Welcome Address 2015

Dear E.MA students 2015/2016,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the European Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation. As the Programme Director I am proud that ninety six students from almost forty countries around the world have chosen E.MA this year, which confirms 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 pioneer 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, skill-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.

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 for career orientation, networking and job opportunities.

The Student Guide is designed to help you settle into the E.MA experience and understand the requirements of the Programme. Here you will find information on our teaching activities, rules and methods of assessment, library support, academic and administrative staff as well as an overview of this year's group of 'masterini'.

The E.MA Team is at your disposal in case you have further questions.

I am very pleased to have you here and I look forward to working together with all of you over the course of the academic year.

Warm regards,

Dr Andraž Zidar
E.MA Programme Director