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Our History: 2004-2016

 

Above: Prime Minister Faustin Touadéra was instrumental in the initial vision and launch of the Pôle Euclide in 2005 when
he was rector of the University of Bangui.

 

The foundations of EUCLID were laid in 2004 at the initiative of several universities and educational professionals under the auspices of the International Organization for Sustainable Development, a non-governmental organization.

It can be said that the impetus to launch the project came from the visionary support of Ambassador Emmanuel Touaboy (of the Central African Republic in Washington) who facilitated the relationship with the University of Bangui. As a result, the "Pôle d'Extension Universitaire Euclide" was formally created as a joint extension and university consortium in 2005.

The initial idea was to develop specialized distance programs in bioethics and sustainable development and to make these programs (with syllabi, coursepacks, web platform) available to the stakeholders who had created the Consortium.

By the end of 2007, these outstanding programs had gained the interest of other universities and government agencies who desired to adopt or adapt them for their internal needs. In particular, several ministries of education and foreign affairs expressed interest in using "Euclid's" methods and programs to train their staff, and this synergy led to the formalization of the EUCLID intergovernmental university framework in 2008.

As a result, EUCLID (Pôle Universitaire Euclide / Euclid University) officially came into existence in 2008 with the entry into force of the EUCLID conventions in 2009/2010.

As of 2016, EUCLID serves 11 Participating States + Benin on a non-binding basis. Its official headquarters are located in Banjul (Gambia) and Bangui (Central African Republic).

SOME EUCLID MILESTONES

Jun-2004 Ambassador Touaboy writes internal report
2005 Agreement signed with University of Bangui
2005 Agreement signed with ULI / ULB (Brussels / Burkina)
2006 Agreement signed with University of N'Djamena
2007 Université Gaston Berger sents letter of participation
2008 Agreement signed with ICCI
2008 IOSD SG introduces new EUCLID framework at ICCI conference
2008 St Vincent and Grenadines MOE approves EUCLID MOU
2008 Sierra Leone FM approves EUCLID MOU
2008 Eritrea FM approves EUCLID MOU
2008 Consortium founding rector F. TOUADERA becomes Prime Minister
2008 Agreement signed with CAFRAD
2008 Euclid selected for LOT3 project in Eritrea
2009 Agreement signed with ECOWAS
2009 Ambassador Banny de Brum becomes first EUCLID High Steward
2009-2010 Total of 10 governments participate in EUCLID
2011 EUCLID signs historic HQ agreement
2011 United Nations publish EUCLID conventions and Statutes
2012 EUCLID included in IAU "International / Regional" category
2012 EUCLID becomes AAU member, UN letter received in December 2012
2013 EUCLID signs Gambia HQ agreement
2014 All HQ operations active at Brusubi headquarters offices
2014 Pr Touadera, PhD, becomes EUCLID High Steward
2015 Ambassador Juan Avila, PhD, becomes EUCLID High Steward
2015 EUCLID signs Joint Degree agreements with CAFRAD and LLPI
2016 EUCLID's High Steward elected President of the Central African Republic
2016 EUCLID wins First Prize of UN Interfaith Harmony Week

FOUNDING STATES, BENEFICIARIES AND ELIGIBLE PARTIES

The original Participating States (participation in 2008) are St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Carribean - Commonwealth Member State), the State of Eritrea, the Republic of Sierra Leone, the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Vanuatu. The signatories on behalf of the participating governments are:

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:
Girlyn Miguel
Minister of Education (duly authorized thereto)
March 5, 2008

Sierra Leone:
Zainab Hawa Bangura
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
April 16, 2008

Eritrea:
Osman Saleh Mohammed
Minister of Foreign Affairs (former Minister of Education)
June 8, 2008

Uganda:
Sam Kutesa
Minister of Foreign Affairs
July 10, 2008

In the sidelines of her intervention before the United Security Council, Sierra Leone Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Zainab Hawa BANGURA approved the standard multilateral Memorandum of Understanding pertaining to Sierra Leone's participation in EUCLID.

His Excellency Osman Saleh Mohammed, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea and former Minister of Education is the signatory of the EUCLID program for the third constitutive participation.

His Excellency Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa, signatory on behalf of the Republic of Uganda.

His Excellency Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008) Bakoa Kaltongga, now Minister of Justice, signatory on behalf of the Republic of Vanuatu, seen here with EUCLID Commissioner Colin Evans.

SUBSEQUENT PARTICIPATING STATES

Vanuatu:
Bakoa Kaltongga
Minister of Foreign Affairs
December 2, 2008

Benin:
Paulin Djakpo
For the Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Director of the Cabinet duly authorized thereto
December 10, 2008 (for program participation but not for international legal effect)

Senegal:
Abdoulaye Faye
For the Government of Senegal
Minister of State to the President, duly authorized thereto

February 2, 2009

Comoros:
Mohamed Toihiri
For the Government of Comoros
Permanent Representative of Comoros to the United Nations, duly authorized thereto

April 10, 2009

Burundi:
Augustin Nsanze
For the Government of Burundi
Minister of External Affairs and International Cooperation

May 24, 2010

Central African Republic:
Faustin Touadéra
For the Government of the Central African Republic
Prime Minister

May 31, 2010

Timor-Leste:
João Câncio Freita
For the Government of Timor-Leste
Minister of Education

May 17, 2011

Gambia:
Mamadou Tangara
For the Government of The Gambia
Minister of Higher Education

July 17, 2012

 

 


   

EUCLID (Pôle Universitaire Euclide |Euclid University)
A treaty-based organization with international liaison and representative offices in:
New York, Washington DC, Geneva, Brussels, Berlin

Headquarters: Banjul, The Gambia
Historic Headquarters and Official CB/IRD Office: Bangui, C.A.R.

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Institutional High Steward: President Faustin Touadéra, PhD (Mathematics; Lille, France)
Diplomatic and Academic High Steward: Ambassador Juan Avila, PhD (Education; Fordham, USA)

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