The CIVIS alliance is one of the very first initiatives to create "European Universities" selected and funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + program. CIVIS is a collaborative space for teaching, research, innovation and the opening of higher education to society.
CIVIS, the European university
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The CIVIS alliance was born from the Erasmus + call for projects launched by the European Commission in 2018. Today, it brings together a network of 10 universities around the same desire - to draw the features of the university of tomorrow.
Committed to this mission:
- Aix-Marseille University (France),
- National and Capodistrian University of Athens (Greece),
- University of Bucharest (Romania),
- Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium),
- Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain),
- Sapienza University of Rome (Italy),
- University of Stockholm (Sweden)
- Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany)
- University of Glasgow (Scotland) as an associate partner since December 2020
- University of Salzburg (Austria)
Nearly 470,000 students and 68,000 staff members, including 35,000 academics and researchers, are thus represented and interconnected within CIVIS.
CIVIS, at the heart of current societal issues
Faced with the major challenges of our century and the rapid evolution of our societies and labor markets, higher education must adapt and offer solutions to society as a whole. CIVIS was born of this observation and has consequently developed an issue-based approach around 5 particularly important themes/challenges
Health | Cities, Territories and Mobilities | Climate, Environment and EnergyÉEnergy | Digital and Technological Transformations
Digital and Technological Transformations | Society, Cultures and Heritage.
These themes are at the forefront of the Alliance's civic commitment to become a vector of change and innovation in these areas. They allow the European university to remain relevant and useful to our societies by addressing new challenges as they arise at the local and international levels. To do this, CIVIS combines training and research and develops a culture of collaboration through innovative pedagogies that encourage 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 the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate levels, multidisciplinary research programs as well as public and/or private partnerships.
The Mediterranean and Africa 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.
The key steps
- 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 the Hubs: Health; Society, Culture, Heritage; Cities, Territories, Mobility
- December 2020: University of Glasgow joins the alliance as an associate partner
- January 2021: Launch of RIS4CIVIS
- March 2021: Launch of the Open Lab & LABEL
- April 2021: Launch of PENSA and E-BELONG projects
- May 2021: Launch of CIVIS3i