2020 Dubai Expo: Ca' Foscari at the Italian Pavilion

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Italian Pavilion have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the academic and scientific collaboration between Italy and other attending countries in order to present an exhibition on ‘Water Cities’ from China to Venice, with the latter as a symbol of a new kind of beauty, for a renewed environmental policy on a global level.

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Italian Committee for the 2020 Dubai Expo have agreed on the realization of important initiatives for the next World’s Fair, as a way to revitalize education, teaching and culture after the global pandemic, through a scientific and academic collaboration between Europe and Asia.

The Memorandum of Understanding calls for a reinforcement of the collaboration network between Italian Universities - with Ca’ Foscari at the forefront - and Saudi, Chinese, Korean and other Asian Universities, with the purpose of bringing together students of these areas and those coming from Mediterranean regions and have them meet in Dubai, at the Italian Pavilion.

Tiziana Lippiello, Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari is happy to collaborate with the Italian Committee for the 2020 Dubai Expo and to give its contribution in disseminating the shared culture of East and West, while also relaunching scientific and cultural collaboration between European and Asian countries and institutions.
The presence of the Italian Pavilion during the Expo will give us the opportunity to strengthen international cooperation and interdisciplinarity, two topics in which we have always invested, both in our teaching and research activity”.

“With Ca’ Foscari, we want to welcome a representation of the next Euro-Asian generation in our Pavillion” - states Paolo Glisenti, Italy’s General Commissioner for the 2020 Dubai Expo “which will be a determining factor for education and teaching in the years to come, consolidating the interdisciplinary and intercultural model in future skill sets and jobs, in the midst of a deep transformation of society and the job market”.

The Italian Pavilion will also host a big exhibition on Water Cities, thanks to the 60 institutions in the “Water Museums’ global network which, from Venice to Suzhou, are part of the Unesco programme dedicated to research and educational activities on freshwater management.
At the 2020 Dubai Expo, Italy will once again uphold its leading role in international cooperation on the topic of “Water Culture”, for the conservation and promotion of natural and environmental heritage.