Accreditation and Recognition

IN BRIEF

Tick EUCLID (Euclid University | Pole Universitaire Euclide) is an intergovernmental, treaty-based university, accredited in its charter and further accredited by the Participating States / Headquarters States through specific actions and certifications.

Tick (Letter from the United Nations, Office of Human Resources Management, reference 0218/RCA/MP/ONU-12): “the UN Secretariat recognize[s] Euclide – Pole Universitaire Euclide and the other four UN institutions … as being accredited.”

Tick EUCLID’s constitutive treaty, as registered and published in the United Nations Treaty Series (certificates 49006/49007): “EUCLID is chartered to confer diplomas, degrees and completion certificates accredited by the ministries of Education of the Participating Parties. (Article 1)”

Tick EUCLID, (or as applicable the EUCLID Secretary General), is member of institutional associations requiring verified government recognition / accreditation, notably AAU and IAUP.

Tick EUCLID is certified in the “UNESCO Portal to Recognized Higher Education Institutions” documents posted by the National UNESCO Commissions of its Headquarters States.

Tick EUCLID participates in ongoing quality assurance processes, including NAQAA and AACES.

Letter from the United Nations, Office of Human Resources Management, reference 0218/RCA/MP/ONU-12: “the UN Secretariat recognize[s] Euclide – Pole Universitaire Euclide and the other four UN institutions … as being accredited.”

ACCREDITATIONS, RECOGNITIONS AND RELEVANT MEMBERSHIPS OR LISTINGS

Primary Accrediting Mechanism Treaty authority, Article I, UNTS 49006/49007) Since 2008
Primary Accreditation Government / Ministry of Higher Education (Central African Republic) Since 2011 and ongoing
Primary National Accrediting Agency NAQAA (National Accrediting and Quality Assurance Agency, Gambia) Since 2016 and ongoing
Official Government Recognition By formal agreement with the governments and relevant ministries of the Host States Since 2011 and 2013
Executive (Presidential)? Yes, the EUCLID SG is a member of IAUP Since 2012
Regional Membership Yes (AAU) Since 2012
UNESCO NATCOM listing Yes (posted by UNESCO Commission GM and PD UNESCO RCA) Since 2013
Other Participations GUNI, UN Academic Impact, ACUNS Since 2011 and 2012
Other Publication(s) United Nations Treaty Series (search database for “EUCLID”) Since 2011
UNESCO/IAU listing? Yes (“International / Regional” category) (pre-WHED), in WHED since 2017 Since 2011
Usable for UN & IGO positions? Yes (per letter from UN Secretariat) Since 2012
Listed for UN staff sabbaticals? Yes Since 2013
CHEA (USA) accreditation No (EUCLID is not a US-based institution and limits US enrollment) Current

UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL ACCREDITATION

EUCLID (Pôle Universitaire Euclide | Euclid University) is certified as a recognized/accredited institution of higher learning by according to the rules governing intergovernmental universities: (1) by its headquarter’s state ministry of higher education, (2) by other Participating States according to their own rules. Accordingly, EUCLID has been registered and recognized as a “recognized / accredited” intergovernmental university with the international authorities of reference.

As stated by the United Nations (Office of Human Resources Management):

“both IAU/UNESCO and the UN Secretariat recognize Euclide- Pole Universitaire Euclide and the other four UN institutions … as being accredited” (0218/RCA/MP/ONU-12, dated 10 December 2012).

Prospective students should take note that governmental and intergovernmental bodies are theonly official and reliable authorities in matter of university status and accreditation / recognition.Private and sub-national entities claiming authority to approve or disapprove institutions of higher learning are often deceptive, or fraudulent.

Typically, public national (or regional) universities are accredited by a single ‘accrediting body’ which is either the ministry of education (MOE) or a specialized agency approved by the ministry of education. This governmental approval is deemed sufficient for international accreditation and recognition. In addition, there are private accrediting bodies with various levels of validity and recognition (the United States does not have a ministry of education and relies on private accreditors).

Typically, public intergovernmental universities are now accredited by the accrediting body of their headquarters state (Ministry of Education / Higher Education or other delegated public agency), in addition to other accreditation and recognition statements incorporated in their charter.

Accordingly, EUCLID derives its academic accreditation from proper government authorization under international law and from their ministries of education, not private or sub-national agencies. Inasmuch as most countries are legally bound to recognize UN-registered treaties based on the principle of reciprocity, the assurance of international validity under all national legal frameworks for recognition is extremely high.

Finally, EUCLID’s academic accreditation is also recognized and reaffirmed by the following intergovernmental organizations: ICCI, CAFRAD, ECOWAS (see below).

See also: Further information about EUCLID accreditation

OTHER & SIMILAR MULTILATERAL UNIVERSITIES

The following table summarizes the accreditation processes and documentation for the major intergovernmental universities including EUCLID:

Multilateral Institution

Accreditation Mechanism and Documentation

HQ

European University Institute

Ministry of Education of Italy + statements by other EU States | Link

Florence

United Nations University

Ongoing with Ministry of Education of Japan (2014/2015) + statement by UN Secretariat | Link 1 | Link 2

Tokyo

Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI)

Ministry of Education of Tanzania | Link

Arusha

University for Peace

Accreditation agency for Costa Rica + United Nations General Assembly & Treaty support | Link 1 | Link 2

San Jose

École Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications

Ministry of Education of Senegal? Regional CAMES label | Link

Dakar

World Maritime University

Confirmed authorization Ministry of Education of Sweden (2014) |Link

Malmö

IMO International Maritime Law Institute

Probably via Ministry of Education of Malta but not documented

Valleta

Academy of European Law

Public Foundation | Not degree granting

Trieste

Franco-German University

Network of Universities | Not degree granting

Saarbrücken

Franco-Italian University

Bi-national institution | Accreditation not documented

Grenoble

University of Central Asia

Possible accreditation by the Ministry of Education of Kyrgyzstan (not documented)

Bishkek

African Virtual University

Not degree granting, no accreditation

Kinshasa*

South Asian University

Treaty Article 7, UGC India | Link

New Delhi

EUCLID (Euclid University)

Ministry of Education of The Gambia | Link

Banjul

TAU/DTU (Deutsch-Türkische Universität)

Ministry of Education of Turkey + approval by Germany under international law

Ankara

AIT (Asian Institute of Technology)

Validity confirmed by Ministry of Education of Thailand | Link

Pathum Thani

“In order to ensure the international usefulness of the programs offered, EUCLID already is and shall continue to be chartered to confer diplomas, degrees and completion certificates accredited by the ministries of education of the Participating Parties” (Article I, EUCLID Treaty UNTS 49007)