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 (IOSD), 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).