ABOUT THE ECPD

The European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD) was created to contribute to peace and development in Europe and to international cooperation in the transfer of knowledge, by organizing international postgraduate studies (at the specialist, master’s and doctoral levels) and postgraduate professional training and specialization (postgraduate schools, specialist seminars, instructive and other courses) and research in the relevant scientific fields. The ECPD’s guiding principle has always been: through peace to development, through development to peace. The basic premise, upon which the ECPD has based its program orientation and strategy, has been that development under conditions of peace is only possible when conceived as human development.

The work program of the European Center for Peace and Development is based on a synergistic and multidisciplinary approach. Its studies are directed towards finding timely and effective solutions for acute and chronic problems of development and the quality of life in the specific regions of Europe, particularly in its south-eastern region.

The ECPD programs are inspired by the highest standards of international achievements, academic knowledge and experience. Through its programs the ECPD has provided a professional groundwork for the establishment of relations between market economies and economies in transition, for the purpose of narrowing and finally closing the development gap and for promoting better understanding and tolerance between states and peoples in the interests of peace, development and democracy. As an international non-profit organization, the ECPD enjoys full academic freedom necessary for the attainment of its stated aims, especially with regard to the choice of subjects and methods of research for the purpose of peace and the diffusion of knowledge and development.


THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ECPD

Bearing in mind the significance of the European region and in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the University for Peace, the Council of the University for Peace decided to establish – in agreement with the Government of former Yugoslavia – the European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD), to be headquartered in Belgrade. The ECPD is an international, regional and extraterritorial organization. It enjoys the academic freedom needed to fulfil its mandatory tasks and objectives.

The Yugoslav Government responded positively to the initiative of the Council of the University for Peace. On October 22, 1984, the Yugoslav Government and the University for Peace concluded an International Agreement on the Establishment of the European Center for Peace and Development, with headquarters in Belgrade. Among other things, this Agreement defined the Status of the ECPD (as an extraterritorial, autonomous, educational and research regional institution with headquarters in Belgrade) as well as the financial and other conditions for its future operations. After the events which led to the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia (SFRY), the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and later the Government of the Republic of Serbia assumed the obligations of the SFRY, arising from the mentioned International Agreement on the Headquarters of the European Center for Peace and Development, in keeping with the continuity of Yugoslavia as a state.


ECPD AND THE REGION

The ECPD has always maintained close relations with regional governments and, where relevant, with other states, while always guarding its organizational independence. However, since the ECPD is a European organization founded by UPEACE – which in turn was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations – ECPD has always regarded this independence as important. The ECPD has a long-standing cooperation with UNESCO, UNIDO, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, IBRD, IMF, UNCITRAL, IAEA, UNIDROIT, as well as with numerous regional organizations.


ECPD'S ACADEMIC OFFER

The work of the European Center for Peace and Development is based on a synergistic and multidisciplinary approach to academic study. The ECPD strategic orientation towards a synergetic and multidisciplinary approach to studies was also influenced by the fact that it would not be realistic to expect that the ECPD could pursue comprehensive research in all mentioned fields of science and cover such a wide scope of activity. What the European Center for Peace and Development wishes to be identified with is a synergetic and multidisciplinary approach to postgraduate training and research projects – through which it will contribute to peace, development and international cooperation.

Master's Degrees

It currently offers Master's level courses focused on the following areas:

     - Strategic Management

     - Financial Management

     - Project Management

     - Urban and Environmental Management

     - Health Management

     - Management in Natural Disasters and Emergency Situation

     - International Economics, Finance and Banking

     - Economic Diplomacy

     - International Business Law and EU Law

     - Master's Business Administration MBA

     - National Security Affairs

     - Security and Terrorism

Master's level courses can be taken on a full-time basis over one academic year, or on a part-time basis over two academic years. In some cases, it may be possible to accumulate credits over a longer period by taking individual study modules at different times.

The teaching of ECPD courses uses flexible and mixed formats, including lectures and seminars given by professors that require the physical attendance of students, distance learning involving remote communication such as Skype, directed but self-conducted learning and combinations of all of these. Most of the teaching, however, is still conducted by professors in live events.

ECPD is currently working to develop scholarships for certain categories of students, though the extent of these is likely to be constrained by limited financial resources.

Ph.D. Degrees

It currently offers Doctorate-level courses focused on the following areas:

     - Sustainable Development Management

     - Strategic Management

     - Project Management

     - Urban and Environmental Management

     - Health Management

     - Management in Natural Disasters and Emergency Situation

     - Economic Diplomacy

     - International Business Law and EU Law

     - Security and Terrorism

     - International Economics, Finance and Banking

     - Biomedicine

PhD studies typically last three years (six semesters), but in exceptional circumstances candidates may be granted, based on re-enrolment in the programme, an additional three-year period for finalization of their PhD studies. Some flexibility is integral to the regime for doctoral study, as long as this is compatible with the work management disciplines necessary for successful completion of studies.

ECPD academic qualifications are internationally valid. ECPD diplomas are also formally recognised by all states that were formerly a part of the Republic of Yugoslavia.


ECPD FACULTY

There are currently 35 resident professors in ECPD study centres, and a roster of over 100 visiting professors from all over the world.


ECPD ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT

PRESIDENT OF THE ECPD COUNCIL
Prof. Dr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza (Former Director-General of UNESCO)

PRESIDENT OF THE ECPD ACADEMIC COUNCIL
Prof. Dr. Don Wallace (President of the International Law Institute, Washington D.C., USA)

PRESIDENT OF THE ECPD EXECUTIVE BOARD
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Bradley (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

ECPD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Prof. Dr. Negoslav P. Ostojić


ECPD CONTACT INFORMATION

ECPD Headquarters

Terazije 41

11000 Belgrade

Republic of Serbia

Email: office@ecpd.org.rs / ecpd@EUnet.rs

Phones: +381 11 3246-041, 3246-042

Fax:     +381 11 3240-673

Website: http://www.ecpd.org.rs / http://www.ecpdorg.net