UNESCO Venice Office and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice sign agreement for mutual cooperation
In March 2013, the UNESCO Venice Office and the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice have adopted a framework agreement to promote mutual cooperation and joint activities in the fields of research, science and culture. The agreement was signed by Yolanda Valle-Neff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), and Carlo Carraro, President of the Ca’ Foscari University.
The agreement is intended to reinforce cooperation between the signatory parts with regards to: a) the promotion of research projects and the organization of events on cultural or scientific issues of common interest; b) the exchange of researchers and scholars, aiming to support the sharing of knowledge and research activities; and, c) the organization of joint educational, training, and capacity-building initiatives, with a special focus on international cooperation within the geographic areas covered by the mandate of the UNESCO Venice Office (with special focus on South Eastern Europe).
All the collaborative activities stipulated by the Agreement will be implemented by the parties by drawing up specific implementation agreements, which will regulate the individual initiatives, the methods of their implementation and the resources dedicated to them.
In particular, the Agreement and the following cooperation initiatives will focus on a set of shared priorities including:
- Strengthening the networking and cooperation between the institutes participating in the Venetian Research District (Distretto Veneziano della Ricerca);
- The establishment of a unified platform for sharing data on the natural and cultural heritage of Venice and its lagoon, in order to allow for the progressive convergence of relevant data-bases created and operated by the institutions that will participate in this initiative;
- Projects for the digitization of cultural heritage and the use of new information and communication technologies for the enhancement of cultural heritage (“Digital Humanities”), based on the development of digital applications concerning both cultural heritage and cultural productions, with a view at a closer integration between human sciences and new technologies;
- The diffusion of good practices on environmental sustainability, including the possible integration of current initiatives by the parties concerning the “carbon footprint” and the “garbage patch”, with a view to develop cooperation related to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), including the possible involvement of respective partners as well as university networks already active on the same issues.
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