On the 28th of January 2012 the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announced the start of the Global Campus Action.
ith the support of the European Union, EIUC and the Global Campus partner universities coordinating the Regional Programmes on Human Rights and Democratisation, defined through this MoU the terms of reference of their coordinated efforts, including defining aims and objectives of the action, defining status and responsibilities of members, and planning commitments and gradual integration of activities.
In 2013 and in 2017 the MoU has been amended with a view to update its provisions to the new degrees of integration and coordination achieved.
The MoU is currently under review, with a view to update it in relation to the degree of integration and coordination achieved since 2012.
EIUC/GC Mission and Vision
The joint vision of EIUC / Global Campus – which was adopted in February 2017 - is directed to express the network’s willingness to act and react to the increasing number of global crises and human rights challenges.
At a time when some scholars and politicians speak about the end of the era of human rights, the Global Campus worldwide network has an important contribution to make in terms of strengthening of universal values of human rights, the rule of law, and democracy.
EIUC was established in 2002 as natural development to the cooperation established – under the coordination of the University of Padua - between the universities organising EMA since 1997, and upon initiative of the European Union.
The EIUC Statute, first signed in 2002, has come in 2017 to its latest (and most comprehensive) revision.
The EIUC Statute identifies the nature of the inter-university partnership among its 38 European member universities (non-profit university association under Italian Law), the aims of the association, the composition and competence of its governing bodies, its main institutional structure and organisation, its membership and privileged cooperation with the Global Campus partners.
Organisation, Management, and Auditing Model pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001
This document has the following purpose:
describe the regulations introduced in our organisation pursuant to legislation 231/2001, in the form of administrative responsibility dependent upon the Institution for any type of crimes committed, in the interest or even to the advantage of those same, from individuals placed in senior management or from individuals under their direction and supervision;
Mission Statement and Organisational Structure of EIUC:
Adopt the “Organisation and Management Model” which can adequately ensure the uniformity of management as well as prevent the crimes considered by the decrees, articulated in the following points:
Indication of operations and responsibilities of the associate agencies;
definition, comprehension of the association's scope and activity, of the laws and the methodologies with which the associate agencies, the commissions, workgroups, and the staff must comply in the carrying-out of their respective tasks;
recognition of the activity which could create an environment within which crimes could be committed and a description of the procedure for the activities intended to prevent such crimes;
introduction of a disciplinary system with penalties for failure to respect the instructions presented in this document
The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation is a not for profit organisation aimed at the promotion of democracy and the protection of human rights on a global scale. EIUC organises programmes and innovative projects, that contribute to the development of policies which encourage democracy and good governance, the promotion of the rule of law and cooperation in development projects.
EIUC has approved this code of ethics in order to ensure to all institutional stakeholders - the communities, public administration, the European Community, the scientific and academic community, directors, students, teachers, researchers, employees and collaborators and paid and unpaid trainees - the full implementation of the aims, of the values and principles laid down by the Statute.
EIUC and the City of Venice signed in 2011 an MoU which came to provide a steadier grounding for the institution, both in terms of confirming the Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice-Lido as its location, and strengthening of cooperation in the realisation of joint activities focusing on human rights and democracy.
It also marked the transfer of management and direction over the premises from the Municipality itself (through its articulation Centro Soggiorni Morosini) to EIUC directly.
The so called “Venice Charter” – i.e. the EMA Statute - was signed in 1997 at Villa Herriot, in the island of Giudecca – Venice by the representatives of the 10 founding European universities of EMA, and is the document which formalised for the first time the establishment of the European Master’s Programme.
The Venice Charter outlines the aim and objectives of the Master’s Programme in spreading a culture of human rights through integrated teaching and training, defines the rights and duties of the member universities, the composition and tasks of its governing bodies (EMA Council, EMA Executive Committee, EMA Academic Curriculum Group, etc.), specifies the programme essential two-semester structure, mobility programme, harmonisation of curricula, assessment system, and many other aspects of the programme's functioning.
When EMA universities decided to develop into the association EIUC, this important evolution had a fundamental impact also on the conception of the EMA degree. Upon initiative of the University of Padua, the coordinator of the programme since 1997, the degree which the university was issuing on behalf of the whole university network became a true “joint degree”, one of the first examples of joint degrees in the European academic environment in line with the Bologna process and reform surrounding the ECTS system.
The Agreement, which has been also recently updated, defines the relationship among the 7 universities jointly issuing 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.