Director, Thomas Clough Daffern B.A. (Hons) D.Sc. (Hon)

IIPSGP, European Peace Mueum / Museum of the Muses, 13 Grande Rue, Betete, 23270, Limousin, La Nouvelle Aquitaine, France
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The Global Green University

There has never been a more urgent need for objective, concerned and informed study and research into the fundamental issues affecting life on our planet: peace, ecology, human rights, social justice, prosperity for all based on sustainable economic practices, the cleaning up of the pollution left by the era of nuclear industry and out of date industrial technology, the revitalisation of our communities, the ending of the despair caused by decades of neglect and social deprivation, the tackling of global problems such as poverty, unemployment, famine, health problems, racism, international crime and corruption, spiritual hunger, bio-technologies, war... all these problems seem to be getting worse, not better. Conventional academia has adopted the model of ethical indifference, of moral objectivity and scientific neutralism. The Green University, by contrast, is definitely committed. We are pro peace, pro social justice, pro global sustainable prosperity, pro action and theory combined, but also pro excellence in academic achievement and research. We believe that since knowledge is the route to power, it must become the means of empowerment for ordinary people worldwide as well as global elites. Whilst pursing the highest standards of academic excellence and professionalism, we at the same time advocate a profound ethical engagement and commitment to the amelioration of human suffering, violence, fear and ignorance on earth.

The Global Green University has come into being as a result of a Feasibility Study conducted at the University of London into establishing a new Institute of Peace Studies. After an exhaustive study of several years, in which a global survey of education for peace and human rights and social and ecological justice was undertaken, with innumerable leading educators from all over the world consulted, it was discovered that conventional academic structures are still hardly ready to embrace the radical educational agenda which it is felt necessary to help save the planet from war, violence and ecological destruction. A high percentage of official higher education funding in Britain, the USA and worldwide comes from Ministries of Defence, whose total expenditures are enormous. How then can we think through a non-violent world if our very institutions are clouded by military interests? The GGU will be totally free of all such funding and will place research into peace studies, conflict resolution and mediation at the very core of its own research agenda. We believe that the time has come for the leading intellectuals of the planet to reclaim from the educational bureaucrats an autonomous and independent academic space for free and responsible research and study, beyond the funding constraints of the status quo and narrow minded corporate and political interests with their emphasis on short term profits at the expense of intellectual, moral and institutional integrity. The GGU runs it work as a voluntary educational charity, in which the priority the love of wisdom, and the work of individual and planetary healing. As such we are reliant on donations and tuition fees, which are scaled according to the individual circumstances of

To be accepted as a Research Fellow / Student of the GGU requires demonstration of sufficient commitment and ability. As a rule we expect students to have obtained appropriate University entrance examination passes, but life experience and genuine motivation are also taken into account. Currently the GGU tuition is only available for higher research programmes involving guided independent study on thesis topics negotiated between the tutors and students concerned. Research can cover all areas of academic work, with support given to topics which break new ground in terms of methodology and content. Tutorial classes and seminars connected with the GGU also take place at various locations in the UK according to need, including at present Wales, Birmingham, London, Brighton.

Students are required to register by completing the enclosed registration form. The annual fee for Registered Student Status with the GGU is £50 (10% payable in advance and the balance on completion of registration process), which entitles students to attend classes, access the large reference library of the GGU which they can visit for study purposes, and access tutors for three termly private tutorials per year to discuss their research work in depth.

To register as a Research Fellow (Faculty) of the GGU involves initially the same process as for Registered Student Status, and is available for independent qualified academics or academic staff or postgraduate researchers at other universities or academic institutions in harmony with the aims and objectives of the GGU and who wish to contribute to the research programmes of the Global Green University. Research Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic life of the University generally by representing it in their respective countries and institutions and by contributing their thoughts and ideas in the form of research papers from time to time by mutual agreement. Teaching programmes can also be initiated for the GGU by Research Fellows providing certain criteria are met and provided the teaching rationale and currcula are transparently approved by peer assessment.

The University is structured according to Nine Faculties, named after the Nine Muses of Ancient Philosophy, as a conscious re-invocation of the wisdom teachings of the classical world:

Faculty of Green Politics, Ecological Economics and Social Sciences

CLIO: Faculty of Education, History and Humanities

ERATO: Faculty of Psychology, Love and Consciousness

EUTERPE: Faculty of Visual Arts, Media & Architecture

MELPOMENE: Faculty of Peace, Justice and Law

POLYHYMNIA: Faculty of Philosophy & Religious Studies

TERPSICHORE: Faculty of Musical Arts, Dance & Theatre

THALIA: Faculty of Comparative Literature and Languages

URANIA: Faculty of Natural Sciences, Medicine & Ecology


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