CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences brings together eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond. CIVICA was selected by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities.

CIVICA brings together eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences, humanities, business management and public policy, with a total of 38,000 students and 7,000 faculty members. Together, they build on an ever-stronger combination of teaching, research and innovation to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond. CIVICA members strive to find solutions to complex societal challenges through a series of integrated activities focused on four key topics: Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth; Challenges to Democracy in the XXIst Century; Europe Revisited; and Data Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences. CIVICA was selected in 2019 by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities, funded under the Erasmus+ programme. CIVICA members are: Bocconi University (IT), Central European University (HU), the European University Institute (Intergovernmental), the Hertie School (DE), the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (RO), Sciences Po (FR), the Stockholm School of Economics (SE) and The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). Read more on civica.eu.

Our Vision

CIVICA embodies our ambition, as forward-thinking higher education institutions, to assume our civic responsibility as Europeans towards both future European generations and the role of Europe in the world.

We aim to:

  • Actively assume political responsibility as Europeans towards future generations

  • Raise the voice of the social sciences in the competitive world of higher education

  • Take part in the grand collective plan to transform the world of research and higher education

Our Mission

The CIVICA alliance aims to serve European societies. As such, we will:

  • Address current and emerging challenges, using existing and new means for and approaches to education, research and outreach in the social sciences and related areas

  • Give the next generations of Europeans the knowledge and tools to understand and influence an increasingly complex world

  • Create a European critical mass to advise policymakers on the challenges faced by societies

  • Build upon decades of successful partnerships to deliver long-term joint strategic goals and immediate concrete action

2022 is envisaged as the first horizon for the CIVICA project; 2025 as a second horizon; and beyond 2025 as a third horizon and long-term strategy.

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