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CIVIS, a European Civic University brings together eight leading research universities from eight countries across Europe: Aix-Marseille Université (France), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), University of Bucharest (Romania), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Sapienza Università di Roma (Italia), Stockholm University (Sweden) and Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany).

Our mission is to create an inter-university space to facilitate the collaboration between our academics and researchers on 5 key research and education areas to develop joint study programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels at the CIVIS member universities.

  • Health
  • Cities, territories and mobilities
  • Digital and Technological transformation
  • Climate, environment and energy
  • Society, culture, heritage

To this extent, we are launching our second CIVIS call for short term mobility programmes to our academics and researchers.

The programmes should be designed, submitted and implemented by the eight CIVIS member Universities, in collaboration among three or more among them.

Description of the CIVIS Call - Intensive Programs: CIVIS Schools can be found below:

The purpose of the CIVIS Schools (IP:CS) is to enhance collaboration among the partner Universities of the CIVIS alliance, bringing together their scholars and students. Accordingly, the principal aims of the CIVIS Schools (IP:CS) are:

  • to increase student mobility,
  • increase the recognition of our partner institutions among our students and academic staff,
  • offer a concentrated educational experience over a short period of time, including some practical work,
  • promote the exchange of knowledge, ideas and discussions on specific topics, instigate new thoughts and animate debates,
  • expose visiting students to the academic and cultural experience of the host university and to combine theory and practice,
  • cultivate an international mentality among students,
  • create bonds among partner institutions, academics and students, offer networking opportunities,
  • support structuring learning / research collaboration or strategies,
  • promote the CIVIS brand among the academic community of the alliance.

  • CS may be organized independently by any Faculty/School/Department of the CIVIS alliance Universities, at a Faculty/School/Department level, at the International Office level or in collaboration of several among these.
  • In collaboration with the respective Faculties/Schools/Departments of at least two (2) other CIVIS alliance Universities (taking into account geographical balance) or more.
  • May include lessons/field work in the different participating Universities.
  • May include activities in blended format (physical & digital)
  • In case of existing Summer Schools in the CIVIS alliance, they can be part of the Short-Term Mobility, if Professors from 2 other CIVIS Universities are included and the other criteria are adapted to these of this call.

  • One (1) or two (2) weeks or any other period of days within (e.g. 10 days).
  • Blended Programs: if including physical and virtual mobility. The virtual mobility part has no duration limit.
  • The Schools can be offered in the Winter Semester, the Spring Semester or during the Summer vacations.
  • Each CS can be proposed for 1 or more editions.

The CS programme should:

  • Be related to one of the 5 themes of the Alliance:
    • Cities, Territories, Mobilities
    • Climate, Environment, Energy
    • Digital & Technological transformations
    • Health
    • Society, Culture, Heritage
  • The CS may have a specific (sub)theme. Themes may vary from year to year.

Include, to the extent of possible, themes cultivating bridges between Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa

  • The CS programme may include:
    • Lessons or lectures by both local and visiting professors from the partner universities on the theme of the CS.
    • Workshops involving academics & students.
    • Combine theory and practice, by including some fieldwork, laboratory work, experiments or practice.
    • Visit to a local institution related to the field of studies.
  • The programme may take place in a blended format (digital & physical)
  • A mixed curriculum would comprise a set number of hours of lectures, practice and study – to be defined ad hoc.
  • The programme is encouraged to focus on an interdisciplinary approach, by inviting also academics and students from more than one scientific fields to participate. 
  • Include tests-exams-evaluation of the knowledge acquired.

Participating Universities should set up an Organizing Committee of Professors involved in the CS.

The co-organizer Faculties/Schools/Department of a CS should:

  • Set up a registration procedure.
  • Set up an organizer team (including academic and administrative personnel) and nominate a team leader. 
  • Set important dates: event day(s), application opening and deadlines.
  • Propose affordable accommodation options-practical information for participants.
  • Deliver a Certificate of Attendance for students participating in the CS.
  • Eventually, attract sponsors.
  • Create a communication plan for the event, for its promotion among students & for the information of the CIVIS community following the event.
  • Inform on the outcome and provide statistics (numbers of attendance) to the CIVIS WP6-Mobility leader.

Academics of the CIVIS alliance are encouraged to contact their peers in the CIVIS respective Faculties/Schools/Department, either directly or through the CIVIS Academic Coordinator of each University and explore the possibility or co-organizing a CS according to the above criteria.

  • A specific thematic for the CS could be directly proposed.
Target dates:

Proposed CS should take place any time between January 2021 and August 2022 (exact dates to be decided among the partner Universities of the specific CS).

  • Each participating University/Faculty/School/Department is free to follow its own internal confirmation procedures and rules for its participation in the CS.

  • Proposals for the organization of CS should be submitted by November 30th, 2020.
  • Submission should be done:
    • By the leading Faculty/School member of the CIVIS University hosting first the CS in the next academic year.
    •  By filling in the CS submission form, co-signed by his/her peers in the other partner Universities.
    • Submission: by e-mail to the CIVIS Steering Committee - civis@univ-amu.fr