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Erasmus Mundus Coordinators' Conference 2009

22 & 23 October 2009
Venue: Management Centre Europe, Brussels

Plenary sessions

Opening plenary

- Review of Erasmus Mundus and conference objectives
Joachim Fronia, EACEA

 

Briefing session on insurance schemes

- Information session on insurance
Ms Julia Gonzalez, University of Deusto, Spain

- EMIS 2
Mr Philippe Melaerts, MARSH S.A; Mr Philippe Cousin, ACE European Group Limited

 

Closing session

- EMCC conclusions 2310
Joachim Fronia, EACEA

Information sessions

Action 1: Masters Courses awarding EM scholarships in 2010

- EM Masters: general presentation
- EM Masters Courses management

 

Action 1: Joint Doctorates

- EM Doctorates: general presentation

 

Action 1: Masters Courses not awarding EM scholarships in 2010

No presentation

 

Action 2 projects

- EM Action 2 update

 

Action 3 projects

- EM Action 3 update

Theme sessions

Project Management and integration

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The "Project Management and Integration" workshop addressed a range of issues relating to the way projects are managed by the consortia/partnerships. In particular:

  • Project integration in an international context: curriculum integration, recognition, etc.
  • Managing a consortium/partnership: working with Third-country partners, consortium/partnership agreements (Memorandum of Understanding), etc.
  • Mobility management: student selection, student/learning agreements, mobility track, legal national constraints, visa, etc.

Presentations:

- EMLE (European Master in Law and Economics)
A.M.Pacces / W.Schreuders (University of Rotterdam)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by University of Rotterdam

- ISAC – EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
F.M de Carvalho (University of Coimbra)
Coordinated by the University of Coimbra, through a partnership of universities from the EU and Brazil

- Euroculture
R.Wagenaar (University of Groningen)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by University of Groningen

- IAMONET – EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
M.Dahms (University of Hohenheim)
C
oordinated by the University of Hohenheim, through a partnership of universities from the EU and Russia

Regional session: Asia

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Topics

This session looks at Erasmus Mundus activities in Asia. They will review particular challenges and activities for the region as reflected in:

  • Mobility partnerships within External Cooperation Window
  • Third country partners within EMMCs
  • Student recruitment from the region
  • Action 3 projects with a particular regional focus

Presentations:

- MAMASELF (Master of Materials Science exploiting European large-scale facilities)
Werner Paulus (University of Rennes)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by University of Rennes

- ECW Lot 9 - EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
Jan Coumans (TU Eindhoven)
Coordinated by the Technical University of Eindhoven, through a partnership of universities from the EU and Kazakhstan

Fabio Nascimbeni (MENON Network)
ACCESS - Academic co-operation Europe South-East Asia Support. EM Attractiveness project co-ordinated by the Menon Network

Regional session: Latin America

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This session looks at Erasmus Mundus activities in Latin America, and reviews  particular challenges and activities for the region as reflected in:

  • Mobility partnerships within External Cooperation Window
  • Third country partners within EMMCs
  • Student recruitment from the region
  • Action 3 projects with a particular regional focus

Presentations:

- WOP-P (Masters on Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology)
Jose Maria Peiro Silla (University of Valencia)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by University of Valencia

- GEMMA (Masters Degree in Women's and Gender Studies)
Adelina Sanchez Espinosa (University of Granada)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by University of Granada

- MUNDUS 17 & EBW - EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility schemes
Barbara Costa (University of Porto)
Coordinated by the University of Porto, through a partnership of universities from the EU and Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay

- Promhedeu-Lac (Promotion of Higher Education Europe-Latin America and the Caribbean
Ramon Torrent
EM Attractiveness project coordinated by OBREAL (Observer Association for Relations between the EU and Latin America)

Employability and links with associates

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Erasmus Mundus courses and mobility serve educational and societal needs. Employability of graduates is a reflection of the way a course or mobility scheme helps meet the needs of a particular sector of the economy or society. This session will look at the way Erasmus Mundus projects help to bridge the gap between university and the workplace – in Europe and outside ­– with particular focus on the role of associates. In particular:

  • Preparing students for entry into the labour market
  • Professional recognition of Erasmus Mundus degrees
  • Specific aspects of employability inside and outside Europe
  • The role of Alumni Associations
  • The role of associate partners.

Presentations:

- Euroaquae, Erasmus Mundus Masters Course
Philippe Gourbesville (University of Nice)
Coordinated by University of Nice.

- EURECA, EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
Sasikumar Punnekat (Mälardalen University)
Coordinated by the University of Mälardalen, through a partnership of universities from the EU and Western Asia.

Katarzyna Hadaś (Adam Mickiewicz University)
EHEW-SISMBG: European Higher Education for the World 2, EM Attractiveness project looking at international students' mobility and brain gain, coordinated by Adam Mickiewicz University.
Projection of extracts from film The Mundificent Seven
http://www.mundus.amu.edu.pl/mundus2/film.php

- Erasmus Mundus Alumni and Students' Association (EMA)
Stephne Du Rand, EMA Jobs Team Coordinator

Higher education and development

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Topics

Higher education is a driver for economic development in industrialised countries, and as a way of boosting capacities within developing countries.  What can the impact of higher education cooperation be on overall economic development globally, and on bringing the Millennium Development Goals closer?

This session will consider the role played by Erasmus Mundus projects (a) in developing links with countries that benefit from EU cooperation instruments, and (b) in developing skills and expertise to tackle issues faced in developing countries.

Presentations:

- CoDe (Joint European Masters in Comparative Local Development)
Bruno Dallago (University of Trento)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by University of Trento

- EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
Artur Schmitt (University of Granada)
Coordinated by the University of Granada, through a partnership of universities from the EU and Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay

- EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility schemes
Kim Vanderborght (Free University of Brussels VUB)
Coordinated by the VUB

- SDPROMO (Promoting European Education in Sustainable Development)
Olga Kordas (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
EM Attractiveness project coordinated by Royal Institute of Technology

Recognition

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Recognition comes into play at a range of key stages of mobility and study abroad. This session will investigate some key challenges and approaches to tackling them.

  • Recognising first degrees or other qualifications from prospective students
  • Transferring credits between consortia/partnership partners, diploma supplements
  • Challenges in joint diplomas – at course planning stage and award stage.

Presentations:

- Endika Bengoetxea
European Commission, DG Education and Culture

-Fusion EP (European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics)
Guido Van Oost (University of Ghent)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by Ghent University

- Docet: Correspondence model for the recognition and enhancement of engineering degrees
Alessio Castelli (Fondazione Politecnico di Milano)
EM Attractiveness project coordinated by the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Isabelle Ledoux-Rak (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan)
Monabiphot (Molecular nano- and bio-photonics for telecommunications and biotechnologies)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan

Funding and sustainability

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Topics

  • Institutional sustainability and commitment
  • The role played by scholars in strengthening Masters courses through teaching and research
  • Third-Country institution capacity building in international mobility management

Presentations:

- IMQP (International Masters in Quaternary and Prehistory
Marta Arzarello (University of Ferrara)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by University of Ferrara

- TROPED (European Master in International Health)
Pascale Millet (University of Bordeaux 2)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by University of Bordeaux 2

- EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
Julia Gonzalez, (University of Deusto)
Coordinated by the University of Deusto, through a partnership of universities from the EU and Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.

- EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
Marc Zolver (Ecole Centrale de Paris)
Coordinated by the Ecole Centrale de Paris, through a partnership of universities from the EU and China.

Promotion

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Topics

  • How to reach students
  • Alumni promotion and the student's viewpoint
  • Promotion of an EM project in third countries - who can help, HE fairs, EC Delegations, word of mouth, partner HE institutions
  • How do EM projects contribute to promoting Europe as a key destination for third-country students

Presentations:

- Erasmus Mundus Students' and Alumni Association
Chunyu Liang, President

- IMESS (International Masters in Economy, State and Society)
Dr Richard Mole (University College London)
EM Masters Course coordinated by University College London.

- JOINEUSEE - EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
Ulrike Krawagna (University of Graz)
Coordinated by the University of Graz, through a partnership of universities from the EU and the Western Balkans.

- European Campus, an EM Attractiveness project that has produced an information platform on mobility
Christof Devriendt / Antonio De Marco
Coordinated by UNICA, the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe.

Research within Erasmus Mundus projects (B5 & C4)

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Topics

  • How is research being fostered through Masters Courses, Doctorates and through mobility
  • Can research be a source of funding for projects?
  • Links with industry and research organisations
  • Links with other EU research projects and themes
  • Incentives though the EM programme for further career development - incentives for candidates from developing countries to return home and exploit their experience for the benefit of their country
  • Challenges for shaping a European Doctorate model

Presentations:

- FONASO (Forest and Nature for Society)
Niels Strange (University of Copenhagen)
Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate coordinated by University of Copenhagen

- IDS-FUNMAT (International Doctoral School in Functional Materials for Energy, Information Technology and Health)
Laurent Servant (University of Bordeaux)
Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate coordinated by University of Bordeaux

- MERIT (Master of Science in Research on Information and Communication Technologies)
Javier Rodriguez Fonollosa (TU Catalonia)
Erasmus Mundus Masters Course coordinated by Technical University of Catalonia

- European Commission, DG RTD, Marie Curie Actions
Florent Bernard

Quality Assurance

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Topics

  • Common procedures for Quality Assurance
  • Involving students as well as academics in Quality Assurance
  • Transparency as a key requirement for Quality Assurance
  • The European/international dimension

Presentations:

- ECOTEC Research & Consulting Ltd (contractor for EM QA study)
Mike Blakemore, Peter Lloyd

- Averroes - EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
Maggy Pezeril (University of Montpellier)
Coordinated by the University of Montpellier, through a partnership of universities from the EU and Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia

- Triple I - EM External Cooperation Window (Action 2) mobility scheme
Irinja Paakkanen (University of Turku)
Coordinated by the University of Turku, through a partnership of universities from the EU and Russia

- FORT (Forging Ties and Building bridges between Mediterranean Higher Education Institutions): EM Attractiveness project
Carolina Madaleine (University of Alicante)

 

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