This document was adopted by the Global Campus Assembly in February 2021 and articulates our vision for the education of new generations of human rights defenders.
The drafting followed a very inclusive procedure led by the Working Group on the Global Campus Vision chaired by our Vice-President Frans Viljoen, which was established at the GC Assembly in Pretoria in December 2019.
It identifies the nature and aims of the organisation, its institutional structure and membership, and the composition and competence of its governing bodies. The GC Statute evolved from the Statute of EIUC, the predecessor of the Global Campus, established in 2002 at the initiative of the European Union.
In 2017 the organisation revised it in order to reflect the global nature of its composition and governance.
The latest version (2020) of our brochure introduces the Global Campus, its education and training programmes, member universities across the world, Alumni associations and career services, capacity-building and outreach initiatives, research projects and publications.
The so called “Venice Charter” – i.e. the EMA Statute - was signed in 1997 in Venice by the representatives of the ten founding European universities of EMA. It is one of the first examples of joint degrees in the European academic environment in line with the Bologna process and the reform surrounding the ECTS system.
It outlines the aim and objectives of the Master’s Programme in promoting a culture of human rights through teaching and training; defines the rights and duties of the member universities and the composition and tasks of its governing bodies (EMA Council, EMA Executive Committee, EMA Academic Curriculum Group, etc.); it defines the programme’s two-semester structure and many other aspects, including the mobility programme, harmonisation of curricula and assessment.
At the initiative of the University of Padua, the coordinator of the EMA programme since 1997, the EMA degree became a true “joint degree”. It is one of the first examples of joint degrees in the European academic environment in line with the Bologna process and the reform surrounding the ECTS system.
The agreement defines the relationship among the seven universities which jointly grant the EMA Degree – the so-called Inner Circle Universities – and regulates the special role of the University of First Enrolment, i.e. the University of Padua.
Organisation, Management and Auditing Model pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001
This document has the following purposes:
It describes the regulations introduced in the Global Campus pursuant to legislation 231/2001, which provides for direct liability of legal entities, companies and associations for certain crimes committed by their representatives.
It defines the GC organisational structure
It adopts the required “Organisation and Management Model” to ensure the uniformity of management as well as prevent the crimes outlined by the decree, articulated in the following points:
Operations and responsibilities of the member universities
Definition of the organisation’s scope and activity; laws and methods with which the member universities, the commissions, workgroups and the staff must comply
Identification of actions which could create an environment within which crimes could be committed and a description of the procedure for the actions intended to prevent such crimes
Establishment of a disciplinary system with penalties for failure to respect the instructions presented in this document
The GC code of ethics was approved to ensure full implementation of the aims, values and principles laid down by the GC Statute by all its stakeholders, including its public and private partners, its scientific and academic community (directors, students, teachers, researchers), its staff (both employees and collaborators, trainees).
The Global Campus Environmental Policy was adopted by the Global Campus Assembly in February 2021. Inspired by our cooperation with the Right Livelihood foundation, it expresses our understanding of the strong link between human rights and environmental protection. The policy lists our commitments in general terms and the specific areas of education, travel, waste, procurement, water and electricity consumption.
In 2011 EIUC, the GC predecessor, and the City of Venice signed an MoU aimed at providing a robust grounding for the institution. The MoU confirms the provision of the Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice-Lido as GC premises, including GC responsibility for their management. It also strengthens the cooperation between the City of Venice and GC in the development of joint activities focusing on human rights and democracy.