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Erasmus Mundus Design Measures (EMDM)

Applicant profile

Any higher education institution (HEI) established in an eligible country can submit an application. The applicant may mobilise a group of other HEIs to set up a consortium. However, if selected, the grant agreement will take the form of a mono-beneficiary agreement, with the applicant being the sole beneficiary.

About Erasmus Mundus Design Measures (EMDM)

Erasmus Mundus Design Measures have been introduced in 2021. They support the design of high-level and integrated study programmes, at master level. Joint programmes are designed and delivered by an international partnership of HEIs. Additionally, they may involve other educational and/or non-educational partners with specific expertise and interest in the area of study.

Erasmus Mundus Design Measures encourage HEIs to develop new, innovative and highly integrated master programmes by facilitating the setup of such international partnerships. EMDM aim to involve EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme (previously called Programme countries), institutions, and/or thematic areas that are somehow under-represented in Erasmus Mundus.

Erasmus Mundus Design Measures and Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters (EMJM) represent two independent lots under the Erasmus Mundus action. There is no obligation to implement an EMDM before an EMJM. The award of an EMDM does not imply automatic funding under EMJM, and the completion of an EMDM project is not an award criterion for an EMJM.

Duration: 15 months

EU grant: €60 000 lump sum

Activities and outcomes

The beneficiary will initiate contacts and collaboration activities in view of setting up the master’s programme. The latter should offer a fully integrated curriculum. The international partnership of HEIs should be composed by at least three HEIs from three different countries, of which at least two must be EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme.

The master’s programme will include compulsory physical mobility for all recruited students and will have the ambition of recruiting excellent candidates worldwide.

By the end of the project, the involved HEIs will have agreed on the basic following joint mechanisms for the master programme under development:

  • joint procedures for student application, admission, selection and monitoring
  • rules and procedures for student examinations and performance evaluation
  • joint programme design and integrated teaching/training activities
  • common services offered to students
  • joint promotion and awareness-raising strategy
  • joint administrative and financial management by the partnership
  • a joint degree policy
  • a draft partnership agreement
  • a draft joint student agreement

Applications and more information

Erasmus Mundus in the Erasmus+ Programme guide

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