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On Sunday August 3, 2014, Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari met with Ambassador Umberto Vattani, President of VIU, on the island of San Servolo.


It was an honor and a pleasure for VIU to welcome Minister Amari, who expressed a strong interest in the unique approach of VIU towards the global challenges of today.


pdf Press release (only Italian).

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Pietro Consagra - Doppia Bifrontale (Double Bifrontal)
2011, VIU Campus Collection



In a recent interview Ambassador Umberto Vattani, President of the Venice International University, recalls his long and untiring work for the promotion of Italian art and culture, which opened the way to a real "cultural diplomacy".


Milestones in this process are the creation by Vattani of the collection of contemporary art at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999, the many cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institutes, the exhibitions of the works of important Italian artists all over the world and the support to young Italian artists to link with international artistic trends.


Today, similar cultural exchanges involve Chinese artists, who are invited to visit Italy thanks to a cooperation with Tongji University, Member of VIU.


Please visit this link to read the entire interview (only in Italian).



address the question of democratic transition in the MENA region following the "Arab Spring" events.

In this complex political context, new governments and civil societies should address the principles of good governance.


in-depth analysis of democratic governance issues such as free and fair elections, constitutional reform, political pluralism, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality, transitional justice mechanisms, state accountability, separation of powers and independence of the judiciary.


pdf Program


young professionals from Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, with an even balance of women and men, who are involved in the political institutions of their countries.



from the Council of Europe and the European Union, staff of the Council of Europe and Academics from the member universities of EIUC, VIU and from the Maghreb region.



VIU and EIUC campuses



Opening Ceremony: Saturday April 5th at 5pm, Aula Magna, VIU

Course: from Sunday April 6th to Saturday April 12th 2014



the European Union, the Council of Europe, EIUC and VIU


pdf Press release

in occasion of the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Prof. Andrea Rinaldo


8-9 May 2014, Venice International University, Venice, Italy


Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) conferred an honorary doctorate to Professor Andrea Rinaldo of the University of Padua and the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. The award ceremony took place at Venice International University on the evening of 8 May 2014.


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In this occasion VIU and INRS jointly promoted an interdisciplinary workshop on Frontiers in Hydrology and Hydrogeoscience that was held at VIU on May 8-9.


Research advances in the interconnected disciplines of Earth system science are being driven by the need to better integrate our understanding of processes across the atmosphere, land surface, and subsurface environments over a wide range of spatio-temporal scales, and by growing challenges related to water, energy, and other resources in the face of global ecosystem changes. This workshop brought together researchers and graduate students working at the forefront of hydrology, environmental modeling, and hydrogeoscience.


The themes of the worshop were: characterization of transport dynamics at the watershed scale; groundwater, carbon sequestration, and geothermal phenomena in deep reservoirs; the interactions between water (fresh and saline), sediment, and vegetation in coastal ecosystems; methodologies for parameter estimation and data assimilation that optimally utilize data from simulation models and observation networks; and several other topics related to subsurface and surface waters. The lecture sessions were followed by roundtable and breakout discussion sessions aimed at spurring new collaborations between participating researchers and institutes.


The detailed program of the event

Honorary Doctorate to Prof. Rinaldo: Photo gallery


Venice International University will take part in the 2013 edition of the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (December 8, 2013 – February 18, 2014).


VIU will be hosted in the "Iuav University of Venice" Pavillon and will present the Visualizing Venice Summer Workshop, a revolutionary project based on 3D modelling, visualization, and mapping technologies used to investigate changes over time and dynamic processes in urban and rural environments.


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More information on the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale here


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