Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

President of the Italian Republic, 1999-2006

President of Venice International University, 1995-1999



The funeral of President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has taken place in Rome, following his death on Friday, September 16, 2016. He was 95 years old.


Carlo Azeglio Ciampi was the first President of VIU, from 1996 to 1999, the year in which he became President of the Republic of Italy; a fitting conclusion to an illustrious career, first at the Bank of Italy where he became Governor, and later in political roles including various ministerial posts throughout the 1990s, and a period as Prime Minister in 1993-1994. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi was a fine statesman, widely respected for his honesty and integrity.


Prof. Paolo Costa, who was Dean at Venice International University, while Ciampi was VIU President, and who was later Mayor of Venice, recalls how Ciampi held a “conviction that one of the destinies of Venice was to become a great city of scholars”, and that he was a strong supporter of the reconstruction of the Fenice Theatre, which he formally re-opened in 2003.


Ambassador Umberto Vattani, incumbent President of VIU, has released the following statement:


“In this sad moment for all Italians, we at Venice International University share our deepest sympathy with President Ciampi’s wife, Franca, and remember the importance of President Carlo Azeglio’s contribution to the birth and development of our Institution.


“I got to know the President while he was still Governor of the Bank of Italy, and while I was at Palazzo Chigi as Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister.


“I later had the honour of receiving him, when he was Prime Minister, during his first official visit abroad, to Germany, where he delivered a moving Lectio Magistralis at the University of Bonn.


“We met frequently in Rome while I was Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry and I was privileged to participate in a group of functionaries that Prime Minister Prodi and Treasury Minister Ciampi had wished to establish to prepare the negotiations for Italy’s entry into the euro area.


“It is with particular fondness that I recall meetings with him when he had already become President of the Republic, a time in which he demonstrated extraordinary leadership in relaunching Italy’s important role in the negotiations for European expansion.


“These are all personal anecdotes which I hold dear, but what has in particular been relevant for VIU is the eminent figure of a great Italian statesman who had an extraordinary intuition: to found a University which is truly unique in the international academic panorama. Venice International University today has 16 member universities from throughout the world. On the shared campus in Venice, students from all over the globe join a unique transnational, interdisciplinary environment where they take part in academic programs focused on important global challenges: sustainable development, ageing populations and welfare, global ethics and governance, the protection and promotion of cultural heritage, and the role of technology and innovation in society. This is President Ciampi’s legacy at VIU.”


The Dean of VIU, Prof. Carlo Giupponi, has expressed his sadness at the news of President Ciampi’s passing, adding that “as a citizen, I am sorry for the loss of a good man who had done much for his Country”.


President Ciampi’s address during the Inaugural Ceremony of Venice International University in 1997, although spoken 20 years ago, is ever more relevant in the current climate of uncertainty in Europe and conflict further afield. In it he touches on themes of the European project and how it arose from the need to build lasting peace so as to avoid a repetition of the rise of exasperated nationalism, anticipating many of the challenges that the world faces today.


President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi’s address, during the Inaugural Ceremony of Venice International University on 7 June 1997 (in Italian).





On September 19, Venice International University represented by the Dean prof. Carlo Giupponi, participated in the UN Private Sector Forum organized at the UN headquarters in New York.

This year the Forum focused on the role of business in advancing sustainable development to prevent global instability. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Forum was organized in collaboration with the Co-Chairs of the United Nations High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly to address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. With the theme of Business and the 2030 Agenda: Securing the Way Forward, the Private Sector Forum highlighted important connections between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the new Agenda for Humanity – which, together with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Action Agenda on Financing for Development, are pillars of the 2030 Agenda.


Prof. Giupponi will also attend the Fourth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development held on September 21-22 in New York.

The aim of the conference is to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s conference theme is Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice.


On September 26, Venice International University will host the first edition of the Italian Business & SDGs Annual Forum, an initiative promoted by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation. The meeting has been devised to be an important opportunity for a multi-stakeholder discussion on the role that the private sector is called upon to play in support of the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.




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

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


The meeting has been devised to be an important opportunity for a multi-stakeholder discussion on the role that the private sector is called upon to play in support of the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.

The focus on this topic will be intensified through the identifying and sharing of: experience and knowledge, points of interest, discussion topics, further study requirements, and design guidelines. Based on the outcomes of the initiative, the GCNI Foundation will define a plan of activities in support of firms that are willing to get involved by making their own contribution to achieving the SDGs.


An invitation is required to attend the event.


To express interest in this event, please send an e-mail to the following address:




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.


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