CIVICA alliance news

In the CIVICA alliance, we are collaborating across campuses and borders to foster a dialogue between the social sciences and society. On this page, you can stay up to date with the latest developments in the alliance, peruse news from our joint research or teaching projects, read expert opinions on current events and much more.

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CIVICA

Safeguarding academic freedom in Europe, a pressing concern for democracy

CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences welcomes the European Court’s ruling on “Lex CEU” and calls for the strengthening of academic freedom in Europe.

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CIVICA Horizon 2020
CIVICA

CIVICA’s research and innovation dimension strengthened through Horizon 2020

CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences has received funding to strengthen its research dimension from the EU’s programme Horizon 2020, under the chapter “Science with and for Society.” The activities funded under this call aim to establish “CIVICA Research,” a joint long-term research and innovation environment. 

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CIVICA joint statement on the COVID-19 crisis
CIVICA

Presidents' joint statement on social sciences in a time of crisis

As leaders of the prominent European higher education institutions making up CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences, we know that the social sciences will play a vital role in understanding current and future challenges, and in providing the ideas and expertise that will help the world overcome them.

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November 2020

Carlo Altomonte, Bocconi University
Bocconi

A truly European journey for CIVICA master’s students

Carlo Altomonte, Professor of Economics of European Integration at Bocconi University, talks us through the design, aims and significance of the ‘Europeanship’ multi-campus course, which will kick off in the academic year 2021/22.

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President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
Bocconi

'Society, Europe and Future' with Ursula von der Leyen

On 28 November, the President of the European Commission will speak at the official inauguration of the Academic Year 2020-2021 at Bocconi University.

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Sciences Po

Towards a gender-inclusive European University

In order to foster a joint and inclusive identity among faculty and staff across CIVICA, Sciences Po’s Gender Studies Programme - PRESAGE - organises a Gender Equality and Inclusion Workshop in November 2020 to exchange on best practices and innovation in institutional policies. Sciences Po researcher, Maxime Forest, speaks about the plans for the workshop.

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Students at LSE, credit Nigel Stead
LSE

LSE meets CIVICA: A student conversation

LSE’s CIVICA Ambassadors Liam Selsby and Fiona Gogescu hosted an online conversation with peers, “LSE and CIVICA: What does our relationship mean to you?”. The event gave students the opportunity to reflect on LSE’s role in the CIVICA alliance and what they expect from the collaboration.

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Vivien Schmidt
Hertie School

The Euro and the future of European democracy

The CIVICA Future of Europe lecture series organised by the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School continues with a talk by Professor Vivien A. Schmidt.

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Class at CEU; credit: Daniel Vegel, CEU
CEU

Spotlight on CIVICA’s focus area "Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century"

Associate Professor Matthijs Bogaards from CEU and fellow researchers shed light on CIVICA's focus area examining contemporary issues such as democratic backsliding, the reform of democracy, polarisation and the social embededdness of democracy.

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Victor Negrescu, credit: European Parliament
SNSPA

CIVICA and European identity: Interview with MEP Victor Negrescu

What is the current view on European identity at the top of the EU? We talked to Dr. Victor Negrescu, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament, and Lecturer and former Vice-Rector at SNSPA, Romania.

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October 2020

Andrew Butler
Hertie School

An expanded role for higher ed in European integration?

In his 2020 MPP thesis, Hertie School alum Andy Butler researched the European Universities initiative.

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EUI

Research in the service of European societies

The European University Institute supports the dissemination of social science research on COVID-19 through a Knowledge Hub, innovative research projects, and a new data portal.

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Stefan Pfalzer, photo by Victoria Lin
Sciences Po

Student mobility, or acquiring cultural fluency: Interview with Stefan Pfalzer, CIVICA Ambassador

Stefan Pfalzer, CIVICA Ambassador and master’s student in the dual degree programme between Sciences Po and The London School of Economics, explains what mobility means to him and shares his experience of studying at two different institutions. 

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Frank Schimmelfennig
Hertie School

Differentiated integration and the future of Europe

Professor Frank Schimmelfennig continues the CIVICA Future of Europe lecture series, organised by the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School.

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Diana Iancu, SNSPA

SNSPA, internationalisation and CIVICA

Diana Iancu, Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration, SNSPA, and member of CIVICA's Management Team, talks about the significance and challenges of internationalisation for CIVICA.

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Fiona Gogescu, CIVICA Ambassador (LSE)
LSE

‘We can do better research by learning from each other’: Interview with CIVICA Ambassador Fiona Gogescu

LSE PhD student Fiona Gogescu tells us about her research project, shares her top tips for managing stress and explains what her role as an ambassador entails and what she hopes to achieve.

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László Pintér, photo by CEU - Peter Lorenz
CEU

Spotlight on CIVICA’s focus area "Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth"

Theme Leader Professor László Pintér from Central European University unpacks CIVICA’s focus area dedicated to sustainable development, environmental assessment, urban transformation, and COVID consequences and recovery measures.

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Stefano Caselli, Bocconi University
Bocconi

European Universities, game changers in a global world: Interview with Stefano Caselli

Stefano Caselli, Dean for International Affairs at Bocconi University and member of CIVICA's Steering Committee, sees the European Universities initiative as a brave and game-changing project. He hopes an open and inclusive CIVICA alliance will foster good European and global citizens who will benefit the whole of society. 

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September 2020

Photos of SSE and Bocconi University campuses

Two CIVICA universities in FT Top 10 Masters in Management

In the Financial Times 2020 Masters in Management ranking, which assesses business schools from all over the world, two CIVICA universities are ranked among the top ten. The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) makes the jump from number 13 to number 7, while Bocconi University advances from tenth to ninth place.

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Hertie School and EUI

Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental Rights and EUI launch a new research project on Leading Cases in UN Human Rights Law

This research project aims to shed light on the jurisprudence of the UN human rights treaty bodies and its contributions to international human rights law.

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SSE students interacting in the city, credit SSE
SSE

Be a part of the solution to the challenges facing Europe

Starting this academic year, bachelor students can channel their civic engagement and help effect real change through a new interdisciplinary program. The CIVICA Engage track will offer field work, exchanges and new experiences to students across the CIVICA alliance. 

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Corinna Unger, EUI
EUI

CIVICA: A new chapter in European social science research

Corinna Unger, Professor of Global and Colonial History at the European University Institute, puts CIVICA’s ambitions for early career researchers in historical context.

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Aurélien Krejbich, Executive Director of CIVICA
CIVICA

CIVICA: The pulse of Europe - An interview with Aurélien Krejbich, CIVICA’s Executive Director

Aurélien Krejbich from Sciences Po is since 1 February 2020 the first Executive Director of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences. Krejbich has been involved in CIVICA since its early beginnings. In his previous role as Director of the Centre for Europe in Sciences Po’s International Affairs Division, he worked on consolidating bilateral ties with some of the future partners in the alliance. In this interview, he reflects on CIVICA’s journey and the next stage of growth.

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Research Methods in Fundamental Rights, Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School
Hertie School

Research Methods in Fundamental Rights

In an online CIVICA workshop, organised by the Hertie School’s Centre for Fundamental Rights, PhD researchers and early career researchers discussed different methods in fundamental rights research and their implementation.

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CIVICA Ambassador Martina Bo
Bocconi

CIVICA Ambassador profile: Playing an active part in European unity and cooperation

Following a bachelor’s at Bocconi, Martina Bo, 23, is currently in the second year of a double degree master’s program run by Bocconi and Sciences Po, two members of CIVICA. Her international outlook and enthusiasm for the European ideals made her a natural student ambassador for the CIVICA alliance. In this interview, Martina talks to us about her role, her experience as a truly European student and the benefits of cooperation across the continent.

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August 2020

Hilda Hardell SSE, Photo by Alva Jonevret
SSE

Building bridges and broadening horizons through student involvement

Now that the European Universities are becoming a reality, it is important to give the students a say. Hilda Hardell from the Stockholm School of Economics is helping to bring student influence to the top levels of CIVICA – and the EU.

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Chrys Margaritidis, CEU - Photo by Zoltan Adrian
CEU

Community engagement: A vital part of CIVICA’s initiatives

Community engagement is an important part of any university’s relationship-building activities, and CIVICA is no different. Civic initiatives are overseen by a project group (Work Package 7 or simply WP7), comprising representatives from all eight institutions and led by CEU. CEU’s Dean of Students Chrys Margaritidis spoke to us about the role he envisions for WP7, the initiatives that WP7 plans to launch and why community engagement is vital.

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Simon Hix, credit: LSE
LSE

Ten questions with Professor Simon Hix, Pro Director for Research at LSE

Educated in London and Florence, Professor Simon Hix believes CIVICA is a natural alliance of social sciences in Europe. In this interview, he sets out his hopes for the alliance in terms of educational exchanges, student support and research environment, pinpoints the big challenges ahead, and sets out the urgent need for social science expertise across the world. And he’d love to see democracy re-imagined, with more online elections across Britain and Europe. 

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July 2020

Alexandra Ioan, photo by Christian Klant
SNSPA

Learning through practice and practice through learning: An interview on social science research with Alexandra Ioan

Alexandra Ioan is an alumna of two universities in the CIVICA alliance, and currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Hertie School. Her current project, which takes place in the context of CIVICA, examines German social enterprises.

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Hertie School

Regulating hate speech and disinformation on social media platforms

In an online CIVICA workshop organised by the Hertie School, participants discussed solutions for internet regulation as part of the EU’s planned Digital Services Act. 

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Event at the Hertie School
CIVICA

Stipends for Hertie School and CIVICA alumni to attend “Rebuilding Europe” conference in Brussels

Alumni from the Hertie School and the CIVICA university network are invited to apply for 10 stipends to an alumni conference on Rebuilding Europe: EU recovery after COVID-19 from 8 – 10 October 2020 in Brussels. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the conference will focus on recovery of the European Union after COVID-19 and on strengthening the CIVICA network.

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LSE campus, photo by Nigel Stead
CIVICA

LSE becomes the eighth full member of CIVICA

On 16 June 2020, the European Commission updated the status of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from “associated partner” to “full member” of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences, following a request submitted by the alliance.

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EUI

EUI funds 17 research projects on COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the European University Institute launched a competitive selection to promote and fund new research across the humanities and social sciences. The selected projects draw on EUI expertise to address some of the most urgent societal challenges connected to the COVID-19 crisis, such as democracy, human rights, the social contract, e-learning, gender inequality, migration, and public trust.

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Student in the Hertie School library
Hertie School

Hertie School holds online PhD workshops open to the CIVICA network

During times of digital learning, the Hertie School organised a series of online trainings to allow PhD researchers to advance their professional and methods skills. 213 PhD researchers from across the CIVICA alliance applied to participate in the online PhD workshops.

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June 2020

LSE COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
LSE

23 new LSE research projects awarded funding to help shape the post-COVID-19 world

The LSE COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is supporting new research to address the challenges we face, both in terms of limiting the social and economic effects of the pandemic and helping to shape a better post-COVID-19 world. Awarded projects will draw on social science research and expertise to tackle the effects of the pandemic on, among others, public finances, fake news, liberal norms, divided societies, self-employment, and well-being. 

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Sciences Po provides COVID-19 analysis and data from a social sciences perspective
Sciences Po

Sciences Po provides COVID-19 analysis and data from a social sciences perspective

Sciences Po’s academic community leverage their expertise in the social sciences to study and analyse the political, economic and social impacts of the crisis in the short and long term.

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CEU iLab to run online incubation program with EUvsVirus Hackathon winners
CEU

CEU iLab to run online incubation program with EUvsVirus Hackathon winners

CEU's start up incubator iLab made pledges to 13 winning teams of the pan-European EUvsVirus Hackathon to include them in its first-ever online incubation program starting in September 2020. Hosted by the European Commission, the Hackathon connected civil society, innovators, partners, and investors across Europe to develop innovative solutions for Coronavirus-related challenges. CEU iLab participated very actively in the Hackathon as organisers, screening and mentoring projects.

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May 2020

The CIVICA alliance mobilises knowledge and action in response to COVID-19
CIVICA

The CIVICA alliance mobilises knowledge and action in response to COVID-19

Researchers and communities across the CIVICA alliance are fully committed to engaging for the common good of Europe and the world.

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Sciences Po holds CIVICA webinar on the welfare states and the COVID crisis
CIVICA

Sciences Po holds CIVICA webinar on the welfare states and the COVID crisis

In an online webinar organised on 13 May 2020 by Sciences Po, professors and researchers Waltraud Schelke (LSE), Anke Hassel (Hertie School), Anton Hemerijck (European University Institute) and Bruno Palier (LIEPP Sciences Po) discussed the role and expectations of welfare states before and after the COVID crisis. 

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Future of Europe lecture series: Monetary solidarity and the Corona crisis
CIVICA

Future of Europe lecture series: Monetary solidarity and the Corona crisis

What are possible and desirable scenarios for the future of the European Union? Waltraud Schelkle, Professor of Political Economy at The London School of Economics and Political Science, was the first to answer this question in the new Future of Europe lecture series of the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School, organised in the frame of CIVICA.

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EUI's The State of the Union Conference addresses COVID-19 crisis
EUI

EUI's The State of the Union Conference addresses COVID-19 crisis

On 8 May 2020, the European University Institute held a special online edition of its annual The State of the Union Conference, focused on the social, economic and global ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference featured contributions from EUI faculty, experts, policymakers, business and opinion leaders, journalists and representatives of the civil society.

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April 2020

Webinar Anke Hessel and Bruno Palier
CIVICA

Joint webinar Sciences Po & Hertie School on the social impacts of confinement

On 27 April 2020, researchers Anke Hassel (Hertie School) and Bruno Palier (Sciences Po) presented in an online webinar their analyses of the labour market consequences and of the social policy decisions taken in Germany, France and Europe at large in response to the pandemic. (Photos: Anke Hessel © Hertie School / Bruno Palier © Sciences Po)

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Bocconi launches COVID CRISIS LAB
BOCCONI

Bocconi launches COVID CRISIS LAB

The Laboratory for Coronavirus Crisis Research draws faculty from all eight departments at Bocconi and is the university’s broadest multi-disciplinary research initiative ever. It aims to understand the spread of the COVID-19 and analyse its numerous social, health care, financial and legal implications.

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Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein on European solidarity in crisis
HERTIE SCHOOL

Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein on European solidarity in crisis

In an essay published in the German weekly Der Spiegel, Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein argues that Europe needs a strong signal of European solidarity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but Germany in particular fails to recognise the historic proportions of this undertaking.

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CEU expert commentary and COVID-19-related research
CEU

CEU expert commentary and COVID-19-related research

Influential international media outlets have approached CEU leadership and faculty for expert commentary and insights on the COVID-19 impact. (Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash)

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SSE joins initiative to provide COVID-19 coverage of the Eastern European region
SSE

SSE joins initiative to provide COVID-19 coverage of the Eastern European region

SSE's Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics has partnered with members of the FREE Network to collect and disseminate information about the COVID-19 situation around the Baltics, in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

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"The World in the Face of COVID-19": Research analysis and surveys from Sciences Po
SCIENCES PO

"The World in the Face of COVID-19": Research analysis and surveys from Sciences Po

Through analyses and research projects, Sciences Po experts are responding to the fundamental need to grasp the political, economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the short and long term.

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SNSPA students at First World Youth Cyber Meeting on Coronavirus
SNSPA

SNSPA students at First World Youth Cyber Meeting on Coronavirus

SNSPA students joined young people from 60 cities around the globe in an online encounter to appeal to solidarity, share impressions and face the crisis caused by the new coronavirus together.

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March 2020

LSE's COVID-19 Resource Centre
LSE

LSE's COVID-19 Resource Centre

The School of Public Policy at LSE has brought together some of the leading thinking to guide and support policy responses to the pandemic. (Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash)

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Experts issue recommendations for the EU's COVID-19 response
EUI

Experts issue recommendations for the EU's COVID-19 response

In an online workshop organised by the EUI's School of Transnational Governance, renowned academics and policy-makers developed policy recommendations for the European Union to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Launch of CIVICA Engage: A European multi-campus bachelor experience
CIVICA

Launch of CIVICA Engage: A European multi-campus bachelor experience

On 6 March 2020, representatives of the universities in the CIVICA alliance got together for the digital kick off of CIVICA Engage: A European multi-campus Bachelor experience.

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DAAD round table on the European University Initiative
CIVICA

DAAD round table on the European University Initiative

On 4 March 2020, Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein participated in a round table with representatives from the other German universities selected in the European Commission’s European University Initiative, organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). (Photo by Malik_Braun / Flickr)

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February 2020

Stipends for Hertie School and CIVICA alumni to attend “Future of Work” workshop
CIVICA

Stipends for Hertie School and CIVICA alumni to attend “Future of Work” workshop

Alumni from the Hertie School and the CIVICA alliance are invited to apply for 25 stipends to a workshop on "The Future of Work: AI, Data Science and Digital Transformation" organised by the Hertie School in May, 2020. The stipends, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), also include a session on strengthening the CIVICA alliance.

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CIVICA launches doctoral and postdoctoral training activities
CIVICA

CIVICA launches doctoral and postdoctoral training activities

On 10 February 2020, representatives of the universities in the CIVICA alliance got together at the European University Institute in Florence to discuss the creation of a common European space which enables early stage researchers to benefit from the expertise and the resources at partner universities and to collaborate across borders.

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Launch of CIVICA's work package on international partnerships
CIVICA

Launch of CIVICA's work package on international partnerships

On 4-5 February 2020, the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest, Romania hosted the first meeting of CIVICA's work package on international partnerships.

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January - February 2020

A European education without borders: An interview with Katarina Hägg (SSE)
SSE

A European education without borders: An interview with Katarina Hägg (SSE)

Katarina Hägg, Vice President for External Relations at the Stockholm School of Economics, explains the significance of the CIVICA alliance for SSE students and faculty.

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CIVICA Europeanship: First meeting on developing innovative solutions for master's education
CIVICA

CIVICA Europeanship: First meeting on developing innovative solutions for master's education

On 20 January 2020, in Milan, CIVICA representatives held the first meeting of the Work Package 4 led by Bocconi University and dedicated to integrated forms of pedagogical innovation at master's level and beyond.

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2019

Work to build CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences kicks off
CIVICA

Work to build CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences kicks off

Following the first CIVICA Presidential Meeting held in Paris on 18 July 2019, the CIVICA Managing Team came together for the first time on 3 October 3 2019. The meeting marks the starting point for the joint project, that will include an ambitious array of activities at all levels of higher education (BA, MA and PhD). During the pilot phase, the focus will lie on four key challenges: Challenges to Democracy in the XXIst Century; Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth; Europe Revisited; and Data Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences. (Photo © Thomas Arrivé / Sciences Po)

CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences selected by the European Commission
CIVICA

CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences selected by the European Commission

CIVICA has been selected by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities. A total of 48 applications were received, of which 17 have been selected and awarded funding, as announced on 26 June 2019 by the Commission. The application of CIVICA received 92/100 points. (Photo by Juliana Wiklund)

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