Dublin City University (DCU) is a dynamic and ambitious university, whose mission is to harness the power of higher education, research, and innovation to transform lives and societies. Founded in 1980, DCU is a young university – but is consistently ranked among the top young universities globally, appearing in the 2021 QS Top 70 under 50, and 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Top 100 under 50.
DCU is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Arts and Humanities and in the top 250 universities for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education 2021 World University Rankings). DCU has also been ranked 84th in the world in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. The 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject feature DCU in the top 200 universities worldwide in the areas of Communications and Media Studies, and Politics & International Studies, and in the top 250 for Business and Management Studies, English Language & Literature, and Education.
Apart from being a research powerhouse, DCU is famed for its diverse student intake, a cornerstone of its ethos. Described by the Sunday Times as a ‘champion of social mobility’, the university has 18,500 students, from 55 countries around the world.
The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) is an independent think tank that conducts research and implements projects with the aim of strengthening a common European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Enlargement Policy and the promotion of a Global Strategy for the European Union’s (EU) Foreign and Security Policy. ENC conducts research that aims towards improved dialogue and neighbourhood coordination among European Union (EU) Member States, EU Accession Countries, and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, including also the ‘Neighbours of the Neighbours’ (Central Asian Republics, Gulf Cooperation Council, Iraq, Iran, and Sahel Countries). Through research publications, partnerships, trainings and policy events, we aim to narrow the foreign policy gap between existing EU Member States, neighbouring countries, and Wider Europe. These efforts enhance shared European values of democracy, security, economic growth, and education, while guaranteeing a stable, diverse and developing Wider ENP. Since its inception in 2016, ENC has developed partnerships with non-governmental and governmental organisations across the ENP area and Wider Europe. As a non-governmental research institution, we primarily work with academics on issues related to the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) ranging from migration and security to development, democracy, and trade. An important objective is to increase cooperation between academics from across the ENP area and Wider Europe in order to understand the neighbourhoods’ general concerns, research interests and shared policy solutions.
The Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra is a scientific institution focused on research and advanced training within the Social Sciences and the Humanities, through an inter and transdisciplinary approach. The Ministry of Science granted CES the status of Associated Laboratory in 2002, recognizing its contribution to public policies, advanced training and the dissemination and sharing of knowledge.
Since its foundation, in 1978, CES has been conducting research with and for an inclusive, innovative and reflexive society by promoting creative critical approaches in the face of some of the most urgent challenges of contemporary societies. Its goal is to continue engaging generations of exceptionally talented researchers and students in the field of Social Sciences and the Humanities. CES was classified as “Excellent” in the last international evaluation process carried out by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
CES scientific strategy aims to democratize knowledge, revitalize human rights and to contribute to the establishment of science as a public commodity. We pursue this mission by continuously reshaping our research fields in a response to the needs of the society. Our work covers a wide range of scientific activities and scope, at the national and international level, with particular focus on the North-South and South-North dialogues, contributing to the development, dissemination and application of cutting-edge science and to an advanced research and training of excellence.
TalTech Law School, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Founded in 1918, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is one of the largest and at the same time the only technological university in Estonia. This is the place where synergy between different fields (technological, natural, exact, social and health sciences) is established. The university offers a wide variety of educational degree programmes in the bachelor, master and doctoral level for both local and foreign students. TalTech is a research university where discoveries are transferred into teaching and studies and real life through knowledge. Estonia is the leading country of digital future in the EU and in the world proposing new solutions of e-governance, smart cities, cybersecurity and digital market. (see: https://e-estonia.com). TalTech has been one of the main engines to support research and trainings in the field in partnership with the European Commission and Estonian government. The TalTechDigital is a brand created in the university to boost info-technological solutions in the world, based on the research of the researchers based in Tallinn.
TalTech Law School (TLS) is a unit in the School of Business and Governance, where strong focus is on social aspects of digital technologies, offering academic programmes and conducting high-impact research in fields, such as technology governance and digital transformation, public sector innovation and e-governance, and law and technology.
Antonio de Nebrija University is an independent Spanish university with a firmly international outlook and a practical focus. Our mission is to maintain the highest standards of academic teaching and scientific research in all our specialized areas in order to contribute not only to the training and professional and human development of our students, but also to the progress of society in general.
As to its international profile, the University offers a wide range of international programmes, some of which are awarded dual qualifications whereas others provide students with the opportunity to spend one or two semesters or academic courses in prestigious universities in Europe, USA and Canada.
Studies comprehend over 50 bachelor programmes in Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Health, Communication, Architecture and Engineering. There is also a wide range of postgraduate courses, including several MBA programmes and PhD programmes.
The University has four campuses located in Madrid and in Hoyo de Manzanares. The facilities, equipped with modern systems and resources, are prepared for the use of the Information and Communication Technologies.
Center for Social Sciences (CSS) was founded in November 2003 as a spin-off of the Social Sciences Support Program (SSSP, 2000-2003) at Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF).
In 2003-2013 it served as a network institution of the Higher Education Support Program of Open Society Institute in the South Caucasus. The mission of the center is to prepare a highly qualified next generation of social science scholars and practitioners in the conditions of Georgia’s internationalization.
Since 2012 CSS has reconsidered its mission and together with the educational one, set a new objective, which is evidence-based scientific and applied research on the present-day issues of foreign policy and security, Europeanisation, education as a civic institution, gender equality and women’s empowerment, etc.
Currently, CSS is listed second among the Horizon 2020 grant recipients from Georgia in terms of both the number of projects and a total EU Contribution. For this reason, in 2020 CSS received the state reward for implementing the Horizon 2020 projects.
Corvinus University of Budapest is the leading institution of Hungary in the fields of economy and social sciences. From July 1, 2019, Corvinus has been operated by Maecenas Universitatis Corvini Foundation, and the aim of the institution is to be the leading university of Central Europe in the fields mentioned. At the Budapest and Székesfehérvár Campuses of the university currently 13000 students are being educated, out of them 3500 are from foreign countries. The university has approximately 300 partner institutions and achieves international recognitions and awards regularly in the ranking of higher education institutions. With the renewed Business and Management Bachelor Programme, Corvinus has won the first prize of Eduniversal 2019, also with its Management and Leadership, Master’s Programme was chosen among the best 100 business universities in Europe by Financial Times Masters in Management 2020. Corvinus University of Budapest is the only higher education institution in Hungary that owns an AMBA and EQUIS accreditation at the same time.
The Centre for Empirical Social Research (CESR) at Corvinus University of Budapest coordinates theoretically grounded empirical social research primarily in the field of economic actors, elites, media, information society, migration and European integration. Among the applied methods one can find the design and analysis of small surveys and large representative polls, content- and discourse analysis, experiment, interview, focus group, deliberative poll, civic discussion and policy Delphi.