European University Institute (EUI)
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.
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 Sciences are now flanked by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies, 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 EUI 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 Robert Schuman Centre develops inter-disciplinary and comparative research on the major issues facing the process of European integration, European societies and Europe’s place in 21st century global politics. It is home to a large post-doctoral programme and hosts major research programmes, projects and data sets, in addition to a range of working groups and ad hoc initiatives.
The European University Institute is also host to the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU). The HAEU preserve and make accessible for research the archives deposited by EU institutions, and collect and preserve the private papers of individuals, movements and international organizations involved in European integration.
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.