The European University of Social Sciences


IE University has just become one of the most recent members of CIVICA—The European University of Social Sciences. We’re joining nine leading European higher education institutions who are already part of the alliance. Each member university shares similar core values, an international outlook and academic expertise, while bringing fresh approaches and innovative ideas to the table. We look forward to what comes next as we further diversify higher education across the continent.

CIVICA 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. Together, they build on an ever-stronger combination of teaching, research and innovation to mobilize and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond.

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Since its founding in 2019 by leading European social science universities, CIVICA has worked to establish a truly European inter-university campus. In doing so, it has piloted the EU's flagship initiative to enhance strategic partnerships in European higher education and research. 

CIVICA members have drawn on their joint expertise and shared European values to offer students and staff innovative, transnational opportunities in education, research and civic engagement, with special emphasis on digital innovation and an overarching mission to serve European societies.

Our vision

CIVICA embodies our ambition, as forward-thinking higher education institutions, to assume our civic responsibility as Europeans towards both future European generations and the role of Europe in the world. Together with our CIVICA partners, we aim to:

Deepen and expand activities in key areas such as education, research, service to society, innovation and lifelong learning.

Develop a diverse and inclusive CIVICA community.

Establish CIVICA's lead role in the social sciences with further global outreach.

Set up a framework for sustainable institutional cooperation.

“Through our membership of CIVICA we intend to forward joint research projects, faculty collaborations, enhance student experience, innovate on our pedagogy, and foster new alliances and collaborations both within and outside of Europe. In these extraordinary times of turbulence, it is important to reaffirm our commitment to university collaboration and to the project of European integration.”

Manuel Muñiz, Provost of IE University and Dean of IE School of Global and Public Affairs

Our mission

CIVICA will continue to serve local and global communities, defend core European values, foster environmental sustainability, and advance policy-relevant research in the social sciences.  Yet, the focus will remain on the alliance’s internal communities.

Between autumn 2022 and autumn 2026, thousands of students and (post)doctoral researchers are expected to benefit from enhanced mobility, new and expanded joint educational offers, and Europe-wide opportunities for civic engagement and extracurricular activities.

Our ultimate mission is to create bridges between academia and civil society, and to support policymakers in designing effective policy responses.

Partner institutions in the alliance

Bocconi University
Central European University
European University Institute
Hertie School
IE University
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Sciences Po
SGH Warsaw School of Economics
Stockholm School of Economics
The London School of Economics and Political Sciences
United Kingdom

Read the full mission statement