MEME was initiated in 2010 as a joint master degree programme under the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Commission. As from 2014, all educational activities of the European Commission are integrated in the new Erasmus+ Programme.
This programme combines all schemes for education, training, youth and sport, including Erasmus Mundus. The Erasmus+ 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 partner 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.