ERMA, European Regional Master's Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe
What is ERMA
The Global Campus South East Europe - European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (GC SEE/ERMA) is a one year interdisciplinary Master’s programme coordinated by the University of Sarajevo (UNSA), Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and the University of Bologna (UNIBO), Department of Political and Social Sciences. GC SEE/ERMA is a proud member of the Global Campus of Human Rights, an interdisciplinary center of excellence supported by the EU and other partner institutions, whose main aim is to continually promote human rights and democratization through education, specialized training, and research cooperation worldwide. It has a broad network of academic partners within seven regional headquarters in Pretoria, Beirut, Bangkok, Yerevan, Buenos Aires, Sarajevo/Bologna and Venice.
The Global Campus South East Europe/ERMA is financed by the European Union through the Global Campus of Human Rights. Likewise, for almost two decades, the programme was co-financed and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy and the Italian Development and Cooperation Agency (AICS).
ERMA is based on the long-lasting cooperation of 11 partner universities from the SEE region and Europe, under the coordination by the University of Sarajevo and the University of Bologna. Students receive diplomas from both coordinating universities after having obtained ECTS.
ERMA offers an intensive one year experience in the field of democracy and human rights studies with specific regional focus on the SEE. Recognizing that human rights are a crosscutting theme among different disciplines of study, such as political science, social sciences, law, sociology, and philosophy, ERMA nurtures strong interdisciplinary approach.
The students benefit from studying together with colleagues from all over the region, European Union and rest of the world, and have the chance to:
- Benefit full scholarships covering tuition fees, living and travel expenses
- Study in a highly international and multicultural environment
- Experience advanced learning combined with empirical workshops, exercises, and skill-building semiars
- Participate in comprehensive courses on methodology of academic research and writing
- Benefit from full academic assistance by a team of academic tutors
- Acquire working and research experience throughout the 6-week internship period in countries of the SEE
- Take part in mobility period at the University of Bologna
- Participate in the Global Campus joint activities
- Receive awards for best MA thesis; best MA defense; MA thesis publication; and 6 months internship scholarship
- Become members of the ERMA Alumni Network and the Global Campus Alumni Association
The degree programme is realized with the support of more than 40 lecturers, experts and practitioners from the 12 partner universities and associate regional and international organizations such as IGO`s, NGO`s, research institutes and think tanks.
The programme is managed by the International Academic Council, therefore coordinated by the Executive Board and implemented by the Administrative & Financial Unit, and the Academic & Development Unit based both in Sarajevo, in Forli'/Bologna and off-campus.
The academic consortium is composed of the following universities:
- University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- University of Bologna, Italy
- University of Graz, Austria
- University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
- University of Zagreb, Croatia
- Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
- University of Peloponnese, Greece
- University of Prishtina, Kosovo
- University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
- University of Belgrade, Serbia
The ERMA programme is a point of reference for the teaching of human rights and democratization at university level in the SEE area, and one of the pioneer EU projects in the higher education sector in the post-conflict regional dimension.
In its almost 20 years of tradition, the programme has graduated over 500 human rights professionals, who rejoined their societies as agents of change.
The uniqueness of the structure and teaching curricula gives the opportunity to students to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise but also offers the chance to acquire working and research experience in most of the key regional NGOs, governmental institutions, think-tanks, and academic institutions.
The courses on the methodology of academic research and writing, the assistance by the academic tutors and the intensive MA thesis field research and writing process, give a broad academic dimension to the programme, and allow students to develop the necessary skills of academic writing and research.
For purposes of mobility, cultural diversity, and flexibility students spend 45 days at the University of Bologna Residential Center of Bertinoro, where they complete their theses and foster multicultural skills and adaptability while living together. Moreover, the programme attracts students, scholars, and experts from the region and beyond establishing a global network of human rights professionals producing fruitful professional cooperation and life- long friendships among its graduates.