The Marco Polo (MaP) Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections aims at establishing a community of students and young scholars committed to the study of cultural, social, and political interconnections across Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. To sustain this goal, the Centre organizes summer schools, lectures, and workshops.

Virtual “ryuugaku” for real interactions and job-hunting  
supporting Covid online teaching of Japanese language oral and written production skills

Project Manager: Marcella Mariotti; Project Coordinators: Shoko Nishida(Native expert for Business Japanese course), Ayana Miyazaki (Short-term Study Abroad Coordinator) and Gaia Varone (Research Assistant); Project Junior Coordinators: Matteo Nassini and Leonardo Ligabue

Length: 2 months (22/12/2020 - 31/03/2021)

The main objective of this project is to provide a virtual study abroad program, which includes:

  • Virtual study-abroad/job-hunting (to increase the employability of Japanese companies)
  • Virtual study-abroad exchange (to create opportunities for direct exchange and conversation with Japanese students)

This project aims at creating virtual study-abroad opportunities for Ca’ Foscari University students who were forced to give up their internship or short or long term study abroad programs in Japan due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Through this project, we aim to provide students with a place to develop their production skills (writing and speaking skills), while at the same time supporting the classroom activities of the faculty members who have difficulties in dealing with online classes.

Virtual study-abroad/job-hunting
The project members (6 B.A. and 4 M.A. students majoring in Japanese studies) created powerful online tools and educational materials to support students who want to learn business Japanese and carry out job-huntings in Japanese.

Virtual study-abroad exchange 
Facilitated by two Junior Coordinators (Matteo Nassini and Leonardo Ligabue), 95 Ca' Foscari students majoring in Japanese and 33 students from 15 Japanese universities  (Akita University, Osaka University, Kyoto University, Hosei University, University of Kochi, Momoyama Gakuin University, etc.) formed 20 small groups communities online. They increased and deepened their awareness of the SDGs through active interactions using online platforms such as ZOOM, Slack and Blog.

You can find the blog posts which the participants created during the project at NoLBrick website.

The project, funded by The Japan Foundation has been extremely successful, and the second edition ("Virtual ryuugaku for real interactions: collaborative empowerment and SDGs") will start with the new Academic Year 2021/22.
Registration deadline August 15, 2021, FORM LINK

Past projects


San Servolo Island
September 1st-7th, 2019

Our purpose is training young scholars and practitioners for a critical and ethically grounded study of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The School draws from the concept of cosmopolitanism and its vision of a global community of fate, committed to overcoming anthropogenic threats to the survival and thriving of natural ecosystems and human civilization. Trainees will uncover potentials and shortcomings of the BRI in fostering change towards this goal, by exploring four inter-related pathways: political economy, environmental sustainability, science and technology, citizenship and participation.

The School’s learning outcomes span across the cognitive, emotional, and relational spheres. The first regards theoretical and empirical knowledge: the School will provide trainees with tools to comprehend the sociological category of cosmopolitanism and its relevance for the study of BRI. They will be given access to state-of-the art scholarship on BRI’s current and foreseen impacts on global political economy and socioeconomic development, environmental sustainability, science and technology, and about its influence on public participation and political institutions. Besides, trainees will experience first-hand innovative learning and facilitation processes, based on a co-creation approach. On the emotional level, the School will provide trainees with a unique possibility to unearth sources of inspiration related to their professional and individual engagement with the BRI. This inner-drive will hopefully contribute to the establishment of a forward-looking community of young scholars and practitioners, sharing a common ethical commitment.

Our team:
Scientific Committee
Guido Samarani, Laura De Giorgi, Toshio Miyake, Aldo Ferrari, Daniele Brombal

Scientific Coordinator
Daniele Brombal

Invited Lecturers
Wang Hui, Tsinghua University; Maria Adele Carrai, KU Leuven

Theoretical session
Yui Kiyomitsu, Kobe University; Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; Toshio Miyake, Ca' Foscari University Venice

Empirical sessions: political economy, socioecology, S&T, citizenship & participation
Dragana Mitrović, Belgrade University; Zhang Kangle, Helsinki University; Fernando Ascensão, Universidade do Porto; Eugene A. Simonov, Rivers without Boundaries Coalition (RwB), Daursky Biosphere Reserve; Epaminondas Christofilopoulos, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH); Ettore Bombard, Politecnico di Torino; Nora Sausmikat, Ruhr-University of Bochum; Lucrezia Poggetti, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Angela Moriggi, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke); Marina Rudyak, Heidelberg University


Ca’ Cappello, San Polo 2035, Venice
Ca’ Dolfin, Dorsoduro 3825D, Venice

July 8st-13th, 2019

Further information

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The course aims to introduce students to the study of Buddhism through a direct approach to the literary Indian sources. As a first approach, what could be better than to start from the very beginning? The underlying theme of the course, indeed, will be the narrations of the life of the founder, that is the one who will be called by his followers with the epithet of Buddha “the Awakened One”.

The first days of the course are aimed at introducing students to the study and reading of the Pāli language, a Middle Indo-Aryan literary language closely related to pre-classical Sanskrit. The Pāli language is unfortunately still poorly studied (not only in Italy but also abroad), although it gives access to the only Buddhist canon in an Indian language that has come down to us in its entirety, namely the canon of the Theravāda school, called precisely Pāli canon. The objective of the first preparatory linguistic and grammatical lessons, by Dr. Andrea Drocco and Dr. Bryan De Notariis respectively, is to enable students to get introduced to the reading of a Pāli text concerning the life of the Buddha. These readings will be held by Professor Rupert Gethin, an internationally renowned Indologist and a leading scholar in Buddhist studies of the University of Bristol. Finally, Professor Marco Franceschini will read some selected passages from the Padyacūḍāmaṇi “The diadem of verses”, a Sanskrit poem that narrates the life of the Buddha from conception to achievement of enlightenment.

Dr. Bryan De Notariis - University of Turin; Dr. Andrea Drocco - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; Prof. Marco Franceschini - University of Bologna; Prof. Rupert Gethin - University of Bristol, President of the Pa¯li Text Society