In Europe, higher education is a public right and a public responsibility. The European Commission has a mission to strengthen high-quality international academic co-operation while promoting social cohesion both at the national and at European level.
Erasmus Mundus is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education organised by the European Commission. It aims to enhance the quality of European higher education in order to promote the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world and to promote intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries as well as for the development of higher education in third countries. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international co-operation capacity of higher education institutions in third countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.
The Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses constitute the central component around which Erasmus Mundus is built. They are high-quality integrated courses at master’s level offered by a consortium of at least three universities in at least three different European countries. The courses must be “integrated” to be selected under Erasmus Mundus, which means that they must foresee a study period in at least two of the three universities and that it must lead to the award of a recognised double, multiple or joint diploma. In order to give the Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses selected a strong external projection, an Erasmus Mundus scholarships scheme for third-country graduate students and scholars from the whole world is linked to them. This scholarship scheme addresses highly qualified individuals who come to Europe to follow the Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses or to work for them.
Through the creation of European Master’s courses and the provision of a limited number of EU funded scholarships, the programme enables students and visiting scholars from around the world to engage in postgraduate studies at European universities. It also encourages the outgoing mobility of European students and scholars towards non-European countries.
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