Graduate Studies Council


  • Dean of Graduate Studies (Chair)
  • Ten tenured faculty members at the rank of Senior Lecturer or higher, as follows:
  • Two representatives from each of the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Welfare. One representative each from the Faculties of Education and Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Law and The School of Marine Sciences.

Appointment of Council Members
Members of the Graduate Studies Council are appointed by the Rector in consultation with the Dean of Graduate studies and the Deans of the various Faculties.

Council Authority
The Graduate Studies Council bears responsibility for all academic matters concerning Master and Ph.D. degree studies; following discussion of proposals brought before the Council, it forwards them for approval to the University institutions.
The Council discusses the new Master and Ph.D. programs (including tracks and departments), the merging of existing programs, or their elimination.  It regulates acceptance procedures for Master and Ph.D. programs, their curricula, and procedures for final examinations and research theses.
The Graduate Studies Council controls and regulates the Authority’s budget. In the event of differences of opinion between Council members and the Dean, the Council is entitled to appeal the Dean’s decision (by a regular majority of Council members) to the Standing Committee.

Term of Office
Members of the Council are chosen for a period of three years, at the conclusion of which they may be elected for an additional period of no more than two years.  A member who has served on the Council for five consecutive years is not eligible to serve again until after a cessation of one year.

Council Meetings
The Council meets at least three times each semester following a schedule published at the beginning of the academic year.  The Council may meet in special sessions according to the Dean’s decision or a request by a third of all Council members.

Legal Quorum
Half of all Council members will be considered a legal quorum for all discussions.  In the absence of such a majority at the first meeting, all those present at succeeding meetings will constitute a legal quorum, provided that written notification is so made on the invitation to the meeting.