The Erasmus Mundus programme is the European cooperation and mobility programme in higher education that seeks to open up European higher education to the wider world, and vice versa, through cooperation with third countries.
The stated objectives of the Erasmus Mundus programme include: enhancement of quality in European higher education; promotion of the EU as a centre of excellence in learning around the world; promotion of intercultural understanding through cooperation with Third Countries; development of Third Countries in the field of higher education.
Run by the European Commission, and implemented by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), the Erasmus Mundus programme comprises of a series of actions. These include support for specifically-labelled joint postgraduate courses offered by consortium of European higher education institutions from at least 3 different countries, with students expected to study in at least two of them. After being selected, consortiums can also establish partnerships with third country higher education institutions.
By supporting the mobility of students and academics throughout the world, the Erasmus Mundus programme aims to prepare its participants for life in a global, knowledge-based society, in line with the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
The University of Limerick is a participating partner on the following Erasmus Mundus Programmes:
- LOTUS UNLIMITED – Coordinated by Ghent University, Belgium, this is a partnership between South-East Asian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand.
- LOTUS+ - Coordinated by Uppsala University, Sweden in Europe and Sichuan University, China, this is a partnership between South-East Asian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) including China, Vietnam and Thailand.
- ELECTRA – Coordinated by the University of Oldenburg, Germany and Ilia State University, Georgia, this project enables students and staff from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia to undertake studies, research or training at the University of Limerick.
- INTACT – Coordinated by Frederick University, Cyprus this is a continuation of Strong Ties, which ended in July 2015. This partnership involves a partnership with HEIs from Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, China, North Korea.
- LEADERS - (Leading mobility between Europe and Asia in Developing Engineering Education and Research) scholarship programme for students and researchers/professionals on Undegraduate, Masters, Doctoral, Post-Doctoral as well as Academic and Administrative Staff members from South-East Asia to European Union and vice versa. The main areas of interest – Electrical, Electronics engineering and Information and Communication Technologies, Photonics, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Power systems and energy, Informatics, Communication Engineering and Microwaves..
‘The more you explore, the more you learn, and the more you discover things you weren’t aware of. In my opinion, studying in UL is far beyond just getting a degree. From personality development and communication skills to international exposure, studying here is a great learning curve.’
- Afriana, Indonesia