What is Erasmus Mundus?

What is Erasmus Mundus?

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education for:

  • the enhancement of quality in European higher education;
  • the promotion of the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world;
  • the promotion of intercultural understanding through cooperation with third countries as well as for the development of third countries in the field of higher education.

Erasmus Mundus provides a response to the challenges of globalisation faced by European higher education today, in particular the need to adapt education systems to the demands of the knowledge society, to enhance the attractiveness and visibility of European higher education worldwide and to stimulate the process of convergence of degree structures across Europe. These themes are central to current national reform processes in higher education taking place in Member States. In addition it provides an important vehicle for the promotion or intercultural dialogue between the European Union and the rest of the world.

More information about the Erasmus Mundus Programme is available below as follows:

  • Erasmus Mundus Programme Objectives
  • Action 1 Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes (including scholarships)
  • Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMCs)

Please see the Erasmus Mundus Website for more details.

 

Erasmus Mundus Programme Objectives

The programme's aim is to promote European higher education, to help improve and enhance the career prospects of students and to promote intercultural understanding through cooperation with third countries, in accordance with EU external policy objectives in order to contribute to the sustainable development of third countries in the field of higher education.

The programme's specific objectives are:

  • to promote structured cooperation between higher education institutions and an offer of enhanced quality in higher education with a distinct European added value, attractive both within the European Union and beyond its borders, with a view to creating centres of excellence;
  • to contribute to the mutual enrichment of societies by developing the qualifications of women/men so that they possess appropriate skills, particularly as regards the labour market, and are open-minded and internationally experienced through promoting mobility for the most talented students and academics from third countries to obtain qualifications and/or experience in the European Union and for the most talented European students and academics towards third countries;
  • to contribute towards the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in third countries through increased mobility streams between the European Union and third countries;
  • to improve accessibility and enhance the profile and visibility of European higher education in the world as well as its attractiveness for third-country nationals and citizens of the European Union. The Commission shall ensure that no group of EU citizens or third-country nationals is excluded or disadvantaged.

 

Action 1 Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes (including scholarships)

Action 1 of the Erasmus Mundus programme supports the implementation of Joint Programmes at Masters (Action 1A) and Doctorate (Action 1B) levels and award of individual scholarships/fellowships to participate in these programmes.

Action 1 provides support for high-quality joint masters courses (Action 1 A) and doctoral programmes (Action 1 B) offered by a consortium of European and possibly third-country higher education institutions. Other types of organisations concerned by the content and outcomes of the joint programme can participate in the consortium. Scholarships/fellowships for the third-country and European students/doctoral candidates respectively to follow these Erasmus Mundus joint masters courses and doctoral programmes. Short-term scholarships for third-country and European academics to carry out research or teaching assignments as part of the joint masters programmes.

This Action fosters cooperation between higher education institutions and academic staff in Europe and third countries with a view to creating poles of excellence and providing highly trained human resources. Joint programmes must involve mobility between the institutions of the consortium and lead to the award of recognised joint, double or multiple degrees to successful students / doctoral candidates.

 

Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMCs)

Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMCs) were launched during the first phase of the Programme (2004-2008) with the aim of supporting top-quality programmes at postgraduate level that could contribute to the increased visibility and attractiveness of the European higher education sector. These EMMCs must: have a duration of one to two years (60 to 120 ECTS credits); be implemented by a consortium of European and, where relevant, third-country Higher Education Institutes; provide high-quality education to European and third-country students and reserve a number of places for Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders; include a mandatory period of study for students in at least two of the European countries; include mandatory scholar mobility between the consortium Higher Education Institutes; lead to the award of recognised joint, double or multiple degrees to successful students.