Director: Matthias Waechter
Over 60 years, CIFE has been an unstinting advocate of European integration through our international and interdisciplinary study programmes. CIFE is a private institution of higher education and research, founded in 1954 with its head office in Nice and branch offices in Berlin, Brussels and Istanbul. It receives special funding in the framework of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union.
Every year, students from all continents and a great variety of countries enroll in its programmes, which lead to a degree at Master level (EQF 7) recognised by the French state. The graduates of CIFE’s Master’s programmes work as Senior officials in European institutions, policy officers within the UN framework, administrators, diplomats, consultants, researchers for think tanks, lobbyists, and academic experts.
CIFE has a vision:
- Inspired by the European model: living together in peace, prosperity and with responsibility
- With an international team and decentralised structures
- With a federal concept of European education: “unity in diversity”
CIFE firmly believes that European integration is an historical achievement, a model of how people may live together in mutual tolerance and respect, in peace, in prosperity and with a shared responsibility. CIFE’s share of responsibility in a Europe looking towards the future, is to teach and learn about European integration and to enable students to share this knowledge, over and above pure scientific interest.
CIFE itself lives up to what it teaches: Its staff is international, with employees from France and Germany, Belgium and Italy, Lithuania and Bulgaria, Poland and Turkey. With offices in Nice and Berlin, in Brussels and Rome as well as in Istanbul, CIFE’s decentralised, almost federal structure allows for autonomous teams to run academic programmes to meet specific requirements, and yet binds the whole team together in terms of its European commitment.
In CIFE’s vision of Europeans living together, federal structures would best allow for a reasonable balance between diversity and unity. The choice of federalism means an ongoing, open process of addressing each problem, each task and challenge, at the level of governance best suited to deal with it – led by the principle of subsidiarity. Understood in this way, federalism is a method, an attitude, which must be continuously under review. CIFE is committed to this open-end method of reshaping the European model, together with its global academic network of colleagues and its students from all continents.
- CIFE international online colloquium: “Universal basic income: dream or reality?”, 30 November 2020 (CIFE)
- “The COVID-19 Crisis and Climate Change”, Laurent Baechler (CIFE)
- Online Event: “Safeguarding stability in the Eastern Mediterranean”, 29 October (CIFE)
- “The Union in Corona and Post-Corona Times” – Inaugural lecture by Herman Van Rompuy (CIFE)
- “On the Concept of Sovereignty”, Claude Nigoul (CIFE)
- “The Algerian Hirak: a Short Breakdown”, Karima Dirèche (CIFE)
- “Hungary and the Rule of Law – What is the best way to restore compliance with the EU core values?”, Magda Stumvoll (CIFE)
- Interview: “Real-time Policy Tracking”, Paul Culley (CIFE)
- Call for Applications: Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance 2020-2021 (CIFE)
- CIFE Lunchtime Debate Online: “The EU after the German Constitutional Court’s ECB Ruling – What’s next?”, 19 June 2020 (CIFE)