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Erasmus Mundus: cooperation in the field of education

16 July 2010

The EU considers education important for promoting dialogue and understanding among people and cultures. Erasmus Mundus, a mobility programme in the field of higher education, allows students to enhance their skills abroad. Facilitating the exchange of students with Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, Erasmus Mundus improves the quality of higher education through cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world.
Erasmus Mundus supports:
– Joint programmes at postgraduate level, or the establishment of interinstitutional cooperation partnerships, between universities from Europe and non-EU countries;
– Scholarships for study, research or teaching periods for individual students, researchers and university staff in the context of joint programmes at postgraduate level or interinstitutional cooperation;
– Projects aimed at enhancing the attractiveness, profile, visibility and image of European higher education worldwide.

The programme is named after Desiderius Erasmus Rotterdamus, a 15thcentury Dutch humanist and theologian who studied in the best monastic schools throughout Europe. “Mundus” is a Latin word that stands for “world”.

Armenian students on Erasmus Mundus
Within the framework of Erasmus Mundus, during the last 3 years over 100 Armenian students left for Europe. For most young people the experience has encouraged change – it influenced not only their perspective on education, but also their personal and professional aspirations. Two students at the Armenian State University of Economics, benefitted from a 10-month training in European universities and share their experience:

20 year-old Hasmik Amiryan from Artashat (Ararat Marz) studied at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (Greece) at the Department of Business Administration and Management from 1 January to 31 October 2009.

“I think that the strong point of European education is its practical knowledge and interactive methods of teaching, which promote multifaceted discussions. Here it is the student who is responsible for his education. Those 10 months gave me more than mere knowledge. I made friends with students from diverse origins and backgrounds, got acquainted with their ideas, tried to see the difference between views and approaches, putting the values that unite us as a cornerstone,” says Hasmik.

Today, Hasmik thinks about continuing her education in Europe. Until then, she plans to help other Armenian students willing to participate in Erasmus Mundus. She is currently assisting the selection committee for the programme at her home university.

25 year-old Gagik Gyulumyan from Pambak (Gegharquniq Marz) in 2009-2010 held PhD research on Energy Efficiency of Lighting and Reduction of the Lighting Pollution in Public and Residential Areas at Ruse University (Bulgaria).

“Implementation of scientific research in any field needs resources. In this sense, the candidates of the European universities are ensured: they have fully equipped and furnished laboratories at their disposal. The students are free from caring about secondary matters, which allows them to concentrate fully on the task. Except the qualified scientific basis, the programme lets you come into contact with the European civilisation and feel part of the global society”, shares Gagik and adds that he is convinced he should continue his scientific activity in Europe.

Find more information at http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-mundus and www.tempus.am

Erasmus Mundus: cooperation in the field of education

The EU considers education important for promoting dialogue and understanding among people and cultures. Erasmus Mundus, a mobility programme in the field of higher education, allows students to enhance their skills abroad. Facilitating the exchange of students with Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, Erasmus Mundus improves the quality of higher education through cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. Erasmus Mundus supports: - Joint programmes at postgraduate level, or the establishment of interinstitutional cooperation partnerships, between universities from Europe and non-EU countries; - Scholarships for study, research or teaching periods for individual students, researchers and university staff in the context of joint programmes at postgraduate level or interinstitutional cooperation; - Projects aimed at enhancing the attractiveness, profile, visibility and image of European higher education worldwide. The programme is named after Desiderius Erasmus Rotterdamus, a 15thcentury Dutch humanist and theologian who studied in the best monastic schools throughout Europe. “Mundus” is a Latin word that stands for “world”. Armenian students on Erasmus Mundus Within the framework of Erasmus Mundus, during the last 3 years over 100 Armenian students left for Europe. For most young people the experience has encouraged change - it influenced not only their perspective on education, but also their personal and professional aspirations. Two students at the Armenian State University of Economics, benefitted from a 10-month training in European universities and share their experience: 20 year-old Hasmik Amiryan from Artashat (Ararat Marz) studied at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (Greece) at the Department of Business Administration and Management from 1 January to 31 October 2009. “I think that the strong point of European education is its practical knowledge and interactive methods of teaching, which promote multifaceted discussions. Here it is the student who is responsible for his education. Those 10 months gave me more than mere knowledge. I made friends with students from diverse origins and backgrounds, got acquainted with their ideas, tried to see the difference between views and approaches, putting the values that unite us as a cornerstone,” says Hasmik. Today, Hasmik thinks about continuing her education in Europe. Until then, she plans to help other Armenian students willing to participate in Erasmus Mundus. She is currently assisting the selection committee for the programme at her home university. 25 year-old Gagik Gyulumyan from Pambak (Gegharquniq Marz) in 2009-2010 held PhD research on Energy Efficiency of Lighting and Reduction of the Lighting Pollution in Public and Residential Areas at Ruse University (Bulgaria). “Implementation of scientific research in any field needs resources. In this sense, the candidates of the European universities are ensured: they have fully equipped and furnished laboratories at their disposal. The students are free from caring about secondary matters, which allows them to concentrate fully on the task. Except the qualified scientific basis, the programme lets you come into contact with the European civilisation and feel part of the global society”, shares Gagik and adds that he is convinced he should continue his scientific activity in Europe. Find more information at http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-mundus and www.tempus.am