The European Masters in Marine Environment and Resources, coordinated by the University of the Basque Country, will be given at the new Plentzia Marine Station research centre
Aiming to enhance the quality of European higher education, the Erasmus Mundus cooperation and mobility programme, in its first action, provides support for European joint Master’s and Doctoral programmes selected by relevance and exceptional academic quality with the final objective of promoting the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world, as well as intercultural understanding through cooperation with third-countries. Joint Master’s programmes imply mobility between at least three universities in the consortium and offer scholarships to European and third-country students to enable their participation. A total of 177 proposals for Master’s were presented in the last call (4 with participation from the University of the Basque Country), among which only thirty have been selected for financing.
Until now, the Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea participated as a member associated with an Erasmus Mundus Master’s and Doctorate (Master’s and Doctorate in Water and Coastal Management), coordinated by the Universidad de Cádiz, but for the first time, the UPV/EHU now receives the prestigious European label as coordinating member of the Erasmus Mundus European Master in Marine Environment and Resources (MER).
The first edition of the MER Erasmus Mundus Master’s will take place in the 2013-’14 academic year, but since the 2006-’07 academic year, the MER (European Master in Marine Environment and Resources) has been offered by the University of the Basque Country in coordination with the Université de Bordeaux I and the University of Southampton. In the past 2011-’12 edition, there were 20 students (compared to 10 in the first edition), the majority of whom were foreigners. The Master’s is 2 years long (120 ECTS credits), with a stay in Bordeaux during the first semester, the second semester at the UPV/EHU, the third at Southampton and fourth semester is dedicated to the Master’s thesis and can be chosen among associated universities. The new edition of this Master’s will begin in September at the Plentzia Marine Station, headquarters of the Master’s and Doctorates of “Marine Environment and Resources” and “Environmental Pollution and Toxicology “.
The new MER Erasmus Mundus will be given by the Université de Liege, which becomes a partner this year, in addition to the three universities University of the Basque Country, Université de Bordeaux I and University of Southampton, and will be collaborating with several associated institutes: Tecnalia AZTI Foundation, Universidad de Cádiz and the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (Spain); Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture science (CEFAS) (UK), Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l´Environne and the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (French Polynesia); HR Wallingford limited (UK), Station of Sub-marine Research and Oceanography and Rivages pro Tech (Suez-Lyonnaise des eaux GRP) (France); School of Administration, Finance and Technology (Colombia), Nanjing University and Marine Environmental Research and Innovation Technology-HKU (China), University of Western Australia (Australia); University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA); University of Aegean (Greece); Central University of Ecuador (Ecuador); Autonomous University of Baja California (Mexico) and Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) (Norway). Thanks to funding from Erasmus Mundus, 36 students per year will be able to take part in the Master’s. They will also be able to benefit from the scholarships granted by the European Commission to cover travel, accommodation, registration fees, insurance, as well as provisions for monthly expenses. The EM MER will be coordinated by Prof. Ionan Marigomez, who will see recognition for work conducted in the coordination of the MER Master’s since its beginning and in preparation for the Erasmus Mundus proposal.
The prestigious Erasmus Mundus label has also been awarded to the European Master’s Programme in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT), in which the University of the Basque Country participates as an associated partner, although it will not receive financing. The Erasmus Mundus proposal has its roots in the Master’s from the University of the Basque Country “Hizkuntzaren azterketa eta prozesamendua “, which is given in Basque since the 2006-’07 academic year and consists of 60 credits. The new European Master’s with the Erasmus Mundus label will last 2 years (120 credits), coordinated by the German university, Saarland University, and will include the participation of other universities like Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, University of Trento, University of Malta, University of Groningen and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.