Ca' Foscari was the first Italian institution to deal with advanced education in Business and Economics. It has always taken into account the needs and expectations of its stakeholders.
The involvement of stakeholders takes place through communications on the university website and through its social network accounts, as well as by means of various initiatives and events.
Since 2011, with the aim of increasing the involvement of stakeholders, a panel has been organised with the participation of representatives of the main categories of external stakeholders. This encounter provides an occasion to discuss sustainability policies, actions undertaken by the University in the past year as well as its future projects, thus promoting a dialogue with our stakeholders on the expectations, approaches and commitments undertaken by Ca’ Foscari with regard to these topics.
Ca’ Foscari aims to offer all its undergraduates and postgraduates an education without discrimination, including the development of cross competencies in order to prepare them for the world of work and research. It also aims to provide them with the tools they need in order to make the most of their time at university, to feel part of a community and to fit into city life. Special care is taken over international students, resulting in stronger partnerships with foreign universities and ample provision of courses given in English.
Staff and Faculty (teaching, technical and administrative staff) are other important internal stakeholders. Despite various contingent difficulties, the University strives to create numerous occasions on which staff have the opportunity to express their concerns and needs so that it can address these by means of organisational responses and services, and all suitably accounted for. Ca’ Foscari aims to enhance each individual’s skills, by providing adequate training, working and researching conditions, not to mention a working environment that favours personal wellbeing.
The “Ca’ Foscari Alumni” community was set up in 2012. This brings together former students united by a shared learning experience as well as the identity, uniqueness and values that Ca’ Foscari embodies. The University provides a forum where they can exchange ideas and experiences with the world of university, nurture professional exchanges and share these experience.
Some of our most important external stakeholders are our suppliers. Ca’ Foscari often becomes involved in developing trials with these, such as in the case of Green Public Procurement.
Ca’ Foscari is also in close contact with other Italian and foreign universities, through both study and research exchange agreements and projects allowing for the sharing of organisational models and best practices. So, it participates in various Italian and international networks whose purpose is to encourage growth.
Ca’ Foscari engages local citizens and communities by means of cultural initiatives and events open that bring its research into the public domain, often involving external experts and leading names in each field. It also helps revitalise the urban fabric, being widely involved in projects throughout the city of Venice and promoting the visibility of the local area both nationally and internationally.
The University conducts research and provides advisory and training services for third parties, holds conventions and enters into collaboration agreements in the fields of science, education and research. Ca’ Foscari also organises dedicated study days and workshops to bring students and local businesses together.
Ca’ Foscari collaborates with many institutions, organisations and enterprises, which often become its partners in research or training projects, thus contributing to cultural growth and innovative development of the local area and the academic world. This results in new forms of synergy and even the economic sustainability of many projects.
Fully aware of its social role, over the years Ca’ Foscari has entered into various agreements with public bodies and non-profit organisations in order to develop common policies and measures in the fields of welfare, ecology, promotion of culture and social innovation.
Ca’ Foscari is committed to promoting and spreading a culture of care and environmental protection among all its stakeholders. This includes supporting scientific research into environmental protection and especially the lagoon ecosystem, studying global climate changes and potential mitigating strategies, and developing a sustainable system of tourism. It is also committed to improving the environmental performance of its own buildings, by adopting cutting-edge maintenance and building techniques.