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The Insti­tut des Hautes Etudes des Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sociales (IHECS) organ­ises uni­ver­sity train­ing (Bach­e­lor and Mas­ter) in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, jour­nal­ism, social and cul­tural activ­i­ties and per­ma­nent edu­ca­tion. Its speci­ficity is the alliance of both a sound the­o­ret­i­cal teach­ing and a very prac­ti­cal appren­tice­ship in media and for­eign languages.

Euro­pean issues at the heart of its edu­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum. It offers a 120-hour spe­cial­i­sa­tion in Euro­pean Jour­nal­ism in the sec­ond year of its Mas­ters pro­gramme. It also launched two Exec­u­tive Mas­ters in ‘Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Euro­pean Affairs’, and in ‘Euro­pean Jour­nal­ism’. In terms of fur­ther edu­ca­tion it offers prac­ti­cal mod­ules in ‘local level Euro­pean jour­nal­ism’, under the Euro­pean label ‘Jean Monnet’.

The IHECS is also a found­ing mem­ber and coor­di­na­tor of Micro-Europa, a net­work of twelve Euro­pean cam­pus radio sta­tions, from nine Mem­ber states, that work together on the pro­duc­tion of a monthly pro­gramme, on a com­mon theme, by inter­weav­ing local per­spec­tives through an inter­cul­tural approach.

In part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­sity of Louvain-la-Neuve and the Insti­tut des Arts de Dif­fu­sion (Bel­gium), on Octo­ber 2011 the IHECS also launched an asso­cia­tive Euro­pean school radio project, LN fm.

The IHECS is also involved in Euro­pean mat­ters as a social and polit­i­cal player.

It is one of the eight main organ­i­sa­tions pro­mot­ing the Euro­pean Ini­tia­tive for Media Plu­ral­ism, dri­ven by the Inter­na­tional Alliance of Jour­nal­ists and Euro­pean Alternatives.

It is an active mem­ber of sev­eral other inter­na­tional net­works: the EJTA, Théophraste, the AUF, the Ana Lindt foundation…

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Charles Leopold Mayer Foun­da­tion for the Progress of Humankind (FPH), the school explores new routes for Euro­pean jour­nal­ism, based on syn­er­gies between the media and civil society. 

Thus the IHECS devel­ops three main axes of intervention:

Axis 1: the ped­a­gogy. How to insert Europe into cur­ric­ula pro­grammes? Using which tools? Which method­ol­ogy? Which innovations?

Axis 2: the prac­tice. Push stu­dents to prac­tice and exper­i­ment with Euro­pean jour­nal­ism by using dif­fer­ent media. Young peo­ple rep­re­sent a for­mi­da­ble means of trans­mis­sion to inform a wider pub­lic about Europe.

Axis 3: the debate and the elab­o­ra­tion of polit­i­cal pro­pos­als. The IHECS aims at shar­ing this expe­ri­ence and debat­ing it with aca­d­e­mic partners.