Friday, 4 September 2020

Erasmus+ Call 2020: projects for international mobility and the new “European Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy” (ME3+) have been funded

The results of the selections for awarding European funding are very positive results for UniTrento

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The projects submitted by the University of Trento within the Erasmus+ Call 2020 for the implementation of student, academic and administrative staff mobility in Europe and the rest of the world have been selected for funding. This confirms UniTrento’s solid international orientation and the intention to offer the University community opportunities for enrichment through a period abroad and interaction with foreign colleagues.

The resources of the European Commission have been constantly increasing over the past 5-year period and for the a.y. 2020/2021 amount to 1,535,000 euros to support mobility within European countries for the purpose of study and internship for students (both during and after their university career), or teaching and training in the case of academic and administrative staff.

Additional funding of 835,000 euros has been awarded for exchanges to and from non-European countries over a period of 3 years, specifically with 19 UniTrento partner universities in 10 countries (Japan, Russia, India, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Tunisia, South Africa, Bangladesh and Vietnam). Thanks to this program, every year academic and administrative staff from all over the world populate the UniTrento campus and classrooms, thereby contributing to their internationalization. Furthermore, UniTrento professors can hold courses and seminars at partner institutions, which helps to strengthen collaboration and lay the foundations for further exchanges.

The new “European Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy” (ME3+) has been selected within the prestigious action Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees. ME3+ is a joint study programme of excellence of which UniTrento is a partner with its Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM) and this represents an opportunity for students interested in the Master in Energy Engineering to embark on an interdisciplinary and international path. In fact, the programme is based on the integration of management and engineering, in addition to the inter-linked fields of energy and the environment connected to international challenges. ME3+ provides mobility to at least two European partner institutions and a double degree is awarded upon completion of the programme.

In particular, UniTrento is involved in the study track “Project Manager in Smart Cities and Industry 4.0” with the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) and IMTA Institut Mines Telecom Atlatique (France – project coordinator). This track allows students to obtain the Italian Laurea Magistrale in Energy Engineering (LM-30) and the Master of Science in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering (IMTA, France). In addition to the universities mentioned, the University of Borås (Sweden) is also a partner in the project. European funding for ME3+ is over 3 million euros, including 60 scholarships (€ 1,000/month for 2 years, as well as contributions for travel and participation costs) to be awarded to the best students from all over the world in 4 cohorts starting from the a.y. 2021/22. The call for applications will be published in the coming months.