EU-Japan joint master degrees launched

EU-Japan joint master degrees launched

The European Commission has announced the results of the call for proposals for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018, with three EU-Japan joint master degrees set to be launched.

A total of ten applications were received. A budget of €9 million is available for the three top-ranked programmes which have now been chosen, with the funding covered equally by the EU and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology.

Within the allotted funding for each of the three degrees a maximum of 64 scholarships will be made available for the best students.

The programme will “bring superb results by nurturing students’ talents”

Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: “In July 2018, I had the pleasure of launching the European Union-Japan high-level policy dialogue on higher education, culture and sport, together with my Japanese counterpart, then Minister Hayashi.

“We stressed the importance of promoting international cooperation in higher education. I am confident that the three Joint Master Programmes we have selected, part of our new EU-Japan cooperation model in higher education, will bring superb results by nurturing students’ talents, fostering excellence and boosting science, technology and innovation. I am looking forward to seeing their positive impact in the months and years to come.”

The 3 chosen EU-Japan joint master degrees

The Commission along with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology have selected three programmes. Each of the programmes are offered by international consortia involving universities:

Master of Science in Imaging and Light in Extended Reality – University of East Finland (Finland) and Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan). Additional country partners: Belgium and France, as well as associated partners from Finland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.

Japan-Europe Master on Advanced Robotics – coordinated by Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France) and Keio University (Japan). Additional country partners: Italy and Poland.

History in the Public Sphere – Central European University (Hungary) and Tokyo university of Foreign Studies (Japan). Additional country partners: Italy and Portugal, as well as an associated partner from France.

The call for proposals is jointly implemented and financed by the Commission through the Erasmus+ programme and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (through the Inter-University Exchange project).

It will enable high-performing students from around the world to study in at least two of the universities represented in each programmed.

One of these universities must be in Japan, with another in Europe, and at the end of their studies students will receive a joint, double or multiple Master degree(s).

A further element of the program is the inclusion of partners from the business world alongside academic partners.

Photo: Markus Spiske

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