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1 Management and Challenges of International Mobility with South Caucasus: ALRAKIS Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia November-December 2011 Dr. Carlos Machado Göttingen International Georg-August Universität Göttingen (UGOE)

2 What is Erasmus Mundus What is ALRAKIS Partners Mobility flows Selection criteria Application procedures Services for Students and Challenges Presentation

3 WHAT IS Erasmus Mundus? The EM ECW is a co-operation and mobility scheme in the area of higher education co-operation launched by Europe Aid cooperation Office in 2007 and implemented by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Main objective: to achieve better understanding and mutual enrichment between the European Union and third countries co-operation in the field of higher education through promoting the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at higher education level. More information:

4 Other objectives To promote cooperation between sending and hosting institutions, thus mutually enriching the educational environment of both the hosting and sending institutions in the European and Third-countries; To enable students to benefit linguistically, culturally and educationally from the experience of pursuing academic studies in another country. To improve the transparency and recognition of studies and qualifications, in particular by favouring the practical implementation of Common Areas of Higher education triggered by the interest in the "acquis" of the Bologna process; To enhance the skills and qualifications of foreign higher education staff so that they can contribute actively towards improvement of quality and pertinence, to university research, to changes in system governance and to innovation of higher education through an institution-based visiting teacher exchange system; To build the capacity of the administration and public and private sector by participation of their staff in higher education mobility activities (especially through doctorate and post-doctorate activities); To enhance in the medium term the political, cultural, educational and economical links between the European Union and third countries;

5 What is ALRAKIS 1 projects financed by the EACEA in Lot 7 Lot 7 concerns to citizens from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia - the South Caucasian region. Duration: 48 months from 15 July 2011 until 14 July 2015 Main objectives of ALRAKIS project: To improve capacity building of third countries To facilitate internationalisation of studies To promote gender balance, equal opportunities and analytical teaching/learning skills To generate Research incubators and exchange of knowledge To develop cooperation enterprise-university

6 Partnership: Göttingen University grant holder

7 Faculties ( 13, 180 Institutes) Agriculture Biology Chemistry Economics and Business Administration Forestry and Forest Ecology Geosciences and Geography Law Theology Mathematics - incl. Informatics Medicine Philosophy Physics Social Sciences

8 EU Partnership Other EU universities KTH Stockholm- SE Università di Tuscia - IT Graz University - AT USC, Compostela - E Warsaw University of Life Sciences - PL KU Leuven - BE Tallin University - ET

9 Network of Universities in Caucasus Yerevan State University, AM Yerevan Medical State University, AM Eurasia University, AM Baku State University, AZ Qafqaz University, AZ Azerbaijan University of Languages, AZ Ilia State University, GE Georgia Technical University, GE Akaki Tsereteli State University, GE Tbilisi State Medical University, GE Shosta Rustaveli State University, GE

10 Mobilities for ALRAKIS Expected number of mobilities I

11 Characteristics of the mobility programme EMUNDUS BENEFICIARIES Beneficiaries of EMUNDUS can belong to any of the following groups: –Target Group 1: students and academic staff from one of the universities of the consortium. –Target Group 2: nationals from the three South Caucasian republics registered or having obtained a university degree or equivalent in a higher education institution of these countries not included in the partnership. –Target Group 3***: Nationals from these three South Caucasian countries who are in a particular vulnerable situation for political, social or economic reasons or because of physical disabilities.

12 Mobilities for ALRAKIS Expected number of mobilities II

13 Priority areas Academic levels: Undergraduate, Master, PhD, post-doctorate and academic staff. No priority fields of study but: Agricultural Sciences, Education and teacher training, Natural Sciences Business and Management, Engineering and Technology, Medical Sciences, Geography and geology, Social Sciences.

14 Characteristics of the mobility programme GRANT AMOUNT EMUNDUS program covers the travel expenses, the insurance costs, and a monthly subsistence allowance of: – €1,000 for Undergraduate and Master – €1,500 for Doctorate – €1,800 for Post-doctorate – €2,500 for Academic staff DURATION OF THE MOBILITY South Caucasian beneficiaries: Undergraduate: 6 to 10 months Master: 10 to 22 months Doctorate: 12 – 34 months Post-doctorate: months Academic staff: 1 month

15 Things to REMEMBER in the mobility programme ACADEMIC RECOGNITION The participation in this programme guarantees the mutual recognition of credits between the sending and the hosting institutions of the consortium. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Launching: 15 th December th March 2012 BEGINNING OF THE MOBILITIES Date for beginning of individual mobilities: 1 st May 2011 It must be taken into account that most of the BA and MA mobilities will start from August Deadline for beginning of ALL individual mobilities: 30 th December 2012

16 Selection criteria MA and BA students Academic Merit /50 Assessment on transcript of records x 15 Assessment of student's knowledge to follow your program x 10 Student's profile compatible with your study offer x 10 Student's additional qualifications, prizes… x 5 Student's involvement in research, publications… x 5 Student's fufillment of official prerequisites for the envisaged studies x 5 Motivation and recommendation /20 Assessment on student's motivation to study at your university/department x 10 To what extent is the student's proposal relevant for his/her studies x 5 To what extent is there a relevant recommendation letter x 5 Language and other requirements /30 Applicant's language requirements related to your study programme (based on diplomas, test centers, etc) x 20 How do you rate the language level used in the application x 10 TOTAL

17 Selection criteria PhD and Postdocs Academic Merit /30 Research proposal /25 Motivation and recommendation /20 Assessment on student's motivation to study at your university/department x 10 To what extent is the student's proposal relevant for his/her studies x 5 To what extent is there a relevant recommendation letter x 5 Language and other requirements /25 Applicant's language requirements related to your study programme (based on diplomas, test centers, etc) x 15 How do you rate the language level used in the application x 10 TOTAL

18 Selection criteria academic stafff Academic Merit /50 Involvement of academic staff/administrative member in teaching/training assignments in your faculty/department x 15 Assessment on academic/administrative staff activity plan for this exchange x 25 Applicant's level of scientific and/or professional publications x 5 To what extent will your faculty/department benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the academic/administrative staff member x 5 Motivation and recommendation /20 Assessment on applicant's motivation to study at your university/department x 5 To what extent is the applicant's proposal relevant for his/her professional career x 5 Involvement of the applicant's in international activities or exchanges x 5 To what extent is there a relevant recommendation letter x 5 Language and sustainability /30 How do you rate the language level of the applicant (from application, diplomas) x 20 To what extent this exchange will help to strengthen the international cooperation in the longer term x 10 TOTAL

19 Application procedures Required Documentation Certified copies of certificates and transcript of records (with translations into English if necessary) Motivation letter Approved ECTS study plan by the home university – learning agreement (in case of credit seekeing students at Bachelor-Master-Doctoral student) Language certificates on the language of instruction (a statement given by the home institution is enough for exchange students, but for degree seeking students an internationally recognised language test – TOEFL or IELTS may be required) CV (preferably in Europass format) Recommendation letter(s) Research and training programme (for doctorate and post doctorate mobility) Invitation letter by host institute (for doctorate, post doctorate and staff mobilty) Teaching, research and training plan (for staff mobility) Documents indicating the candidate belongs to TG3 (if necessary) ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ENGLISH

20 Degree structure in Göttingen Year Entry (BSc) Examinations Doctoral Thesis Thesis Defense MSc degree First segment (90 Credits) MSc Thesis Doctoral Programme (30 Credits) Bachelor (3 years), Master (2 years) → Doctorate (3 years) MSc/PhD – programme: direct access into PhD after first year of Master

21 Services for Students and Academics

22 Office of Student Affairs – Team International Student Service Responsibilities: Support for international students  Formalities (application, enrollment)  Support in finding accommodation  Counseling on financial support  Support in dealing with authorities and departments  Pick up service by student tutors (not everywhere)  Welcome party  Excursions  Foyer International

23 Challenges –Housing (especially for families) –Different needs –Child care –Offers in English language –Credit transfer system (compatibility)

24 Contact Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Stabstelle Göttingen International Von-Siebold-Str. 4 D Göttingen Tel: / Fax: / Web: ALRAKIS: More information: – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency: – Erasmus Mundus II programme: – European Commission:

25 25 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Viele Dank Спасибо за внимание! Thanks for your attention


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