The Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship
The Network, created in 2011, includes the University on Youth and Development; the University of Participation and Citizenship; the African University on Youth and Development; and the Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship.
The Network provides an exceptional space for young people and youth organisations around the world to meet, debate, build their capacity and co-operate on youth policy related issues.
The educational model developed in these Universities has been enhanced by its various partners and largely inspired by the Global Education Guidelines, systematised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and by the new framework provided by Council of Europe Recommendation on education for global interdependence and solidarity (CM/Rec(2011)4, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 5 May 2011).
Committed to further strengthen the interregional and global youth co-operation and the impacts of its activities, the partners engaged in this network to develop a coherent and coordinated system for the Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship.
The establishment of this Network is expected to bring added value to the political support and funding of the Universities as well as to strengthen the impact of the work of the Universities and its partners in youth development.
The Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship
The Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship (MedUni) is one of the flagship events of the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean Youth co-operation programme of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC). It is also the youngest university of the Network of University on Youth and Global Citizenship, facilitated by the NSC in partnership with other relevant stakeholders from Europe and South-Mediterranean region.
The MedUni responds to the objective of the NSC’s Youth Co-operation Progamme which is to provide training and capacity building for young people and youth organisations while facilitating their participation in decision and policy-making in the framework of quadrilogue1 initiatives.
An open space for democratic and global competences
The MedUni was conceived as an open space where different organisations bring their own activities in a common framework facilitated by the NSC. All in all, the MedUni is a space where democratic and global citizenship competences can be developed in a demand-driven environment responding to the need of young people.
Support youth organisations and activists
The core aim of the MedUni is to support youth organisations and activists with a view to improving their capacity to become fully-fledged actors of governance in Europe and Southern Mediterranean regions. In parallel, mobilising quadrilogue actors contributes to the political mainstreaming of youth related issues, increasing youth participation. It also promotes coordination and increased synergies between relevant partners, bolstering the regional dimension to stimulate south-south cooperation.
The different editions of the MedUni were organised by the NSC in co-operation with the National Youth Observatory of Tunisia and in partnership with the League of Arab States, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, the EU-CoE youth partnership, the European Youth Forum, the Italian National Youth Forum, the Catalan National Youth Council and other youth organisations.
Every year the MedUni integrates in its programme the annual topic of the Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship. In 2016 (1-8 May), the Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship will celebrate its 4th edition, under the joint theme: “Connecting identities”