EUCLID, called Pôle Universitaire Euclide in French or Euclid University in English, is an intergovernmental treaty-based university related to the Euclid Consortium of universities. It was established in 2008 and is now headquartered in The Gambia, West Africa, while maintaining historic headquarters in Bangui as well.
Euclid University offers graduate programs to the civil servant of its Participating States primarily, but also to the general public.
The history of Euclid University
EUCLID’s origins are connected with the formation of the “Euclid Consortium” by the Université Libre Internationale (Brussels), the University of Bangui, and the University of N’Djamena in 2006. The project was administered by theInternational Organization for Sustainable Development, an international non-governmental organization headed by Syed Zahid Ali.
First conceived as an international extension for the University of Bangui, “Euclid” was redefined and constituted and a distinct institution in 2008 by an intergovernmental convention. The same year, the rector of the University of Bangui, Faustin-Archange Touadera was appointed as Prime Minister, and signed the convention formalizing his country’s participation in EUCLID in 2010.
In January 2008, Syed Zahid Ali, acting as Secretary-General of IOSD, presented to various government representative attending a conference of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry a new legal framework called EUCLID Phase 2. Soon after, several governments interested in using the Euclid programs to train their own staff approved the statutes of the new international university which entered into force in April 2008.
United Nations treaty publication and reference to the Consortium
According to the United Nations Treaty Series records, the EUCLID Open Memorandum of Understanding is classified as a “multilateral treaty” and entered into force in April 2008. The “Updated Framework Agreement” entered into force in September 2009. The Euclid Consortium is mentioned in the Statutes:
Having considered the fact that the Euclid Consortium was formed in 2005/2006 by means of international agreements between the Université Libre Internationale (Brussels, Belgium) / Université Libre du Burkina, the University of Bangui (Central African Republic), and the Ministry of Education of Chad / University of N’Djamena, under the High Stewardship of the Ambassador of the Central African Republic in Washington, D.C., Emmanuel Touaboy, and administered by the International Organization for Sustainable Development;
Having considered the governmental-ministerial and intergovernmental accreditation or recognition granted to Euclid’s programs and joint-degree issuance protocol by the Minister of Education of the Republic of Chad, Dr. Idriss Oumar Al-Farouk and confirmed by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the International Organization for Sustainable Development;
The initial 2008 agreement indicated that “The operational offices of EUCLID are allowed to remain in Brussels, Belgium and may be relocated or extended elsewhere upon recommendation of the Governing Board or by resolution of the Oversight Council” (Statutes II.3). In 2011, EUCLID signed a first headquarters agreement with the Central African Republic and obtained office space in the Prime Minister’s building and on the campus of the University of Bangui. In 2013, owing to instability affecting Bangui and the Central African Republic, EUCLID signed a new headquarters agreement with the Republic of The Gambia, and leases offices in the Brusubi area of Banjul.
Academic Council on the United Nations Systems
Association of African Universities
United Nations Academic Impact
GUNI (Global University Network for Innovation)
United Nations Global Compact
In his personal capacity, the EUCLID Secretary General is a member of the International Association of University Presidents.
EUCLID is a member of the Euclid Consortium since 2008.