The DG for Education and Culture has released a call for proposals relating to the Erasmus Mundus Programme. It consists of four separate actions, the first three being directed specifically at Higher education institutions offering Masters courses, while Action 4 is applicable to organisations working alongside higher education institutions. A brief summary of the four actions follows:
Action 1 - Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses - This action will support top quality Masters courses, between 1 and 2 years, offered by a group of higher education institutions (the consortium), which consists of a minimum of 3 higher education institutions from 3 different member states with obligitory mobility between the three. The course must be attended by European graduates as well as by a specific number of third country students (see action 2). The study must lead to a Masters degree.
Action 2 - Scholarships - The EM programme awards funds to the consortium when they provide scholarships to highly qualified third-country graduates. First the graduates apply to the EM masters consortia, and once accepted, the consortia apply to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency for the corresponding scholarship funds.
Action 3 - Partnerships - The EM programme supports Partnerships between Erasmus Mundus Masters consortia and third-country higher education institutions with a view to allowing European participants in the Erasmus Mundus Masters courses (both graduate students and scholars) to spend a short period of time at the third-country partner universities as part of the Masters course.
Action 4 - Enhancing attractiveness - The Erasmus Mundus programme supports European co-operation projects which aim at improving the brand image, visibility and accessibility of European higher education; or which deal with the international dimension of quality assurance, of credit recognition, of mutual recognition of qualifications with third countries and of curriculum development of mobility.
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