The Erasmus Mundus Programme aims to enhance the quality of higher education in Europe, to promote the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world and promote intellectual dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with Third Countries. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in non-European countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.
MEME was initiated under the Erasmus Mundus Programme 2009-2013 of the European Commission. Part of this programme (“Action 1A”) funds international joint master’s courses with the aim of fostering cooperation between higher education institutions and academic staff in Europe and third countries. The joint courses must satisfy high quality standards, involve mobility between institutions of the consortium and lead to the award of a recognized joint, double or multiple degree to successful students.
As from 2014, all educational activities of the European Commission are under the umbrella of the new Erasmus+ Programme. We hope that the funding of MEME by the European Commission will continue as part of the Erasmus+ initiative.