ICMA Centre Summer Schools 
Venice, July 1st-12th, 2024

San Giobbe Economics Campus, Cannaregio 873, Venice

Selected ICMA Centre Msc students and faculty will visit Venice from July 1st, 2024 to July 12th, 2024 for a ten-day exchange programme in Venice. Students will have the opportunity to attend course lectures delivered by the ICMA Centre faculty members and enjoy an international study experience.

Out-of-class activities will be encouraged and day trips in the Venetian lagoon and surrounding mainland are scheduled as well.

The class will be composed of both ICMA students and Ca’ Foscari students.

The hosting institutions are the Department of Economics (in collaboration with VERA Centre) and the Venice School of Management - Department of Management of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, long-time partners of Henley Business School and the University of Reading.

The 2024 edition includes two modulesAlgorithmic and High Frequency Trading and Sustainability in the Business World. Ca’ Foscari students will have the opportunity to apply for both modules or just one according to the procedures outlined below. Each module will have its own call for selection.

Algorithmic and High Frequency Trading

Jointly organized by the ICMA Centre, the Department of Economics and the Venice School of Management – Department of Management, this 10-credit module aims at equipping the students with a basic knowledge of algorithmic and high frequency trading strategies.

Module description

Industry participants estimate that 70-80% of equity trades are executed through computers. Market-makers in fixed income and currency markets use algorithms to automatically adjust their quotes.

This module reviews the current state of the trading industry and identifies aims, features, regulations, and limitations of three main groups of algorithmic trading strategies: market making, trade execution and statistical arbitrage. Practical seminars are used to demonstrate how to apply trading algorithms to high-frequency data.

By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • explain the concepts of high frequency trading and algorithmic trading
  • identify the characteristic elements of alternative algorithmic trading strategies
  • solve simple trade execution problems and develop effective execution strategies

How to apply

The call for admission reserved to Ca’ Foscari local students has been published at the webpage Summer school programmes - Venice School of Management. The deadline for submitting your application is set for June 10th, 2024 at 12.00 pm (noon). For any additional information, please make contact with  international.management@unive.it.

The Lecturer

Alfonso Dufour

Associate Professor of Finance
ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading

Programme Co-Director of MSc Finance and Financial Technology (FinTech)


A tutor is provided for general logistic matters, support the ICMA lecturer and accompany the students during the day trips.

The tutor shall preferably be selected among the PhD students enrolled in a PhD programme at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The call for tutorship application is published in the section "Bandi di tutorato - Dipartimento di Economia [ITA]".

Sustainability in the Business World

Jointly organized by the ICMA Centre and the Department of Economics, this 10-credit modules aims at giving students a thorough understanding of how sustainability goals are shaping the corporate world and how this transformative process is involving a wide range of stakeholders.

Module description

Sustainability is becoming a priority not only in government policy but also in business strategy.

The role of the private sector in achieving sustainable production and consumption models is key to preserve fast depleting natural resources, improve social justice and reduce inequalities, address climate change and loss of biodiversity. This module explores how sustainability can be incorporated in business practices and balanced with corporate growth objectives.

Students will look at how to implement sustainability objectives in a corporate environment and how governments can facilitate corporate sustainability with the right incentives and policies.

By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Explain how corporations can integrate sustainability in their business practices and differences in approaches to sustainability in developed and developing economies.
  • Critically evaluate costs and benefits of sustainable options and the balance between growth and sustainability in the corporate world.
  • Evaluate the data needs to design and implement sustainability strategies by corporate management.
  • Critically assess the role of government subsidies and technological advances for faster adoption of the SDG in the business world.

How to apply

The call for admission reserved to Ca’ Foscari local students has been published below. The deadline for submitting your application is set for June 10th, 2024 at 12.00 pm (noon). For any additional information, please make contact with  didattica.economia@unive.it.

The Lecturer

Researcher of Economics Policy
Department of Economics, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Academic Coordinator of the Summer Schools with the ICMA Centre


A tutor will make sure to handle general logistical matters, assist the ICMA lecturers and accompany the students during their day trips.

If you are interested in taking part of ICMA Centre Summer Schools as tutor, please submit your application according to the procedures mentioned on the call for selection which will be published shortly in the section "Bandi di tutorato - Dipartimento di Economia [ITA]".

Last update: 02/07/2024