Charter of the International Higher Education Alliance for Mining, Energy and Environment

Chapter One:  General Principles

Article 1  The name of this Alliance is “International Higher Education Alliance for Mining, Energy and Environment”, “AMEE” in short.

Article 2  The Alliance is a non-profit organization.

Article 3  The purpose of the Alliance is to unite educational, academic and research institutions in the fields of mining, energy and environment toward developing, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, an innovative stakeholder in higher education associated with mining, energy and environment. The Alliance is committed to cooperation in areas such as education, research and social services.

Chapter Two:  Service Scope

Article 4  Enhance bilateral or multilateral education cooperation in the fields of mining, energy, new resources and environmental protection, including, but not limited to, exchanges of scholars and students, sharing of teaching resources and research results, and celebration of research and teaching successes.

Article 5  Organize Summer Camp or Summer School programs on a regular basis with a view to enhance communication and exchange, and to promote mutual trust and friendship among students of the Alliance member universities.

Article 6  Organize academic conferences or forums focusing on the purpose and tasks of the Alliance on an irregular basis.

Article 7  Carry out bilateral or multilateral cooperation in the fields of climate change, energy efficiency, energy conservation and emission reduction, environmental and ecological protection, new energy and alternative energy development.

Chapter Three:  Joining and Withdrawal

Article 8  There are two membership classes within the Alliance. “Full Members” of the Alliance include educational, academic and research institutions around the world which conduct education and research in mining, energy and environment, and abide by the Chapters herein. “Affiliate Members” of the Alliance include organizations or agencies that are not themselves involved directly in the enterprise of higher education but that have an expressed interest in the advancement of the tenets included in Article 3.

Article 9 The applicant can join the Alliance under the condition that it is nominated by one Council member, and it presents application to the Secretariat with supporting documents. The application shall be approved by two thirds of the Council members.

Article 10 To ensure the continuity of representation within the Alliance, a replacement liaison must be appointed by the member institution or organization within 60 days of a vacancy by notifying the Secretariat.

Article 11  If a member university wishes to withdraw from the Alliance, an application needs to be presented to the Secretariat 30 days in advance of a council meeting. The member can quit the organization after the withdrawal is approved by the Council.

Article 12  When any confirmed breach of the Charter or the Alliance purpose occurs, membership will be terminated upon a two-thirds vote of the Council.

Chapter Four:  Rights and Obligations

Article 13  Rights

1. Participate in the Council meetings, and participate in discussions and voting of major policies, resolution and other issues regarding the development of the Alliance.

2. Propose to the Council Chairman to convene a special meeting of the Alliance.

3. Appoint representatives to participate in the Secretariat.

4. Submit amendment proposal for the Alliance Charter, give comments and suggestions to the work of the Alliance, and supervise it and to report inappropriate acts of members of the Alliance.

5. Enjoy the priorities to cooperate with other members in agreed fields and share related materials and information.

6. Voluntary to join and free to withdraw. There is no membership fee imposed by the Alliance.

Article 14  Obligations

1. Recognize and support this Alliance Charter.

2. Actively participate in the activities of the Alliance, implement the resolution of the Alliance, and defend the legitimate rights and interests of the Alliance.

3. Provide relevant materials and information timely and truly to the Alliance.

4. Take the confidentiality responsibility for the shared information in the Alliance, including issues related to intellectual property.

5. Appoint representatives to participate in the Secretariat at the request of the Secretariat.

6. Finish other work entrusted by the Alliance.


Chapter Five:  Organization

Article 15  The Alliance establishes a Council and a Secretariat.

Article 16  The Council is the executing agency of the Alliance.  Council members are composed of the Alliance members.

1. In the Council, there is one Chairman, one Secretary-General and a number of secretaries. The Council shall be responsible for daily work during the closing period. The Alliance Chairman and Secretary-General are elected by the Council. In principle, the president of the Alliance member university takes the post of the Council Chairman. The term of service is two years, and in principle, the Chairman is eligible for re-election.

2. Responsibilities of the Council.

1) Formulate, amend and interpret the Alliance Charter.

2) Implement the resolution of the Alliance Council.

3) Formulate the development planning and working policy of the Alliance.

4) Formulate the annual working report of the Alliance.

5) Verify and approve the joining and withdrawal of the Alliance members.

6) Elect and replace the Alliance Chairman and Secretary-General.

7) Discuss and approve the annual working report of the Alliance and the Secretariat.

8) Discuss, approve and revise the basic administration system of the Alliance.

9) Alter or terminate the resolution of the Alliance.

10) Discuss and decide on other important matters.

3. The Council Meeting

1) The Council meeting is held every one or two years, and a video conference is acceptable under special circumstances.  The meeting minutes are to be prepared by the Secretariat in a timely manner.

2) During the closing period of the Council, ad hoc meetings of the Council can be held if agreed upon by more than half of the Council members under some important or urgent situation.

3) The Council meetings can be held only with over three-quarters of the Alliance members present.  Resolution of the Council meetings can enter into force only when agreed upon by over two-thirds of the Council members.

Article 17  The Secretariat is in charge of the daily work of the Alliance.  The work of the Secretariat is led and organized by the Secretary-General, and is to be implemented specifically.

Article 18  Responsibilities of the Secretariat

1. Implement the resolution of the Council meetings, and coordinate the members’ activities in the Alliance.

2. Prepare and convene the Council meetings.

3. Draft and handle relevant internal documents of the Alliance.

4. Organize and participate in the coordination and settlement of major affairs that impact the development of a certain industry.

5. Create conditions to strengthen internal and external cooperation, inspection, training, and exchanges among alliance members.

6. Handling the applications to join or withdraw from the Alliance.

7. Provide other necessary services for the Alliance members.

Chapter Six: Supplementary Articles

Article 19  Amendments of the Alliance Chapter must be voted on at Council meetings.

Article 20  Self-dissolution or termination of the Alliance due to separation, merger, or other reasons shall be proposed and agreed on by the Council meeting.

Article 21  This Charter shall enter into force with the signature of the legal representatives or authorized representatives of the Alliance members.

Article 22  The Alliance Council is responsible for the interpretation of the Charter.