By John Lee.
This year’s scholarships in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme have been awarded to students from all six continents, with the top five sending countries being Brazil (79), India (63), Iran (59), Bangladesh (58) and Mexico (49).
The EU-funded scholarships are fully integrated study programmes offered by a consortium of at least three higher education institutions, though most are larger. The 100 programmes selecting students in 2017 involve 513 institutions. Almost one-third of programmes include institutions from partner countries in all six continents.
All students study in at least two of the higher education institutions involved. The way a student moves around during their Master’s course – their “mobility track” – is unique to Erasmus Mundus and reflects the way the course is fully integrated and delivered throughout the consortium.
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees were launched in 2004 and, since 2014, form part of Erasmus+, the EU’s current programme for education, training, youth and sport. Since that first year, when just 19 programmes selected 140 students, more than 21,000 students have now benefitted from an Erasmus Mundus Master scholarship.
(Source: European Commission)