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First Edition


5-7 May 2017



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Venice International University, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and the Venice Diplomatic Society, with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice and the collaboration of Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA Italia), will organise the first edition of the Venice Universities' Model European Union on 5-7 May 2017.


The Model European Union is a simulation of the EU legislative procedure. The participants will adopt the roles of the members of the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union, following the steps of the ordinary legislative procedure by which directives and regulations are adopted.


The organizing committee chooses the sample proposals for Directives in advance, so that the participants will be well-prepared on arrival to the VeUMEU in May and whose focus reflects aspects of the European Commission's 2017 work programme to deliver “a Europe that protects, empowers and defends”, in particular priorities 3. “A resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy” and 7. “An Area of Justice and Fundamental Rights Based on Mutual Trust”.

For the 2017 edition the Directives that will be adopted for the simulation are:
• Proposal for a Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (2016/0382 (COD))
• Proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation- COM (2008) 426:


The VeUMEU is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an understanding of multilateral diplomacy, and to hone their negotiating and leadership while practising public speaking.
Students will learn about the legislative process, rules of procedure, revision and introduction of amendments and how to draft EU Directives and Regulations.

Participants will act like real MEPs or Council delegates; a group of students will also form the Press Corps, reporting on developments during the weekend of activities.

The VeUMEU is organized with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice, for the Venetian celebrations of Europe Day, 5-25 May 2017.





The participation is open to students of VIU member universities attending the Globalization Program and students from Ca’ Foscari, Iuav, Padova and Tor Vergata universities. This activity is compulsory for students attending the course at VIU S1716 Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development.


A seminar workshop in preparation of the MEU meeting will be organized by Ca’ Foscari and the Venice Diplomatic Society at VIU, San Servolo island on Saturday, April 8 (9am - 4 pm).

Participants must attend in full the three-day event (May 5-6-7) and the preparatory workshop, a certificate of attendance will be issued.


Applications are open to a limited number of participants and will be accepted between March 15 and March 30, 2017.



For information about the preparatory workshop and VeUMEU contents write to: 


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altThe Venice Diplomatic Society (VDS) is a non-profit association created in 2015 by students of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. The main aims of this association are giving students and citizens the chance of acknowledging the complex functioning of the greatest international organizations, introducing them to their inner dynamics, organising workshops to train them to speak in a foreign language in front of an international audience, debating on the hottest topics of the planet’s agenda – from current geopolitical crises to environmental issues, but also the theme of refugees, the allocation of foreign investments and violations of international law, gender equality, on-going conflicts and wars, human rights issues. It also puts students in contact with the reality of Model United Nations (Model UN or MUNs), which are extra-curricular activities where students play the role of Delegates of the United Nations and simulate the inner proceedings of UN committees. After the first VeUMUN on 2016, Venice Diplomatic Society is glad to announce the first edition of the simulation of European Union, VeUMEU 2017, with the collaboration of their new partner Bringing Europeans Together Association, BETA Italia.


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viu logo n black-crop newsletterVenice International University (VIU) is something unique in the international academic environment: a group of 17 Universities from all over the world sharing a common Campus on the beautiful Island of San Servolo, in the Venice lagoon. These Universities collegially devise study programs to prepare their students to face today’s global challenges: Sustainable Development, Ageing and Welfare, Global Ethics and Cultural Heritage are central topics of VIU programs. Students who choose to spend a term studying at VIU are taught to move across disciplines and through cultures with a flexible approach, an open mind and creative thinking. VIU offers its support for research programs involving the various Universities that form its network, and develops specific programs for advanced training.

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altCa’ Foscari University of Venice was born as the first business school in Italy and the second in Europe. Today it provides several courses in various departments, such as Languages, Management, Environmental studies, Philosophy, Science, Humanities International Relations and more. Just like the city that hosts it, it is a crossroad of cultures, fields of research, ideas and creativity; a modern university that keeps abreast of things by realizing, within its eight departments, advanced research projects and innovative study programs that guarantee an excellent educational experience. Through its five interdepartmental schools, Ca’ Foscari works with cross-cutting and integrated educational approaches. Whoever studies in Venice can this way acquire a wider range of and more articulate skills: economy interfaces with cultural heritage, languages intersect with economics, restoration meets science just to cite a few examples.

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logocittàcolpic.gif EU_mail.jpgEurope Direct is a European Commission information network designed to inform citizens about the activities and opportunities offered by the European Union. Europe Direct aims to reinforce citizens' sense of attachment to the European Union by involving them in the process of building Europe. The Veneto has a Europe Direct information relay, set up by the City of Venice - as leading figure - and 18 institutional partners: the Veneto Region, the Prefettura di Venezia, the Provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua, Rovigo and Treviso, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the Eurosportello of Unioncamere Veneto, the Cities of Bassano del Grappa, Chioggia, Jesolo, Padova, Thiene and Valdagno, Università Iuav di Venezia (Architecture and Design), ESU of Venezia (Students' Union) and USR (the Veneto Regional Schools). 32 centers in the region support citizens in accessing information relative to the areas of activity of the European Union. Since 2008 the information relay has also hosted Eurodesk, providing young people and youth workers with information on the sector-opportunities offered by the European Union and the European Council.

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The core courses are on offer every semester, subject to slight variations. See Fall 2015 semester course descriptions.

Fall 2016 course programs will be published during the spring term.



F1601 History of Venice (Italy core)
Luca Pes,
Venice International University
F1602 Italian Contemporary History in Films (Italy core)
Luca Pes,
Venice International University


F1603 Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice
Alessandra Pattanaro/Barbara Savy,
Università degli Studi di Padova


F1604 The Architectural and Urban Heritage of Venice in Modern and Contemporary Times
Guido Zucconi/Isabella di Lenardo
Università Iuav di Venezia


F1605 Italian for Foreigners - beginner, intermediate, upper-intermediate levels (Italy core)
Massimo Brunzin (coordinator),
Venice International University


F1606 Italian Fashion Design (Italy core)
not available in Fall 2016


F1607 Comparing East and West (Cultures of the World core)
Dennis Shirley,
Boston College


F1608 Intercultural Communication (Cultures of the World core)
Elisabetta Pavan,
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia


F1609 Gender Studies (Cultures of the World core)
Luca Trappolin,
Università degli Studi di Padova


F1610 History of US-Japan Relations
Hatsue Shinohara,
Waseda University


F1611 Intercultural Communication in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Land of Israel in Greco-Roman Times
Moshe Fischer,
Tel Aviv University
F1612 Everyday Life in Ancient Greece
Moshe Fischer,
Tel Aviv University


F1613 Jewish History and Culture in Imperial Russia and in the USSR, 1772-1990
Valery Dymshits/ Aleksandr Ivanov,
European University at Saint Petersburg


F1614 Cultural History of the Jewish Diaspora
Valery Dymshits/ Aleksandr Ivanov,
European University at Saint Petersburg


F1615 Globalization, Ethics, Welfare and Human Rights (Global Challenges core)
Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann,


F1616 Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development (Global Challenges core)
Hatsue Shinohara,
Waseda University


F1617 Identity, Heritage and Globalization (Global Challenges core)
Martina Avanza,
Université de Lausanne
F1618 Contemporary Migration and Refugee Crisis
Martina Avanza,
Université de Lausanne


F1619 The Social Consequences of Globalization. The case of the Italian Northeast
Guido Borelli,
Università Iuav di Venezia


F1620 The Ethics of Technological Society
Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann,

F1621 Digital Tools for the Humanities: Critical Perspectives (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Dennis Shirley,
Boston College
F1622 Fundamentals of Web Based Multimedia Communication (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Victoria Szabo,
Duke University


F1623 Digital Storytelling (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Victoria Szabo,
Duke University


F1624 Economics and Management of the Arts (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Bruno Bernardi,
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia


F1625 Training in UNESCO World Heritage Studies (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Giorgio Gianighian,
Università Iuav di Venezia/VIU Fellow

VIU students also have the opportunity to take courses at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

Courses offered in English by the Ca' Foscari School for International Education in Spring 2016 (starting February 1):

  • History of Venice and the Veneto

The course will provide a general introduction to the history of Venice from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, particularly focusing on Venice as a commercial city-port and its colonies, Venice as a territorial State and the end of its independence.

  • History of Italian culture and literature

    The course provides a general introduction to the history of Italian culture through its literature, including major literary works from Dante to Montale as well as contemporary poetry. The course will focus on the development of the Unitarian Ideal; Italy and its different political realities (with a particular focus on the history of Venice).

  • History of the arts of Venice and the Veneto

    The course will provide a general outline of Venetian painting and architecture during the Renaissance, looking into the architectural history of the city from the Byzantine era to the Gothic age, with particular attention focused on the role of public and private institutions as patrons (State government, parish churches and so on).


The complete database of courses available at Ca' Foscari can be consulted here.


Please refer to the SHSS office for assistance with registration:
VIU students do not have to pay any fees for courses taken at Ca' Foscari.
The Ca' Foscari course will be included on the VIU transcript.
Upon request, Ca' Foscari may provide a separate transcript. A transcript fee may apply.




For Spring 2016 courses of the Ca' Foscari International School of Education:
24 November 2015


For all other courses at Ca' Foscari:
30 September (Fall Semester)
4 March (Spring Semester)

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