Global Alliances

An overview of LSE's participation in strategic alliances and networks

Ashesi_U7AllianceSummit_Paris2019_webLSE participates in several valuable alliances with other universities. These groups undertake joint educational and research initiatives, create international opportunities for our students and staff, and they allow us to work with peer institutions on topics of mutual interest.

For more detailed information, read the sections below. 


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CIVICA was selected in 2019 by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities Alliances, funded under the Erasmus+ program. The pilot phase of the alliance was successfully completed in September 2022, and the second phase of CIVICA began in October 2022 with a mandate for an additional four years. LSE is a founding member of the alliance.

CIVICA combines teaching, research and innovation to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond. It seeks to give voice to European social sciences in the world, and aims to be the 'European Research University of Social Sciences' offering impactful and policy-relevant research.

For a comprehensive list of member institutions and alliance activities, visit our dedicated page and to remain informed sign up to receive updates via the CIVICA's newsletter.

U7+ Universities alliance


The U7+ Alliance is an international alliance of university presidents who engage both in discussion and in concrete action by making commitments that universities may take to address the most pressing global challenges in a multilateral context. It is the very first alliance of university presidents aimed at structuring and advancing their role as global actors across the multilateral agenda.

For information on our partners and commitments, see this page

Global Alliances of Universities on Climate (GAUC)

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The Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC) was launched in January 2019 at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. GAUC's mission is to advance climate change solutions through research, education, and public outreach, and to partner with industry, non-profit and government organizations to promote rapid implementation from local to global scales. GAUC pursues this mission by promoting exchange and cooperation among member universities and providing leadership of global higher education efforts addressing climate change.

To learn more about our involvement and activities, check this page

Open Society University Network (OSUN)

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The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a global network of educational institutions that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge—in the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences and the arts, on undergraduate and graduate levels—across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access to higher education for underserved communities.

To find out what the OSUN does, explore this website.