Tag: Erasmus Mundus

High levels of employability for Erasmus Mundus graduates

Erasmus MundusErasmus Mundus was launched in 2004 as an initiative to boost joint degrees on Master level in Europe. In 2013, the programme was merged into Erasmus+. Every year, the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association carries out a Graduate Impact Survey. The most recent issue shows high levels of employability and high levels of satisfaction among the graduates.

The survey data shows that over 90% of the graduates are satisfied with the quality of the master programmes, a figure that has been consistently high throughout the Erasmus Mundus initiative (in 2009, 89% reported being satisfied). At the same time, the data shows also that the scholarships are viewed as a stronger motivation than the academic quality of the courses, when graduates evaluate their reasons for choosing an Erasmus Mundus course. At the same time, reputation of Erasmus Mundus has been consistently growing, whereas the number of students reporting scholarship as the main motivation has decreased since 2009.

The main aspects that graduates were not satisfied with was that there was a lack of contacts created with future employers. This would suggest that students are conscious about their future career. At the same time, about 60% of the graduates have obtained a job less 2 months after graduation.

The survey highlights that according to students and graduates, the main impact of Erasmus Mundus is in enhancing intercultural skills, whereas career and subject related expertise are rated as second and third impact. A share of the graduates also stay in Europe. While 17,8% have EU as their country of origin, over half of the graduates remain in the EU after graduation.

Read the survey summary here. 

Hedda interview with Dr. Leasa Weimer – new EMA president

dr. Leasa Weimer

dr. Leasa Weimer

In June 2013 Dr. Leasa Weimer was elected as the new president of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association. Leasa is also a graduate of the Hedda Master Programme in Higher Education, so we thought it might be nice to ask her a few questions about her new position, what she took with her from the master programme and her plans for the future. 

First of all Leasa, huge congratulations on being elected as the president of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association, could you perhaps share a few words about your journey there?

My first exposure to EMA was in 2008 at the General Assembly in Perugia, Italy. At this meeting, I signed up to participate in the Promotions team (now called Community Development) and became involved in the creation of what is now the North American chapter. I quickly found that putting my energy into a few key projects made me feel part of an amazing community of like-minded international friends and colleagues. The more I became involved, the more I enjoyed the work of EMA and the incredible international reach and network of the organization. Plus, the work aligned well with my academic research interest in international education and student mobility policy and programs.

I have experienced many aspects of the organization (chapters, networks, and working groups) and now I will apply this wisdom and organizational knowledge to the future development of EMA. Prior to being elected President, I was President of the North American chapter and I co-led the Future of EMA working group analyzing the future strategy of the association. These two positions shaped my desire to run for President and they have shown me that there is a great need to think strategically in terms of EMA’s future.

Erasmus Mundus mobility programme covers a variety of different disciplines, so what exactly does the alumni association do? What have been some of the main activities this far?

Leasa Weimer elected new Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association president

dr. Leasa Weimer

dr. Leasa Weimer

Hedda master programme in higher education was for a number of years also offering a joint degree as an Erasmus Mundus course. Erasmus Mundus is a EU funded programme to offer joint degrees, and includes cooperation between about 300 higher education institutions. The programme has this far attracted over 15 000 students. The Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA) is an international professional and personal network for Erasmus Mundus students and graduates, and around 9000 of the graduates are part of t he association.

Each year, the Association holds a General Assembly (GA), which brings together representatives of various Masters and PhD programmes and the various governing units of EMA. The 7th Annual Erasmus Mundus General Assembly was held in mid June in Barcelona – at the  Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

During the general assuembly the association elects also new leadership, amongst else a new president for  the association. We are proud to acknowledge that Hedda graduate Leasa Weimer has been elected as the new president of EMA, along with Pavan Sriram as vice president.

We would like to congratulate Leasa and wish her the best of luck with her new responsibilities!

News: Recent developments in EU – new funding frame and upcoming programmes

EUAbout ten days ago, on 8th of February, the European Council (consisting of heads of state of EU countries) reached an agreement on the new multiannual framework (MFF) for  the budget cycle 2014-2020. This in itself is not a budget negotiation, but has three aims: (a) the limit of possible spending – the “ceiling”, (b) on what the money should be spent and (c) rules of where the expenditure is to come from.   (read more about what you need to know about the MFF here).

These decisions have important impacts on the policy focus of the EU, and the emphasis of EU activities during the cycle, and as such have also important consequences for education as a policy sector, especially as the role of EU as a supranational policy actor in education has often been linked to their capacity to provide funding and administrative capacity. As such, a more constrained funding environment can also have consequences for the opportunities of EU to take this role in an active manner.

For the first time, the overall available expenditure was less than during the previous budget year. The overall ceiling was set as  EUR 908.40 billion, compared to EUR 942.78 billion in the MFF 2007-2013, a reduction of 3,4% in real terms. However, in this context, education was clearly identified as a priority area, and the summary of the agreement provided by EU indicated that “EU leaders agreed on a substantial increase of the financial means for future geared expenditure such as research, innovation and education“. Furthermore, it is indicated that “the expenditure ceiling for sub-heading 1a (“competitiveness”) amounts to EUR 125.61 billion, which is an increase of more than 37% compared to the MFF 2007-2013“.

Call for Erasmus Mundus visiting scholars in public policy (2013-2014)

Mundus MAPP, the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme for Public Policy has issued a call for visiting scholars. Mundus MAPP is a joint programme organised by Central European University (Hungary), Institut Barcelona d’Estudies Internacionals (Spain), the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), and the University of York (UK).

Funding is available for visits between two weeks and up to three months in one of the Consortium’s institutions. The activities during the period include teaching or developing elements of the MAPP master programme (for instance contribute to courses, supervise thesis projects, participate in study visits). After complition the scholars are expected to contribute to the promotion and dissemination of the Erasmus Mundus Programme in general, and Mundus MAPP in particular in their home institutions and country of origin.

You can read more about the visiting scholar arrangements here, or download the visiting scholar flyer.