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Erasmus Mundus Joint Workshop – Recognition of Degrees and Joint Degrees and Sustainability

9.00 – 9.45 Registration and welcome coffe

9.45 – 10.15 

Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop pdf English
Joachim Fronia, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Internationalisation of Higher Education and the roles recognition of degrees and sustainable actions play pdf English
Jan Pakulski, Directorate-General for Education and Culture (EAC)

10.15 – 11.30  Keynote Speeches - Plenary Session

Recognition of transnational degrees: a global challenge from different perspectives

The European perspective pdf English
Andrejs Rauhvargers, Secretary General of the Latvian Rectors’ Conference

The student perspective pdf English
Roberta Gregoli, Latin American Chapter of Erasmus Mundus Association, PhD student, University of Oxford

Sustainability of inter-disciplinary, multi- lateral international courses such as Erasmus Mundus

The industry perspective pdf English
Christoph Anz, BMW GROUP

The university perspective pdf English
Philippe Gourbesville, University of Nice, Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Master Course EUROAQUAE (Action 1)

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 12.45 

Presentation of the survey’s results and discussion pdf English
Michael Blakemore, Ecorys

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 16.00 Parallel Working Group discussions: ‘sharing lessons learnt’

Working Group 1

Support to students for the recognition of degrees pdf English

Chair: Nina Salden, German National Structure


  • The documentations provided to the students prior to the start of the course  and using degrees to support students entering the labour market   pdf English
    Edlira Alku, Erasmus Mundus Alumni graduate

  • Communication from the course coordinators regarding legal recognition of their awarded degrees pdf English
    Margarita Calderón-Peter, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, EURASIA, (Action 2)

Working Group 2

Overcoming the challenges of Erasmus Mundus joint programmes and their degrees pdf English

Chair: Boas Erez, University of Bordeaux, Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Master Course and Joint Doctorate ALGANT (Action 1) and EM-IDEA (Action 3)


  • Enhancing cooperation between consortium partners to improve the process of awarding degrees and  accreditation of joint programmes including professional, disciplinary and trans-boarder accreditations  
    pdf English Unni Kvernhusvik Sagberg, University of Bergen, Partner in Erasmus Mundus European Master of Science in International Health (Action 1) and pdf English Annika Sundbäck, Finnish National Structure and Johanna Niemi from Finnish NARIC

Working Group 3

Achieving financial sustainability of Erasmus Mundus projects pdf English

Chair: Ragnar Andreas Audunson, Oslo University College, Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Master Course DILL (Action 1)


  • Sustainability of Master Courses (Action 1) through self financing, other scholarships, support from HEI, regional or national funding, or employers/industry
    pdf English Robert Wagenaar,  University of Groningen, Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Masters Course Euroculture (Action 1, previously EMBN), pdf English Frank Mücklich, University of  Saarland, Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Master Course AMASE  (Action 1, previously EMBN) and pdf English Nadia Ptashchenko,  Active member of EMA Eurasian Chapter, Erasmus Mundus Alumni graduate

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30

Day 1 Final Plenary

Short report-back from each Workshop chairs and general feedback from the floor.

20.00 Joint dinner

9.00 – 9.30 Coffee

9.30 – 10.30 

Joachim Fronia, EACEA

Plenary Session - Keynote speeches

The role of employers in making Erasmus Mundus sustainable pdf English
An industry representative - Christian Dierick, Agoria asbl, Steering Committee member of FUSION-EP (Action 1)

Competing in the global market place - opportunities for inter-disciplinary, multi- lateral international courses such as  Erasmus Mundus
pdf English Lesley Wilson, European University Association, Secretary General, CODOC and Europe-Africa Quality Connect (Action 3), pdf EnglishGiancarlo Spinelli, Technical University of Milan,  ADDE SALEM (Action 3), pdf EnglishJulia MariaGonzalez Ferreras , University of Deusto, Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Masters Course NOHA MUNDUS (Action 1)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 13.00 Parallel Working Group discussions: ‘possibilities/challenges for the future’

Working Group 4

Sustainability and recognition working together: strategic reform and simplification of the European Higher Education Area pdf English

Chair: Madalena Pereira, Dutch National Structure


  • Work undertaken by National Structures, NARIC, Action 1 and 3 projects for the harmonization of EHEA as the underpinning conditions for cross collaboration sustainability of Erasmus Mundus projects
    pdf English Luca Lantero, Italian National Structure, NARIC and Coordinator of Internationalisation of Higher Education: an online training course for Erasmus Mundus Administrators (Action 3) and pdf English Axel Aerden, Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands & Flanders (NVAO) and Coordinator of JOQAR (Action 3)

Working Group 5

Sustainability and recognition working together: increasing the visibility of Erasmus-Mundus projects beyond Europe

Chair: David Crosier, Eurydice, EACEA


  • Active work undertaken by the projects as the first step to make the Erasmus Mundus projects sustainable - pdf English Luc François, University of Ghent and Coordinator of Lotus, Lisium and Basileus (Action 2) and pdf English Ramon Torrent, University of Barcelona, Coordinator of BRIDGES-LAC (Action 3)

Working Group 6

Enablers for sustainability: developing integrated and coherent strategies for sustainability pdf English

Chair: Guido Van Oost, University of Ghent, Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Master Course FUSION-EP (Action 1)


  • Broader and non-financial mechanisms to make Erasmus Mundus projects and activities sustainable  - pdf English Anna Soncini, University of Bologna and Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Master Course CLE (Action 1) and pdf EnglishJavier Hernández Andrés, University of Granada and Coordinator of Monesia (Action 2)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Final Plenary

  • Short report-back from each Workshop chairs from Day 2
  • High level summary embracing the discussion points and future actions from the six Working Groups, Michael Blakemore, Ecorys
  • Panel discussions, involving stakeholders in Erasmus Mundus, Chairs of six working groups
  • Closing remarks, Joachim Fronia, EACEA

15.00 - 15.30 Close: coffee and informal networking