On the 28th of January 2012 the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announced the start of the Global Campus Action.
ith the support of the European Union, EIUC and the Global Campus partner universities coordinating the Regional Programmes on Human Rights and Democratisation, defined through this MoU the terms of reference of their coordinated efforts, including defining aims and objectives of the action, defining status and responsibilities of members, and planning commitments and gradual integration of activities.
In 2013 and in 2017 the MoU has been amended with a view to update its provisions to the new degrees of integration and coordination achieved.
The MoU is currently under review, with a view to update it in relation to the degree of integration and coordination achieved since 2012.
EIUC/GC Mission and Vision
The joint vision of EIUC / Global Campus – which was adopted in February 2017 - is directed to express the network’s willingness to act and react to the increasing number of global crises and human rights challenges.
At a time when some scholars and politicians speak about the end of the era of human rights, the Global Campus worldwide network has an important contribution to make in terms of strengthening of universal values of human rights, the rule of law, and democracy.
EIUC was established in 2002 as natural development to the cooperation established – under the coordination of the University of Padua - between the universities organising EMA since 1997, and upon initiative of the European Union.
The EIUC Statute, first signed in 2002, has come in 2017 to its latest (and most comprehensive) revision.
The EIUC Statute identifies the nature of the inter-university partnership among its 38 European member universities (non-profit university association under Italian Law), the aims of the association, the composition and competence of its governing bodies, its main institutional structure and organisation, its membership and privileged cooperation with the Global Campus partners.
EIUC and the City of Venice signed in 2011 an MoU which came to provide a steadier grounding for the institution, both in terms of confirming the Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice-Lido as its location, and strengthening of cooperation in the realisation of joint activities focusing on human rights and democracy.
It also marked the transfer of management and direction over the premises from the Municipality itself (through its articulation Centro Soggiorni Morosini) to EIUC directly.
The so called “Venice Charter” – i.e. the EMA Statute - was signed in 1997 at Villa Herriot, in the island of Giudecca – Venice by the representatives of the 10 founding European universities of EMA, and is the document which formalised for the first time the establishment of the European Master’s Programme.
The Venice Charter outlines the aim and objectives of the Master’s Programme in spreading a culture of human rights through integrated teaching and training, defines the rights and duties of the member universities, the composition and tasks of its governing bodies (EMA Council, EMA Executive Committee, EMA Academic Curriculum Group, etc.), specifies the programme essential two-semester structure, mobility programme, harmonisation of curricula, assessment system, and many other aspects of the programme's functioning.
When EMA universities decided to develop into the association EIUC, this important evolution had a fundamental impact also on the conception of the EMA degree. Upon initiative of the University of Padua, the coordinator of the programme since 1997, the degree which the university was issuing on behalf of the whole university network became a true “joint degree”, one of the first examples of joint degrees in the European academic environment in line with the Bologna process and reform surrounding the ECTS system.
The Agreement, which has been also recently updated, defines the relationship among the 7 universities jointly issuing the EMA Degree – the so-called Inner Circle Universities – and regulates the special role of the University of First Enrolment, i.e. the University of Padua.