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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Students at Bocconi University engaged in academic work
Bocconi

The Future of Europe at the heart of a multicampus experience

CIVICA master’s students can register for the new Europeanship multicampus course to focus on the Future of Europe together with peers from across the alliance.

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Illustration of figures interacting with digital technologies
Hertie School

Rethinking higher education for the digital age

CIVICA conference brings together educators, students and policymakers for post-pandemic takeaways.

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Screenshot CIVICA European Week online mingle
SSE

European collaboration success for CIVICA

In June, 40 undergraduate students from CIVICA members took part in the first edition of the CIVICA European Week, organised by SSE.

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July 2021

The CIVICA Ambassadors
CIVICA

CIVICA celebrates its first cohort of student & ESR Ambassadors

Through outreach and joint projects, the Ambassadors have brought CIVICA communities closer.

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European Week, virtual dinner
Sciences Po

Bachelor students from all over Europe team up for first ever CIVICA European Week

Léa Fournier and Marco Gerbino, bachelor students at Sciences Po, recount their experiences of the CIVICA European Week in June 2021.

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Ronit Anand, LSE
LSE

CIVICA European Week – An LSE student’s perspective

Ronit Anand, bachelor's student at LSE, discusses the best bits and benefits of CIVICA’s European Week in June 2021.

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June 2021

Monica Jitareanu, CEU
CEU

Facilitator and connector Monica Jitareanu discusses CIVICA as a distinct alliance

Monica Jitareanu (CEU) discusses the evolution of CIVICA activities, the role of CEU involvement and the next goals of the alliance.

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Falilou Kebe and Bianca Carli (Bocconi)
Bocconi

The CIVICA European Week: a diverse environment “where everyone could learn from others”

Two students from Bocconi University talk about their experience of the CIVICA European Week and this year’s topic of financial literacy.

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Nicoleta Corbu, SNSPA
SNSPA

CIVICA opens new roads for SNSPA’s Multidisciplinary Doctoral School

Nicoleta Corbu (SNSPA) reflects on CIVICA events and opportunities within the broader internationalisation strategy of the Multidisciplinary Doctoral School at SNSPA.

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Posters of the Data Science Seminars
Hertie School

Data Science Seminars draw researchers and interest from across the CIVICA network and beyond

Data scientists look at topics in the current public debate and plan to expand offering in the fall.

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Tours d'Europe event at the EUI: panel discussion
EUI

Not Only Erasmus - Making Ourselves Heard in Europe

The EUI’s researcher-led groups Engaged Academics and Thoughts for Europe continue their outreach activities engaging youth and connecting with the local community, this time with their involvement in the CIVICA Public Lecture ‘Tours d’Europe’, Not Only Erasmus – Making Ourselves Heard in Europe/ Non solo Erasmus – facciamoci sentire in Europa.

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Adrian Curaj, SNSPA
SNSPA

Achieving personalised education through current innovations

Ahead of the 3 June CIVICA conference on "Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education," Adrian Curaj (SNSPA) examines how technological changes challenge universities to adapt.

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May 2021

Henrik Enderlein, Hertie School
CIVICA

CIVICA joins in mourning the loss of Hertie School’s Henrik Enderlein

In his capacity as President of the Hertie School, Henrik Enderlein was one of the founding leaders of our European University of Social Sciences. Professor Enderlein passed away in Berlin on 28 May at the age of 46.

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Magnus Mähring, SSE
SSE

Hybridisation as the future of education

Ahead of the 3 June CIVICA conference on "Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education," Magnus Mähring (SSE) discusses how we can leverage technology to improve education long-term.

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Stefano Caselli, Bocconi University
Bocconi University

Technology is a key asset to improve the learning experience of students

Ahead of the 3 June CIVICA conference on "Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education," Stefano Caselli (Bocconi University) comments on how we can leverage technology to revolutionise higher education.

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Elena Schulz-Ruhtenberg, Sciences Po
Sciences Po

Learning by doing: how students experienced the move online

Ahead of the 3 June CIVICA conference on "Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education," student Elena Schulz-Ruhtenberg (Sciences Po) talks about her first-hand experience with the move online and participating in online CIVICA activities.

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Aurelie Villanueva, EUI
EUI

Making education more inclusive through digital technologies

Ahead of the 3 June CIVICA conference on "Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education," Aurélie Villanueva (EUI) argues that the flexibility afforded by digital education is a potential game changer for the future of universities.

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Paul Apostolidis, LSE
LSE

Using technology to connect universities and communities

Ahead of the 3 June CIVICA conference on "Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education," Dr Paul Apostolidis (LSE) reflects on higher ed efforts to generate new civic programming with the help of digital tools.

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Hilda Hardell
SSE

BSc student represents SSE at the CIVICA dissemination conference

SSE undergrad Hilda Hardell, panellist at the upcoming CIVICA conference on 3 June, on why it is important to involve students in the debate on digitalisation in higher education.

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Lens looking at society, credit: Arthimedes, Shutterstock
CIVICA

Winners of CIVICA research call announced

Eleven cutting-edge projects selected for funding to address major societal challenges and deepen ties within CIVICA.

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SNSPA

SNSPA seeks robust involvement in youth policy development

SNSPA’s Mihai Dragoș, an experienced youth advocate, speaks about the current and next steps on youth issues at European level, and how alliances like CIVICA could contribute to youth policy development.

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Anna Prisca Lohse, Hertie School
Hertie School

Diversity of perspectives is crucial in designing high-quality digital education (video)

Ahead of the 3 June CIVICA conference on "Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education," PhD researcher Anna Prisca Lohse (Hertie School) reflects on her experiences with digital education.

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Elena Schulz-Ruhtenberg and Neslihan Altun
Sciences Po / Hertie School

Sciences Po - Hertie School joint team wins first futurEU competition

Elena Schulz-Ruhtenberg and Neslihan Altun, who both study Public Policy at Sciences Po and the Hertie School respectively, are the winners of the first ever competition of futurEU, a student-led initiative that aims to contribute to shaping the European Union of tomorrow.

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Liviu Matei, CEU, photo by Daniel Vegel
CEU

CIVICA’s conference “Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education” considers trends for a post-COVID world (video)

In advance of the convening, Central European University Provost Liviu Matei examines some of the opportunities and challenges of online education.

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Camille Bou, LSE
LSE

A PhD student’s experience of CIVICA coursework

LSE PhD student Camille Bou reflects on her experience taking a CIVICA course and on the ever-growing opportunities of the alliance.

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Julia Delin, SSE
SSE

Diversity and sustainability are high priorities at the SSE Business Lab

SSE Business Lab, the start-up incubator of the Stockholm School of Economics, promotes two of CIVICA's core values through its work.

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EUI

EUI's flagship conference State of the Union discusses "Europe in a Changing World"

Held on 6-7 May in a hybrid format, the conference will bring together world leaders, diplomats, policy makers, academics, and civil society representatives before a global audience. A youth and civil society event celebrating Europe Day will take place on 8 May.

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April 2021

futurEU student-led initiative
Hertie School

Student founders of futurEU give young people a voice in EU policy

Students from across the CIVICA European campus participate in competition founded by Hertie School students.

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CEU festival, credit: Janos Posztos
CEU

CEU’s CIVICA Ambassadors reflect on student engagement and shaping the future

The CIVICA Ambassadors from Central European University, Marta Vuković (MA in Nationalism Studies) and Renato de Gaspi (PhD in Political Science), speak about their student engagement work with the alliance.

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SNSPA students and CIVICA Ambassadors
SNSPA

The value of international experiences for SNSPA's CIVICA Ambassadors and exchange students

SNSPA has exchange agreements with a wide range of universities throughout the world. Students from partner universities come to study at our university for a semester or an academic year. Additionally, SNSPA's membership in CIVICA creates even more opportunities for our students to interact with peers from across Europe.

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Leonardo Caporarello, Bocconi University
Bocconi

Digitalisation and the future of higher education: Interview with Leonardo Caporarello (video)

Ahead of a CIVICA conference on 3 June, Professor Leonardo Caporarello (Bocconi University) discusses how technology can enhance education.

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Dilly Fung, LSE
LSE

Dilly Fung: CIVICA Engage is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others

LSE’s Pro-Director for Education explains how the CIVICA Engage Track connects civic responsibility with learning and inspires students to create societal change.

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CIVICA webinar Growth and Welfare in Advanced Capitalist Economies. How Have Growth Regimes Evolved?
Sciences Po / Hertie School

CIVICA scholars discuss: How have growth regimes evolved?

In a recent webinar, Bruno Palier (Sciences Po) and Anke Hassel (Hertie School) discussed their volume on growth regimes with fellow CIVICA scholars [video].

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CEU Vienna Campus, credit Alexander Chitsazan
CEU

CEU calls for international effort to ensure release of Ahmed Samir Santawy

Ahmed Samir Santawy, an Egyptian master's student at CEU, was arrested under baseless charges and remains in pre-trial detention in Egypt since 1 February 2021. CEU calls for his immediate release.

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Illustration Over to Europe podcast
CIVICA

CIVICA podcast Over to Europe: Episode #6

Season one's final episode looks at the present and future of higher education in Europe and the world.

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March 2021

Illustration, CIVICA's four focus areas
CIVICA

CIVICA's first call for research proposals: 27 projects submitted

Most projects bring together three CIVICA partners.

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Panel discussion: Data Analytics and the Battle Against the Pandemic
Bocconi University

Data analytics’ crucial role in the battle against the pandemic

On 18 March, Bocconi University hosted the latest event in the CIVICA Public Lecture Series Tours d'Europe, promoting a greater dialogue between researchers and society at large.

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Rhydian Cleaver, LSE
LSE

Maximise the real-world potential of your studies: civic engagement through CIVICA

LSE's Rhydian Cleaver, BSc Politics (3rd year), explains how civic engagement experience can boost students' future prospects whilst doing something meaningful for the world, and why the CIVICA Engage Track is a golden opportunity to develop civic engagement skills.

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Collage Berlin / Paris - Photos via Unsplash
Hertie School

Hertie School and Sciences Po student publications team up, may spark future projects with CIVICA partners

Student-led publications Governance Post and Paris Globalist collaborate to expand network, reach.

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Students discuss outdoors, photo by Juliana Wiklund, SSE
SSE

Financial Literacy highlighted during the CIVICA European Week

SSE faculty Thomas Lavelle talks about the theme and approach to learning of the CIVICA European Week 2021.

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Illustration Over to Europe podcast
CIVICA

CIVICA podcast Over to Europe: Episode #5

Episode 5 explores the role and impact of the social sciences.

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Student working at computer, CEU. Credit: Daniel Vegel
CEU

Spotlight on CIVICA’s focus area "Data-Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences"

Professor of Network and Data Science Janos Kertesz (CEU) and fellow CIVICA researchers explain what's behind the focus area dedicated to learning about society through data science.

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Christian Freudlsperger
Hertie School

The role of universities in addressing challenges to democracy: CIVICA on "Campus Europa" podcast

In the "Campus Europa" podcast of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Christian Freudlsperger (Hertie School) reflects on democracy in crisis and CIVICA's work to address this topic.

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Villa Salviati, EUI
CIVICA

CIVICA (post)doctoral summer schools: sharing work and fostering interdisciplinarity

Early stage researchers (ESRs) from across the social sciences and humanities will have a unique opportunity to meet peers, share research, and receive input from senior scholars: the 2021 CIVICA summer schools taking place in Italy this year.

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Premier Campus workshop on the Reims campus of Sciences Po, February 2020
Sciences Po

CIVICA students and PhDs open international perspectives to Sciences Po Premier Campus high school students

Fostering international ambitions before entering higher education: on Friday 26 February, 37 French high schoolers from Sciences Po’s Premier Campus programme participated in online discussions with student and PhD representatives from CIVICA universities across Europe.

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Illustration Over to Europe podcast
CIVICA

CIVICA podcast Over to Europe: Episode #4

Episode 4 explores the evolving relationship between Europe and the world.

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Alina Bargaoanu, SNSPA
SNSPA

Building trust in times of mistrust: Interview with SNSPA Professor Alina Bârgăoanu

Fake news has made the headlines of real news for a while now, ironically becoming a topic in its own right. Disinformation assaults us like hailstorms or strong winds. How can we efficiently build trust in times of the fake news phenomenon?

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February 2021

Students at the Stockholm School of Economics, Photo: Juliana Wiklund
SSE

CIVICA European Week 2021 in Stockholm

The CIVICA European Week is both a stand-alone learning event and a central element of the CIVICA Engage Track, and will be taking place for the first time in Stockholm in June.

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Students look at research results
LSE

CIVICA's Early Stage Researcher Course Catalogue: Spotlight on the International Social and Public Policy seminar series at LSE

The CIVICA ESR catalogue offers PhD and early career researchers a unique chance to easily find and attend courses outside of their own specific programmes and at other member institutions.

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Illustration for the CIVICA Public Lecture Series Tours d'Europe
CEU

CIVICA Public Lecture Series Tours d’Europe Launches with Democracy in the Time of Pandemic

On 15 February, Central European University (CEU) hosted the first event in a new CIVICA series committed to communicating social science research and knowledge from the eight partner universities into the public realm.

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Illustration, Report on the Future of Europe
Bocconi

CIVICA students take on key challenges for Europe’s future

More than 30 students across CIVICA universities (and also from the University of Geneva and ESADE) are currently hard at work finishing their draft of the ‘Report on the Future of Europe.’

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Illustration Over to Europe podcast
CIVICA

CIVICA podcast Over to Europe: Episode #3

Episode 3 explores how the economy behaves in difficult times, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Illustration on data science
CIVICA

Top scholars discuss public sector digital transformation in CIVICA PhD series

Five recorded presentations on innovation, AI, digital governance, ethics and more from a PhD series hosted by Hertie School’s Centre for Digital Governance and Bocconi University’s Department of Social and Political Sciences are available online.

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Hertie School
Hertie School

Henrik Enderlein steps down as President of the Hertie School

Undergoing cancer treatment, Enderlein will stay at the Hertie School as a member of the faculty. Mark Hallerberg will be named Acting President.

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Illustration Over to Europe podcast
CIVICA

CIVICA podcast Over to Europe: Episode #2

Episode 2 explores the concepts of diversity and inclusion in a European context.

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SNSPA

Five cross-cultural communication aspects to consider in a European University setting

What are some important cross-cultural aspects to think about in a highly connected community? Cătălin Mosoia, staff member at SNSPA and PhD researcher in Psychology, shares his insight.

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Lens looking at society, credit: Arthimedes, Shutterstock
CIVICA

CIVICA Research launches with call for collaborative research projects

Carsten Q. Schneider (CEU) and Guillaume Plantin (Sciences Po) talk about the strategy behind CIVICA Research and CIVICA's first call for research proposals.

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January 2021

Alexander Stubb, EUI
EUI

Deciphering policy-making beyond the state

Alex Stubb, Director of the School of Transnational Governance at CIVICA member EUI, talks about the defining policy issues of our times, the sweet spot between theory and practice, and the complexity of policy-making.

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Illustration Over to Europe podcast
CIVICA

Over to Europe, a podcast of the CIVICA community

Our newly-launched podcast, "Over to Europe," brings students, researchers, faculty and staff into dialogue about the ideas and values that are central to Europe. The first episode examines "European identity."

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The Bocconi campus at the start of the academic year 20/2021
CIVICA

Responding, adapting and (virtually) socialising: Fall 2020 across the CIVICA alliance in photos

Fall 2020 at the eight CIVICA members meant a safe and enthusiastic start, optimised digital tools, and supportive virtual campus communities. Here is a look back in pictures.

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Johanna Mair, Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership, Hertie School
Hertie School

How social enterprises in Germany tackled the COVID-19 crisis

Research project SEFORÏS, organised by the Hertie School in the frame of CIVICA, shows that social enterprises are resilient, but wary of the pandemic's long-term impact.

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Student browsing the PhD course catalogue, credit: EUI
CIVICA

CIVICA’s Early Stage Researcher Course Catalogue now online

Early stage researchers attending CIVICA member institutions have a new resource for research training: the Early Stage Researcher Course Catalogue.

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LSE campus building, credit: LSE
LSE

Paving the way to CIVICA: Professor Michael Cox on LSE's 125th anniversary (video)

To mark LSE’s 125th anniversary, Professor Michael Cox, Emeritus Professor of International Relations and Founding Director LSE IDEAS, discusses LSE’s origins and history of interacting with the outside world.

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December 2020

CEU Vienna campus, credit Adrian Zoltan

CEU Elkana Center selected to coordinate external evaluation of EQAR

Central European University’s Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education (CEU YECHE) was selected to coordinate the external evaluation for The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education. CEU YECHE was chosen for its global expertise in higher education, including in European HE policy, the development of the EHEA and the workings of the Bologna Process.

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Cătălin Vrabie, lecturer at the Faculty of Public Administration - SNSPA, and student
SNSPA

Towards an engaged European University: Lessons on social inclusion and open research from SNSPA

CIVICA aims to have an impact on society beyond academia. To learn about best practices, we looked at existing experiences across CIVICA. Three professors from SNSPA in Romania talk to us about their current projects and what to consider when dealing with a diversified student community.

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EUI library
EUI

Doctoral research opportunities at the European University Institute

Since its opening to researchers in 1976, the European University Institute has provided international, inter-disciplinary doctoral training with a special focus on Europe and European integration. While the scope of the Institute has since broadened, it has not lost sight of those founding principles, now shared with its partners in the CIVICA alliance.

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CEU Vienna campus - photo by Alexander Chitsazan
CEU

Spotlight on CIVICA’s focus area "Europe Revisited"

Associate Professor of International Relations Xymena Kurowska from Central European University (CEU) and fellow researchers unpack CIVICA's thematic group "Europe Revisited," which tackles topics such as multilevel governance of migration, constitutional resilience, EU and the world, green values and green economy, and interdisciplinary approaches in research.

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Catherine de Vries, Bocconi University
Bocconi University

An open and diverse university community that can benefit all society

Catherine De Vries was recently appointed as the first Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Bocconi University. In this interview she talks about the importance of fostering diversity and inclusion in the academic world, making it part of the DNA of universities, promoting open debate in the European landscape, and about the role CIVICA can play as a hub for best practices.

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Screenshot of online workshop
CIVICA

Collaborating to create a gender equal and inclusive agenda for CIVICA

Thirty faculty and staff members from CIVICA partner universities as well as experts from other institutions participated in a virtual Gender Equality and Inclusion Workshop to exchange and share best practices across the alliance.

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DNA puzzle, credit Pixabay
SSE

Pan-European cooperation to solve problems caused by pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread problems across the globe. A new EU-funded research project will contribute to strengthen Europe’s response to the impact of COVID-19 as well as future pandemics.

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Students at Sciences Po and at the Hertie School engage in online activities
Sciences Po / Hertie School

In first jointly taught CIVICA master’s course, students explore “Democracy in Crisis”

Around 25 students from the Hertie School and 45 from Sciences Po signed up for the first joint master's course of CIVICA, co-taught by Florence Faucher of Sciences Po and Christian Freudlsperger of the Hertie School. For the fall 2020 sessions, the professors homed in on two topics of public interest around the globe – democracy and crisis.

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November 2020

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 spoke at the official inauguration of the Academic Year 2020-2021 at Bocconi University.

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PhD training, Hertie School
Hertie School

"PhDs teach PhDs” activities kick off with survey research

On 30 November, 1 & 10 December 2020, the Hertie School hosts an online training on survey design aimed at PhD researchers from the CIVICA alliance. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service, this short course introduces participants to the art of survey design.

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Carlo Altomonte, Bocconi University
Bocconi University

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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Illustration of virtual work meeting, via Shutterstock / DidGason
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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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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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 (on 21 October 2020), “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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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

European identity is a fundamental concept for the social sciences and one of the most discussed topics at policymaker level as well as citizen level. We aimed to find out 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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Library at SSE, credit Petter Cohen
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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Lens looking at society, credit: Arthimedes, Shutterstock
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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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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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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Stefano Caselli, Bocconi University
Bocconi

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

Cooperation is at the roots of CIVICA, says Stefano Caselli, Dean for International Affairs at Bocconi University and member of CIVICA's Steering Committee.

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September 2020

Photos of SSE and Bocconi University campuses

Two CIVICA universities in Financial Times 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.

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Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School, Credit: bitteschoen.tv
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.

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CIVICA Ambassador Martina Bo
Bocconi

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

Martina Bo, dual master’s student at Bocconi and Sciences Po, talks to us about her role as CIVICA Ambassador, her experience as a truly European student and the benefits of cooperation across the continent.

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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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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. CEU Dean of Students Chrys Margaritidis speaks to us about the role and initiatives of our alliance's civic engagement work package 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

Professor Simon Hix sets out his hopes for CIVICA 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.

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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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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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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.

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LSE campus, photo by Nigel Stead
CIVICA

LSE becomes the eighth full member of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences

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.

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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

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

CIVICA responds to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis poses unprecedented challenges that call for complex insights, collective responses and immediate action. Read more about how the CIVICA alliance mobilises knowledge and action in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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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.

 

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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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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.

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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.

 

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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? Professor Waltraud Schelkle opens the CIVICA Future of Europe lecture series.

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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.

 

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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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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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January 2020

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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October 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 2019.

 

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June 2019

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.

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