Since its foundation in 1995, VIU has always sought to promote the research triangle of stakeholders – industry, academia and government – building important partnerships, placing great emphasis on collaborating and co-investing with governmental and international organizations and developing capacity building initiatives, advanced training programs, research activities and internships for VIU students, including:

- UNESCO, Venice Office
- Council of Europe, Venice Office
- Europelago
- CESifo
- Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

In the field of Sustainable Development, VIU has an active role in several Networks:

- ASvIS - Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile
- GUPES - Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability of UNEP
- UNGC Global Compact
- SDSN - Sustainable Development Solutions Network

VIU has also forged strong links with various forms of local government in Venice and in the surrounding area: the City of Venice, the Metropolitan Area of Venice and the Veneto Region.