Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

CIVIS: A European Civic University

Shaping the future for studies, teaching and research

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What is CIVIS?

CIVIS - "A European Civic University" - is an alliance of 9 leading research higher education institutions across Europe. With more than 384,000 students, the aim is to boost international student exchanges and European integration, and to jointly develop answers to upcoming challenges.

The vision of CIVIS is to establish study programs at Bachelor, Master and PhD level that are recognized Europe-wide , an increase in student mobility to 50% and, in the long term, a separate legal form with a governance structure that will create a European university with different campuses.

The following focus areas are of primary importance:

  • Climate, Environment, Energy
  • Health
  • Society, Culture, Heritage
  • Digital and Technological Transformations
  • Cities, Territories, Mobilities

You can find more information by following this link, as well as on the CIVIS website.

Who is CIVIS?

The "European Universities" initiative, which was launched by the EU in 2017, aims to strengthen strategic partnerships between higher education institutions in the EU and promote their development. Against this background, the association "A European Civic University" - or CIVIS - was founded in 2019.

This association of nine leading universities in Europe makes CIVIS an innovative flagship project, whereby, in addition to cutting-edge research, European integration is to be deepened through shared learning opportunities, complementary research facilities and diverse study programs.

Member universities besides the University of Tübingen are:

What makes CIVIS unique?

CIVIS' mission is to create a unique inter-university European campus where students, researchers and all other employees can move and collaborate as easily as in their home university.

Together, the aim is to help reduce inequalities, improve access to quality education, and unite in finding solutions to the major challenges of the 21st century.

Why CIVIS is unique?

  • We are a global initiative with strong roots to local territories, regions and communities
  • We are embodying the ideals and values of multidisciplinarity, multiculturalism and multilingualism
  • We are committed to working, together, to address the 21st-century challenges
  • We are an impact-driven Alliance that fosters genuine innovation and social transformation
  • We are an inclusive, sustainable and responsible space
  • We are determined to underpin a strong European identity
  • We are a bridge between Europe, the Mediterranean region and Africa
  • We are benefiting from a well-balanced geographical distribution in the European Union

Offers for our students

  • Students can study at the CIVIS partner universities within the framework of the ERASMUS+ program and participate in the CIVIS courses offered there as part of their course of study (depending on the respective conditions of participation). More information can be found at this link: Erasmus+.
  • An overview with links to the course catalogs of the CIVIS partner universities can be found here.
  • The Language Café is organized by Stockholm University and offers all language enthusiasts a digital, informal and free opportunity to expand their language skills as well as their intercultural competences. More information can be found here.
  • CIVIS also offers interdisciplinary and challenge-related short-term courses. The range of courses can be found here.
  • An overview with information and links to the faculties, institutes and schools of the CIVIS partner universities can be found here.

Research, teaching and studies

Through CIVIS, it will soon be possible for students to put together an individual study plan and study at any of the CIVIS member universities. More information

For scientists, cooperation across national borders is to be facilitated. More information

And for administrative staff, it will be possible to continue their education, learn, work or collaborate with others at any CIVIS member university. More information


Course offer of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

for students of all CIVIS partner universities

How to Develop a Qualitative Research Design (Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Offenberger)

This course aims at giving you an introduction to Qualitative Research by supporting you in developing your own (little) research project. We start with getting to know basic principles of qualitative research and learn about methodology and epistemology. Based on this, we ask what kind of research questions suit a qualitative research project. We then learn about data gathering and sampling and apply the learnings to your projects. We discuss your evolving projects and shed light on principles of qualitative data analysis, including information on computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS) as offered with, e.g., Maxqda and Atlas.ti.

Course dates: March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 9am to 12pm
Lecturer: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Offenberger
Format: Online

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Math Prep Course for Economics and/or Business Administration (Prof. Dr. Thomas Dimpfl)

The aim of the course is to repeat and refresh the mathematical basics. The following topics are covered:

  • mathematical basics: set theory; numbers; power and root laws; intervals and absolute values; inequalities; quadratic equations; propositional logic
  • functions of a single variable: definitions; forms of representation; linear functions; quadratic functions; polynomials; exponential function; logarithmic function; function composition; inverse functions; implicit functions
  • complex numbers, combinatorics

Please note that the methodological part of the preliminary course is intended as self-study. The feedback sessions only serve to discuss specific questions.

Course dates: October
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Thomas Dimpfl
Format: Online

Advanced Mathematical Methods (Prof. Dr. Thomas Dimpfl)

This course is designed for recently enrolled Master students at the School of Business and Economics. The aim is to provide participants with fundamentals of mathematics, probability theory, and statistics which are particularly important in the first semester of the Master program. The course program covers key concepts of basic probability theory, basics of statistical inference, general approaches of parameter estimation (e.g., ordinary least squares), a summary of matrix algebra (e.g., matrix addition and matrix multiplication, eigenvalues), differentiation and integration, and difference equations.

Course dates: October
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Thomas Dimpfl
Format: Online