EUCLID to transfer headquarters to Gambia
Friday, June 28, 2013
Pôle Universitaire Euclide and Euclid University (EULID), an international organisation with a university mandate Wednesday announced plans to move its headquarters to The Gambia from Bangui, the capital city of the troubled Central African Republic.
This institution of higher learning decided to move to The Gambia due to the current political uncertainty that has been threatening the peace and stability of the Central African Republic.
EUCLID is like the European Central Bank, NATO or the African Union and is an international inter-governmental organisation (IGO). It was established by a treaty under international law in 2008, a status which is indicated by the authorised use of the restricted international domain.
The institution will legalise her collaboration with the government of The Gambia through the signing of an agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology today, Friday June 28 2013 and subsequently with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During an introductory meeting with officials of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology Thursday, EUCLID's secretary general, Syed Zahid Ali, said his institution is looking forward to a progressive working relationship with The Gambia. He informed that the institution's mission is to deliver best off class distance education and consulting services to her participating states’ officials as well as to its general public students. "Once we complete the signing of the agreement with the government, we will start operations," he revealed.
He explained that EUCLID's official mission is to develop and offer training programmes for officials and employees of the participating parties, especially ministries and university senior staff, develop and offer high quality degree programmes for the general public, regardless of location and citizenship as well as to facilitate the creation of cooperative networks and programmes relevant to its educational initiatives and so on.
Zahid explained the rationale of moving to The Gambia, saying this is due to the instability in the Central African Republic. "As an international organisation, stability is always key in our operations," he said.
A special representative of the institution's secretary general, Robin van Puyenbroeck, said their decision to relocate to The Gambia will give support to the country's higher education sector, especially in the area of distance learning. "We have strong faculties and our teachings make the best use of the technology," he added.
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr. Pap Sey, welcomed EUCLID to the country, saying they have not made a mistake in choosing The Gambia given its sustained stability. He assured that the Gambia government will always be willing to work with the institution. "We are hopeful that they will contribute to expand access to higher education in the country," PS Sey added.
Overview and Legal information about EUCLID
EUCLID (Pôle Universitaire Euclide | Euclid University) was established by a treaty under international law in 2008. EUCLID also holds a university charter as well as a specific mandate in the field of higher education and sustainable development. It belongs to the exclusive group of inter-governmental universities having that rare status under international law.
EUCLID's constitutive text and charter, approved by its ‘Participating States’, was duly registered and published in the United Nations Treaty Series (OMOU/UFA) in December 2010 according to the provisions of Article 102 of the United Nations Charter.
As of 2013, EUCLID serves 12 ‘Participating States’ (just over 6% of the UN membership) spanning four continents (Africa, Americas, Asia, Australia-Pacific). Its primary service is to the government staff of its ‘Participating States’, but EUCLID also accepts a limited number of students from the general public as well as officials working for non-Participating States such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, etc.
Author: Amadou Jallow