The European Commission has granted the coordination of a new prestigious Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (EMA2) project with Latin America to the University of Groningen. The consortium ‘EURICA’ (EUrope and ameRICA: Enhancing University Relationships by Investing in Cooperative Actions) has budgeted a total of € 4.3 million mainly to be spent on excellence scholarships for student and researcher mobility between selected countries in the two regions.
The programme is coordinated by the University of Groningen together with long-time partner Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Full members: Latin America
Argentina: Universidad Nacional del Sur, Universidad Nacional de Misiones
Chile: Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Magallanes
Colombia: Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad del Magdalena
El Salvador: Universidad de El Salvador
Guatemala: Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Honduras: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Co-coordinator); Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Zacatecas
Nicaragua: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua
Full members: Europe
Czech Republic: Palacky University Olomouc
Estonia: Tallinn University of Technology
Italy, University of Salento
Netherlands: University of Groningen (Coordinator)
Poland: University of Lodz
Romania: Polytechnic University of Bucharest
Spain: University of Valladolid
EURICA foresees a total of 292 mobility flows for students, researchers and staff on all levels (bachelor, master, PhD, post-doctoral and staff) from both target countries in Latin America to EU partners (192) as well as vice versa (100). Mobility will take place in three different cohorts in the period 2014-2017.
Students and researchers in a broad range of academic fields may apply: Agricultural Sciences; Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning; Business Studies and Management Sciences; Education, Teacher Training; Engineering, Technology; Geography, Geology; Law; Mathematics, Informatics; Medical Sciences; Natural Sciences; Social Sciences; Communication and Information Sciences; Public Administration, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Human Rights
The first call for applications is envisaged to open in October 2013 for mobility to start in 2014 and a dedicated website will be launched by late September.
The University of Groningen has experience with the coordination of previous EMA2 projects in Mexico (2008), Mexico & Central America (2009), Argentina (2011), and South Africa (2012).
Information about other Erasmus Mundus projects the University of Groningen is a current partner in may be found
. Europlata, BABEL, Mundus Lindo and PEACE each deal with Latin America and will open their 2nd call for applications around September 2013.
Other projects granted in July 2013 in which the University of Groningen is a partner are:
- AURORA II (coordinator University of Turku, Finland) for cooperation with Russia
- IANUS II (coordinator University of Iasi, Romania) for cooperation with Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
- HUMERIA (coordinator University of Tallinn, Estonia) for cooperation with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
- LOTUS IV (coordinator Ghent University, Belgium) for cooperation with Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam
- NAMASATE (coordinator, University of Goettingen, Germany) for cooperation with India
Prof. Hub. Hermans, Faculty of Arts
Joyce Fongers, Office for International Relations
Ing. Armando Lodigiani
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