CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences brings together ten 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 72,000 students and 13,000 academic staff. 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), IE University (ESP), the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (RO), Sciences Po (FR), SGH Warsaw School of Economics (PL), the Stockholm School of Economics (SE) and The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). Read more on civica.eu.

 

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Our Vision

Together with our CIVICA partners, we aim to:

  • Deepen and expand activities in key areas such as education, research, service to society, innovation and lifelong learning;

  • Develop a diverse and inclusive CIVICA community;

  • Establish CIVICA’s lead role in the social sciences with further global outreach;

  • Set up a framework for sustainable institutional cooperation.

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.

Our Mission

CIVICA will continue to serve local and global communities, defend core European values, foster environmental sustainability, and advance policy-relevant research in the social sciences. Yet, the focus will remain on the alliance’s internal communities. Between autumn 2022 and autumn 2026, thousands of students and (post)doctoral researchers are expected to benefit from enhanced mobility, new and expanded joint educational offers, and Europe-wide opportunities for civic engagement and extracurricular activities. In the face of evolving political contexts, CIVICA strives to build bridges between academia and civil society, while acting as a model of sustainable institutional cooperation and providing a stable and inclusive environment in which the values of autonomy and academic freedom are defended.

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