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The European University Institute (EUI) is a unique international center for doctorate and post-doctorate studies and research in the Tuscan hills overlooking Florence.
Since its establishment 40 years ago 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 four departments – Economics, History and Civilization, Law, and Political and Social Sciences – host scholars from more than 60 countries, studying for the Institution's doctorate or the one-year master in law.
Furthermore, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) focuses on inter-disciplinary, comparative, and policy research on the major issues affecting European societies. At the same time, the Max Weber Programme for Post-doctoral Studies prepares fellows for a career in academia. The School of Transnational Governance, established in 2017, aims to deliver teaching and high-level training on the concepts, methods, and techniques of transnational governance.
The EUI's distinctly international environment offers unique academic training, enriches the intellectual experience, and provides exceptional academic opportunities across disciplines and borders.
The departments and centers are housed in 13 historic buildings scattered about the hillside, which have undergone extensive renovation.
Heads of states, leading politicians and professors are regular speakers at the EUI, as part of the Institute's long-established program of conferences, workshops, and summer schools.
The EUI offers one of the most extensive doctoral and postdoctoral programs in the social sciences in Europe. Our doctoral researchers benefit from four years of grants from the EU Members States and other states. The Institute is a distinctly international institution, hosting a community of more than 1000 scholars from over 60 countries. The EUI is characterized by its thriving intellectual climate, rich in seminars, conferences, and events, hosting leading academics and policy-makers worldwide.
The EUI has very high completion rates. Eighty percent of all students admitted to the Ph.D. program since 2000 and 83 percent of those admitted to the second year of study successfully defend their thesis at the EUI.
The EUI offers excellent career prospects. Sixty-nine percent of our alumni are currently employed in academic positions, while 12 percent work in international organizations. Alumni from the ECO department frequently obtain positions in central banks. Thirty-one percent of all alumni from all cohorts are now employed in senior positions, such as full professor.
The EUI library boasts around half a million volumes in the Institute's specialist areas, attracting external researchers interested in Europe. The campus also hosts the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), which provides an unparalleled insight into the workings of the European Union. In October 2012, the new premises of the HAEU opened at Villa Salviati, cementing the EU's commitment to preserving Europe's history.
Plans were put into motion with conferences in Florence and Rome in 1970 and 1971. It was decided that the Institute would be reserved for post-graduate studies and not directly a Community institution.
The six-member states – Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands – signed a convention in 1972, which cemented their commitment to creating the EUI as a pillar for research and development. The following year Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom joined the Community and became involved in founding the Institution.
The EUI opened its doors to its first 70 researchers in 1976. Over nearly 40 years, the Institute has grown to incorporate academics from across the globe, spanning borders and staying true to its mission laid down in the 1970s: "foster the advancement of learning in fields which are of particular interest for the development of Europe."
Reflecting the growth of the European Union, the Institute now has 22 member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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