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EU and Japan select first Joint Master Programs

The European Commission has announced the results of the call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan, which enables high-performing students from around the world to study in at least two of the universities represented in each program.

To qualify, at least one of these universities had to be in Japan. Photo: Sofia Terzoni/ Pixabay

A budget of €9 million has been made available for the three top-ranked programs

Launched in October 2018, the call for proposals was implemented and financed by the EC through the Erasmus+ program and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The first of its kind, the projects will be delivered by international consortia consisting of at least three HEIs from Erasmus+ countries and at least one HEI from Japan, and students will receive a joint, double or multiple master’s degree at the end of their studies.

“The three Joint Master Programs… will bring superb results by nurturing students’ talents and fostering excellence”

A total of 10 applications were received, and a budget of €9 million has been made available for the three top-ranked programs chosen, which are:

  • Master of Science in Imaging and Light in Extended Reality, University of Eastern 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 École 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.

As part of the funding, for each of the three programs, a maximum of 64 scholarships will be made available for the top students.

Announcing the chosen programs, commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics stressed the importance of promoting international cooperation in higher education.

“I am confident that the three Joint Master Programs we have selected as 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,” he added.

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