EMUI_  EuroMed University


EMUI_  EuroMed University

Background and Rationale | Contexte et Finalité

1.- Joint Programming.- The annual program of the Interuniversity Platform EMUI_ EuroMed University is joint, being agreed by its Academic Council, at the proposal of each of the Universities that comprise it, or of the Platform itself.

The following universities are part of the Academic Council: Hebrew Jerusalem (Israel), Cayro (Egypt), Mohammed V Rabat (Morocco), Foggia and Salento (Italy); And Complutense Madrid (Spain).

2.- Type of offers.- The offer is of three types: Presential, Semi-Presential and Virtual. In order to promote mobility and inter-university exchange, regardless of which institution makes the offer, a weighted distribution of students is established.

3.- Progressive and regulated implementation.- 

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4.- Novelty of the project.- In the design, joint programming and type of offers lies the novelty and opportunity of the project, which makes it a pilot, with a coordination center in Salento and a complementary projection in the other institutions with projection In their respective geo-political spaces of influence or interest.


1. The title of the project field, Higher Education and Research: European Union and the Mediterranean (Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Basis), shows the will of its promoters and forces to present:

1.1 Basic cross-cutting programs; and
1.2 Specific programs that respect the proposed transversality.

2.- The historical, cultural, political, economic and social bases must be understood:

2.1 As a need to know the genesis and development of these bases;
2.2 As an assumption to better understand the footprints on which current reality stands; Y
2.3 As a strategy for the design of programs with a real impact in the affected areas

3.- Descriptors of justification.-

3.1 Emerging models of identity.- The studies of opinion, market and mobility in the area of ​​influence of the Mediterranean shows us a complex society, in the process of adaptation to the unstable contemporary political-economic map. This makes it difficult to choose a specific model of identity.

3.2 New migratory flows.- The variants of flows (human, political, economic and cultural), which in the South-North direction, come from conflicting preindustrial societies, prevent to precisely limit the objective reasons that produce it.

3.3 Justification of descriptors.- With a relevant seductive burden, the impact of the information without frontiers that the media obtain, citizen exchanges, especially young ones, undertake an uncertain and risky migration towards spaces that guarantee the enjoyment of alternative welfare models. Models that these media sell, without informing the hidden and deceptive side of the claim. In spaces of tense reception, a slow and painful process of socialization is initiated that generates ghetos (local and psychological) and new lifestyles, supported by cultural hybrids.


1.- Purpose of the Project.-

Fundational Goals

2.- Design of convergent programs.-

2.1 Context Analysis.- Historically, the Mediterranean has been a frontier, bridge and reference point between three geographically and culturally different spaces: Mediterranean-South, Mediterranean-East, and Mediterranean-North. This difference continues to be the object of dialogue or confrontation, generating conflicts or proposing strategies for solving them. And in the recent times, receiving dyes of tragedy with the result known: A Mediterranean Sea turned into an improvised maritime necropolis.

2.2 Rationale for convergence.- On the other hand, the biased political-cultural burden of the current educational, research and cultural programs, often designed from the 'interest' of the Mediterranean-North, makes it more difficult for more bureaucratic-structural reasons than real ones, the design of convergent programs. This critical convergence would enrich the reflexivity that supposes the plurality and diversity of perspectives that concur in the zone. The nature and type of supply would be profitable thus avoiding the recurrence or duplication of the same to the benefit of a complex demand (needs of countries, regions or towns and current perspectives of these)

3.- Innovative Dimension of the Project.-

3.1 Guarantor System.- This innovation is that the Direction Council (DC) can not approve research projects, academic, cultural, or training programs proposed by the Academic Council (AC), without a previous report of the Social Council (SC)

3.11 CS represents the complexity of civil society: States of opinion and public policies at different levels (local, regional, national and international)

3.12 In its capacity as guarantor of the economic stability of the project, and in relation to point 3.1, after hearing the administrations involved, the SC will issue, at the same time, binding reports on the foreseeable socio-economic impact and financial viability of projects and Programs.

3.2 Spirit Bologna.- We believe we have contributed to consolidate a university structure, without academic or political-institutional pressure, based on Departments that, respecting the Bologna spirit to guarantee the mobility that it enshrines, is compatible with the interests of the other countries of the basin Mediterranean mobility, thus favoring complementary North-South, South-North and South-South mobility.

3.3 Scholarship Policy.- The EMUI is committed to a universal and gratifying education, without introducing corrective mechanisms so that students with incomes higher than the average of the country of origin contribute to defray part of the real cost of education. Given that the Financial Plan is part of a Prix de scolarité, considered public in some EU countries, it is the competence of the SC to negotiate with the public and private institutions of the EuroMed area a scholarship policy to explicitly award candidates to the offer of the EMUI

3.4 Junior and Senior Fellowships.- The project is committed to the training of its own researchers and teaching staff, and annually calls for pre- and postdoctoral fellowships for young people with solid perspectives of quality and excellence in Mediterranean studies. This prioritization does not exclude the constant and valuable collaboration of the specialized teaching staff, responsible for projects and programs, which the universities of the Academic Council makes available to EMUI_ EuroMed University, at no additional cost.

3.5 Since 2008, the EMUI has a Digital Monitoring Center (EuroMed. Social Technology and Digital Citizenship), which measures the impact of its programs and the demand for services.

4.- Process of design and consolidation.-

(2007) 4.1 Inauguration.- The Platform in question was officially inaugurated on October 16, 2007 at the Mediterranean Conference Center (Valletta) with the institutional support of the Government of the Republic of Malta and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom from Spain.

From this date the EMUI Platform, with public center status, becomes a member of the Anna-Lindh Foundation EUROMED, ​​establishing its provisional headquarters in Malta.

4.11 On the proposal of the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Spain, with the endorsement of the Ministry for Education and Employment of Malta and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a promoter institution, the former Spanish Minister of Universities and Professor of Sociology, Dr. Luis Gonález-Seara, assumes the maximum institutional representation of the EMUI, as President, who appoints Rector to Dr. Román Reyes, Professor of Social and Legal Sciences, promoter and project owner.

(2008) 4.2 First Academic Consolidation.- Following the recommendations of the Foreign Affairs Ministerial Conference of the European Union (Final_Statement_Mediterranean_Union), which was hosted in Marseille, on November 3rd and 4th, 2008, within the framework of The Paris Summit of the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean (July 13th, 2008), EMUI has signed cooperation agreements with other Euro-Mediterranean institutions (EMUI_ Universities Network).

4.21 This Network of Universities becomes an ad hoc Academic Council (Scientific Committee) and holds a Meeting in Malta (31/01/2008) and Madrid (31/05/2008). At the Malta Meeting, the curriculum of the Advanced Diploma in Euro-Mediterranean Studies (ADEMS) and the Doctorate in Mediterranean Studies, which is ratified at the Madrid Meeting, is designed. It is also agreed to delegate to the Director-Manager of the EMUI the design of a Degree in Mediterranean Relations and Cooperation, a project that is subsequently sent to the Ministry of Education of Malta, after consulting the Universities of the Consortium.

(2009) 4.3 Second Academic Consolidation.- On 16/12/2009 The Governing Council of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid creates, on the basis of the EMUI Platform, a University Research Institute with its own legal nature. In this way it consolidates the one that  intends to become South University EuroMed with the name of EMUI_ EuroMed University.

(2010) 4.4 Frustrated Political Consolidation.- As a development of the Agreements taken in Marseille on 04/11/2008 at the Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the European Union, the Preparatory Commission of the Second Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting on Higher Education and Scientific Research, in a meeting held in Benidorm under the Spanish Presidency of the EU, agreed to include on the agenda the recognition of the EMUI as a South-Mediterranean Euro-Mediterranean University with its headquarters in Fes and substations in Malta and Madrid proposing the corresponding budget item . The Ministry of Education of the Government of Spain ceded to the counterpart of the Kingdom of Morocco the presentation and defense of the proposal.

4.41 In preparation for this Interministerial Conference, the EMUI was convened by the Rectors Conference of the UfM (Union for the Mediterranean), which organized the EuroMed Permanent University Forum in Barcelona on 04/20/2010, with its headquarters at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona. 

4.42 The relevant Ministerial Council could not be held on 26/04/2010 in Slovenia, as scheduled, due to the difficulties of air travel at that time (ash cloud of the Icelandic volcano), with a predictable new call for the month of November.2010, under Belgian Presidency of turn, call that finally did not take place.

(2012 ss) 4.5 Failing to consolidate the aforementioned political consolidation, a process of re-location of the EMUI_ EuroMedUniversity headquarters is being initiated. It is carried out through the University Institute of Research EMUI (Complutense University) in collaboration with the Universities of the Consortium and the advice of the UNICA Network. These efforts result in the definitive installation of the official seat in the Ex - Monastero degli Olivetani of Lecce (Italy), gaining legitimacy by virtue of a Convention between the proposing universities (Madrid Complutense and Università del Salento), signed on 12/11 / 2014, ratified for the period 2016-2020 by the Dipartamento di Storia, Società e Studi sull'Unomo (Università del Salento), manager of the building, dated 11/30/2015

5.- Experience acquired.-

As this site is reported  y , the programming planned for the period 2016-2020 is the result of the experience of previous courses, tentative beginning the year following the creation of the project in 2007. This long experience has recommended to update annually the Contents and methodology of the offer, adding to the circumstances and the demand

6.- Linking the Project to the associated national strategies.-

6.1 The EMUI, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain (Embassy in a Special Mission for Mediterranean Affairs) works to ensure that the countries involved (Israel, Egypt, Morocco and Italy) to endorse the project EMUI, as part of a basic governing body, the Academic Council.

6.2 The Acting President of EMUI EuroMed University has contacted the institutional representatives of these countries.

6.3 It is also the role of the Academic Council to ensure scrupulous respect for national strategies in Higher Education and Research in each of these countries. This is the reason why the offer from the Platform is made bear the seal of the proposing institution, with the rest as collateral of the resulting degrees.

7.- Contribution of the participating countries.-

7.1 The UCM, through its University Research Institute EMUI and in collaboration with the network of Universities with which it has collaboration agreements, is the guarantor of the legitimacy and officiality of the programs that are offered from the Platform.

7.2 In addition, the Università del Salento, through its Dipartamento di Storia, Società e Studi sull'Unomo, is the guarantor, with the UCM, of the legal support of reference.Responsibility that shares, under agreements, all the Universities that are part of the Academic Council.

7.3 The Univesità del Salento, in collaboration with the Municipality of Lecce and the Region of Puglia, has made available to the EMUI_ EuroMed Univesity the Ex-Monastero degli Olivetani, which has become its official headquarters and specific teaching-research space.

8.- Approval of the project.- Responsible administrations:

8.1 Academic-Institutional.- All university institutions that are part of the Academic Council have issued their corresponding reports of adhesion and linkage to the Project. At the headquarters of the UfM are the respective documents.

8.2 Administrative Policy.- From its beginnings the Spanish Administration has been supporting and supporting the Project, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and, specifically, through its Ambassador in Special Mission for Mediterranean Affairs. This Ambassador represents Spain before the Senior Official Meeting (SOM_UfM). It represents, therefore, the interests and will of the Government of Spain, reason why it becomes official spokesman of the Spanish politics in the matter of Higher Education and Research, as well as in designs of official programs of cultural character or of Continuing Formation. Through Spain, the Governments of Israel, Egypt, Morocco and Spain are informed of the participation in the Project of university institutions of their respective administrations.


1.- The project is an effective Plate-Form pour le dialogue politique et regionale. The EMUI does not understand any program of political action in the EuroMed zone without a previous study of the circumstances that have advised that intervention and the level of opportunity and effectiveness of the same. The academic programs and researchers that the project has designed respond to this demand and the demand of experts at political-economic and regional level. These objectives can hardly be achieved without a plural and transversal design, which encourages dialogue and respects the uniqueness of each of the affected regions (political and geographical). This makes EMUI a project stratégique pour la region.

2.- The promoters of the project are convinced that it responds to all the domaines stratégiques prioritaires de l'UpM. As much as to his trois principal stratégies theethics. This can be inferred from a careful reading of the aims of the EMUI and the design of its programs. It is obliged, to underline that already, on 14/10/2010 a Department of Equality and Women Studies (DEWS) is created. From EQUALITY_HUMAN RIGHTS | (EuroMed Permanent Seminar: Human Rights and Gender Violence (Theory and Praxis in Gender Studies), and the following research projects: Voice and Women's Word (The Sounds of the Mediterranean: The Voice and the Word of Women), and, from the Research Group THEORIA Women Studies.

3.- The co-appropriation of the project is guaranteed in the terms specified in paragraphs 6 and 7 above (Justification). The Social Council of the EMUI manages the incorporation to the same of political representatives of the countries involved at the level of representation that has Italy (Region of Puglia and Municipality of Lecce). It is also the role of the Social Council to ensure cooperation at regional level in specific projects.

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