CIVIS presentation


The CIVIS alliance is one of the very first initiatives aiming to create a "European University" which was selected and funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + programme. CIVIS is a collaborative space for teaching, research, innovation and the opening of higher education to society.

CIVIS, the European university

The CIVIS alliance was born after the Erasmus + call for projects launched by the European Commission in 2018. Today, it brings together a network of 9 universities around the same will to shape tomorrow's university.

Committed to this mission:

Nearly 430,000 students and 63,000 staff members are represented and connected through CIVIS.

CIVIS, at the heart of current societal challenges

Faced with the great challenges of our century and the rapid evolution of our societies and labor markets, higher education has to adapt and offer concrete solutions to the society as a whole. CIVIS was created as a result of this observation and has consequently developed an issue-based approach around 5 particularly important hubs:

Health | Cities,Territories and Mobility | Climate, Environment and Energy | Digital and Technological Transformation | Society, Culture and Heritage.

These themes are at the forefront of the Alliance's civic commitment to become a vector of change and innovation in these fields. They enable the European university to remain relevant and useful to our societies by addressing new challenges as they arise at local and international levels. In order to do this, CIVIS combines education and research and develops a culture of collaboration through innovative pedagogies encouraging critical thinking, adaptability, resilience and future-oriented skills.

Chosen by CIVIS, these themes are "spaces of academic collaboration" and aim to develop multinational and multidisciplinary teaching and research offerings. They infuse the creation of joint degrees, innovative learning practices and blended mobility at Bachelor, Master and Doctorate levels, multidisciplinary research programs as well as public and/or private partnerships.

The Mediterranean and African regions at the heart of CIVIS global strategy

For CIVIS, the future of Europe and that of Africa are intertwined. CIVIS is the first European university to make a point of committing itself more and more to the universities of this zone and thus become a reference university for European relations with the Mediterranean and African regions in terms of research, teaching and innovation.


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Useful links

CIVIS & the civil society
CIVIS news
CIVIS & Research
CIVIS official website
CIVIS presentation video
CIVIS video - Dare to be mobile in Europe

The key stages

  • February 2019: submission of the CIVIS project application
  • November 2019: Official launch of CIVIS in Rome
  • January 2020: Launch of the Climate, Environment and Energy Hub
  • September 2020: Launch of three Hubs: Health; Society, Culture, Heritage; Cities, Territories, Heritage
  • December 2020: University of Glasgow joins the alliance as an associate partner
  • January 2021: Launch of RIS4CIVIS
  • March 2021: Launch of the call for Open Lab & LABEL projects
  • April 2021: Launch of PENSA and E-BELONG projects
  • May 2021: Launch of CIVIS3i
Contact information
European University
Training, research and innovation
Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020
Europe, Erasmus +