The MEME programme was established in 2010 on the basis of an Erasmus Mundus grant by the EU that covered the five cohorts (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15). To be eligible for continued funding (now under the new Erasmus+ scheme of the EU), all 50 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Programmes having started in 2010 were invited to participate in a “quality review,” an extensive assessment procedure including a self-assessment of the programme, the assessment of student satisfaction by the EMA (the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association), and interviews of the programme coordinators with a panel of experts in graduate education. The overall evaluation of the MEME programme was very good. Moreover, MEME is one of the 19 programmes considered to be of such quality to be included in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Catalogue. This means that most probably we can count on the continuation of EU funding for an intake of four more cohorts.
During the review process we received various useful suggestions; these will be taken at heart and will undoubtedly lead to further improvements of the programme. In general, however, the satisfaction of students and the EU was very high, as exemplified by the following student statement (EMA Assessment of Student Satisfaction): “I really enjoyed my studies in MEME and I wouldn’t wanna have missed it for the world! Best two years of my life, professionally and personally!