1 June 2009
The statutes for

CUMULUS
International Association of Universities and
Colleges of Art, Design and Media

Statutes approved in Rotterdam on Thursday 22 March 2001 in the Inaugural Meeting of Cumulus Association, amended in the General Assembly in Nantes France Saturday 17 June 2006, further amended in the General Assembly in London UK Friday 28 May 2009.

1. PREAMBLE

Founding of Cumulus

The University of Art and Design in Helsinki (UIAH) and the Royal College of Art in London initiated Cumulus in 1990 in co-operation with four other prominent Art and Design institutions: Danmarks Designskole, Gerrit Rietvelt Academy, Universität Gesamthochschule Essen and  Hochschule fuer Angewandte Kunst in Wien. They all had a common desire to enhance the quality of education through co-operation, student and teacher exchange within the European Union Erasmus programme. A wide and diversified forum of exchange and co-operation was important common aim.

Cumulus has developed in good spirit, functioned well and served flexibly the needs of various member organizations, their students and professors. Its member institutions are all presenting high standards.

Cumulus has pioneered in developing jointly organized MA-programmes, intensive workshops, conferences, published “working papers” which have documented the discussions and seminars, a First Aid Kit to help students and professors in planning mobility actions, kept up a web-page etc. These activities will continue.

A growing network

During the past ten years Cumulus has grown in size and ambition. The number of members has grown from 6 to 107 in 2006. The growing interest of new institutions to become Cumulus members means continuous growth. The members represent most of the European countries and the aim is to expand the membership to all European countries.  There is also a growing interest from organizations and institutions in North America, Asia and Australia to establish co-operation with Cumulus. The nature of Cumulus will change from an informal “club”to a professional academic society.

In order to serve the needs of all its members and to efficiently manage the growing network Cumulus has to be reorganized. The aim of Cumulus is to help its members, academic institutions in art, design and media, in their work to develop innovative education and research which can meet the new demands presented by the rapidly developing societies, companies, culture and the global economy.

The new demands

Education and research in art, design and media are gaining increasing importance in cultural, social, economic and technological development of modern globally acting societies. This will lead to new and increasing requirements to the quality and quantity of education and to the necessity to develop high level research in these fields.

Due to globalization and the development of the European Educational and Research Areas issues related to the development of higher education and research in art, design and media cannot only be dealt on national basis. They have to be discussed also in wider international context.

An Association to serve the needs of its members

To assist universities and colleges in the field of art and design in meeting the new and rapidly changing challenges major educational institutions have decided to establish this Association. The aim is to build an Academic Forum which would bring together top level educational institutions predominantly from Europe but also from other parts of the world. The aim is to build a dynamic and flexible organization. Its activities will respond the needs of its member institutions.

The Association will support through its activities the aims and activities of the Socrates Programme. Furthermore the Association will actively influence the formulation of the European education and research.

2. NAME

The name is CUMULUS, THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF

UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES OF ART, DESIGN AND MEDIA.

3. OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the Association is English.

4.  REGISTRATION

The Association is managed according to the Finnish law and it is registered in Finland.

5.  AIMS AND TASKS

Aims

(1) Strive for Excellence and Innovations

– To strive for excellence and innovations in art, design and media

 (2) Safeguard Values and Autonomy of Academic Institutions

– To promote and safeguard the fundamental values and autonomy

of universities, colleges, academies and schools in art, design and media

– To promote a diversity of approach to educational and research issues

(3) Create and Academic Forum 

– To create an Academic Forum for advancement of higher education

and research in art, design and media

 (4) Influence on Policy Making 

– To present higher education in art, design and media and to influence policy making at national, international, and at European level, particularly in relation to the European Union

– To work for the quality standards and full recognition of the

professions in art, design and media

– To promote co-operation  and mutual benefit of different stakeholders

Tasks

(1) Assist its Members

– To assist academic institutions of art, design and media in their development

– To assist academic institutions of art, design and media in enhancing their contribution to society

(2) Promote a Dialogue 

– To promote a dialogue between CUMULUS and the international professional organisations such as ICSID, IFI, ICOGRADA, BEDA and others

– To promote a dialogue between CUMULUS and national and international academic institutions and associations

(3) Support of Exchange and Mobility

– To support exchange and mobility of academic staff and students between members of the Association

– To use mobility more efficiently to support academic aims

(4) Encourage development of networks 

– To encourage co-operation between higher education networks in art, design and media and development of effective networks

(5) Encourage co-operation with the World of Business

– To promote co-operation between academic institutions of higher education in art, design and media and the world of business

(6) To promote the value of design in basic education

– promote design education in primary and secondary schools

(7) Provide and Initiate

– To provide information to members of the Association

of educational, research and cultural policies of different countries and of EU

– To initiate joint projects such as competitions, exhibitions and awards to promote innovative work in art, design and media

– Through publications keep up a high profile of the Association and its Members.

(8) Provision audit/facts of Cumulus Members

– To collect and distribute basic information of  the members: economic turnover, funding, number of students and faculty etc.

6. MEMBERSHIP

6.1 Membership Categories

There shall be both Full Members and Associate Members. Membership is open to institutions of higher education in art, design and media.

A university, college or academy in art, design or media shall be eligible, if recommended by two existing members of Cumulus, to apply for Full Membership.

Faculties or Schools of higher education institutions in art, design and media shall be eligible to apply for Full Membership by recommendation as described above.

Companies, institutions or associations related to art, design or media shall be eligible to apply for Associate Membership.

6.2 Full Members

The existing members of Cumulus network shall all become the Founding Full Members of the Association at the date of formal acceptance of these Statutes.

The General Assembly shall decide on the admission of new Full Members on receipt of recommendations from the Executive Board.

6.3 Associate Members

Associate Members shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of Full Members, except the right to vote or hold elective office.

The General Assembly shall decide on the admission of new Associate Members on receipt of recommendations from the Executive Board.

6.4  Representation

An individual member institution (university, college or academy) shall be presented by its Rector/President/Vice-Chancellor or by the Rector’s nominated representative.

A faculty or school shall be presented by its Director, Dean or Head or by a representative nominated by the Director/Dean/Head.

6.5 Observers

The Executive Board may, at its discretion grant Observer status at meetings of the General Assembly and at other meetings to companies, institutions or associations related to art, design and media.

6.6 Affiliates

The Executive Board may, at its discretion, grant the status of Affiliate to appropriate regional and international associations and networks, under such terms as it may prescribe. The Executive Board will explain its decisions.

7. RESOURCES

7.1 Subscription

All categories of Members are required to pay annual subscription fee.

All Members shall be entitled to vote only if all due subscriptions have been paid.

In case where payment is overdue membership will be suspended or withdrawn by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Executive Board.

7.2 Other resources

The association will actively use possibilities for creating financial resources for its activities. The association may receive grants, gifts, endowments, bequests or other forms of donations from public or private sources, whether or not allocated to specific purposes covered by its aims.

The Association may also charge a fee for the services it provides to private or public persons or organizations, whether members or non-members.

8. STRUCTURE

The organs of the Association are:- The General Assembly- The Executive Board- The Presidency- The Secretary General and the Secretariat.

9.  THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Amendment as the London General Assembly 28 May 2009

9.1  Composition

The General Assembly shall consist of all the members of the Association; provided that only the Full members shall have voting rights and that the Associate members shall attend without voting rights. Each Full member shall have one vote.

The General Assembly is the highest authority in the Association. Subject to the powers conferred upon the Executive Board, the Presidency, the Secretary General and the Secretariat by these statutes, it shall have all the powers required to realize the Association’s purpose.

9.2   Operations

The General Assembly shall meet at least once a year.

The agenda is to be sent to the participants 10 days before the General Assembly.

An Extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly may be convened either by the President, by the Executive Board or by a formal writing from one tenth of the Full Members.

An extraordinary meeting may be replaced by the decision of the Executive Board by a postal ballot when the nature of the matter to be decided about fits to this.

Proxies

Full Members may also be represented by another Full Member’s representative, subject to a respective proxy informed in writing or via electronic mail to the Secretariat prior to the General Assembly until the registration closes by the Secretariat. The proxy is to be shown at the registration to the General Assembly.

A Full Members’ representative shall not represent more than one other Full Member. The members of the Executive Board shall have the right to attend the General Assembly; they shall have no voting rights in their capacity of being a member of the Executive Board.

Chair of the General Assembly

The President, and in his/her absence the longest-serving Vice-President present at the General Assembly, shall preside the General Assembly. If neither the President nor any Vice-President is present, the meeting shall be presided by a member of the Executive Board, designated by the General Assembly.

Quorum

The General Assembly shall be validly constituted if one half of the Full members are present or represented.

Decisions shall be made by a simple majority of those present. In case of a tie, the vote of the Chairman is decisive.

9.3  Functions

The General Assembly is the Supreme Governing Body of the Association.

The General Assembly shall:

Decide the number of members in the Executive Board and elect the President and the Executive Board

Decide on the revocation of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the other members of the Executive Board.

Review and amend the Statutes of the Association, according to the provision of Article 15.

Decide on appeals to decisions of the Executive Board.

Approve the annual accounts, approve the budget for the forthcoming year, receive the report of the President on the activities of the past year and plans for the future, and approve subscriptions,

Advice the Executive Board on strategic direction of the Association.

Appoint the auditors on the recommendation of the Executive Board.

Decide on the admission or exclusion of Full and Associate members of the Association on the recommendation of the Executive Board.

Decide on matters brought to the agenda by a formal writing from one tenth of the Full Members.

Decide on the dissolution of the Association according to the provision of article 16.

10 EXECUTIVE BOARD

10.1     Composition

The Board shall comprise the President and eight (8) to ten (10) members.

The members shall be elected by Full Members of the Association on proposals made in advance in writing by the Full Members.

The members shall be present or former Rectors, Heads, Directors, Professors or Deans, shall hold office for a term of three years and shall be eligible for re-election for one further term. A person can be elected as the President after being a member of the Executive Board. In this case 11.2. applies to the number of terms as President.

There shall be no more than one member from any country, excluding the nationality of the President.

1/3 of the members of the Board are to be changed every third year in the election of the new Executive Board.

The Executive Board shall appoint, on the nomination of the President, two Vice-Presidents, from among members of the Executive Board.

10.2     Operation

The Executive Board shall meet at least three times per year.

The quorum shall be President or one of the Vice-Presidents plus other members of the group representing more than half of the total number of members of the Executive Board.

Simple majority of those present shall make decisions. The President/Vice President has the casting vote.

10.3     Functions

The Executive Board shall be responsible for the implementation of the decisions of the General Assembly and of the policy of the Association, for the planning of its activities, and for the management of the affairs of the Association.

Be the principal forum for discussion of the Associations policy positions on higher education and research, and make statements on the behalf of the Association after consultations with the Members.

Prepare the proposal of the annual budget, the annual accounts, for submission, for the activity plan and for the annual report for the General Assembly.

Be responsible for implementation of the budget.

Recommend admission of new Full or Associate Members for the General Assembly.

Prepare agendas for meetings of the General Assembly.

Recommend the appointment of auditors to the General Assembly.

Decide of appointment and dismissal of the Secretary General and other staff of the Secretariat of the Association.

The Executive Board may set up Working Groups and task Forces.

Make proposals to the General Assembly of Associations membership in other organisations.

Arrange programmes, including meetings, seminars or conferences, for the exchange of information and experience on matters of common interest to individual or collective members, and to identify and disseminate good practice in higher education institutions.

11.  PRESIDENCY

11.1    Composition

The Presidency shall comprise the President and two Vice-Presidents.

11.2     The President

The Full Members of the Association shall elect the President.

The President shall hold office for three years and is eligible for re-election once. The President can be elected to member of the Executive Board after the Presidency. In this case 10.1. applies to the number of terms as member of the Executive Board.

The President shall be a present or former Rector, Dean, Head or Director, or a Full Professor of a Member Institution.

Any Executive Board member, who has held a position in the Board for two full terms, can be put up as a candidate for Presidency.

The President shall:

–   Lead and present the Association

–   Convene meetings of the Executive Board and the General Assembly

–   Chair meetings of these bodies.

11.3       Vice-Presidents

The Vice-Presidents shall deputise for the President in his or her absence.

12. THE FINANCIAL YEAR

The financial year of the Association shall run from 1 January to 31 December.

13.  AUDITORS

The auditor shall submit to the General Assembly their report on the annual accounts within tree months of the end of the financial year.

14.  SECRETARIAT

The Secretariat consists of a Secretary General and other staff. The Executive Board shall determine the size and the overall responsibilities of the Secretariat and the President, or in his or her absence the Vice-President, shall determine the detailed duties.

15.   AMENDMENT OF THE STATUTES

These Statutes may be amended by a decision of a meeting of the General Assembly at which at least one-half of all Full Members are present, or, if the General Assembly should so decide, by a postal ballot in which at least one-half of all Full Members participate.

A proposal to amend the Statutes may be made by the Executive Board, either on the initiative of the President or members of the Board, or upon written request of at least ten percent of the Full Members. A proposal to change the statutes shall require the approval of at least two-thirds of those present in the meeting of the General Assembly or participating to the postal ballot.

If a meeting of the General Assembly or postal ballot fails to achieve the required quorum of one-half of Full Members, a proposal to amend the Statutes may nevertheless be adopted if approved by at least one third of all Full Members.

Not later than five years after the formal creation of the Association the General Assembly shall set up a review of these Statutes.

16.  DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION

The Association may be dissolved by a decision of a meeting of the General Assembly at which at least two-thirds of all Full Members are present.

A proposal to dissolve the Association may be made by the Executive Board, either on the initiative of the President or members of the Board, or upon written request of at least ten percent of all Full Members. A proposal to dissolve the Association shall require the approval of at least three-quarters of those present at a meeting of the General Assembly.

In the event of dissolution the assets of the Association shall be disposed of according to the decision of the General Assembly.

17.  INAUGURAL MEETING

The Inaugural Meeting shall be held in March 2001 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  At the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly there shall be elections for the President and the Executive Board. This inaugural meeting shall be chaired by the present co-ordinator of the Cumulus network.

The Secretariat will be placed in UIAH, Finland for the first five years. Following this period the General Assembly shall make a decision on the placing of the Secretariat for the subsequent period.

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