Erasmus Mundus: Global Studies (EMGS)
Following in 2005 a call for application by the European Commission, the Consortium of the Joint Master’s course in "Global Studies – A European perspective" came into existence and in 2010 funding was approved for a further 5 years.
The founding members of the European Master in Global Studies (EMGS) Consortium comprised besides the University of Leipzig three leading European universities, namely the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of Wroclaw (Poland).
In 2007 the EMGS-Consortium established partnerships with four well-known non-European Universities that are the Dalhousie University (Canada), the Macquarie University (Australia), the University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) which allows to offer to European students to study for one term at one of them.
In 2010 the Consortium was extended to the Roskilde University (Denmark), the Fudan University (China) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) covering an even broader geographical area and academic scope.
In 2015 the Ghent University (Belgium) joined the programme as an associated Partner University.
Students choosing the programme study at two different European universities, at each for one academic year. After having successful completed the programme they are able to analyze processes of globalization in various academic ways and are thus well-prepared for both, academic positions dealing with global phenomena and jobs in supranational agencies and non-governmental organizations, as they are ready to work as intercultural mediators and in the fields of development cooperation, economy, management and beyond.
The EMGS-consortium holds a winter school and a summer school every year, which consists of workshops and lectures offered by the teaching staff of all our Consortium universities. During these events student groups from the different places come together to get to know their colleagues and to experience the transnationality of their study programm.
A further annual highlight in the EMGS-Consortium schedule is the Graduation Ceremony that is organized every November celebrating the successful completion of the Master degree and handing out the graduation certificate.
Thanks to the Erasmus Mundus programme the EMGS-Consortium is in the favourable position to offer for some selected students full-time grants.
In 2008 the programme was awarded the quality label “TOP 10 International Master’s degree courses” produced in Germany by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for its innovative concept, high-quality teaching, high degree of internationalization, comprehensive quality assurance mechanisms, excellent support service as well as convincing alumni results.
The continuous quality of the programme is assured through a constant evaluation process by its students, and alumni, the teaching and administrative personnel, as well as by external review.
The Universities of Leipzig, Halle-Wittenberg, Jena and Erfurt are establishing a collective research forum for Social Sciences and Humanities starting 1st December 2016 entitled ‘Forum for the Study of the Global Condition’
During the welcome speech at an Erasmus Mundus Conference “Mastering Joint Excellence” held in Brussels at the end of June the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Patricia Reilly highlighted the EMGS programme as one out of two Erasmus Mundus success stories.