About the Consortium

Note: This information is about the Euclid consortium of universities (ECoU) (named Euclid University Consortium until 2009).

For information about EUCLID (Euclid University), please visit www.euclid.int

The Euclid consortium of universities(“Pôle d’Extension Universitaire Euclide” or PEUE) was established and developed in 2005/2006.

It is an inter-university academic consortium established by its founding members in order to develop innovative academic program with a focus on distance learning.

According to the participation agreements, the Euclid consortium also functions as the authorized international extension of the participating universities.

As of 2011, the international agreements defining the association / consortium involve 4 public universities, 2 private universities together with EUCLID (Euclid University), an inter-governmental institution created as a result of the activities and needs of the consortium.

The agreements establishing the consortium are governed by private international law.

Specifically, the association includes, in order of participation:

(1) IOSD (International Organization for Sustainable Development)] as original program administrator.

(2) the Private International University of Brussels (ULI – together with UL Burkina) (ULI no longer exists)

(3) the University of Bangui (UBRC)

(4) the University of N’Djamena (UNDT)

(5) the University Gaston Berger (UGB)

(6) EUCLID (Euclid University)

(7) the University of the Comoros (UKM)

 MEMBER INSTITUTIONS: (1) EUCLID (EUCLID UNIVERSITY)

In April 2008, the intergovernmental agreement establishing a chartered and accredited institution named EUCLID (Pôle Universitaire Euclide / Euclid University) entered into force. EUCLID was defined as a specialized intergovernmental framework to enable various governments to use the academic programs (notably MDIA) developed by the Consortium.

EUCLID (Euclid University) is a multilateral institution constituted by intergovernmental agreement and enjoying non-profit international legal personality under international law.

In order to avoid confusion between EUCLID and the Consortium, the Euclid University Consortium was then renamed Euclid consortium of universities.

As specified by the intergovernmental agreements and Statutes, EUCLID is now a member of the Consortium and adds its intergovernmental status to the institutional stability of the Consortium.

 EUCLID (University) Web site: www.euclid.int

During Phase 1 (an initiative completed in June 2006), the PEUE became the approved extension of the following universities:

  • ULI (Université Libre Internationale, Belgium) (Private)
  • UBRC (University of Bangui) (Governmental)
  • UNDT (N’Djamena University) (Governmental)
  • ULB (Université Libre of Burkina) (Private)

In 2006 and 2007, IOSD signed governmental / intergovernmental MOUs by which means that Euclid became an official educational partner or provider for ICCI, an affiliated institution of OIC (Organisation of the Islamic Conference, a 57 Member State organization).

Above: IOSD’s Secretary General, Syed Zahid Ali snapped with H.E. Dr. Rafida Aziz, Minister of Economy, Government of Malaysia. Qatar, 2008, at the official announcement of EUCLID Phase 2.

 MORE ON EUCLID PHASE 1 (2005-2008)

The initial Phase 1 agreement was facilitated by the supportive collaboration of the Embassy of the Central African Republic in Washington, and stands as a model of administrative transparency (3).

In June 2005, His Excellency Ambassador Touaboy (Washington, D.C.) accepted the role of High Steward of ‘Pôle d’Extension Universitaire Euclide’ / ‘Euclid University Extension’ (4) as the consortium was then named.

The agreements were amended and extended in 2006 (in English and French) to ensure further clarity and international compliance. In May 2006, the Rector of the University of N’Djamena (often called NU or UNDT) and the Minister of Higher Education finalized the participation of UNDT in E2C with explicitaccreditation by the Ministry of Education of Chad.

 MEMBER INSTITUTIONS: ULI (BRUSSELS, BELGIUM) AND UL (BURKINA)

 

The Euclid Consortium is the approved extension of Université Libre Internationale (Brussels, Belgium) and UL Burkina which are Consortium Partners but not joint degree granters since they are private institutions.

The ULI is an ‘international association with scientific purpose’ recognized by the government of Belgium [decree 7/CDLF/14.774/S – July 11, 2002 – see (6)] with explicit authorization to confer degrees at all levels and to create partnership institutions with an international scope such as Euclid (6 – article 2).

The ULI campus is located in the center of Brussels, ‘the capital of the European Union’, a fact which gives U2C a dynamic presence in the heart of Europe and essential avenues of participation in EU academic programs.

For more information on ULI, please visit www.uli-edu.org


 MEMBER INSTITUTIONS: UBRC (UNIVERSITY OF BANGUI, C.A.R.)

As a recent World Bank report indicated, UBRC (the University of Bangui) is #1 in the top 10 group of African universities in terms of electronic access, thanks to its technology partnership with the French Embassy (3). It is also an active member of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.

Indeed, UBRC is the home of one of the world’s 29 Pasteur Institutes and a respected center of academic learning strenghtened by partnerships with leading European universities.

For more information on UBRC, please visit www.univ-bangui.org


 MEMBER INSTITUTIONS: UNDT (UNIVERSITY OF N’DJAMENA, CHAD)

UNDT is located at an ecological and geo-political nexus strategic for the 21st century. The university is a full member of the International Association of Universities and an active member of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.

UNDT is committed to developing advanced academic programs dealing with sustainable development, counter-desertification and cross-cultural studies.

UNDT became a full constitutive party of the Consortium in June 2006.

For more information on UNDT, please visit
www.univ-ndjamena.org


 MEMBER INSTITUTIONS:

The University Gaston Berger of Senegal is also a confirmed member of the consortium.

 MEMBER INSTITUTIONS:

IOSD (INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT)

In application of these agreements, the administration of the Consortium is currently directed by IOSD, now a EUCLID institute (since April 2008).

IOSD is an international network of private and institutional actors committed to developing and implementing sustainable development programs which define sustainable development according to models and paradigms originating in the developing world.

For more information on IOSD, please visit www.iosd.org


 THE CONSORTIUM’S STATUS

Created as an international extension of UNDT + UBRC primarily and ULI/UL secondarily, (agreement article 8), the consortium exists to offer general and specialized education with a multinational and multicultural emphasis.

The Euclid Consortium is an-inter university network, not a free-standing institution having an independent charter.

It should not be confused with EUCLID which is an intergovernmentally chartered degree-granting institution and the primary degree granter in the Consortium.

The Consortium also acts as the approved extension of some of the member institutions;it organizes joint degrees not in its own name but in behalf of and with the authorization of the participating universities.

 


All academic records are sent the participating universities for review and approval so that degree validation and verification can be done by each Euclid Consortium member institution.

The Consortium network is truly global, with faculty and staff working from 7 countries and 4 continents.

CONSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENTS:

Refs. (1) / (2):

Click here on the Brochure Cover to open an Acrobat document containing the text in English and French of the 2006 Revised Agreements Pertaining to the constitution of the E2C consortium (then called Euclid University Consortium).

 (3) Registered Letter #110, from the Rector of the University of Bangui, reviewed and initialed by all senior officials of the university
 (4) World Bank Report, see pages 39-40 (PDF)
 (5) Registered Letter #062, from the registry of the Embassy of the Central African Republic in Washington, from H.E. Ambassador E. Touaboy
 (6) Statutes of the Université Libre Internationale with approval decree of the government of Belgium
 (7) UNESCO/IAU registration under UBRC
 (8) IOSD / UNDT agreement with accreditation by the Ministry of Education