Since its foundation in 1995, VIU has always sought to promote the research triangle of stakeholders – industry, academia and government – building important partnerships, placing great emphasis on collaborating and co-investing with governmental and international organizations and developing capacity building initiatives, advanced training programs, research activities and internships for VIU students, including: 

Alcantara Spa
Council of Europe, Venice Office
Europe Direct | City of Venice
DVRI - Distretto Veneziano della Ricerca e dell'Innovazione
Global Campus of Human Rights 
UNESCO, Venice Office

In the field of Sustainable Development, VIU participates and has an active role in several Networks:

ASvIS - Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile
EAERE - European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 

GUPES - Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability of UNEP
PCST - Public Communication of Science and Technolog
SDSN - Sustainable Development Solutions Network

SISC -  Società Italiana per le Scienze del Clima
UNGC - United Nations Global Compact

VIU has also forged strong links with various forms of local government in Venice and in the surrounding area: the City of Venice, the Metropolitan Area of Venice and the Veneto Region.