European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) developed, with the support of the EU, the setting up of the Global Campus of Master’s Programmes and Diplomas in Human Rights and Democratisation taking the management of six Regional Master’s Programmes now taking place in five continents.
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Gadjah Mada University
Founded in 1949, Gadjah Mada University is the oldest and largest university in Indonesia. With a mission to promote excellence in teaching, learning and research opportunities, the university offers high quality education and programs across 18 faculties. Gadjah Mada University prides itself in 69 graduate programs, 24 diploma programs and a Graduate School. These programs aim to generate professional and capable graduates equipped with leadership capacities, innovative approaches and moral and cultural understanding that will serve the needs of the society and bring prosperity to Indonesia, as well as the global community.
Increasing internationalisation of the university is generating global perspectives within most faculties. The Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, for instance, has a growing focus on international relations and comparative politics, public policy, media and social and developmental studies which extend across the region and the globe. The faculty has established the Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) at Gadjah Mada University, dedicated towards regional understanding, interconnectedness, unity and development for the benefit of all people in the region. Instruments of law and democracy in Southeast Asia are undermined by the array of complex issues such as corruption, communitarian and totalitarian regimes, violence, separatist movement and terrorism. The centre seeks to raise awareness and regional and cultural knowledge in order eliminate these problems and tensions that inhibit development, democracy and human rights of regional nations.
Kathmandu School of Law
Kathmandu School of Law (KSL) is a leading legal institution delivering high standards in education and academic excellence. It was established in 2000 in affiliation with Nepal’s Purbanchal University with the purpose of generating leadership in law and social justice. The School keeps firm commitment to delivering effective research and learning practices, understanding of domestic, regional and international law, as well as a contemporary and interdisciplinary curriculum that is competitive internationally. KSL maintains excellent networks, frequent exchange and teaching programs with many law schools abroad. It further enriches student environment and education quality by encouraging participation in national and international debate programs and symposiums to enhance knowledge and understanding of international law.
Human Rights Initiatives at KSL
Kathmandu School of Law runs a M.A. in Human Rights, a course designed to foster explicit understanding of human rights. Apart from the legal aspect of human rights, it draws upon some basic concepts, history, theory, issues and violations surrounding the matter in order to provide understanding of the principles, standards and normative framework of human rights law, and build competence in human rights both in Nepal and internationally. Another program focused on human rights within the KSL is the LL.M Program on Human Rights and Gender Justice, which strives to generate expertise and knowledge in applying international human rights standards to domestic situations and societies like Nepal. Ultimately, this program aims to generate a group of law experts with a potential to transform the traditional legal system in Nepal by bringing in global standards and international human rights instruments.
As one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Thailand, Mahidol University is recognised internationally for its renowned faculty, outstanding research and academic achievements. Apart from academic excellence, Mahidol is committed to delivering knowledge, capability, innovation and integrity in order to improve the quality of life not only of Thai society but of all of humanity. Traditionally focused solely on medicine and health sciences, the university has expanded across a wide range of disciplines in the recent decades, including arts and humanities, social and applied sciences, information technology, engineering, dentistry, pharmacy and others. Today, Mahidol University combines a rich educational, historical, cultural and social environment that provides diverse, top quality programs and comprehensive academic resources across its 17 faculties.
Center for Human Rights Studies & Social Development
The Center for Human Rights Studies & Social Development (CHRSD) at Mahidol University pioneered human rights education programs at a graduate level in South East Asia. The center advocates for human rights and catalyses academic experience and knowledge in the field. Their mission encompasses building human rights and peace culture through education and academic outreach programs as well as strengthening research that contributes to greater understanding and realisation of human rights, peace and fair development. CHRSD is dedicated to increasing human rights knowledge and resources available to students and researchers through graduate degrees and research programs in human rights, as well as training and educating across the issue areas surrounding human rights. The center aspires to lead the learning and research in human rights, peace and development in Asia through progressive educating and strengthened initiatives and programs in the future. It also aims to foster greater interest in human rights issues by providing assistance and scholarships to motivated students and assuring access to quality human rights resources in order to boost the cultural significance and respect for human rights.
University of Colombo
With a proud history of over 115 years, The University of Colombo is the oldest university in Sri Lanka. The university maintains academic excellence in all areas of study, providing high quality education to some of the best students in the country. With 41 academic departments across 7 faculties, as well as numerous institutes and centres, the university offers diverse education and high quality research across different disciplines, relevant to local and international environments. By combining knowledge, education, research, creativity and entrepreneurship, the University of Colombo strives to be a world class institution that promotes human development and democratic values.
The Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Faculty of Law
The Centre for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR) is run by the Faculty of Law at the University of Colombo since 1991, with an objective of promoting human rights research and education within the university community as well as the general public. The CSHR offers educational resources such as books, journals and reports on human rights laws and issues. It furthermore runs a Diploma program as well as a training program for students interested in human rights law and activism. It runs internship programs for law graduates with the leading NGOs and Human Rights Commission in order to facilitate active participation and improved training and understanding of local and international dimensions of human rights.
In addition, the Faculty of Graduate Studies at University of Colombo offers a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Human Rights, designed to educate and train students in both theoretical and practical spheres of human rights. It combines knowledge from historical, philosophical, legal and international disciplines in order to provide systematic knowledge and multidisciplinary analytical and research skills necessary for promotion and protection of human rights.