Director's welcome

Dear Prospective E.MA Student,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to our website. This website is designed to help you familiarise yourselves with the E.MA experience and understand the requirements and objectives of the programme. Here you will find information about our teaching activities, requirements for enrollment and information about the career paths followed by E.MA graduates.  When browsing the E.MA webpages you will gain an insight into a human rights programme which has already provided with inspiration hundreds of students and contributed to the professional formation of more than 1300 E.MA graduates. Students of our constantly-evolving Master’s programme have gone on to become human rights defenders, academics, field practitioners, as well as staff members of NGOs and IGOs.

As the Programme Director I am proud to stress that ninety six students from forty countries around the world have chosen E.MA this year, confirming E.MA as a landmark for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of, and work in, the challenging field of human rights.

Established in 1997 thanks to the vision of 10 pioneering universities, E.MA is both the oldest Master’s programme supported by the European Union and the main teaching programme of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). Since 1997 E.MA has constantly expanded, attracting an increasing number of participating universities and students. Its goal is to form high-level professionals in the field of human rights and democratisation qualified to work as academics, staff members or field workers for inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

The multidisciplinary E.MA teaching programme is articulated in two semesters. You will be based in Venice during the first semester where you will attend lectures and actively participate in seminars and workshops, thematic clusters, skills-building sessions and project work. The field trip to Kosovo scheduled at the end of the first semester will further provide you with the unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the challenges that a post-conflict setting poses for human rights and democratisation. Being in a collegiate city like Venice which offers an exciting multicultural environment will further maximise your knowledge of current human rights issues and the possibility of a fruitful exchange of views with your colleagues.

This will allow you to strengthen your research skills for your master’s thesis that you will write in your second semester destination in one of the 41 E.MA participating universities. At the end of this learning journey you will be equipped with both sound knowledge of human rights issues and an impressive variety of new skills.

After the completion of the E.MA Programme you will have the possibility to participate in our internships and fellowships and you will benefit from a worldwide E.MAlumni Association which can provide career orientation, networking and job opportunities.

If you are passionate about human rights and, following the example of our former students want to contribute to the field, E.MA is definitely the Master’s programme for you!

Warm regards,
Dr. Andraž Zidar
E.MA Programme Director