The EMUNI Management Board is the university’s highest authority, and its mandate is to safeguard EMUNI interests as a research, network and educational institution. Among other things, the Management Board determines the frameworks for the university’s organisation, and, together with EMUNI President and Senate, sets long-term goals for its activities and development. It is constituted of 13 members – appointed for 4 years – representing 10 different countries.
EMUNI Management Board members are:
Prof. Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux, France (chairperson)
Ambassador Hatem Atallah, Tunisia (co-chairperson)
Prof. Giuseppe Cataldi, Italy
Prof. Hassan Nadir Kheirallah, Egypt
Prof. Mouin Hamze, Lebanon
Prof. Moustafa Bousmina, Morocco (President of Euro-Med University of Fes)
Prof. Rado Pišot, Slovenia
Prof. Margarita Arboix, Spain
Dr. Maysoun Ibrahim, Palestine
Mr. João Lobo (representative of the Union for the Mediterranean)
Ms. Darinka Vrečko, Slovenia (representative of the Slovenian Government)
Dr. Jerneja Penca, Slovenia (representative of EMUNI employees)
Mr. Imad Nemili, (representative of EMUNI students)
The EMUNI Senate is regarded as the highest expert academic body of the university, responsible for overseeing all academic matters including the approval of new courses and the supervision and discipline of students. The EMUNI Senate consists of 20 members elected every 4 years and represented by: the President of the university, representatives of the EMUNI Management Board and appointed senators, in addition to the representatives of EMUNI students. The composition of the Senate takes into consideration study areas and academic disciplines, as well as guarantees the representation of all members of the Union for the Mediterranean, thus realising the mission of the university.
EMUNI Senate members are:
Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, EMUNI University (President), Slovenia (chairperson)
Prof. Dr. Rouchdy Zahran, Alexandria University, Egypt
Prof. Dr. Lotfi Ben Romdhane, University of Sousse, Tunisia
Prof. Dr. Mouin Hamze, CNRS Lebanon, Lebanon
Prof. Dr. Claudio Cressati, University of Udine, Italy
Prof. Dr. Corina Adriana Dumitrescu, Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, Romania
Prof. Dr. Rasha El-Kholy, The Egyptian Chinese University (ECU), Egypt
Prof. Dr. Dušan Lesjak, International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia
Prof. Dr. Luigia Melillo, Pegaso International, Malta
Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Porjazoska Kujundziski, International Balkan University, Macedonia
Prof. Dr. Joseph Shevel, Galille – Interational Management Institute, Israel
Prof. Dr. Rosario Sinatra, University of Catania, Italy
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Karim Moustaghfir, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mateja Sedmak, Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia
Ambassador Hatem Atallah, Person of international renown, Tunisia
Alaa Almir, EMUNI University (student), Syria
Huthayfa Assi, EMUNI University (student), Palestine
Mohammed Abdessamed Abdelbassit Laimeche EMUNI University (student), Algeria
Salmen Sahtout, EMUNI University (student), Tunisia
The Management Board appointed Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry as President of EMUNI at its 24th session that took place in Rome, Italy in December 2013. His 5-year term in office started on 1st February 2014. During its 41st session, which took place in Piran, Slovenia, in June 2018, the Management Board renewed the President’s appointment for a 2nd term of 5 years, starting February 2019.
Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry graduated from the Medical School at Cairo University in 1985, obtaining a master’s degree in 1989, and a doctoral degree in 1994 and was appointed to the department of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery at Cairo University School of Medicine. He was promoted to a fulltime professor in 2004. He then pursued a career in education and research management, obtaining a master’s degree in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University, Netherlands in 2006.
In the past ten years, he acquired extensive experience in international cooperation in education, research and innovation, including the development of numerous international partnerships with Euro-Mediterranean institutions and organisations, and the management of numerous collaborative educational and research projects and related activities.
Since 2006, he has been working at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research as the International Cooperation Advisor for the Minister. From 2007 until 2012, he worked as the executive director of the Research Development and Innovation Programme at the Ministry of Scientific Research. In September 2012, he was appointed as the founding President of Heliopolis University in Cairo and the Senior Advisor for the Minister of Scientific Research.
He represents Egypt in several regional/international policy committees and councils, including the Monitoring Committee for the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in Research and Technological Development (MoCo), the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST), and the Africa-EU Research and Innovation high-level policy dialogue. He is an active member in several international societies and organisations and the founding President of the non-profit association Forum for Euro-Mediterranean Innovation in Action (FEMIA).
The EMUNI Student Council is comprised of 5 members appointed by, and from amongst, students enrolled in study programmes organised and/or implemented by EMUNI. The duration of the term of office of the student council members shall be 1 year. The Student Council nominates a President from among its members, as well as its representatives to the EMUNI Management Board and the EMUNI Senate.
Members of the Student Council are:
Imad Nemili (Chair of the Student Council), Morocco
Nehal Nasef (Vice-Chair of the Student Council), Egypt
Alaa Almir, Syria
Huthayfa Assi, Palestine
Salmen Sahtout, Tunisia
The Habilitation Commission proposes to the Senate of EMUNI University the candidates for the first appointment into a title, for the re-appointment into a title or for the appointment into a higher title of research associates and higher education teachers and associates.
The Habilitation Commission bases its decision on the Criteria for the Appointment to the Titles of Researchers and higher Education Teachers and Associates at the EMUNI University in all the disciplines that form part of the study, research or artistic activity at EMUNI University and its partner institutions.
The Habilitation Commission has 3 members which are nominated among the members of the Senate. One member shall be elected from EU countries, one member from non-EU countries and one member from Slovenia to help the Commission dealing with the national legislations and procedures and can be selected from outside the Senate but should have a similar profile and academic qualifications as the Senate members.
The president shall also have the authority to select the 2 members from the EU and non-EU countries each from within the highest voted nominees, in case 2 or more nominees receive the same votes or in cases where geographical balance and/or academic diversity are not fulfilled.
The members of the Habilitation Commission are elected by the Senate of EMUNI University for a 4-year term, ending by expiry of their term or by the end of the Senate mandate. The members of the Habilitation Commission elect the Chair and the vice Chair at its first session.
The Criteria for the Appointment to the Titles of Researchers and higher Education Teachers and Associates at the EMUNI University are set out in a special act adopted by the Senate of EMUNI University.
Members of HC are:
Prof. Dr. Dušan Lesjak, Slovenia (chairperson)
Prof. Dr. Claudio Cressati, Italy
Prof. Dr. Labib M. M. Arafeh, Palestine
Quality Assurance Commission
The tasks and competences of the Quality Assurance Commission are the following: i) examination and evaluation of the EMUNI report on the monitoring, assessing and assuring
the quality of the university as a whole and of its study programmes and research, art and professional activities, ii) examination and evaluation of the proposals of the indicators, criteria and procedures for the monitoring of efficiency in EMUNI activity areas and iii) tasks
in accordance with the provisions of the Statute and General Acts of EMUNI. The Quality Assurance Commission has 5 members. Three members are nominated from amongst the members of the Senate, where, as a rule, 1 comes from a European country, 1 comes from a non-European country and 1 is the representative of the students. The 4th member is a representative of EMUNI employees and the 5th member is preferably a Slovenian, to help the commission deal with national legislation and procedures. The 4th and the 5th member could be nominated by EMUNI President and can be selected from outside the Senate but should have a similar profile and academic qualifications as the Senate members. The 4th and the 5th member cannot serve as the chair of the commission. The members of the Quality Assurance Commission are elected by the EMUNI Senate for a 4- year term, ending by the expiry of their term or by the end of the Senate mandate.
Members of QAC are:
Prof. Dr. Hassan Nadir Kheirallah, Egypt
Prof. Dr. Josef Shevel, Israel
Prof. Dr. Nada Trunk Širca, Slovenia
Assist. Prof. Dr. Mitja Gerževič, Representative of EMUNI employees
Alaa Almir, Representative of EMUNI Students, Syria
Commission for Student and Study Affairs
The tasks and competences of the Commission for Student and Study Affairs are the
following: i) discussing the 2nd and 3rd cycle study programmes and the professional upgrading study programmes and their changes, ii) providing the EMUNI Senate with proposals on the changes of the existing rules and proposing new rules in the field of
education, iii) discussing proposals made by the EMUNI Student Council, iv) dealing with
issues relating to enrolment in EMUNI programmes, adopting decisions on the recognition of foreign education, recognition of previously acquired knowledge and skills, and dealing with other tasks in accordance with the Statute, Senate Rules of Procedure and other internal documents. The Commission for Student and Study Affairs has 5 members. Four members are appointed from amongst the members of the EMUNI Senate. The 5th member shall be from Slovenia to help the commission deal with the national legislations and procedures and can be selected from outside the Senate but should have a similar profile and academic qualifications as the Senate members. The members of the Commission for Student and Study Affairs are nominated by the EMUNI President of EMUNI for a 4-year term, ending by the expiry of their term or by the end of the Senate mandate.
Members of CSSA are:
Prof. Dr. Karim Moustaghfir, Morocco (chairperson)
Prof. Dr. Rasha El-Kholy, Egypt
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mateja Sedmak, Slovenia
Prof. Dr. Nada Trunk Širca, Slovenia
Nehal Nasef, Representative of EMUNI Students, Egypt
One of the main functions of EMUNI is its diverse network of higher education and research institutions across the two shores of the Mediterranean. The network currently gathers more than 130 institutions. The representatives of these institutions constitute the General Assembly, which meets annually. Among these institutions, members of the Inner Circle (29 in 2020) benefit from strengthened collaboration.