EMUNI University Network

EMUNI University Network

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Since 2008, when EMUNI was officially established, it has attracted a remarkable number of universities, research institutions and other associations into the membership of EMUNI, which now counts 206 members and 97 partner academic institutions and/or other associations into its network.

The mission

The founding of EMUNI universities is an integral part of the Euro-Mediterranean initiative to establish and strengthen cooperation among Mediterranean countries. Namely, member states of Euro-Mediterranean integrations have already realised some time ago that the exchange of knowledge as well as formulation of common educational and research programmes importantly contribute to the establishment and consolidation of economic and political cooperation.

By facilitating cooperation among professors, researchers and students, Mediterranean states can, without any risk, concurrently form and test various protocols and scenarios of cooperation that may be later used in all other areas.

Successful patterns of cooperation in laboratories, lecture rooms, conference halls, common research groups and elsewhere may be of crucial significance to the establishment or, rather, enhancement of economic and political cooperation.
Every product of such integration is an acquisition for each state as well as the region as a whole. The advantage of such cooperation also lies in the opportunity for regional integration, whose potential focus on a certain area or activity does not cause discomfort in other members of the entire Mediterranean region?

Besides, the Mediterranean has for millennia been an area of mutual insemination/cooperation/complementation. Leaving aside conflicts and conquests filling historical reading books on prehistory, Antiquity, Middle Ages and Modern Period, the Mediterranean has always been an area of intercultural interaction. If it had not been for the Arab Renaissance, the world would have been deprived of many standard works of Greek and Roman classics, European Enlightenment, modernisation, as well as the concept of democracy and conditions for social emancipation.

What is more, the Mediterranean has since always also included its hinterlands. Just like Fernand Braudel, we, too, are finding that the so-called "inland sea" and the adjacent areas encompass much more than just the coastlines of the Mediterranean. We, too, are aware that the "Mediterranean" in the south reaches at least as far as the countries of the sub-Saharan Africa, that it touches Iraq in the east and that, to a certain extent, it has also co-shaped the destiny of the Hanseatic towns in northern Europe.

And just as in the time of Philip II, the Mediterranean in the beginning of the 21st century still is one of the three or four strategic centres of our planet and the only contact point of three continents. It is on this premise that the EMUNI University ought to build its substantive work.

Having this in mind and being familiar with the basic attributes of a good university in the 21st century, the new EMUNI president and his team, has to put the EMUNI University on the map of the Mediterranean academic landscape.

The structrure

EMUNI includes 206 members and 97 partner academic institutions and/or other associations, better known as the EMUNI Network.

It is a conglomerate of all institutions that have in the past four years decided to participate in the development of the EMUNI University and the Mediterranean university network. These are not only universities, independent faculties and institutes but also unions of universities or, rather, regional academic associations.

The EMUNI Network currently integrates academic institutions from four continents or thirty-three European countries (including Russia), three African and four Asian/Middle Eastern countries, and the United States. 206 are brought together in the General Assembly, thirty-three signed a letter of intention, and another ten a bilateral agreement. Only fifty-one out of 206 members of the general assembly signed the "memorandum of understanding" ? We propose that the administrative committee or its president addresses all acceding parties as soon as possible to update them about the current situation and development plan.