UNIL joined the European University Alliance CIVIS in 2022. CIVIS was launched in 2019 and is building an inter-university campus for more than half a million students, academics and staff. CIVIS is centred on quality teaching and civic engagement, with important spillovers in research and innovation.
The members of CIVIS are all research-intensive universities active across a comprehensive range of subjects and disciplines. They combine excellence in teaching and research with a commitment to diversity and civic engagement. These same values underpin the CIVIS Alliance, whose shared agenda is motivated by an awareness of the many challenges facing society today. CIVIS especially focuses on 5 key areas where our world and our societies face important challenges:
- Environment and climate change
- Health care
- Democracy and cultural heritage
- Sustainable and inclusive mobility
- Digital and technological transformations
The years ahead will not only consolidate the Alliance's progress so far, but also allow to implement its shared vision more fully. Looking ahead, CIVIS will strive to:
- Boost both challenge-based educational offer and civic engagement, by empowering and linking interdisciplinary Hubs and Open Labs.
- Strengthen inter-university campus by increasing mobility for students and staff from all groups and by unlocking the potential of the Digital Campus.
- Achieve the implementation of true joint education and degree programs.
CIVIS, a European Civic University, is an Alliance of ten European Universities: 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), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany), University of Glasgow (UK), Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (Austria), University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Selected by the European Commission as one of the first 17 European Universities pilots, it brings together some 470,000 students and 68,000 staff members, including 35,000 academics and researchers.
In 2022, CIVIS signed a partnership agreement with 6 strategic African partner universities: Université Hassan II de Casablanca (Morocco), University of Sfax (Tunisia), Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Senegal), Makerere University (Uganda), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique).