Update on EUCLID participation in key international networks
EUCLID is pleased to announce that it has been formally approved for participation / membership in GRLI (Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative) and GUIDE (Global Universities in Distance Education), two leading international networks of higher education institutions.
With these participations, EUCLID continues to be one of the most interconnected and globally engaged institution of higher education in the world, leveraging its intergovernmental status to act as interface and partners to governments, universities and global networks.
EUCLID publishes "Binding and Non-Binding Instruments in Intergovernmental Relations" guidebook for diplomats and international relations scholars
EUCLID released today the first edition of its much-anticipated practical and scholarly handbook on binding and non-binding instruments in the context of heightened interest in this issue, for instance in light of the recent Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1 and Iran (photo on cover). Four EUCLID faculty members have collaborated to make this project and important contribution possible.
The 190 page book is available on Amazon.com in Kindle and 6x9 print format.
Above: Front side cover the book as released in July 2015.
16 June 2015
EUCLID Secretary reports on meetings in The Hague and Paris
The EUCLID Secretary General, Mr Syed Zahid Ali, travelled to The Hague (Netherlands) and Paris (France) to attend an ACUNS conference and hold meetings with several senior Participant States officials as well as EUCLID's IFC/OCC.
Above: SG Ali with the ACUNS Chairman and President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Above: SG Ali with H.E. Hanna Simon, Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to France and UNESCO.
Above: SG Ali with H.E. Yusupha Alieu Kah, Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to France and UNESCO.
Above: SG Ali (left) with Mr. Désiré Baboula, Deputy Permanent Delegate of the Central African Republic to UNESCO (center), and Pr. Laurent Cleenewerck (EUCLID IFC/OCC) (right).
27 March 2015
EUCLID and CAFRAD sign Memorandum of Understanding and launch Joint Degree Program
The EUCLID Secretary General, Mr Syed Zahid Ali, is pleased to announce the signature of two agreements with CAFRAD, an intergovernmental organization serving 36 Member States with a mandate in Public Administration. The two organizations will now offer a joint MPA program specialized in International Public Administration to support capacity building and higher education options in the sector. CAFRAD is the main regional partner of the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN).
EUCLID and COMESA-LLPI sign umbrella Memorandum of Understanding
The EUCLID Secretary General, Mr Syed Zahid Ali, is pleased to announce the signature of an umbrella Memorandum of Understanding with COMESA-LLPI, an intergovernmental organization serving 9 Member States and affiliated to COMESA, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. The two organizations have, in this framework, plans to develop a joint MBA program in Leather Commerce of Industry to support capacity building and economic development in the sector.
EUCLID Head of Mission meets with UNWTO Secretary General
During the week of February 23, 2015, Nicolas Badaoui, EUCLID Head of Mission in Lebanon and to the Arab League met with H.E. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization to discuss possible cooperation avenues between the two intergovernmental bodies.Mr Badaoui is photographed below with Mr Rifai (center) and the Minister of Tourism of Lebanon, Michel Pharaon (right)
28 January 2015
EUCLID welcomes Ambassador Juan Avila as High Steward
The Secretary General is pleased to welcome H.E. Dr Juan Avila, an academic and diplomat with the rank of Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations, as newly appointed EUCLID High Steward.
23 September 2014
EUCLID faculty featured as authors in ACUNS Journal (09/23/2014):
international tax attorney John Anthony Castro on joining the EUCLID faculty team. Mr Castro becomes the supervising faculty member for the LLM-TAX course and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the LLM program.
EUCLID congratulates MDIA graduate on appointment as ambassador (28 July 2014)
EUCLID congratulates MDIA graduate
and EUCLID alumnus Hanna Simon (Eritrea, '11) on the occasion of her appointment as Ambassador of Eritrea to France and to UNESCO. This appointment attests to the high-level network of EUCLID graduates serving as international civil servants.
EUCLID supports upcoming Gambia Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority
EUCLID congratulates the Ministry of Higher
Education of its Headquarters, under the leadership of newly appointed Permanent Secretary Dr Cherno Omar Barry, for its active support to legalize and implement the AQAA framework by the end of 2014. EUCLID is pleased to be in a position to support the implementation of this important process for all Gambia-based institutions. Like the United Nations University which is adding the national system of the headquarters State to its existing multilateral treaty-based accreditation, EUCLID indicates its readiness to obtain formal AQAA certification by the end of 2014.
EUCLID faculty meets with Pope Francis, presents letters
EUCLID congratulates Fr Jose Kuruvachira
on the occasion of his recent meeting with Pope Francis held at the Vatican on January 9th 2014. The Pope had invited our distinguished EUCLID faculty member to mark Fr Jose Kuruvachira's ordination jubilee and personally received a letter about EUCLID's important work in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.
16 January 2014
EUCLID and IDB (Islamic Development Bank) sign partnership agreement
The EUCLID Secretariat announced today that
EUCLID has signed an agreement with the Islamic Development Bank to become an IsDB partner and to help promote its Business Plan Competition.
EUCLID initiates ACUNS Institutional Membership and NY events
The EUCLID Secretariat announced today that
it has completed institutional membership process with the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and is fully committed to leverage its high level relationships in New York to foster engagement between the United Nations stakeholders and higher education institutions.
Photo above: EUCLID's Robin van Puyenbroeck, panel speaker at the Eurozone in Crisis event at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium, May 2013.
05 December 2013
EUCLID issues statement on situation in Central African Republic
The EUCLID Secretariat and Senior Management
Team express their grief at the news of the tragic death toll in the Central African Republic, and welcome the United Nations Security Council's decision to authorize a French military intervention to immediately restore civil order. Mindful of the inter-religious dimensions taken by the conflict, EUCLID condemns any and all such violence, and hopes for a prompt return to peace and harmony between the two fraternal communities. EUCLID expresses its ongoing concern, support and care for its friends and colleagues whose situation in Bangui has been extremely difficult, and never forgets the importance of its historic roots and original headquarters, as well as its standing ties with the University of Bangui. EUCLID takes this occasion to mention and praise the remarkable inter-religious harmony and stability experience in the Gambia where its new headquarters have been established with outstanding government support.
06 November 2013
EUCLID Headquarters State completes post Headquarters procedures at United Nations and UNESCO
EUCLID is grateful to the Government of The Gambia for the completion of several key
procedures related to the implementation of the headquarters agreement signed in 2013, including its registration with the United Nations Treaty Section, and EUCLID's updated registration with the UN Human Resources Directorate and with UNESCO.
EUCLID's Under-Secretary General in New York, Mr Robin Van Puyenbroeck, in his capacity of Vice-President of the United Nations Association of New York, was pleased to invite and host H.E. Dr Mamadou Tangara, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Gambia, as well as H.E. Roubani Kaambi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Comoros (EUCLID's Diplomatic High Steward), at the UNA-NY Annual Gala whose guest of honor was former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Photo above: From left: UNA-NY Executive Vice President Robin van Puyenbroeck; UNA-NY Treasurer Dr. Peter Rajsingh; UNA-NY President Abid Qureshi; former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright; 2013 Honoree Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman and CEO of BMW Group; and UNA-NY Executive Director Ann Nicol.
Photo above: Ambassador Mamadou Tangara at the UNA gala, seated at the table of Robin van Puyenbroeck, UNA-NY Vice President and EUCLID USG.
EUCLID is pleased to announce the launch of a new graduate program focused on International Public Health. This comprehensive, rigorous and fully-documented program will prepare future civil servants
engaged in international public health issues including HIV/AIDS, Malaria and intergovernmental cooperation. EUCLID is especially pleased with the truly international dimension of the faculty group, and with the relevant focus on critical public health issues in the global south.
Open enrollment is scheduled to start on 11 November 2013.
23 September 2013 - updated November 2013
UNGA opens; EUCLID congratulates Dr Tangara on presentation of UN credentials
The EUCLID Senior Management Team presents its congratulations to H.E. Dr. Mamadou Tangara, previously Minister of Higher Education, who
was recently appointed by H.E. President Jammeh as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Gambia to the United Nations. Dr Tangara was the signatory for the government of The Gambia of the EUCLID instruments of participation and headquarters agreement, and will receive EUCLID's full support in fulfilling this highly visible function in New York.
Photo above: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Dr Mamadou Tangara, new Permanent Representative of the Gambia to the United Nations.
United Nations completes full publication of EUCLID treaties
The EUCLID Secretary-General, who is also the depositary of the intergovernmental agreements registered with the United Nations under Article 102 of the Charter, is pleased to confirm that the full text
and signatures of UNTS 49006 and 49007 have now been published on the official web site of the United Nations. Secretary-General Syed Zahid Ali noted that Gambia's instrument of participation (2012) together with the headquarters agreement (2013) are due to be filed in September 2013. Uganda and Vanuatu did not submit their confirmations on time to be included in the UNTS filing of December 2010, without prejudice to their status as Participating States.
Photo above: A Gambia UNTS action photographed in 2008, non-EUCLID related, with the flag of The Gambia displayed on main screen.
EUCLID is pleased to announce the launch of a new graduate program focused on International Public Health. This comprehensive, rigorous and fully-documented program will prepare future civil servants
engaged in international public health issues including HIV/AIDS, Malaria and intergovernmental cooperation. Subject to completion of all internal procedures and faculty availability, enrollment is scheduled to start in October 2013.
MIPH Brochure (PDF)
UPDATE: 02 July 2013
EUCLID HLD returns from The Gambia, finalizes new HQ Agreement
The EUCLID Secretary General is pleased to report that the headquarters agreement with the Government of the Gambia has been concluded with immediate
operational effect. Between June 25 and 28, at the invitation of the Government of The Gambia, the Secretary General headed the High Level Delegation which also included the EUCLID Institutional High Steward Ambassador Niyonzima as well as Under Secretary-General R. Van Puyenbroeck.
During the visit, the High Level Delegation was received at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST), at the UNESCO National Commission, at the University of The Gambia, at the Social Security Administration, and met Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff. The Headquarters Agreement together with other relevant documents were duly signed and took effect on 27 June 2013.
Official Circular issued in application of HQ Agreement Updated UNESCO filings and documents
Above: EUCLID Secretary General and The Honourable Dr. Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Higher Education, seen signing the Academic Headquarters agreement (Kotu, June 27-28, 2013)
UPDATE: 12 April 2013
EUCLID Head of Mission in Lebanon reports on high level meetings
The EUCLID Secretary General is pleased to report on the high level meetings held by the EUCLID Head of Mission in Lebanon and to the Arab League, Mr. Nicolas Badaoui.
Mr. Badaoui was personally received by the newly appointed Prime Minister, H.E. Tammam Salam and offered his congratulations on behalf of the EUCLID Secretary General (photo below). Mr Badaoui was also received by H.E. Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai (second photo below) and held discussion with senior Arab League official and former Ambassador to UNESCO, H.E. Nassif Hitti.
UPDATE: 19 February 2013
EUCLID releases 2012 Annual Reports in English and French
The EUCLID Secretary-General announced today the official release of the 2012 Annual Reports which are now available in PDF format.
According to the Statutes and to the now established practice, the printed copies will be distributed to the Ministers of Education, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representatives to the UN, and Permanent Representatives to UNESCO / National UNESCO Commissions.
Annual Report In English Annual Report In French
UPDATE: 16 January 2013
EUCLID welcomes letter from United Nations regarding WHED categorization and recognition of accreditation
Following the request by Ambassador Doubane to ensure that the intergovernmental universities not hitherto listed in the WHED system should be formally included in the UN Inspira Database, the United Nations
has coordinated with UNESCO/IAU to ensure that these institutions would be visible in WHED in 2013. The letter from the United Nations is also a formal statement that "both IAU/UNESCO and the UN Secretariat recognize Euclide- Pole Universitaire Euclide and the other four UN institutions you mentioned as being accredited." (0218/RCA/MP/ONU-12, dated 10 December 2012).
EUCLID welcomes Ambassador Herménégilde Niyonzima as Institutional High Steward
To support and complement the work of newly appointed Diplomatic High Steward Roubani Kaambi, H.E. Ambassador Herménégilde Niyonzima has been offered and has formally accepted the role of EUCLID Institutional High Steward.
Ambassador Niyonzima is the current Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Burundi to the United Nations in New York. He was instrumental in Burundi's participation in EUCLID and is well acquainted with the organization's officials, programs and project.
The EUCLID team is highly appreciative of Ambassador Niyonzima's acceptance and active support to the institutional development of the organization.
Government formally allocates headquarters offices to EUCLID in Prime Minister's office complex
Prime Minister Pr. Archange Faustin Touadera, acting through his Chief of Cabinet and Minister Simplice Sarandji, has finalized the allocation of additional office space for the EUCLID Headquarters in the office complex of
the "Primature" (Prime Minister's Offices). The "Primature" is located in the famous building known as the Petroca tower on Avenue des Martyrs, where the University of Bangui is also located. This is an important step to foster cooperation with the national University of Bangui (as visiting campus) while making a clear distinction between the two institutions.
Prime Minister appoints Academic Coordinator; discusses expanded headquarters offices
Prime Minister Pr. Archange Faustin Touadera, acting through his Chief of Cabinet Minister Simplice Sarandji, has appointed Dr Guy-Florent Ankogui-MPoko (also spelled Ankoguy-M'Poko) as EUCLID Academic Coordinator at the Prime Minister's Office.
Guy-Florent Ankoguy-M'Poko also serves as officier in charge of mission to the Prime Minister in education and higher education, and previous served as Director General of the Ministry of Higher Education. Concurrently, Dr Ankoguy-M'Poko who holds a doctorate in geography, continues to lecture at the University of Bangui. One of his tasks will be to ensure application of international standards and global accreditation validation for the institution.
The Prime Minister's office is in the final stage of allocating additional space in the capital to EUCLID, in this case in the imposing Prime Minister's own office building on the 6th floor.
Student with official status visits EUCLID HQ in Bangui
EUCLID's Focal Point in Bangui, Mr Apollinaire MOLAYE, welcomed Mr Benjamin GORO GIMBA, a EUCLID student with official status in South Sudan, who was visiting the EUCLID HQ in Bangui. Mr GORO GIMBA
visited the Centre de Ressources Multimedia on the Campus of the University of Bangui and was received by the Secretary-General of the university on October 5th. Mr GORO GIMBA was also received by the Minister Director of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister, Mr Simplice SARANDJI; and by the Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Bernard BONDA, to discuss diplomatic contacts.
Photo below: MM. SARANJDI, MOLAYE and GORO GIMBA holding a meeting at the Prime Minister's office complex in Bangui.
UPDATE: 21 August 2012
Headquarters State completes UNESCO Portal submission of documents
The EUCLID Secretary-General was informed today that EUCLID's headquarters State, the Central African Republic, has completed the procedures pertaining to the country's participation in the UNESCO Portal on
recognized higher education institutions which is an important mechanism endorsed by UNESCO and CHEA to validate educational credentials and recognition. EUCLID congratulates the government of H.E. Prime Minister Touadera for undertaking and completing this complex and important procedure. EUCLID's most recent Participating State, the Republic of the Gambia, also finalized its documention and the two governments aim at become the 4th and 5th participating countries for the African continent in this important international initiative.
Eritrea's Minister of Foreign Affairs meets EUCLID Assistant Secretary-General
In addition to representing EUCLID at the official graduation ceremony for the LOT3 students in Asmara, EUCLID Assistant Secretary-General Chad D'Amore was received by H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh.
This was not the first meeting between the two officials who had previously met in the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly of 2009. The focus of the discussion was on possible cooperation programs dealing with human resources development for Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff members.
UPDATE: 16 August 2012 (corrected 22 August 2012)
Minister of Education and EUCLID ASG officiate at LOT3 graduation ceremony
After 4 years of intense studies funded by the European Commission, 60 students of the Ministry of Education of Eritrea received today their diplomas at the hands of the Minister of Education, H.E. Semere Russom (center) and
in the presence of EUCLID Assistant Secretary-General Chad D'Amore (right) who had travelled to Asmara to personally represent the Secretary-General who was unable to attend.
Dr. Tadesse Mehari, Executive Director of the National Board for Higher Education (left), also participated in the event to officialize the graduation of the 58 civil servants. Additionally, the deans from all of the state schools were present to support the graduation.
The EUCLID Secretariat is pleased to announce that H.E. Dr. Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, has approved on behalf of the government of Gambia the required instrument of participation and approval, with date of effect on August 1st, 2012.
The Gambia is Africa's smallest country, enclaved within Senegal along the Gambia river with a small access to the ocean. It is an ECOWAS and OIC Member State, and internationally known for the energy and results of its football team.
Intervention of Prime Minister Faustin A Touadera at the Rio Summit 20+
EUCLID wishes to give an international echo to this important summit and to the intervention of the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic.
04/09/2012: EUCLID delegation meets with Prime Minister of Headquarters State in sidelines of UN meeting
A EUCLID delegation was received on Wednesday April 9, 2012 by His Excellency Faustin Archange Touadera, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, in the sidelines of this intervention before the United Nations Security Council, for a meeting at the Permanent Mission and for a working lunch. The EUCLID delegation discussed the institutional accomplishments of the organization who has its origins in an initiative sponsored by the Prime Minister during his tenure as Rector of the University of Bangui in 2005-2006.
MDIA student Mrs Nelly Gicho-Niyonzima, the wife of the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Burundi to the United Nations also received her diploma on this occasion, also in the presence of the Prime Minister and three Ambassadors - Permanent Representatives (Hermenegilde Niyonzima of Burundi, Mohamed Toihiri of the Comoros, and Charles Armel Doubane of the Central African Republic).
Photo above: Mrs Nelly Gicho-Niyonzima receiving her diploma from His Excellency Faustin Archange Touadera, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (headquarters state) and Mr Robin van Puyenbroeck, Special Representative of the EUCLID Secretary-General.
03/12/2012: EUCLID Assistant Secretary-General presents Post-Graduate diploma to Vincentian diplomat
Assistant Secretary-General Chad D'Amore was received at the Embassy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Washington DC to present to government-sponsored student Omari Williams his well-deserved Post-Graduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs. Mr Williams is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy and is currently pursuing the remainder of the MDIA program. The EUCLID PCGDIA is awarded upon completion of ACA-401, TPH-499 and DIP-401.
03/04/2012: EUCLID adopts Egnyte Private Cloud for global file sharing solution
EUCLID announced today the adoption and roll out of its new global private cloud solution based on the Egnyte platform. "The new technology will facilitate collaboration and information sharing between staff, faculty and students in EUCLID's very distributed organizational structure" explained Secretary-General Syed Zahid Ali.
For more information about Egnyte's Cloud Platform, visit www.egnyte.com
03/01/2012: EUCLID releases and distributes 2011 Annual Report to stakeholders
EUCLID announced today the distribution of its 2011 Annual Report in English and French to all major stakeholders in accordance with its Statutes and established practice. The letter of transmittal signed by the Secretary-General confirmed the broad distribution of the report to all Ministers of Education and Foreign Affairs, UNESCO Delegations and National Commissions, Permanent Missions to the United Nations as well as National Points of Contact for all 11 Participating States.
02/02/2012: SRSG meet with CAR and Comoros Permanent Representatives to the United Nations
EUCLID's Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr Robin van Puyenbroeck, held a meeting today Thursday with H.E. Ambassador Charles-Armel Doubane, Permanent Representative of the Central African Republic to the United Nations (photo center) and H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Toihiri, Permanent Representative of the Comoros to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States.
They discussed a number of themes and projects of mutual interest and took this opportunity to officially communicate updated information regarding EUCLID (and relevant to US-based and government-sponsored EUCLID students) with the Government of the United States by means of a Joint Letter of the two ambassadors to Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, and a member of the Cabinet of the United States, for transmission to the US State Department and its Bureau of International Organizations Affairs.
In January, Mr van Puyenbroeck had also met with H.E. Ambassador Herménégilde Niyonzima, the newly appointed (10/2011) Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations, who also added his letter to the Joint Letter mentioned above.
02/01/2012: Reply to Accredibase / Verifile regarding government practice and degree-granting authority in the case of international universities (updated August 2012)
02/01/2012 (related): EUCLID publishes a landmark paper on the legal status and degree-granting authority of international universities