On Saturday April 26, the VIU Board under the Presidency of Ambassador Umberto Vattani approved the request of two universities to join the VIU consortium. The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) of Quebec and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) in Switzerland have become the new Members of the Venice International University joining a network that by now comprises a total of 13 prestigious universities from all over the world: Duke University and Boston College (USA), Tsinghua University and Tongji University (China), Waseda (Japan), Tel Aviv University (Israel), Ludwig Maximilians (Germany), European University of St. Petersburg, Ca’Foscari Unviersity of Venice, University of Padova and IUAV (Italy).
The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is one of Canada’s top universities in terms of research intensity (funding per faculty member). It brings together 150 professors, over 700 graduate and postgraduate students, and a hundred postdoctoral researchers at four centers in Montreal, Québec City, Laval, and Varennes. The Institute is dedicated to fundamental and applied research, graduate studies, and the training of researchers. In keeping with its mission and objectives as a research university, the Institute specifically gears its activities towards Quebec’s economic, social, and cultural development, as well as the transfer of knowledge and technology stemming from all its fields of study. (http://www.inrs.ca/)
The University of Lausanne (UNIL) is a research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 13,000 students and 2,300 researchers work and study. The UNIL is focused on Medicine, Life Sciences, Geosciences, Environment, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach, with close cooperation between students, teaching staff and professors. As well as its achievements in research, the UNIL is renowned for its innovative teaching and for the strong support it offers to young researchers. In addition, its state-of-the-art infrastructures are acclaimed by the UNIL community as one of the many factors that make this an ideal place for study and research. (http://www.unil.ch/)
From April 28 to May 2, 2014, the First International UQUAM Workshop will take place at VIU.
The conference will be the first annual research retreat within the framework of UQUAM (Ultracold Quantum Matter). Ca. 85 participants will meet to discuss latest scientific trends, results and developments in the field of ultracold quantum gases and will identify novel research opportunities.
Nigel Cooper (University of Cambridge)
Eugene Demler (Harvard University)
Zoran Hadzibabic (Cambridge University)
Benjamin Lev (Stanford University)
Mikhail Lukin (Harvard University)
Roderich Moessner (MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems)
Belén Paredes (CSIC, Institute for Theoretical Physics)
Anatoli Polkovnikov (Boston University)
Achim Rosch (University of Cologne)
Christophe Salomon (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel)
A full program of the workshop is available here
On April 10, 2014 the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Michele Valensise intervened during the Training Academy for Democratic Governance with a presentation on "L'engagement international de l'Italie dans le domaine des droits de l'homme et la lutte contre la violence sur le femme".
The Academy for Training in "Democratic Governance for Young Professionals of Southern Mediterranean Countries" was set up at Venice International University in cooperation with EIUC and the Council of Europe. A series of courses on "Democratic Governance for Young Professionals of Southern Mediterranean Countries" are planned for the training of the new generation of Arab country leaders, the goal of which is to build a bridge between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean.
Human rights were prominent among the themes of the course, attended by 14 participants from Morocco, 16 from Tunisia and 7 from Algeria, 25 of whom were women and 10 men. The same theme was at the centre of the intervention by Secretary General Michele Valensise. The course was organised by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the European Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and Venice International University (VIU), and is part of the joint European Union and Council of Europe "Strengthening Democratic reform in the Southern Neighbourhood" (South Programme).
On February 20, 2014 at 3pm, VIU will host the first social event for visiting scholars of the fledgling
Venice Research District.
The goal of the District is to strengthen the network of research organizations in the Venice area, in order to achieve excellence in research, innovation and technological transfer and to develop innovative joint projects and programs. Interdisciplinarity and internationalization are key, and will form the foundation of a competitive advantage in national and international funding applications.
Through the Venice Research District, Venice can become an attractive international campus for visiting professors and scholars who will benefit from the enhanced network of research institutions. Professors of Venice International University’s member universities will have the opportunity to meet colleagues and access the facilities and services (eg. the libraries) of other institutions in Venice.
The Venetian Research District is the outcome of the commitment undertaken by signatories of the Joint Venice Statement for Collaborative Research, signed on the occasion of the UNESCO World Science Day in 2011, whose first aim is to promote the development of scientific research within an effective collaboration in agreement with the fundamental principles of the freedom of movement and the freedom of expression as expressed in Article 33 of the Italian Constitution.
On November 8, 2013, Venice International University obtained the release, from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), of the Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008 certification for the "Design and provision of undergraduate, graduate and advanced training courses and programs".
ISO 9001:2008 is an internationally recognized standard, which proves that VIU quality management system has been certified against a best practice standard and found compliant. The standard applies to the processes with an impact on quality and emphasises continual improvement and customer satisfaction.