Joint Master Degrees are 60, 90 or 120 ECTS course

Joint Master Degrees (JMD)
Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility
Version January 2014
Joint Master Degrees in a nutshell
Joint Master Degrees are 60, 90 or 120 ECTS course programmes
organised by consortium of higher education institutions.
Focus is on
o award scholarships to excellent students worldwide
o involve guest lecturers for teaching, training and/or research
1 preperatory year and 3 consecutive student intakes, min. 3
Programme countries, study in at least 2 Programme Countries
Funding for management and student scholarships:
between 2 000 000 and 3 000 000 EUR for whole grant
Yearly deadline = 27 March 200X
General information
Specific information on Joint Master Degrees
Selection procedure
Important KU Leuven information
General information
General objectives
European education and training policies
Reducing early-school leaving
Improving the leadership of teachers via teacher education
Modernizing higher education by improving its quality, efficiency and openness, and by
upgrading the skills and competences of graduates to increase their labour market relevance
Enhancing the international dimension of education and training, in particular sustainable
cooperation with partner countries
Reducing the number of low-skilled adults by means of up-skilling and re-skilling initiatives in the
adult learning (lifelong learning) system
Enhancing transversal skills including digital skills, entrepreneurial skills and language skills
Increasing and improving learning opportunities by digital technologies
Horizontal policy priorities Erasmus+
Key Action 1
Learning mobility of
• Student and staff mobility
• Joint Master Degrees
Key Action 2
Cooperation and
innovation for good
• Strategic partnerships
• Partnerships between the
world of work and
education and training
• IT Support Platforms
• Development, capacity
building, regional
integration, knowledge
exchanges and
modernisation processes.
Key Action 3
Support for policy
• Knowledge collection and
• Prospective initiatives
• Support to European
policy tools
• Cooperation with
international organisations
• Stakeholder dialogue,
policy and programme
Key action 1 – Learning mobility of individuals
Learning mobility of individuals (both intra
Programme countries and with Partner countries)
Joint Master Degrees
• Successors of Erasmus Mundus Action 1 Joint Masters = a
flagship initiative of Lifelong Learning programme
• Focus is on international networks of excellence for teaching,
learning and research
Expected results of this type of funding
= Contribute to the Europe 2020 and
Education & Training 2020 strategies
• Quality improvement, innovation, excellence and
internationalisation of the involved higher education
• Quality and attractiveness if European Higher Education
Area by offering full degree scholarships to the best
Master students worldwide
• Supporting EU external actions in higher education
• Improving level of competencies and skills of Master
graduates (labour market relevance)
Results, dissemination & exploitation
Tangible results: reports, events, newsletters, good practice guide, case studies, ...
Intangible results such as experience gained, increased (language) skills and
awareness by interviews, questionnaires, tests and observations
Define target audiences and approaches
Before, during and after project
Use Erasmus+ dissemination Platform
Information tool
Project database
Tangible deliverables
Showcasing best practices (annual selection by NA or EACEA)
Results, dissemination & exploitation
Multiplier events
• organisation of national and transnational conferences/seminars/events aimed at
sharing and disseminating the intellectual outputs realised by the project
• multiplier events taking place in a Partner Country are not eligible for funding!
Assessment of success
• Facts and figures related to the website of project organisers (updates, visits,
consultation, cross referencing);
• Numbers of meetings with key stakeholders;
• Numbers of participants involved in discussions and information sessions
(workshops, seminars, peer reviews); follow-up measures;
• Visibility in the social media;
• Participation in public events;
• Links with existing networks and transnational partners; transfer of information and
• Impact on regional, national, EU policy measures;
• Feedback from end-users, other stakeholders, peers, policy-makers
Specific information
on Joint Master
Joint Master degrees – timing
Launch call
Selection and
2014 –
3 consecutive
intakes for
and 20172018
4 or 5 year
(depending on
1 or 2 year
First call
• Deadline current call = March 27 2014, 12h00 (Brussels time)
• Start granted projects = between 1 August and 31 October
• 9 grants will be funded
• Calls launched and managed by EACEA
• Average budget/grant = 1,9 million euros
Programme & partner countries Erasmus+
• Programme countries
EU-28 (including Overseas Country and Territory depending on
Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom )
Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
• Rest of the world = partner countries (limitations per action and calls may apply)
the EU
Other partner
Carribean and
Asia and
What is funded? (1/3)
The delivery of a joint master programme
• 60, 90 or 120 ECTS programmes
• three consecutive cohorts off student intakes (4 or 5 year grant agreements depending on the length of the Joint
Master Degree programme)
• organised by and international consortium of HEIs
• guest lecturers are to be included for teaching, tarining and/or research purposes
• a lump sum covering the consortium management fees and a mandatory minimum number of teaching (staff
The award of scholarships to excellent students worldwide
a lumpsum for individual student scholarships covering the entire duration of the Joint Master Degree
scholarship varies in accordance with the students' country of origin, the duration and the amount of tuition
fees charged by the Joint Master Degree consortium,
The scholarship will contribute to cover: travel costs, installation costs, subsistence costs, course fees and
insurance costs
Maximum EUcofinancing rate = 80%
Minimum three HEIs
from three different
participating countries,
one of which must be
an EU Member State.
The active participation
of at least one
organisation from the
non-academic world
What is funded? (2/3)
Joint Master Degree management
€ 20 000 for the preparatory year
€ 50 000 per intake
What is funded? (2/3)
Joint Master Degree student scholarships
Participation costs (higher
amounts must be covered by the
participating organisations, never
by the student):
Max. € 9000/year/scholarship from a
partner country
Travel and installation costs:
€1000/year/scholarship holder
resident of a Programme Country for
travel costs
€2000/year for travel costs + €1000
for installation costs for scholarship
holder resident of a Partner Country
whose location is situated at less than
4000 km from the coordinating HEI
Max. € 4500/year/scholarship from a
programme country
Subsistence costs (except for
preparation activities spent in their
country of residence):
€3000/year for travel costs + €1000
for installation costs for scholarship
holder resident of a Partner Country
whose location is situated at 4000 km
or more from the coordinating HEI
€ 1000/month for the entire duration of
the JMD study programme (24
months maximum).
Important notes on scholarships!
No more than 3 canidates from the same
country (with the same natioanlity) should be
awarded a scholarship during the same intake
Self-funded students should be approx. 25% of
Erasmus+ grant holders
Grant holders from previous Erasmus Mundus
programme of JMD programme are not eligible
Scholarship holders cannot transfer university
credits prior to enrolment in JMD to reduce
mandatory activities
Cumulation of grants for JMD scholarships with
Erasmus+ student or staff mobility grants is not
Eligibility criteria / Who can apply?
Centralised action  Selection and management by the Executive Agency Education,
Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA)
Coordinator = HEI from a Programme country
All participating HEIs from Programme Countries in the consortium
• hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education
• establish interinstitutional agreements amongst each other
All HEIs from Partner Countries establish interinstitutional agreements with HEIs from
Programme Countries
Non-academic partners
enterprises and other representatives of the world of work;
research institutions;
bodies active in the area of education and training;
non-profit organisations, NGOs;
associations, foundations, and other bodies involved in the fields of education and training;
local, regional and national public authorities;
Quality assurance during initial funding period
• Selection process with limited number of grants
• Submission of annual progress reports by consortium
(necessary for next grant instalments)
• Online Mobility tool: qualitative and quantitative monitoring
• Minimally 1 monitoring visit
• Quality review at the end of initial funding period
Selection procedure
Award criteria
Relevance of the project
Quality of project design and implementation
Quality of the project team and the cooperation
Impact and dissemination
Selection procedure
Step 1
by independent
Focus on first
award criterion
(Relevance of
the project)
Pass or fail (=
end of selection)
Step 2
by independent
Focus on three
other award
Ranking of best
Interview round
of consortium
Final list of
Step 3
Selected Joint Master Degrees
Long term support to increase
worldwide visibility and
sustainability prospects
Initial funding period
= 4 tot 5 years with 3
consecutive student
Then, quality review
for the best Joint
Master Degrees
If approved, then
uptake in Joint
Master Degrees
Catalogue with
additional funding for
three student intakes
Erasmus Mundus Master Courses
Current 138 existing Erasmus Mundus Master Courses will be
funded until their end of contract
By the end of agreement, then invitation to apply for selection
procedure (quality review) to the Joint Master Degree Catalogue
After successful quality review: additional funding period of up to
3 student intakes
Erasmus Mundus to Erasmus+
Are you coordinator or partner in a
Erasmus Mundus Action 1 Joint Master?
Did you or the coorinator receive an
invitation from the European Commission
to undergo a quality review?
Please contact International Office for
further support
([email protected])
Important KU Leuven
KU Leuven advice and support
• Before submission via International Office
As soon as possible, inform International Office about intentions
Advice available on request for call specifications, possible (non) academic
partners, consortium management structure, …
Compulsory consultation joint master degree initiatives via
‘Ondersteuningsgroep Interuniversitaire Opleidingen’(OGIO)
• Submission through International Office (rector as legal
After selection via International Office
Communication to EACEA for budget revise, clarifications, …
Grant agreement
Advice on consortium agreement and other documents commiting KU
Leuven via ‘Ondersteuningsgroep Interuniversitaire Opleidingen’
Deadlines call spring 2014
• 28/02/2014: Application form has to be delivered to
[email protected] for compulsory OGIO feedback
• Applications are assessed by Executive Board of KU
Leuven (Gemeenschappelijk Bureau) on 18/03/2014
• Upon approval, final application forms are signed by the
rector (through International Office)
• Only approved and rector signed applications can be
submitted to the external funding body!
More information
• Erasmus+ Programme Guide - Joint Master Degrees (p.
109-116 and Annex 2 p.233-235)
• Erasmus+ intranet page International Office
Johan Evers
International Office
[email protected]
016/37 98 54
Your contact point for Erasmus+
Joint Master degrees

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