History and Timeline

Above: CAR President Pr Faustin Archange Touadéra was instrumental in the initial vision and launch of the Pôle Euclide in 2005 when he was rector of the University of Bangui.

 

The foundations of EUCLID were laid in 2004 at the initiative of several universities and educational professionals under the auspices of the International Organization for Sustainable Development, a non-governmental organization.

It can be said that the impetus to launch the project came from the visionary support of Ambassador Emmanuel Touaboy (of the Central African Republic in Washington) who facilitated the relationship with the University of Bangui. As a result, the “Pôle d’Extension Universitaire Euclide” was formally created as a joint extension and university consortium in 2005.

The initial idea was to develop specialized distance programs in bioethics and sustainable development and to make these programs (with syllabi, coursepacks, web platform) available to the stakeholders who had created the Consortium.

By the end of 2007, these outstanding programs had gained the interest of other universities and government agencies who desired to adopt or adapt them for their internal needs. In particular, several ministries of education and foreign affairs expressed interest in using “Euclid’s” methods and programs to train their staff, and this synergy led to the formalization of the EUCLID intergovernmental university framework in 2008.

As a result, EUCLID (Pôle Universitaire Euclide / Euclid University) officially came into existence in 2008 with the entry into force of the EUCLID conventions in 2009/2010.

As of 2016, EUCLID serves 11 Participating States (+ Benin on a non-binding basis). Its official headquarters are located in Banjul (Gambia) and Bangui (Central African Republic).


EUCLID History

2004

Ambassador Touaboy writes internal report

NGO delegation meets with Ambassador Emmanuel Touaboy (of Central African Republic) in Washington, DC, discuss higher education, sustainable development and bioethics. Following meeting, Ambassador Touaboy sends report to Ministry of Education which forwards recommendation to University of Bangui.

2005

Agreement signed with University of Bangui

After extensive consultations, Rector Faustin Touadéra of the University of Bangui signs international agreement to create and participate in “Pole d’extension universitaire Euclide” which is established as joint distance-teaching extension.

2006

Agreement signed with ULI / ULB (Brussels / Burkina)

Université Libre Internationale (also acting on behalf of Université Libre du Burkina), joins “Euclid” and settles Secretariat in Brussels.

2007

Agreement signed with University of N’Djamena

Rector Rodoumta KOINA of the University of N’Djamena (Chad), under signature, approval and accreditation of Minister of Higher Education, signs participation agreement in “Pole d’extension universitaire Euclide.”

2008

IOSD SG introduces new EUCLID framework at ICCI conference

Attending the annual ICCI conference in Doha, Qatar, IOSD Secretary General announces “Euclid Phase 2” which invites interested governments to participate in new intergovernmental platform.

Multilateral Charter enters in force

With the signatures of Saint Vincent, Sierra Leone and Eritrea, the EUCLID enters into force as a multilateral agreement (treaty in simplified form).

Euclid selected for LOT3 project in Eritrea

Euclid Consortium (with University of Bangui) selected by European Commission to deliver “LOT3” program to Eritrean civil servants.

Agreement signed with ICCI

IOSD signs its first agreement with the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) which formalized Euclid as an education partner of ICCI. OIC Journal features agreement.

2009

Ambassador Banny de Brum becomes first EUCLID High Steward

Ambassador Banny de Brum of the Marshall Island (in Washington DC) becomes the First EUCLID High Steward (Ambassador Touaboy being the High Steward for the Euclid Consortium). Ambassador de Brum was personally involved in the EUCLID / Eritrea LOT3 projet and travelled to Asmara with..Read more

2016

Agreement signed with ECOWAS

IOSD/EUCLID signs landmark Memorandum of Understanding with ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States).

2010

EUCLID reaches 10 Participating States

As year 2010 ends, 10 UN Member States are confirmed as EUCLID Participating States: Benin, Central African Republic, Comoros, Eritrea, Saint Vincent, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Vanuatu.

2011

EUCLID signs historic HQ agreement

EUCLID signs headquarters agreement (Bangui, Central African Republic) at the invitation of then Prime Minister Touadéra. University of Bangui designated as Visiting Campus with office space allocated at Prime Minister’s landmark Petroca tower.

2016

United Nations publish EUCLID conventions and Statutes

After two years of work in New York, the United Nations Treaty Section registers and publishes the EUCLID intergovernmental agreements at 49006/49007.

2012

UN letter received in December 2012

EUCLID receives letter (dated 10 December 2012) from United Nations Secretariat confirming that (reference 0218/RCA/MP/ONU-12), “the UN Secretariat recognize[s] Euclide – Pole Universitaire Euclide and the other four UN institutions … as being accredited.”

2016

EUCLID signs Gambia HQ agreement

Due to period of instability in Bangui (HQ), EUCLID signs new and comprehensive headquarters agreement with the government of The Gambia, a stable and touristic country in West Africa.

Extended Memberships and Articles

EUCLID’s participation in major networks (UN PRME, GUNI, AAU, UNAI, GRLI, ACUNS) is combined with publications in ACUNS and GRLI magazines.

Ambassador Juan Avila, PhD, becomes EUCLID High Steward

Following the retirement  of Ambassadors Kaambi and Niyonzima, Ambassador Juan Avila (Dominican Republic) becomes EUCLID’s Diplomatic High Steward.

EUCLID MBA SD ranked #1

Independent agency BestCollegeReview ranks EUCLID’s MBA  #1 of 23 in Sustainability specialization.

EUCLID wins UN Interfaith Harmony Week First Prize

Euclid University is recognized for its interfaith expertise by being awarded the First Prize of the UN Interfaith Harmony Week First Prize presented to EUCLID delegation by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Pr Touadera elected President of CAR

Professor Faustin Archange Touadéra, EUCLID’s founding rector and honorary High Steward, is elected President of the Central African Republic; invites EUCLID delegation to attend his investiture in Bangui.