Teaching and research

Ca' Foscari aims to be a bridge to the future by contributing to the future of our city, our region, Italy and the world. Therefore, its educational programme is geared towards providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to tackle the socio-cultural, ethical, environmental, technological, economic and developmental challenges they will face in their personal and professional life experiences.
The University's research is also aimed at creating a transdisciplinary space, to find answers and solutions to future challenges, with the belief that contributing to the environmental sustainability and cultural and social development of an area - while also focusing on the common good - is the very purpose of academic research.


Teaching must be capable of preparing young people for the world of work, while at the same time performing a social function, that of educating new generations in sustainable behaviour and so produce citizens who can account for their conduct no matter what their field.

Ca’ Foscari aims to offer high quality teaching that stimulates critical thinking and develops useful skills in order for its students to face the challenges of the 21st century.

It undertakes to provide all the necessary tools so that it not only excels around the world, but also to improve its performance, offering innovative, interdisciplinary courses with special attention to all aspects of sustainability.

Sustainability Competencies

Sustainability Competencies is a project launched by Sustainable Ca’ Foscari in 2012 that aims to include sustainability as a subject in its own right in the various study paths undertaken by Ca’ Foscari students. The project, developed in collaboration with the various Departments and Schools of the University, provides for voluntary activities to be included in students’ study plans and assessed by the referent professor that will allow students to acquire 1 extracurricular ECT.

Graduates obtaining sustainability competencies are awarded a certificate printed on Shiro Alga Carta produced and donated by Favini srl made from algal bloom from various lagoons at risk combined with FSC fibres.


Ca’ Foscari aims to make the University the ideal place for planning and conducting innovative research, facing the complex challenges of our time with an interdisciplinary approach and through new collaborative projects with the world’s top international research centres.

Six areas of research were identified in 2015 concerning issues known as Global Challenges, i.e. strategic, cross-disciplinary matters. These will be studied by interdisciplinary research groups conducting cutting-edge research in order to face the global challenges of today and the future, and so ensure sustainable development of technology and knowhow.

Technology transfer

At Ca’ Foscari the setting-up of a research spin-off is seen as both a means of turning the university’s acquired knowledge to account and as a way to transfer new know-how in economics, science and technology to the production system.

The main objective of any spin-off is to favour contact between university research bodies, the world of manufacturing and local institutions in order to support further research and spread new technologies that will have a positive fall-out on industrial production and social wellbeing for the local community.


Last update: 09/04/2024