Discorso inaugurale della Magnifica Rettrice
Anno accademico 2022-2023
Our university, founded in 1868, is 155 years old. I often recall the birth of Ca’ Foscari, and in doing so each time I think of how far-sighted, modern and groundbreaking the ideas of its founders, Luigi Luzzatti, Edoardo Deodati and Francesco Ferrara, were. Our identity today is still the same as it was two centuries ago, albeit with due and inevitable changes: we are a university open to the world, strongly oriented towards international relations and interdisciplinarity. From the very beginning, alongside economics and commerce, we studied diplomatic sciences and the languages of Europe, the Near and Middle East and Asia. The future comes from afar: innovation is inscribed in our tradition. As the great French politician, intellectual and pacifist Jean Jaurès said, “tradition is not about preserving ashes but about keeping a flame alive”.