Waseda University (Tokyo), one of the 16 member universities from all over the world in VIU consortium.


Visit also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website


Link (Ita): http://www.esteri.it/mae/it/sala_stampa/archivionotizie/approfondimenti/giappone-onorificenza-a-umberto.html





The University of Rome "Tor Vergata" officially became a Member of VIU following a unanimous vote during the Assembly Meeting of VIU on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

The Rector of "Tor Vergata", Professor Giuseppe Novelli, joined the meeting and was greeted by the VIU President, Ambassador Umberto Vattani, and the Rectors and representatives of all the Partner Universities.

The University of Rome "Tor Vergata" was established in 1982 and is structured in 6 Schools (Economics, Law, Engineering, Humanities and Philosophy, Medical School and Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences) which are organized in 19 Departments.

"Tor Vergata" has 39,000 graduate and postgraduate students and offers 112 degree courses (3- and 5-year degree courses and Master degrees) and 31 PhD courses.


University of Tor Vergata website



giupponi largeOn March 12, 2016, the Governing Bodies of VIU convened in San Servolo for the meetings of the Assembly and the Board of Directors. On that occasion, Professor Carlo Giupponi was elected as the new Dean of VIU.

Professor Giupponi succeeds Professor Agar Brugiavini, who held the position of Dean of VIU from 2012 to 2016.

Professor Giupponi is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Ca' Foscari University Venice and Director of the Interdepartmental VICCS Centre (Venice Centre for Climate Studies).

His research activity focuses on sustainability, valuation methods, the integrated assessment and management of natural resources, with a focus on water and agriculture and the interactions with global change drivers.

He is currently responsible for several European and national projects in the fields of climate change, water management, agri-environmental policy and water pollution. He has authored or co-authored over 230 scientific and professional papers. He is currently a member of several scientific societies, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), a member of the council of the European Climate Forum.




Message from the Dean






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