In first jointly taught CIVICA master's course, students explore “Democracy in Crisis”

In first jointly taught CIVICA master's course, students explore “Democracy in Crisis”

This is a first for CIVICA: around 25 students from the Hertie School in Berlin and 45 students from Sciences Po participated in the first jointly taught course by CIVICA - the alliance created in 2019 that brings together eight European universities. This fall 2020, professors Florence Faucher of Sciences Po and Christian Freudlsperger of the Hertie School focused on a subject of public interest to the whole world: "Democracy in crisis".

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Safeguarding academic freedom in Europe, a pressing concern for democracy

Safeguarding academic freedom in Europe, a pressing concern for democracy

On 6 October 2020, the European Court of Justice ruled that “Lex CEU,” a 2017 Hungarian law that aimed to restrict the activities of foreign universities and specifically targeted Central European University (CEU), is incompatible with EU law. The CIVICA alliance, of which CEU is a founding member, welcomes the decision of the European Court, which reaffirms the EU’s commitment to academic freedom in Europe. 

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CIVICA: The Pulse of Europe

CIVICA: The Pulse of Europe

Aurélien Krejbich from Sciences Po is since 1 February 2020 the first Executive Director of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences. Krejbich has been involved in CIVICA since its early beginnings. In his previous role as Director of the Centre for Europe in Sciences Po’s International Affairs Division, he worked on consolidating bilateral ties with some of the future partners in the alliance. In this interview, he reflects on CIVICA’s journey and the next stage of growth.

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LSE becomes the eighth full member of CIVICA

LSE becomes the eighth full member of CIVICA

On 16 June 2020, the European Commission updated the status of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from “associated partner” to “full member” of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences, following a request submitted by the alliance.

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Mobility as a Catalyst for Resilience and Renewal

Mobility as a Catalyst for Resilience and Renewal

International academic mobility has been a cornerstone of universities dating back as far as the 12th and 13th centuries when they began to flower throughout the European continent.  With a clear understanding of the multiple benefits of academic mobility and the rich and diverse learning environment it created, the University of Bologna, the oldest university in Europe, adopted the Constitutio Habita, an academic charter that ensured and protected the rights and free movement of a traveling scholar in the pursuit of education.  The widely referred to concept of “academic freedom” today stems from the idea of this charter.

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