European Universities Initiative kicks off in Brussels

In CIVICA alliance, Hertie School is part of the European Commission’s transnational higher education project.

As one of 17 universities chosen by the European Commission for its European Universities Initiative, the seven-member CIVICA alliance, of which the Hertie School is a member, presented its plans for transnational higher education in Brussels on 7 November. The kick-off event featured presentations and discussions between representatives of the participating universities, education ministers, student representatives and university networks.

Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein attended the event, together with leadership from the CIVICA alliance partners: Bocconi University (Italy), Central European University (Hungary), the European University Institute (Italy), the National School of Administration and Political Science (Romania), Sciences Po (France) and the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden). The seven CIVICA universities have also established a close partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science, which was also represented at the event.

In June, the Commission announced it would fund CIVICA as one of its chosen European Universities. The networks will receive five million euros each in a three-year pilot phase. It is one of the flagship initiatives of the EU’s ambition to build a European Education Area.

CIVICA aims to serve European societies by addressing current and emerging challenges, using existing and new means for and approaches to education, research and outreach in the social sciences and related areas. It brings together 38,000 students, 7,000 scientists and over 3,000 administrative staff in a physically and digitally connected campus, focusing on four core areas: challenges and democracy in the 21st century, social change related to global crises, the future of Europe, and data-based methods in the social sciences.

More information on CIVICA can be found here.

See our press release “Hertie School becomes one of EU’s European Universities” here.