CIVIS - A European Civic University


Dear students,
Dear colleagues,

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

1 Mobility as a vector of citizenship

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

We envision our European Civic University as a space for innovative and responsible teaching, research, cultural exchange and citizen 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 education 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 full by our eight European campuses in order to build a true European Higher Education Area and to contribute to the development of a strong, multilingual, knowledge-based European society.

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

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. The governance structure of CIVIS will reflect our commitment to inclusive bottom-up approaches.

4. First steps

The European Commission will unveil the names of the first winners of the European Universities Call during the summer. Whatever the outcome of this call, we have 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 mobilise our universities for the 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 be inviting our communities to become more involved in the early stages of CIVIS and in building this ambitious and exciting process.

Let's build this new European dynamic together!

Eric Berton
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 di Roma

Bernd Engler
University of Tübingen

4. Actualities

Aix-Marseille Université has won 2 million euros for the CIVIS alliance as part of the H2020 "SWAFS" call for projects, attributed to the structuring of joint research with its "RIS4CIVIS" project.

The "RIS4CIVIS" project aims to strengthen the research dimension of the European CIVIS University. With a duration of 3 years and a budget of 2 million euros for the alliance, this project aims to structure a common Research & Innovation strategy for the CIVIS consortium by sharing infrastructures, good practices in terms of Human Resources, an Open Science vision and by reinforcing collaboration with companies and civil society. 
Aix-Marseille Université is coordinating the whole project and is leading the work on the axis for the development of a common research and innovation agenda for CIVIS. The European university aims to strengthen the link between education and research by developing an institution capable of meeting the challenges of the future. The synergies between the activities of the "RIS4CIVIS" project and the initiatives already implemented in the Erasmus+ project will be very important (e.g. the role of the Hubs on societal issues).