“Awesome”, “Enriching”, “Green”, “Enlightening”. From 28 June to 16 July, 46 students from 12 European universities and 14 EIB trainees participated in the EIB Summer School 2021 dedicated to the “EU’s climate bank” and organised in a fully online format.

This year, the EIB Summer School welcomed students from six new universities: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Luxembourg, ESADE (Spain), University of Sofia, University of Vienna and Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania), together with students from College of Europe (Bruges and Warsaw-Natolin campuses), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Sciences Po, TU Dresden and University of Ljubljana,.

Participants followed interactive lectures by EIB Group (EIB and EIF) staff on how the EIB is transforming itself into the EU’s climate bank by implementing its Climate Bank Roadmap to  support €1 trillion of investments in climate action and environmental sustainability in the critical decade from 2021 to 2030;  gradually increase the share of its financing dedicated to climate action and environmental sustainability to reach 50% of its operations in 2025; and to align all its financing activities with the principles and goals of the Paris agreement.

For the first time, participants benefited from lectures by Prof. Jos Delbeke, who holds the EIB Climate Chair at the European University Institute, and Prof. Shivsharan Someshwar who holds the Sciences Po Chair for sustainable development and climate transition co-sponsored by the EIB.

Because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the Summer School 2021 was exceptionally held in a three weeks online version and focused on environmental and sustainability topics. Every working day, Summer School participants joined a two-hour session delivered by an EIB Group senior staff member.

The EIB Summer School is a programme for graduate students who want to learn about the core activities and responsibilities of the EIB Group (European Investment Bank, European Investment Fund, EIB Institute).

The EIB Institute organises the EIB Summer School every year in June/July in Luxembourg, to offers students first-hand insights about the EU Bank and one of the world’s main financiers of climate action. The programme aims to foster long-term relationships and create a network of individuals interested in the future of Europe and beyond.

Participants receive an EIB Summer School certificate.