At a general meeting of faculty to mark the start of the new academic year, Interim Rector of the European Humanities University (EHU) Prof. David Pollick announced that the University’s supreme governing body, the General Assembly of Part-Owners, on the recommendation of the Board of Governors, has revised the University's Statutes in order to expand and strengthen the democratic and participatory culture of the University.
The changes were approved at a General Assembly of Part-Owners that took place on September 19.
“The principle of shared governance was the main idea that led the Board of Governors to review the University’s governance structure in its Statutes, giving rights and responsibilities to those persons within the community most qualified to make judgments and decisions appropriate to their knowledge, experience, and acceptance of responsibility, whether it be faculty, staff, or administration,” said Pollick. “The expansion of participation within the community is essential to such a philosophy.”
According to Pollick, EHU will now have a Senate that automatically includes all faculty that have a primary and significant commitment to the University—the model of shared governance present at Oxford and Cambridge Universities—the homes of liberal arts education. According to the revised Statutes all faculty having at least a 75% workload are automatically voting members of EHU’s Senate. This more than doubles its membership. Additionally, the student body will be represented by five representatives.
A new advisory body—the University Council—was also created. With the Rector, vice-rectors, heads of departments, and chief financier as members, the Council will work on the strategic issues of the University, including the budget, overall strategic plan, quality review, study programs and opportunities.
“All these changes are particularly important for an institution of EHU’s modest size and celebrate the University’s deep and strong commitment to democratic principles, both in thought and action,” said Prof. Pollick.
As previously announced, the revised Statutes also create the position of President, to which EHU Founding Rector Prof. Anatoli Mikhailov has been appointed.