DIT in winning bids for international joint Masters programmes

Leading Irish institution for Erasmus Mundus and Atlantis funding

11th August 2009

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DIT has been successful in two separate bids for the funding of joint Masters degree programmes with partner universities in Europe and the USA.

There were 182 applications worldwide under the Erasmus Mundus Programme 2009-2013 for European Masters Courses. Six Irish applications were successful as compared with only two during the first phase of the programme. Of the six, two DIT programmes were accepted ? the Masters in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition which will be run in partnership with Katholiek Universiteit Leuven; the University of Applied Science Anhalt and the Catholic Portuguese University; the Masters in Early Childhood Education and Care which will be run in partnership with Oslo University College; and the University of Malta.

The other four successful applications from Ireland were from UCD (two) and one each in Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick. The Erasmus Mundus funding is made available to the partner institutions and also in scholarships to students applying to the individual programmes.

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to ?enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with Third-Countries. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of Higher education institutions in Third Countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.? Further details are available at http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/funding/2009/selection/selection_action_1_2009_en.php

Separately DIT and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia have been chosen as the European lead institutions in partnership with Purdue University to develop a dual degree programme in Technology, Innovation and Sustainability, funded under the EU-US Atlantis programme, awarded by the US Department of Education. The programme will "develop critical skills for making individuals and enterprises more competitive, responsible and prepared for international work and global citizenship." It is the only such award involving an Irish institution of higher education. According to Dr. Mike Murphy, Director and Dean of Engineering, "It is an honour for DIT to be chosen to partner with such a prestigious European institution as the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Europe, and to build even stronger links with the equally prestigious Purdue University in the USA."

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