Alumni Award

This year, for the second time, the EMAlumni Association would like to recognise the value and contribution that EMA alumni bring to society, as a legacy of the EMA spirit and commitment towards the advancement of human rights and democratisation.

The award is aimed at recognising the work of an Alum who, through their work and/or volunteering activities has made (and is making) a significant contribution to the advancement of human rights and democratisation in the world.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be a graduate from the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation. Those currently enrolled as EMA students (i.e. graduating in 2020) are not eligible;
  • Have significantly contributed to the development and advancement of human rights and democratisation through their professional occupation, or through collateral, volunteer and/or recreational projects and activities.
  • The impact on human rights and democratisation of the Alumni’s activity shall be tangible and easily identifiable;
  • Be able to document the aforementioned activity and their contribution to it.
Nomination procedure:
  • All EMA Alumni can nominate a maximum of 1 Alumn they think deserves the EMAlumni Award. Those currently enrolled as EMA students (i.e. graduating in 2020) cannot send nominations;

Selection Procedure:

  • The prize is awarded by the EMAlumni Association. This year’s panel consists of: Manfred Nowak, the Secretary-General of Global Campus of Human Rights, Milen Kidane, EMA alumna and recipient of the award in 2019, Prof. Thérèse Murphy, EMA Chairperson, Theodora Ralli, Board member of the EMAlumni Association, Amila Madžak,Board member of Global Campus Alumni and Lydia Malmedie, Former President of the EMAlumni Association and EMA alumna
  • Award of the Prize: the recipient of the EMAlumni Award will be invited to Venice during the Graduation Ceremony in October to receive the award.

Deadline for this year’s nominations is 30 April 2020

Milen Kidane (click here to read her bio) was chosen as the recipient of the very first EMAlumni Award in 2019, for her work and dedication in the field of children’s rights. Milen was invited to Venice to receive the Award during the EMA graduation ceremony in 2019.

The Award is an artwork entitled Collective Memory by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen. The artist and the Fondazione Berengo have generously donated the piece.