CIVIS - A European Civic University


Dear students,
Dear colleagues,

We are proud to announce that our eight universities are participating in the call for Erasmus + European universities by proposing the project entitled "CIVIS - A European Civic University".

1. mobility as a vehicle for citizenship

CIVIS will bring together nearly 400,000 students and 55,000 staff. This integrated university space aims to allow students, academics, researchers and staff to move and collaborate as freely as in their home institution.

We see our European Civic University as a space for innovative and responsible teaching, research, cultural exchanges and civic action in Europe, from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and Africa.
The desire for inclusion will permeate all our actions, as we are fully committed to the fight for gender equality, non-discrimination and social equality.
The participation of our universities in this alliance will help to reduce inequalities, increase access to quality training and create real opportunities for success for all our students.

2. a wide variety of programs and activities

Over time, we will implement a wide variety of study programmes shared in part or in whole by our eight European campuses in order to build a genuine European Higher Education Area and to contribute to the development of a strong and multilingual European knowledge society.

Our research excellence will be an essential asset in contributing to research-based training and innovative activities. We will create opportunities for sharing experiences between our universities at all levels, for example by increasing staff mobility and promoting the exchange of good practices.

3. a collective contribution

We need all the actors involved in the academic life of our universities to contribute to the definition of the orientations and activities of the alliance: students, researchers, administrative staff and non-academic partners will all have the future of CIVIS in their hands. CIVIS' governance structure will reflect our commitment to inclusive bottom-up approaches.

4. First steps

The European Commission will announce the first winners of the European Universities call this summer. Whatever the outcome of this call, we decided to start CIVIS activities at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year. For all of us, CIVIS is a long-term project that will mobilize our universities for years to come.

The CIVIS website ( is now online and will be the main communication portal of the alliance. In the coming months, we will invite our communities to become more involved in the early stages of CIVIS and in building this ambitious and exciting process.

Let us build together this new European dynamic!

Yvon Berland
Aix-Marseille University

Yvon Englert
Free University of Brussels

Rafael Garesse
Autonomous University of Madrid

Astrid Söderbergh Widding
Stockholm University

Meletios Dimopoulos
University of Athens

Mircea Dumitru
University of Bucharest

Eugenio Gaudio
Sapienza Universita de Roma

Bernd Engler
University of Tübingen


European Civic University