Press release

CIVICA greenlit for second round of funding

Hertie School is founding member of the university alliance just approved by European Commission for further development and expansion. 

Berlin, 28 July 2022. CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences has been chosen as one out of sixteen to receive continued support from the Erasmus+ programme for European university alliances, the European Commission announced today. 

After a three-year pilot phase, CIVICA is now set to become a deeply established, fully-fledged European University alliance in the social sciences, bringing together ten world-renowned higher education institutions across Europe. In the 2022-2027 programme, CIVICA aims to develop a joint vision and offer scholars and students mobility, educational and research opportunities. 

“As one of the founding members of the alliance, we are proud to be part of CIVICA and to contribute to its continued success,” says Hertie School President Prof. Cornelia Woll. “The role of universities is key to navigate the enormous processes of social, economic and technological change occurring in our society. If we are to discuss and find solutions to the most pressing policy and social issues, we must lock arms across borders and work together on research, teaching and outreach activities.” 

The new Erasmus+ programme will provide CIVICA 14.4 million euros to foster the institutional transformation of the European Higher Education and Research Area (EHEA), a group of 49 countries dedicated to pursuing a common set of academic commitments and values in higher education.

“We are all thrilled to hear about this positive outcome as the European Commission has decided to continue supporting CIVICA’s development,” said Mathias Vicherat, President of Sciences Po and CIVICA Coordinator. “The renewed Erasmus+ support will accelerate CIVICA’s ambition to assume civic responsibility for current and future European generations, to strengthen the role of Europe in the world, and raise the profile of European social sciences in education and research.”


CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences brings together ten leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences, humanities, business management and public policy, with a total of 72,000 students and 13,000 faculty members across the universities. CIVICA‘s primary goal is to imbue meaning into its vision of shaping the European University of the future by 2030. To achieve this goal, the partner institutions are committed to consolidating and further expanding the alliance with a physical and digital inter-university campus linking teaching and learning, research and innovation, and civil society.

CIVICA’s members are: Bocconi University (Italy), Central European University (Austria and Hungary), European University Institute (Intergovernmental), Hertie School (Germany), IE University (Spain, as of October 2022), National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania), Sciences Po (France), SGH Warsaw School of Economics (Poland, as of October 2022), Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden) and The London School of Economics and Political Sciences (United Kingdom).

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s programmes, executive education and doctoral programmes, distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded in 2004 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council.


Press contacts:

Alessia Manco
CIVICA, Communications Manager 

Alina Zurmühlen
Hertie School, Associate Press and Public Relations
+49 160 911 669 83