European University Institute (EUI)

Building at the European University Institute


The European University Institute (EUI) is an international organization which produces high level research and provides doctoral and post-doctoral academic training in the social sciences. Since its establishment in 1976 by the six founding members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a leading international academic institution with a European focus and as a transnational hub of research and higher learning. It aims to contribute to the cultural and scientific development of Europe, through teaching at the highest university level, interdisciplinary research on salient societal challenges and robust intellectual discourse and debate.

The Institute hosts more than 1000 scholars from over 60 countries and counts 22 member states from the EU. Its four original departments of Economics, [History and Civilization[(, Law, and Political and Social Sciencesare now flanked by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies, the School of Transnational Governance and the Historical Archives of the European Union. In the Badia, the ‘heart’ of the Institute, the EUI holds an internationally recognised social science research Library and European Documentation Centre.

The European University Institute fosters high-level academic training and research on the major issues confronting European society, and its graduates have produced more than 2400 doctoral dissertations across the four departments and more than 300 masters theses in Law. The Institute represents a Social Sciences and Humanities hub connecting academic excellence and research capabilities across Europe and to the world of policy and practice, for the betterment of society.

The EUI is an institution created and built on the very idea of promoting diversity and inclusiveness and interconnections between languages, cultures and scientific approaches. Over the past four decades, a space and a community have been created which strive on pluralism to produce and confront intellectual outputs that are truly European in their diversity. The EUI aspires to cultivate high-level contributors to academics and policy-making who will shape social progress and the advancement of the European spirit.

The Institute engages in relations with numerous institutions across the world, which foster joint research, shared initiatives, and promote dialogue and knowledge transfer for educational and scientific purposes with communities from all over the world. They also facilitate the exchange of students, researchers, faculty, and staff, and offer internship opportunities to master’s students.

The EUI regularly takes its research beyond the boundaries of academic life through initiatives engaging politicians, policy makers, and civil society, such as the annual State of the Union conference.

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