Founded in 1995, the Henry Dunant University College Foundation (CUHD) organizes university-level training courses for governmental and non-governmental actors on human rights, especially for the most disadvantaged and victims of human trafficking, in collaboration with international, humanitarian and non-governmental organizations active in Geneva and in the field.
Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross and modern humanitarian law and a pioneer of international collaboration, inspires our commitment.
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University level training
For the implementation of its training courses, it collaborates with universities, international organizations, NGOs and international research institutes.
The Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant Foundation (CUHD) is a Swiss foundation recognized as being of public utility and controlled by the Swiss Federal Supervisory Authority for Foundations. Its donors benefit from tax exemption in Switzerland. The anchoring of our courses in Geneva, seat of the UN and numerous international organizations, an international city par excellence, is essential in relation to the historical and cultural heritage of Switzerland in the fields of justice, democracy and peace….
The programs focus on the most disadvantaged people, the victims of human trafficking. They are addressed to the actors of the fight against trafficking, as well as to the stakeholders of the concrete implementation of fundamental human rights, in governments (civil servants, diplomats, etc.), in local communities and civil society (NGOs, association leaders, etc.). A strong society is built from the ground up. Special emphasis is placed on the training of youth…
The Henry Dunant University College Foundation develops initiatives for the promotion of human dignity, integral development of the person, integral ecology and peace for the common good…
For more information, please download below the University College Foundation Henry Dunant (CUHD) Activity Report for the year 2021…
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF THE PARTICIPANTS
Doctor of law, University of Geneva. Former adviser to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He was also head of the Division of international organizations and head of the delegation for South Africa and the Indian Ocean of the same organization. He is Associate Professor at Webster University Geneva, as well as Ambassador of the Order of Malta to combat trafficking in persons and Deputy Permanent Observer of the Order of Malta to international organizations in Geneva. He was also from 2007 to 2019 Vice President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, where he is the Director of the Summer Course on Humanitarian Law.
Kelly Ryan is a senior advisor in the U.S government in the DHS/USCIS Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate. She served as the inaugural Chair of the White House Interagency Naturalization Working Group, and a Senior Advisor in the USCIS Director’s Office from February 2020 to October 2021. She returned to USCIS having concluded a 6-year international organization secondment as Coordinator of the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC) in Geneva, Switzerland from 2013-2019. Prior to the IGC, she served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigration in the DHS Office of Policy from 2010-2013 From 2002-2009, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and developed U.S. government policies on refugee assistance, admissions, migration, and population issues. Ms. Ryan received a B.A. in History and English cum laude from Tulane University, a J.D. from Georgetown University and an LL.M with Honours from Cambridge University. She is a member of the advisory board of THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA.
Oreste Foppiani is the GCSP Global Fellowship Executive Associate Professor in Residence and Visiting Fellow and Associate Professor of International History and Politics at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. From 2009 to 2022, he taught international history and politics at Webster University Geneva, where he chaired the International Relations Department from 2013 to 2022. He received a doctorate in international history and politics from the University Institute of Advanced Studies (IUHEID). During his doctoral program, he received the Albert Gallatin Fellowship in International Affairs to spend a year at SAIS in Washington, DC. From 2013 to 2016, Foppiani was a visiting scholar or associate professor at JMSDF Command and Staff College, SIPEC at Aoyama Gakuin University and CEMS at New York University. He has conducted research on the Spanish-American War, Anglo-American relations during the Second World War, the beginning of the Cold War, the American and Italian navies, European integration, EU security policies, EU-US relations and the migration crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.
Secretary of the Board
Holder of the UNESCO Chair “human rights and ethics of international cooperation” of the University of Bergamo (Italy), she is also Professor of comparative education and human rights pedagogy. Her research follows three directions: intercultural education and citizenship, education in conflict societies, and the right to education and human rights education. She has a strong experience in international cooperation, particularly with Africa and Latin America.
Charles L. Glenn
Member of the Board
Charles L. Glenn, EdD, PhD, is a Professor emeritus of leadership in education and development and former Dean of the Faculty of education at Boston University, where he teaches the history of education and comparative politics. From 1970 to 1991, he was Director of urban education and equity at the Massachusetts Ministry of education, with the administration of over 200 million million in public funds for magnets schools and desegregation, and the initial responsibility for the country’s first bilingual education programme. He is a member of the Massachusetts State Advisory Committee to the American Civil Rights Commission.
Member of the Board
Paul Dembinski studied political science in Geneva and obtained a doctorate in political economics (1982). Since 1979, he is Assistant and Master Assistant at the University of Geneva and then becomes Associate Professor (in 1991) at the University of Fribourg and now occupies part-time the Chair of international strategy and competition. Director of the Observatory of finance, “think-tank” which makes the connection between the world of financial techniques and practices and the requirements of the common good.
Carlo M. Marenghi
Member of the Board
Dr. Carlo M. Marenghi, Ph.d. is the legal adviser to the Permanent Mission of the Holy see to the United Nations and specialized agencies in Geneva. Mr. Marenghi is Dr. suma con laude in international and comparative law at the Pontifical Lateran University in the Vatican. His doctoral thesis analysed the provisions of the TRIPS agreement in the LDCs and their impact on national legal systems. Mr. Marenghi has written and published extensively on health, commerce, intellectual property, labour and human rights, particularly in the context of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church. Mr. Marenghi was born in Avellino, Italy. He has lived in Geneva since 2009, when he began working for the Permanent Mission of the Holy See. Since 2015, Mr. Marenghi has also been an international lecturer at Webster University in Geneva and speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian.
The Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant (CUHD) Foundation in Geneva intends to contribute to the development of a genuine culture of human rights, human dignity and peace. A new impulse of hope is needed for our societies in crisis: a culture that promotes dignity and the integral development of the person must be taught to build a just world and a future for every human being. The theme of integral ecology is central to our reflection.
The training provided by the Fondation Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant (CUHD) is interdisciplinary. Aware of the difficulties inherent in interdisciplinarity, the CUHD believes that a fresh look, close to reality, is needed to solve today’s challenges, especially those related to the poorest and weakest.
For a more just and united world
The Henry Dunant University College Foundation (HUDF) promotes the rediscovery of the common good as opposed to the ever-increasing polarization that excludes the weakest and most disadvantaged.
A catalyst for change
Aware that the creation of a genuine culture of human rights and human dignity requires the coordinated effort of all social forces acting at the international level, the CUHD has set itself a modest objective: born with the clear vocation of bringing together actors who are sometimes far apart, both geographically and in terms of mentalities, the CUHD wants to be a catalyst. Its ambition is to transmit tools that will allow the participants in its activities to work, at their own level, for the advent of this culture of peace and of a development fully respectful of the dignity of the person, a culture of integral development of the person.
Practical and useful training
At the end of the training, each participant should have acquired the necessary hindsight to become a real actor of change and implement practical knowledge in the field.
Dialogue between cultures
Today, more than ever, a reflection on the foundations of human dignity that underlie the universality of the protection of human rights has become indispensable.
The continuity between cultures and human rights does not exclude differences, it is rooted in them.