Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2007, the Consortium is a voluntary association headed by an Executive Board formed by the three founders and Dr. Jochen Fried, of the Salzburg Seminar. Its office in located in Bratislava, Slovakia, at the Bratislava International School for Liberal Arts (BISLA). The Executive Board is responsible for the overall supervision, implementation and evaluation of projects undertaken. It invites and assigns various expert associates required for each project, organizes meetings, seminars, and workshops, disseminates information through publications and the website, and assumes the fiduciary responsibility for the organization. While Board members may divide individual project responsibilities on a case-by-case basis, all decisions regarding overall organizational and financial issues are reached by consensus.
ECOLAS Associates are the team of international educational experts who work in association with the consortium and who are assigned to projects depending on their particular areas of expertise and experience. Each is committed to the particular values of liberal education and to the overall mission of ECOLAS.
Closely established professional relationships with educational organizations such as the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO), Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA), etc., help to ensure that the Consortium is able to maintain a strong advisory resource base as well as provide appropriate models for a wide range of potential project initiatives.
Partner Institutions and Associates provide the faculty, students, and administrators from which future trainers and teachers are sought, as well as provide resources for hosting events and serve as models for new initiatives.
An office in Bratislava maintains the mutual communication, website and oversees the accounting for the consortium.
ECOLAS Executive Board
Samuel Abrahám, Managing Director
(Rector, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts)
(Professor (Emeritus) of Social Sciences, Founding Dean of University College Utrecht and University College Roosevelt, The Netherlands)
Laurent Boetsch, Executive Director
(President Emeritus, European College of Liberal Arts)
(President & CEO, Global Citizenship Alliance)
Peter I. Rose
(Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College, USA)
Andrej Čierny, Coordinator
Tel.: +421 2 59234 471