Ca' Foscari 1868-2018: the initiatives for the 150th anniversary

Ca’ Foscari presented the program of the 150th anniversary of its foundation as well as the website (ITALIAN) that shares its story.

In 2018 Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will celebrate its 150th anniversary: established in 1868 as the Regia Scuola Superiore di Commercio, the first business school in Italy, it had prestigious alumni such as the first governor of the Bank of Italy Bonaldo Stringher and economist, deputy and minister of the kingdom Francesco Ferrara as its first Director, and among its founders Luigi Luzzatti, founder of the banca Popolare di Milano and Prime minister from 1910 to 1911.

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Ca’ Foscari now has more than 20 thousand enrolled students, is third in Italy for the quality of its research (ANVUR) and has a strong international nature and ambition, with its degree programmes and its recruitment to attract the best talents worldwide.

For its 150th anniversary Ca’ Foscari prepared many initiatives that will be officially launched on February 20th 2018 with the inauguration of the academic year at the opera house Teatro La Fenice in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella. During the ceremony Sir Richard Blundell, internationally renowned and respected economist, will graduate honoris causa in economics. The academic will hold the lectio magistralis Economic Policy Reform and the Challenge of Inequality.

Michele Bugliesi, Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, said: “Ca’ Foscari is now 150 years old, an important anniversary in our history and an occasion to grow and to help build the future of the university aiming at being recognized as one of the best universities in Europe and in the world. With the very innovative approach that set Ca’ Foscari as a university, we invest in research and education. The internationalization, the quality of scientific and educational activities are still our pillars and we are committed to transfer knowledge and to provide students with the best preparation and researchers with the best working conditions. Ca’ Foscari has always been strongly rooted in Venice and its region, open to the city and its territory and committed to contributing to its growth with its citizens, institutions and companies”.


Between 2018 and 2020 Ca’ Foscari will open offices abroad in countries that are particularly relevant to the scientific and educational activities of the university as part of the project Ca’ Foscari International Offices, including New Delhi (India), Istanbul (Turkey), Baku (Azerbaijan), Russia and Brussels (Belgium). With this initiative Ca’ Foscari will contribute to improved knowledge of Italian culture and language through educational and academic activities in the main fields of the university (art, culture, management, science and technology for restoration, cultural heritage and environment) and will reinforce the training and internship opportunities abroad for the students enroled in the institutions involved. The anniversary will also be an opportunity to launch an important project aiming at starting a Bachelor’s course in Sub Saharan languages - and in particular Amharic and Swahili.


This project will bring Nobel Laureates to hold lectures in their field at Ca’ Foscari:

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1986

Robert Merton, Nobel Prize in Economics, 1997

Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize in Economics, 1998

Robert Engle, Nobel Prize in Economics, 2003

Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize in Literature, 2010

Thomas Sargent, Nobel Prize in Economics, 2011


On the occasion of the 150 year anniversary of Ca’ Foscari many scientific projects were developed by researchers at Ca’ Foscari to enhance the history of our university, including the stories of the members of the Ca’ Foscari community killed in the first and second world wars who are remembered with the Niobe sculpture mourning their passing, located in the courtyard of the Giustinian dei Vescovi building in 1946. All the details can be found in the page dedicated to the Projects in the 150th anniversary website.

Another project will bring Giambattista Tiepolo back in the Aula Magna in Ca’ Dolfin: a virtual tour in augmented reality will bring the visitors back in time. With Microsoft HoloLens, a holographic display, the Aula Magna Silvio Trentin will be back to its seventeenth century glory, when together with the frescoes ten paintings of Giambattista Tiepolo decorated its walls.


The cultural appointments developed by Ca’ Foscari for 2018 will include its ‘cult’ events such as Incroci di Civiltà, Art Night, Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival, and the theatrical season, yet another occasion to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the university. The cultural program will also include additional events such as Massimiliano Finazzer Flory’s interpretation of famous persons’ Lectures interpreted by students, a writing lab with Tiziano Scarpa and exhibitions in the Ca’ Foscari space with an exhibition on Art in the Dunhuang Grottoes inaugurating a series of cultural and scientific initiatives in collaboration with Chinese universities evoking the traditional Silk Roads. The Kids University Venezia will welcome young guests who will become the new faces of the 150th anniversary.