The Foundation and the Alliance of Civilizations
The Euro-Arab Foundation is registered in the II National Plan for the Alliance of Civilizations of the Spanish Government which involves all Administrations in the promotion of intercultural dialogue, encourages the participation of Autonomous Communities and Local Administrations and converts the promotion of gender equality in a common factor in all its actions..
The Alliance of Civilizations is a political initiative aimed to strengthen mutual understanding, counteract the influence of those who nurture intolerance and confrontations and improve social cohesion by means of enhancing security and cooperation, both indispensable for international stability and human development.
EURO-ARAB FOUNDATION FOR HIGHER STUDIES
The Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies is a highly specialised institution that works within the fields of cooperation, training and research.
FUNDEA aims to create a space for dialogue and cooperation between the countries of the European Union and Arab countries.
The Foundation was entrusted with promoting cultural, scientific and economic relations between Europe and the Arab World, throughout the spread of scientific and humanistic knowledge produced in universities and other centres for scientific research or artistic creation, either national or international, in order to contribute to the reinforcement of the dialogue between Arab States and European States.
For that purpose, the Foundation’s work is focused on the promotion of studies and research as well as platforms and forums of discussion and debate. By means of collaboration agreements, the Foundation maintains relations with educational, cultural, research and economic institutions in order to strengthen ties among countries in Europe and in the Arab World.
It is known that in the area of culture there is an enormous scope for misunderstanding. But also culture is by nature egalitarian, and FUNDEA works with the conviction that culture can be both the basis of and the means for an equitable relationship, the perfect ground for equals to work together towards a Euro-Arab relationship where mutual perceptions can be worked with to create opportunities, feed into reflection and strengthen actions.
FUNDEA operates, in all its areas, fully aware that the principle of mutual respect is the one leading to a change of vision if attitudes are to change. In a world shaken by the sudden radicalization of conflicts there is a need to put away both irresponsible relativism and advocacy for uniformity. Democracy will necessarily bear the imprint of the cultures in which it has developed.
Violence is the enemy of dialogue, but also vague words and empty speeches can damage dialogue. Actors in dialogue need contacts, movement, meetings, projects, networks and money. FUNDEA’s team makes all possible efforts to make a difference in each of the activities and proposals that we work on.
FUNDEA’s Objectives and Institutional Goals
• Promote teaching and learning exchange, research and cooperation with institutions located in other geographical areas of reference, particularly in the Euro-Mediterranean basin. We intend to instil our research students the ability and passion for research, as well as an understanding of the importance of transfer in socio-economic progress. This objective includes undertaking assorted training activities such as seminars, summer schools, etc.
• Provide doctoral and postdoctoral teaching of high quality, which is both competitive and attractive on an international level. FUNDEA designs, manages and promotes post-graduate studies. Our work is focused on taking full advantage of the sorts of tools and technologies that have transformed every other aspect of life to power up not only students’ learning but students’ understanding of diversity, by offering programs run by universities and research centres across different countries.
• Contribute to a nations’ economic development synonymous with environmental protection, fight against climate disruption, urban and rural improvements, and social progress for all. FUNDEA addresses such challenges of economic development mainly through training programs in executive management.
• Full implementation of a wide, transparent and well informed network of institutional and social partnerships. We aim to assist removing some of the collaboration obstacles existing between cultures: mutual perceptions, role of the media, denials of rights, dignity, liberty, equality, etc.
• Each decision and action taken in order to accomplish the above mentioned objectives must be analyzed with regard to the impacts it can have on society as a whole. We are well aware that education, tolerance and development require a greater involvement of the different stakeholders which are part in the processes, both in the East and West, national and local, public and private by creating spaces for knowledge.
FUNDEA’s Organisation and Donors
The Euro-Arab Foundation has its origins in a European Parliament resolution of March 30th 1984 (published in the O.J. of the European Communities on 30.4.84). It is a public institution with a unique composition and mission. Located in Granada (Spain) and ruled by a joint Board of Trustees chaired by the Secretary General for Universities. The Board of Trustees is further composed by representatives from the University of Granada, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and the Regional Government of Andalusia.
FUNDEA’s structure is supported by the following organs:
• Dr. Jorge Sainz Gonzalez, Secretary General for Universities. Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.
- Executive Secretary
• Dr. Inmaculada Marrero Rocha, Professor of International Relations. University of Granada.
- Ex-officio Spokespersons
• Dr. Manuel Torralbo Rodriguez, Secretary General for Universities, Research and Technology. Regional Government of Andalusia.
• Dr. Pilar Aranda Ramirez, President of the University of Granada.
• Dr. Dorothy Kelly, Vice President for Internationalization. University of Granada
• Dr. Angel Luis Sanchez Muñoz, Secretary General for External Action. Ministry of the Presidency. Regional Government of Andalusia
• Mrs. Carlota Ruiz Tartas, (Advisor) General Secretariat for Universities. Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.
• Mr. Antonio Segura Serrano, Deputy Secretary for Training and Research.
• Mr. Rafael Ortega Rodrigo, Deputy Secretary for Cultural Cooperation and International Relations.
• Communication and Institutional Relations
• Projects and Programs
• Cooperation and Research
• International Relations and Projects
This structure is financed by the University of Granada, the General Secretariat for Universities (Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Government of Spain) and the Regional Government of Andalusia.
There are, as well, activities financed through FUNDEA’S participation in various projects (see below), funded both by private and public donors. The same way FUNDEA seeks to participate in national and international open calls associated to research, education, culture, security and cooperation.
Throughout the years, FUNDEA has played an important role in collaboration between European and Arab cultures and scientific communities. The cooperation has led to better understanding and friendship between students, teachers, researchers, artists and scientists. FUNDEA is very proud to include among its partners:
- Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation http://www.tresculturas.org/en/ Pabellón Hassan II. Max Planck, 2. Isla de la Cartuja, Seville 41092
- Agenfor Italia http://www.agenformedia.com/ Piazza dei Tre Martiri 43, 47900 Rimini, Italy
- Islamic Foundation of Ireland http://islaminireland.com/ 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland
- Quilliam Foundation www.quilliamfoundation.org PO Box 60380, London, WC1A 9AZ, UK
- Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) http://www.rcreee.org/ Hydro Power Building (7th Floor) Block 11 - Piece 15, Melsa District Ard El Golf, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt
- Naif Arab University for Security Sciences http://www.nauss.edu.sa/en/Pages/Home.aspx 9737 Khurais Road, Ar Rimayah, Riyadh 14812, Saudi Arabia
- Islamic University of Madinah http://www.iu.edu.sa/en/Pages/default.aspx Saudi Arabia - Medina Al. At 107 Medina
FUNDEA’s Projects and Activities
FUNDEA has record-breaking numbers in undertaking projects and activities for an institution of its size. With its existing infrastructure, dedicated staff, and mission to connect cultures, FUNDEA is uniquely suited to offering teachers, students and citizens in general a wide range of project outcomes and activities.
Part of what we aim with all of this work is to enrich lives, inform choices, and prepare people for meaningful professional careers and contribution to their communities and to society. We list only the most relevant ones that are taking place currently or within the next 12 months:
ISESCO Chair of Cultural Diversity and International Solidarity The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) has, among others, the objective of strengthening, promoting and consolidating cooperation among the Member States and consolidate it in the fields of education, science, culture and communication, as well as to develop and upgrade these fields, within the framework of the civilizational reference of the Islamic world and in the light of the human Islamic values and ideals.
The organisation also wants to consolidate understanding among peoples inside and outside the Member States and contribute to the achievement of world peace and security through various means, particularly through education, science, culture and communication.
Signed and created in the Euro-Arab Foundation, its objective is to be a tool for cultural non-governmental diplomacy for the promotion of all dimensions of Amazigh culture in Europe and North Africa. The Chair promotes euro-amazigh cooperation and sustainable partnership and aims to give an impulse to the academic interest on this culture.
This Chair is carried out by FUNDEA under the sponsorship of Mominoun Without Borders Foundation. It is meant to be a space for the creation and maintenance of networks of experts, intellectuals and researchers from European, Arab and American Universities. The Chair organises international conferences and seminars, publishes and translates books and scientific reports and grants research stays.
This Diploma is currently the only specialized degree in Spain which gives the student a broad and solid training in international relations focused on the Euro-Mediterranean region. It aims at promoting employment opportunities for those who wish to orientate professionally in the world of international organisations, the international civil service or NGOs working in Europe and the Arab World.
This training is organised by FUNDEA, the League of Arab States (LAS), the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The overall objective of this training course is to transfer the European knowledge of EE in building in terms of planning, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to the Arab States. This aims to enhance the implementation of EE building codes, and the EE building measures listed in the NEEAPs.
This course provides participants with a good understanding of how non profits work in order to be able to identify their institutional weaknesses and to design and lead/manage any change process needed to address those weaknesses and to improve their organisations' capacity to respond to the needs of their communities in a changing environment. The course enables participants, among other things, to ensure their respective non-profits have a legal base that responds to their social environment and institutional needs.
This summer school takes place every year in FUNDEA. Organised by FUNDEA itself, Nura Intercultural (Barcelona), the European Muslim Network, and the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (Qatar). Last course was organised under the title Imagining Muslim’s Future: Politics, Power and the State.
The Euro-Arab Foundation, al-Babtain Chair for Arab Studies of the University of Granada and the Centre for Modern Languages offer all level courses of Arabic language.
The aim of these seminars is to raise awareness among University community, on one hand, and society, on the other, about the processes that influence development and human rights in Palestine. They are meant to be a forum for doctoral and post doctoral works focused on this matter from different scientific fields.
These conferences are organised annually with the objective of supporting the efforts done in regard to the prevention of female genital mutilation, as well as to promote gender equality and human rights. FUNDEA cooperates with Cultural Association SecretOlivo, Culture for Peace Organisation, Department of Criminal Law (University of Granada) and Medicus Mundi.
- International Colloquium on Rabbis and Synagogues in the Mediterranean
The colloquium tries to go deep into the circumstances and contexts in which Rabbis and Synagogues have developed through History. Also the debate focuses on the relationship between both institutions and with different other communities. Experts from various disciplines, from philology to literature, from history to gender, from archaeology to art history share their findings with the audience.
Conferences organised by FUNDEA in cooperation with the University of Granada, the Institute of Peace and Conflicts and Al Quds University. Their aim is to offer different visions on popular resistance against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories.
Projects EUROMED- Anna Lindh Foundation
Since YEAR 2005, FUNDEA has been member in Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF), a region-wide Network of over 4000 civil society organisations. Through its action and reflection, the ALF aims to contribute to the development of an Intercultural Strategy for the Euro-Mediterranean Region, providing recommendations to decision-makers and institutions and advocating for shared values. The main scope of the ALF is overcoming the misunderstandings and stereotypes which affect relations between and within societies of the Region, a task which became of utmost importance in the last decade. As a contribution to the creation of a space of prosperity, coexistence and peace, the ALF works to restore trust in dialogue and bridge the gaps in mutual perceptions, as well as promoting diversity and coexistence.
Alliance of Civilizations
The Euro-Arab Foundation is part of the II National Plan for the Alliance of Civilizations of the Spanish Government. The Alliance of Civilizations, as a political initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, is supported by a Group of Friends made up of more than a hundred members, comprising countries and international organisations. Furthermore, the Alliance relies upon a wide network of partners and partnerships with cities, civil society organisations, corporations, foundations, universities, faith-based organisations etc.
The Alliance responds to a broad consensus across nations, cultures, religions and non religious convictions that all societies are bound together in their humanity and interdependent in their quest for stability, prosperity and peaceful coexistence.
The Alliance seeks to address rifts between societies and communities by promoting pluralism and diversity management as essential factors for good governance, based on mutual respect among people of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and on helping to mobilize concerted actions towards this end. This effort reflects the will of the vast majority of people to reject extremism in any society and support respect for diversity, be it ethnic, religious, cultural or other.
Shari’ah-based communicative approach to prevent and fight contemporary forms of radicalization leading to home-grown terrorism in the EU. The overall objective of the project is to develop horizontal, Shari’ah- based methods to prevent religious radicalization within European civil societies through an innovative use of mass-media. EURAD refers to the anti-jihadist narratives of Muslim Activists/Movements of the Arab Spring as a fundamental framework to develop counter-radicalization processes.
This is an international Project taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The cooperation partners are FUNDEA and the Association des Femmes des Médias du Sud Kivu (AFEM/SK). The Project is funded by Diputación de Granada, Fundación Caja Granada, Alanoud Foundation, French Alliance of Granada and the Faculty of Communication Sciences (University of Malaga). Other partners are the United Nations Mission in Congo, Maendeleo Radio and Okapi Bukavu Radio. The project’s objectives include building a critical mass of highly educated and skilled female African journalists who can contribute not only to the country's economic growth and global competitiveness but also to the fight for women’s rights.
- 'IGUMDAN, Renacimiento del Mito Compartido' by Khalid Assallami.
- 'Ópera Manía' by Raimundo Iañez.
- 'Sociedades Islámicas' by Juan Alberto Casado.
- 'Francophones au mégaphone' by Angela Magnatta.
- 'Historia e Identidad Palestina a través de su Humor Gráfico' by FUNDEA and the Al Fanar Foundation.
-'Lápìces por la Paz’ by students of the Institutes IES Severo Ochoa of Granada and Hispanidad of Santa Fe.
-'Dos Culturas, Un Mismo Paisaje', virtual exhibition of shared images of Spaniards and Moroccans (1860-1956).
-'Jardín abierto para Carlos Cano' by Juan Antonio Diaz.
-‘CERCLE, del hecho histórico a la creación artística’ by the French Alliance of Granada.
-‘1325, Mujeres, Paz y Seguridad’ by Alejandro Vico.
- 'El Aroma del Color' by Antonio Roa.
- 'Le Studio des Vanités' by Omar Victor Diop.
-'AL-ÁNDALUS. Protagonistas de nuestra historia' by Jose Vigueras Roldan.
-'FERITE' by Blanca Dominguez.
-'El lenguaje del inconsciente' by Belen Moreno Nuñez.
-‘Nikolaj Pirnat y Don Quijote de la Mancha’ by Nikolaj Pirnat.
- 'Homenaje a los Desaparecidos. Primavera árabe' by Matug Aborawi.