At the core of the project lies the building of capacities to develop and deliver curricular, extra-curricular and research activities in the field of democracy and human rights at the UNTL. This will be achieved through the creation of (1) adequate and conducive facilities of a new Human Rights Centre based at the Faculty of Social Science but active through all nine Faculties, which status is legalized into the university system; (2) a set of structural study & training programmes for targeted audience; (3) a functional and dedicated library of about 1000 items and access to digital resources; (4) a number of cooperation initiative with the major local and international non-stakeholders successfully operating in the field of human rights and democracy in the country.
The study & training programmes play a decisive role in the action since aim at forging a mid-sized faculty of human rights scholars, researchers and academic managers who will constitute the resource persons of the new Centre. The programmes provide specialized academic and professional preparation which will equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to conceptualize and lead human rights courses, research and activities as part of the newly set up Centre at UNTL.
Group 1: Emerging human rights defenders
Six emerging HR defenders from different sectors of civil society are selected to participate to the "Human Rights Studies & Training Programme" for Nationals of Timor Leste. This 18-month programme is divided in 3 phases and includes (PHASE 1) a pre-master preparatory period focused on English language, soft and academic skills, team building and field trips; (PHASE 2) admission to the Global Campus Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Asia Pacific (GC Asia-Pacific/APMA); (PHASE 3) a postgraduate internship period during which they follow advanced trainings in human rights research and teaching methodology, as well as lectures in short seminars courses, co-organize academic events and learn the basics of project management and fundraising.
Group 2: UNTL Lecturers
Fifteen permanent professors are selected across all nine faculties to develop skills and knowledge to incorporate human rights courses into the curricula of their respective Departments and degree courses. They participate in a 12-month programme which is divided in 3 segments and includes (PHASE 1) a customized English for human rights language course; (PHASE 2) an intensive academic training in human rights and democracy fundamentals; (PHASE 3) a fellowship period at the GC Asia-Pacific in Bangkok when they cooperate peer-to-peer with senior human rights scholars to develop their individual curricula and teaching materials.
Group 3: Graduating students
The six best graduating students (finalisti) from the Faculty of Social Sciences, home to the Human Rights Centre, are selected to attend a 8-month long programme including (PHASE 1) a customized English for human rights language course; (PHASE 2) an intensive academic training in human rights and democracy fundamentals; (PHASE 3) a traineeship period during which they assist senior lectures and Centre’s staff in organizing and delivering academic activities, but also learn notions of human rights research methodology and learn the basics of project management and fundraising.
At the end of the training programmes, all the groups reconvene in Dili and co-organize together with the Staff of the Global Campus of Human Rights a first international academic activity denominated ‘’Human Rights Academy’’ where their freshly acquired sills and knowledge are put into practice and tested.