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EMMC: From concept to project


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Presentation by Martin Schifferings from Erasmus Mundus National Structure Germany. Presentation was held at the EMAP training seminar in Ljubljana for future Erasmus Mundus Master Courses consortia (1-4 February 2012). For video see

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EMMC: From concept to project

  1. 1. FROM IDEA TO PROJECTMartin Schifferings, NS Germany ERASMUS MUNDUS ACTIVE PARTICIPATION Vol.2 Training seminar / 1-4 February 2012 / Ljubljana
  2. 2. KEY ELEMENTS• Motivation• Reliable partnership• Programme characteristics• Best practice• Financial Management• Think ahead• Tips and advice
  3. 3. MOTIVATION 1• Make sure your goals match the goals of the programme  READ, READ, READ – ASK, ASK, ASK• Make sure to meet the criteria of the programme• Make sure to have the capacity to run the project – Legal – Administrative – Financial
  4. 4. MOTIVATION 2• Erasmus Mundus IS the • Erasmus Mundus IS NOT right programme, if you the right programme, if want to: you want to: – enhance internationalization of – create mobility possibilities for your established programmes your students – raise the profile of your university – raise additional funds for national – extend european partnerships programmes with partners from all over the – develop an international study world programme – already have a well established international programme and want to underline its excellency
  5. 5. RELIABLE PARTNERSHIP• Ensure support  start at your own university• Elibibility of partners – Recognition of institution – Recognition of degree• Number of partners – The more the better?• Complementarity of partners – Academic rationale!
  6. 6. PROJECT CHARACTERISTICS • Discipline: nearly no restrictions  CREATIVITY • Legislation: rules and regulations in your countries  FLEXIBILITY • Organization: balance of responsibilities and tasks among partners  ACADEMIC / ADMINISTRATIVE • Needs analysis: knowledge on existing programmes / strong links to the labor market/the society  EMPLOYABILITY / INNOVATION
  7. 7. BEST PRACTICE• Remember: One course  one price  one product• Have your project clearly in mind (and on paper) before completing the application form• Give each partner a active and concrete role in the preparation phase  ACTIVITY PLAN / MILESTONES• Schedule physical meetings during preparation phase• Best practice: start 8-10 months before the deadline• Plan at least 3-4 months for the writing
  8. 8. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT• Calculate costs and create a solid budget beforehand• Ensure (long term) institutional commitment• Distribution of funds according to partners needs and financial regulations (e.g. fees)• Income: lump sum and scholarships – Funding starts when course starts  internal funds needed for preparation! – National funding opportunities?  contact your NS!
  9. 9. THINK AHEAD• What can make your project sustainable?• How can you best attract students? – BE INNOVATIVE!!• Prepare for the students – Online application – Infrastructure, documents, deadlines, etc. – Students services and facilities (accomodation, visa, etc.) – Insurance
  10. 10. TIPS AND ADVICE• – guidelines and good practice examples on the management of Joint Degree Programmes• – Handbook of excellent higher education practice / interactive assessment tool• – European Consortium for Accreditation in higher Education (ECA) – Multilateral Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Accreditation Results regarding Joint Programmes (MULTRA)• – Qrossroads presents information regarding quality assured and accredited higher education in Europe• – Cluster project results
  11. 11. !!NEVER GIVE UP!! &THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION ERASMUS MUNDUS ACTIVE PARTICIPATION Vol.2 Training seminar / 1-4 February 2012 / Ljubljana