FAQ about EUCLID awards/degrees (prepared for PEOPLES-UNI graduates)
This FAQ has been prepared by EUCLID to answer the questions about the usefulness and recognition of the EUCLID MPH degree for PEOPLES-UNI graduates considering applying for the award and also for possible PhD enrollment. As you can see here, graduates of the Peoples-uni master's course are eligible to obtain the EUCLID MPH without extra coursework, and to enrol in the online EUCLID PhD in International Public Health. The points below give some background to EUCLID.
EUCLID is a rather unique institutions in the sense that it was established by intergovernmental treaty in 2008. The treaty was vetted and published by the United Nations Secretariat in November 2011. The United Nations Secretariat confirmed in December 2012 that EUCLID was recognized as accredited and therefore that its graduates were eligible to use their EUCLID degrees within the UN system.
The above timeline is important because before November 2011, in view of the rare and unique status of EUCLID, there are some individuals who an online discussions may have questioned the existence of the EUCLID treaty which indeed could not be validated until it was finally published on the UN website. Also, as the UN letter of December 2012 indicates, EUCLID was part of a restricted group of universities (5) which was listed by UNESCO IAU in a special group called regional/international but not in the truly national database called the World Higher Education Database (WHED). This special status turned out to be a problem because most agencies relied on WHED and were not aware of the fact that there was a supplemental group of five universities including Euclid and the UN University. The UN letter of 2012 indicated that future revisions of the WHED (updates are done by region every couple of years) would ensure that the five multilateral universities would be listed under their headquarters state. This was accomplished for EUCLID on September 1, 2017 http://www.whed.net/home.php.
EUCLID is one of very few treaty-based or multilateral universities whose status has been approved or vetted by the United Nations. However, it is important to note that despite the high degree of credibility consequent upon being a UN-recognized university established by intergovernmental treaty, this does not automatically provide degree accreditation under national laws. EUCLID has this status through its registration (headquarters agreement) in the Central African Republic (and also in The Gambia). Whenever needed, the permanent delegation of the Central African Republic to UNESCO has sent diplomatic notes to other permanent delegations to facilitate recognition and validation processes, if such were needed. For instance, this was done successfully with Kenya in 2016.
Please note that not all countries have (as of yet) established a functional quality assurance and accreditation agency that is separate from the ministry of education. This is a new model that has been increasingly adopted over the past 5 to 10 years. The Central African Republic does not as of yet have such an agency but EUCLID is working closely with the government to ensure that it is set up by the end of the year and able to give the EUCLID the supplemental label that would be ideal.
Of interest to public health students is that EUCLID was listed in the top 50 institutions in a major textbook published by Springer in 2016: http://globalhealth.euclid.int/euclid-listed-in-springer-top-50-global-health-programs/
Also of general interest is the fact that the EUCLID MBASD program was ranked number one of the world’s 17 best also in 2016 (still current): https://www.bestcollegereviews.org/top/online-mba-sustainability-programs/
A number of the current and past EUCLID students, many of which are senior government officials in their respective governments or international organizations, have sent letters of appreciation which are kept on file. We are currently updating our alumni reference page which is found here: http://www.euclid.int/alumni.asp