Erasmus Mundus explanation
Erasmus Mundus is a funding programme of the European Union. It is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education. The overall aims of the programme are to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding through cooperation with Third-Countries. In addition, it intends to contribute to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in Third Countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.
The Erasmus Mundus programme provides support to:
- higher education institutions to implement joint programmes at master's and doctorate level (Action 1) or to set-up inter-institutional cooperation partnerships between universities from Europe and targeted Third-Countries (Action 2);
- individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend a study / research / teaching period in the context of one of the above mentioned joint programmes or cooperation partnerships (Action 1 and Action 2);
- any organisation active in the field of higher education that wishes to develop projects aimed at enhancing the attractiveness, profile, visibility and image of European higher education worldwide (Action 3).
Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes
Under Action 1, Erasmus Mundus supports Joint Programmes (Masters Courses and Joint Doctorates) that are operated by consortia of higher education institutions from the EU and (since 2009) elsewhere in the world. They provide an integrated course and joint or multiple diplomas following study or research at two or more higher education institutions.
Erasmus Mundus funds a number of scholarships for students and academics studying or teaching on Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses. Since 2010, fellowships have also been available for doctoral candidates following one of the Joint doctorates.
Scholarships cover participation costs, subsistence costs, and insurance for the duration of the study period. Many students also have the right to a contribution to travel costs.
Erasmus Mundus partnerships
Under Action 2, Erasmus Mundus Partnerships bring together higher education institutions from Europe and from a particular region in the world. Together, the partnerships manage mobility flows between the two regions for a range of academic levels—undergraduate, masters, doctorate, post-doctorate—and for academic staff.
Scholarships cover participation costs, subsistence costs, insurance for the duration of the study period, plus a contribution to travel costs.
Erasmus Mundus Attractiveness Projects
Under Action 3, Erasmus Mundus funds projects to enhance the attractiveness and visibility of European higher education worldwide. Activities focus on the international dimension of higher education, often targeting a particular region or academic discipline.
- Erasmus Mundus Quality Assurance (EMQA)
- Erasmus Mundus website - European Commission
- Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA)
- Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. About Erasmus Mundus, http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/programme/about_erasmus_mundus_en.php(retrieved 1 September 2013)