Based on conviction but also on the strong advice of the European Commission the contacts and cooperation with Regional Masters programmes in human rights and democratisation (Balkans, Africa, Asia, Caucasus, Latin America) have been intensified, with EIUC playing the role of hub.
On the 28th of January 2012 the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announced the start of the Global Campus: with the support of the European Union, EIUC is setting up the Global Campus of Master’s Programmes and Diplomas in Human Rights and Democratisation taking the management of six Regional Master’s Programmes which take place now in five continents:
- European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation,
- the LLM/MPhil (Human Rights & Democratisation in Africa),
- the Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation in the Asia-Pacific Region,
- the European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe,
- the Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation in Latin America and the Caribbean,
- the Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratization in the Caucasus.
The Chair of the Global Campus is Prof. Horst Fischer.
As stated on Art 2 of the MoU “The aim of the GC is to educate a new generation of human rights professionals in a global and integrated global framework, who are able to meet global challenges which are informed by universal values and standards, European human rights policies and regional approaches to human rights, and aimed at strengthening the resilience of democracies and democratic movements on all continents.”
The vision, as mentioned in Art 2, was supported by the exchange of proposals leading up to a plan of actions for the implementation of the MoU and its potential development. These include: the collaboration between the Global Campus’s members through increased and institutionalised exchanges of academics and students; the establishment of platforms to allow the sharing of curricula and ideas; the organisation of joint training seminars, research activities and publications; the development of joint alumni associations.
Talking practically, the first action began in April 2012 when EIUC, in the official vest of Global Campus started to directly manage the Regional Masters of Pretoria and Sydney. The transfer of management of the other Regional Masters will then follow in 2013. The Global Campus will include 86 Universities from 5 continents, thus marking a major expansion of EIUC’s scope and activities far beyond the EU borders.