Euro-Mediterranean University of Slovenia

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Coordinates: 45°31′0.69″N 13°35′0.99″E / 45.5168583°N 13.5836083°E / 45.5168583; 13.5836083

Established: 2008
Headquarters: Portorož - Piran, Slovenia
Official Languages: English, French, Slovenian
Membership: 206 universities and institutions
President: Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry

Since its establishment in 2008, the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI University), one of the priority projects of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), has become an international institution, which gathers expert knowledge and experience of the Euro-Mediterranean countries and thus contributes in a significant way to the creation of a unified, integrated Euro-Mediterranean higher education and research area.

University to a large extent conducts its operation at its seat in Portorož, where the spatial conditions for some of its activities are fulfilled. When additional premises are needed, they are rented at the academic institutions in the surroundings.

EMUNI University can implement the study activity of all study areas, classified in accordance with the international classification Isced (Unesco, 1997). EMUNI University organizes the implementation of study programmes, which are accredited at the partner universities in Slovenia and other member countries of the EMUNI University. The University conducts research activities at all scientific fields of research, classified in accordance with the international classification Frascati (Unesco, 2002).

EMUNI University, headquartered in Slovenia will significantly contribute to the development of Higher-Education and Research Area and to sustainable development of wider social-economic and cultural environment in the EUROMED countries and to the recognisability of Slovenia in the region - UfM.

EMUNI University represents one of the six projects of the UfM, approved in the frame of a common declaration, adopted in Paris on 13 July 2008 (Joint Declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean). Within the mission of the EMUNI University, the following goals shall be achieved:

  • Raising quality of higher education through the implementation of study and research programmes;
  • Becoming an international university, which will acknowledge cultural diversity;
  • Establishing university environment, which will have a stimulating effect on integration of different nations and cultures in the academic spheres;
  • Ensuring administrative, operational and material infrastructure, which will enable the operation of the university.

The goal of the EMUNI University is to create specialised study programmes in the Euro-Mediterranean region in cooperation with EMUNI member universities from this area. The study programmes will cover themes and areas, which are significant for the Euro-Mediterranean Area. The study programmes or parts of them will be implemented at the EMUNI University as well as other universities, co-founders of the EMUNI University.

One of the main activities of the EMUNI University is also research, which is one of the important factors of development, success and quality of the University.

The basic mission of the University is to contribute with its activities to strengthening intercultural dialogue and to the priority goals of the Barcelona process, which is in the broader sense included also in the UfM.


EMUNI University was inaugurated on 9 June 2008 in Portorož (Slovenia) with an objective to become an international, post-graduate, higher-education and research institution, fully integrated in the Euro-Mediterranean Area. It was co-founded by four universities: University of Haifa (Israel), University of Maribor (Slovenia), University of Sousse (Tunisia) and University of Urbino “Carlo Bo” (Italy). In February 2009 EMUNI University became a legal entity in the Republic of Slovenia.

EMUNI University is one of the six priorities of the UfM, which secretariat was created by Joint Declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean. There is stated in Annex:

“Higher Education and Research, Euro-Mediterranean University: A Euro-Mediterranean University (with its seat in Slovenia) can contribute to the understanding among people and encourage cooperation in higher education, following up on the objectives of the Catania Process and of the First Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Higher Education and Scientific Research (Cairo, June 2007). Through a cooperation network of partner institutions and existing universities from the Euro-Med region, the Euro-Mediterranean University will develop postgraduate and research programmes and thus contribute to the establishment of the EuroMediterranean Higher Education, Science and Research Area. Partner countries are encouraged to make full use of possibilities offered by existing higher education cooperation programmes such as Tempus and Erasmus Mundus, including the External Cooperation Window. Particular attention should be paid to enhancing quality and to ensuring the relevance of vocational training to labour market needs.”


The first session of the General Assembly of EMUNI University was summoned in November 2008, where its bodies were elected. EMUNI University's president became Prof. Dr. Joseph Mifsud. Laris Gaiser took his position as acting president in July 2012. From April 2013, Prof. Dr. Dušan Lesjak took the position of acting president of EMUNI University. From February 2014, Prof. Dr. Abdel Hamid El-Zoheiry, took the position of the president of EMUNI University.

EMUNI University has following bodies:

Management Board The Management Board is a University management body. The Management Board of the University is composed of 10 members coming from 7 countries.

Senate The Senate is constituted of the president, members of students, members of the EMUNI Management Board and appointed senators. The composition of the senate takes into consideration the study areas and academic disciplines, as well as guarantee the representation of all members of the UfM, thus realizing the mission of the University.

President President is the management and expert body of the University, as well as its legal representative.

Student Council The student council of the EMUNI University will be constituted, when the University has its own students. The legal basis for the cooperation of students by the functioning of the EMUNI University is currently being prepared.

EMUNI University has 206 member institutions, including universities and other higher-education and research institutions from 41 countries.


Through a cooperation network of partner universities and other institutions in the Euro-Med region, the EMUNI University provides study, research and training programmes, and thus advances the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education, Science and Research Area. Acting as a coordinator and facilitator of joint academic and research activities, EMUNI University is becoming a focal point for exchange of staff and students of partner institutions.

The activities of EMUNI University include master and PhD study programmes, seminars, (international) conferences, summer schools, professional courses, professional upgrading study programmes and other activities. In the end of 2008, the International Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies (IJEMS) started to be issued. In 2012, IJEMS issued within the Springer publishing company.

The activities of EMUNI University focus on the UfM priority areas as well as maritime and land highways, alternative energies, culture and tourism, human rights and migration, civil protection, gender issues, water management, foreign policy, business development initiative and Euro-Mediterranean higher education and research area.


  1. Barcelona declaration adopted at the Euro-Mediterranean Conference - 27-28/11/95.
  2. Joint Declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean, 13/7/2008.
  3. Statute of EMUNI University, 26/11/2008.
  4. Final Statement of the Marseille Meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Ministers of Foreign Affairs. 3–4 November 2008. p. "UfM: Jordan to hold co-presidency of south Med from Sept.". ANSAmed. 29 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. Declaration adopted by the Speakers of the Parliaments of the Union for the Mediterranean in Marseille, 7/4/2013.

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