CIVIS, an alliance of eight of the most prestigious universities, is proud to receive the opportunity to fully contribute to the first stage of building this major initiative for the European landscape of higher education future.
CIVIS aspirations will now be transformed into actions and results in order to stimulate cooperation at all levels and to increase the quality and attractiveness of our European Civic University, composed of Aix-Marseille Université (France), National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), University of Bucharest, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy), Stockholms Universitet (Sweden) and Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany).
The CIVIS project will play a role model and will define a way to unite universities, to increase the opportunities offered to 384,000 students and 55,000 employees, in addition to strengthening our international position in relation to Africa and the mediterranean area. This project represents a substantial and stimulating challenge.
Our project aims to promote european values, cultures and citizenship among the new generations of students. It will promote quality inclusive education, educational programs and innovative and integrated research programs, regardless borders, languages or academic disciplines. Partner universities want to address planetary challenges, both locally and globally: climate and energy, cities and mobility, health, cultural heritage, digitalization.
Our partnerships will multiply on all levels, both in terms of teaching and research. For this purpose, we will facilitate mobility between our campuses, while guaranteeing the sustainability of our actions and limiting the impact on the environment.
Obtaining this european funding represents a first step and implies a great responsibility to contribute to the development of the European Education Area. This vast project belongs primarily to our students and staff. Soon it will be their duty to turn CIVIS into reality!
We start this three-year project with a budget of 5 million euros, granted by the European Commission, but our ambition goes much further, with the commitment to develop a transnational European campus, linked to european regions and to create links within and outside Europe.