EUCLID (university)

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(Euclid University, Pôle Universitaire Euclide)
Headquarters Gambia (current since 2013) and Central African Republic (historic) and Belgium (temporary until 2011)
Membership 12 Participating States
 •  Secretary-General Pakistan Syed Zahid Ali
 •  High Steward Dominican Republic Ambassador Juan Avila
 •  High Steward Central African Republic Former Prime Minister Faustin Touadera
 •  Entry into force of Open Memorandum of Understanding I-49006 2008 

EUCLID, also called Pôle Universitaire Euclide or Euclid University, is an international intergovernmental organization with a university charter established in 2008 and headquartered in The Gambia, West Africa. Its primary mandate is to train officials for its Participating States but its programs are also offered to the general public.


EUCLID’s origins are connected with the creation of a group of universities called "Euclid Consortium" by the University of Bangui and the University of N’Djamena in 2006. The project was administered by the International Organization for Sustainable Development, an international non-governmental organization headed by Syed Zahid Ali.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[5]

Treaty information and legal status[edit]

United Nations treaty publication[edit]

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,.[6] The "Updated Framework Agreement" entered into force in September 2009.[7] The agreements signed by the Gambia have been registered by the Permanent Mission of the Gambia to the United Nations in 2013 but are not yet published.[8]

Participating States[edit]

Country Joined Signatory name Signatory position Comment
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2008 Girlyn Miguel Minister of Education With treaty registration
 Sierra Leone, Republic of 2008 Zainab Bangura Minister of Foreign Affairs With treaty registration
 Eritrea, State of 2008 Osman Saleh Minister of Foreign Affairs With treaty registration
 Uganda, Republic of 2008 Sam Kutesa Minister of Foreign Affairs No treaty registration
 Vanuatu, Republic of 2008 Bakoa Kaltongga Minister of Foreign Affairs No treaty registration
 Senegal, Republic of 2009 Abdoulaye Faye Minister to the President With treaty registration
 Benin, Republic of 2009 Paulin Djakpo Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs No treaty registration
 Comoros, Union of 2009 Mohamed Toihiri Permanent Representative to United Nations With treaty registration
 Burundi, Republic of 2010 Augustin Nsanze Minister of Foreign Affairs With treaty registration
 Central African Republic 2010 Faustin Touadera Prime Minister With treaty registration, only signed 49007
 Timor-Leste, Democratic Republic of 2011 Joao Cancio Freitas Minister of Education With treaty registration
 Gambia, Republic of the 2012 Mamadou Tangara Minister of Education With treaty registration


Euclid Headquarters Agreement Signing

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).[9] 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.[10] 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.[11][12]

Treaty-related domain and intellectual property rights[edit]

EUCLID flag as registered with WIPO

According to its constitutive text, EUCLID is defined as an having international legal personality and was granted a .int domain name under IANA regulations.[13] As an "international intergovernmental organization", the institution also enjoys intellectual property protection under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property which is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization.[14][15]

Academic programs[edit]

EUCLID offers graduate programs in:

  • Diplomacy, International Law
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Sustainable Development
  • Islamic Finance
  • Inter religious Dialogue
  • Energy Studies
  • International Public Health
Eritrea LOT3 Graduation Ceremony 2012

Special programs[edit]

EUCLID was also involved in delivering distance-learning programs to civil servants in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Eritrea between 2008 and 2012.[16][17]

Organizational structure[edit]

EUCLID’s structure is spelled out in the statutes considered as annex to the published treaties. Its administrative organs are:

  • A Governing Board
  • A Board of Advisors
  • An Executive Board
  • An Oversight Council

Secretaries-General and High Stewards[edit]

Former High Stewards[edit]

  • Banny deBrum, (High Steward, 2009-2011) Ambassador of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United States (2008-2011)[18]
  • Mohamed Toihiri, (High Steward, 2011-2012) Ambassador of the Union of the Comoros to the United States (2011-current)
  • Hermenegilde Niyonzima, (Institutional High Steward, 2012–present) Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi to the United Nations (2012-2014)
  • Roubani Kaambi, (Diplomatic High Steward, 2012–2014) Ambassador of the Union of the Comoros to the United States and United Nations (2012-current)

Affiliated institutes[edit]

The EUCLID statutes mentions several "affiliated institutes":

Cooperation with other intergovernmental bodies[edit]

EUCLID has signed agreements with:

Institutional Memberships[edit]

In his personal capacity, the EUCLID Secretary General is a member of the International Association of University Presidents.[28]

Accreditation and recognition[edit]

Headquarters State[edit]

The National UNESCO Commission of Gambia posted in 2014 its "UNESCO Portal to Recognized Higher Education Institutions" documents which now include EUCLID (Euclid University) as "recognized / accredited".[29]

UN statement[edit]

The Permanent Mission of the Central African Republic to the United Nations wrote to the UN Secretariat in October 2012 to complain that the world’s 5 international universities were not included in the UN Inspira database. In December 2012, the United Nations replied that "both IAU/UNESCO and the UN Secretariat recognize Euclide- Pole Universitaire Euclide and the other four UN institutions ... as being accredited" in spite of not being included in Inspira. The UN also indicated that these institutions which are "regional or global in nature" would be included under their headquarters states in future editions of the IAU WHED database used by the United Nations.[30]

Other Participating States and Africa[edit]

The 2008 intergovernmental agreement states in its Article I that "EUCLID is chartered to confer diplomas, degrees and completion certificates accredited by the ministries of Education of the Participating Parties."[31] Gambia[32] and Timor-Leste[33] indicate that the degrees issued by EUCLID upon completion of the required coursework will be legally valid for use in the country by the graduates. According to the Permanent Mission of the Central African Republic to the United Nations, the UNESCO Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and other Academic Qualifications in Higher Education in the African States applies to EUCLID with effect in the 22 ratifying States.[34][35] EUCLID is since June 2012 a member of the Association of African Universities[36] which requires its members to be accredited.[37]

United States[edit]

EUCLID is not a US-based university and it not accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or Council on Higher Education Accreditation, but maintains an address in Washington, DC "exclusively used for appointments and meetings either with or by government-sponsored and government affiliated staff".[38] The letters sent in 2012 by the governments of Burundi, Central African Republic and Comoros to the US Department of State describe the institution as being "duly chartered to confer degrees by its Participating States and enjoys full academic accreditation according to its constitutive mandate under international law (Article I)."[39] Between 2008 and 2010, the state of Maine formerly listed "Euclid University" as an unaccredited institution. Maine removed the school from its list after receiving correspondence from EUCLID.[40][41] Michigan published until 2012 a list of non-CHEA accredited universities whose graduates could not use their degree for public service employment, a list that included both "Euclid University" and the "United Nations University". Following an exchange of letters with EUCLID, Michigan ceased maintaining a list of institutions lacking CHEA accreditation, but advises that EUCLID graduates and all graduates from non-CHEA accredited universities applying for jobs with the State of Michigan must demonstrate that their degrees are equivalent to studies at a similar school accredited by a CHEA-recognized accrediting body.[42][43] In December 2013, following a correspondence with EUCLID’s legal counsel and two ambassadors to the United States, Oregon's Attorney General’s office wrote that the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization (ODA) had stopped maintaining and publishing its list of unrecognized universities. Regarding "Euclid University", the ODA had since 2008 posted the notice: "ODA is currently evaluating the present legal status of this entity."[44] As of February 2015, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board still indicates for "Euclid University": "Status under review per Euclid University's request".[45] EUCLID has posted the relevant correspondence regarding these validation processes on its "legal affairs" page.[46]


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  32. ^ "EUCLID Instrument of Participation and Approval Government of The Gambia" (PDF). EUCLID. July 2012. 
  33. ^ "EUCLID Instrument of Participation and Approval Government of Timor-Leste" (PDF). EUCLID. May 2011. 
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  39. ^ "Re: Transmission of Documents Regarding Euclide and Graduates" (PDF). Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  40. ^ Wanda Monthey (July 28, 2010). "Copy of Official Email Communication, State of Maine" (PDF). EUCLID University website. 
  41. ^ "Maine DOE - Higher Education". Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
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  45. ^ "THECB - Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  46. ^ EUCLID. "EUCLID Legal Affairs and Enforcement". Retrieved 2013-10-19. 

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Coordinates: 13°24′24″N 16°43′38″W / 13.406532°N 16.727173°W / 13.406532; -16.727173