Results from the annual Graduate Impact Survey (GIS), that saw its debut in 2009, are now available in a final report. The study reflects expectations, satisfaction and development levels of Erasmus mundus Master course student’s, for the years 2014-2015.
Results on the impact of the program this year show:
- Both current and graduated students reported high satisfaction levels for the overall program. 81% were pleased with the quality of the course offering and 92% believed Erasmus Mundus had increased their language abilities. Disciplinary fields of Health and welfare were highly rated, in contrast to the Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, Business and Law. On the downside students found the programme to be lacking in preparing them for entry into the labour market, as studies were seen to miss practical experiences and 72% perceived weak links with employers.
- With two thirds of graduates securing a full time job, almost 60% requiring less than two months to find a position, Erasmus Mundus can be inferred to foster graduates that are well regarded in the labour market.
- A core strength of the program appears to be the advancement of intercultural competences, 58.7% of students reporting impact in this dimension. Particularly the program impacted participants on a personal level in shaping their long term attitudes towards Europe and the EU.
- Results show that the visibility of the program requires improvements, particularly in the EU region, Oceania, and the Americas.
When evaluating student motives for favouring an Erasmus Mundus Master, the single most important reason, across all years of the survey, remains the scholarship. Interestingly there appears to be a gap between expectation and reality, as students still studying anticipated the highest impact on their career advancement, which is counter to impacts reported by those already graduated.
Going forward, to enhance visibility of Erasmus Mundus, online promotion will be increased and higher education institutions encouraged to play an active role in raising awareness. The program continuously records high satisfaction levels across the years, however in terms of its evolution not much seems to have changed in comparison to last year’s findings, including planned actions for advancing the program in the future.
Erasmus Mundus Graduate Impact Survey 2014-15
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