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Economics of Globalisation and European Integration


Course Description

About the programme

The ERASMUS MUNDUS M.A. Economics of Globalisation and European Integration is a specialised academic training programme. The objective is to develop competences in the core subjects of the Programme for European and third country economists with career aspirations in universities, government and international organisations, and in research departments of large banks and economic research departments of large industrial or commercial corporations. Third country students will especially profit from an increased awareness of the place of the EU in the world economy in general, and with respect to worldwide globalisation and international trade in particular.

Content

in the field of economics of globalisation, international trade and European economic integration. It provides a profound insight into the current scientific knowledge in this field and is supported by scientific research at the partner universities, both at these universities individually and in a network context. The Programme leads to an in-depth understanding in the following core fields: Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Open Economy Macroeconomics and International Finance, Economics of Globalisation, Economics of European Integration, and International Trade: Theory and Policy. As a master degree in economics should also include a strong quantitative component, Applied Econometrics is taught as an additional core discipline.

Added value

The M.A. focuses on conveying the new insights that come from recent economic research with respect to the impact on the relations with the emerging economies in East Asia and Latin America of social evolutionary processes like trade globalisation, globalisation on international financial markets, globalised governance and the ‘knowledge economy’. In doing so, the M.A. programme adds to university excellence and yields European added value, thereby, at least indirectly, contributing to European competitiveness.

The M.A. programme also creates specific European added value and is completely in line with the Bologna declaration, the Berlin Communiqué and with EUA Joint Master Recommendations through 6 specific features:
- European integration is one of the two core subjects of the Master Programme Economics of Globalisation and European Integration;
- a joint European degree: 7 European universities from 6 EU countries, together with 2 universities from BRICS countries, jointly award a consortium diploma;
- ECTS: the joint degree programme in entirely conceived within the philosophy and practice of the ECTS grading system;
internal and external quality control is in place in accordance with ENIC-NARIC recommendations;
- mobility: students move during the academic year as a group over three locations to three different countries, at least two of which are European; there is also teacher mobility;
- language: students stay during the year in three different language environments and they are offered the possibility to receive free and credited language courses in the corresponding countries.

Structure

The study-programme is full-time and runs over one year. The language of instruction is English. Courses are taught by professors from all partner universities. Professors from all partner universities act as supervisors and evaluators of the final dissertation.
The Programme consists of 60 ECTS credits, the taught part of the programme consisting of 45 credits and the dissertation having a weight of 15 credits. One credit is roughly equivalent to 25 working hours (lectures, assignments and study time).
Optional, but credited, language courses are offered in each of the languages of the countries involved in the Consortium (English excepted).

More details on http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.EGEI&n=96030

Degree awarded

The programme leads to a master degree called M.A. Economics of Globalisation and European Integration.
The diplomas are certified jointly by the partners and are signed by the Rector, President or Vice-chancellor of each partner university.

Student profile

The programme is aimed at students with career aspirations in research, in government and international organisations, and in research departments of large banks and industrial and commercial corporations.

Admission requirements

The programme is open to students who have earned 240 ECTS credits in an economics or applied economics university study programme or have a bachelor degree in these areas that is considered by the Joint Studies Board to be equivalent.
Applicants who are enrolled in the final year of their academic programme should submit an official letter in English from their university confirming that they are expected to finalise their course at the end of the current academic year, and submit up-to-date authenticated transcripts with the results of the previous years.

The proficiency in English of the students of the participating universities is checked by the local academic co-ordinators. Students from other universities should submit proof of an internet-based TOEFL level of minimum 90 (or its equivalent in another TOEFL score system), or a IELTS grade of at least 6.5, or should submit proof of having studied at least one academic year in an English-language programme.

The selection procedure of all students (with and without an EM scholarship) is a common one. After having passed the eligibility check (see above) the candidates are first ranked according to their study results (GPA and/or class of degree). The weights used to differentiate those applicants who passed the eligibility tests, are the following: 30% for the type of diploma, 30% for the GPA average, 20% for fluency in English and 20% for the reputation of the home university based on the Shanghai ranking. This ‘reputation’ criterion is applied in conjunction with the requirement to strive for regional balance in the student population. The global intake of new students (with and without a scholarship) is limited to 45.

Application form: http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.EGEI&n=93777

Visit the Economics of Globalisation and European Integration page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

– Firstly, student candidates have to apply to and be accepted by the Consortium. The University of Antwerp acts as coordinator of the Consortium. All applications for scholarships have to be addressed to this university. The selection criteria are the same for those who apply for an Erasmus Mundus Student Scholarship and for those who do not apply for a scholarship.All candidates must use the appropriate application form and submit it at the latest on 31 December 2014.Applicants should carefully read the instructions on the application page with respect to the documents that have to be submitted. Applicants for a student scholarship should see to it that the required 'paper file' arrives at the University of Antwerp at the latest on 10 January 2015.– Secondly, the consortium ranks all eligible candidates on the basis of merit.– Thirdly, the Consortium asks the European Commission to award scholarships to the best applicants in each of the categories. For each category it submits a list of effective candidates (equal in number to the number of available scholarships) and also a reserve list.– Finally, the European Commission approves the lists and agrees to award a specific number of scholarships.The amount of the scholarshipThe 'Partner Country' student scholarship amounts to 23,000 euros per academic year. This includes 4,000 euros for travel and installation costs, 7,000 euros for academic and insurance costs (including the tuition fee) and 12 monthly grants of 1,000 euros.The 'Programme Country' student scholarship amounts to 16,300 euros. This includes 1,000 euros for travel and installation costs, 3,300 euros for academic and insurance costs (including the tuition fee) and 12 monthly grants of 1,000 euros.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 23.000 EUR/year

Eligibility

Partner Country scholarships can be awarded to students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in a Programme Country. Programme Country scholarships can be awarded to students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries. Students with a Partner Country nationality who do not fulfil the Partner Country criteria defined above count as Programme Country students.

Application Procedure

http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.EGEI&n=93777

Further Information

http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.EGEI&n=93770


(Scholarship)

Belgian Technical Cooperation Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Belgian Technical Cooperation Agency (BTC) grants scholarships to nationals from its 18 partner countries (see for full list http://www.btcctb.org/en/countries-and-themes).
Duration: from 1 to 2 academic years
The scholarships includes:
- a tuition fee waiver
- insurance
- one return flight
- family supplement
- accommodation allowance,
- indirect travel costs,
- installation allowance,
- didactic allowance,
- mailing allowance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~10,000 EUR/year

Eligibility

Nationals of:
Algeria Mozambique Belgium Niger Benin Palestine Bolivia Peru Bolivia (ES) Perú (ES) Burundi Rwanda DR Congo Senegal Ecuador South Africa Ecuador (ES) Tanzania Mali Uganda Morocco Vietnam

Application Procedure

The BTC has a delegation in each of its partner countries. This delegation, usually based at the Belgian Embassy, handles the application and selection procedure. The application procedure and overall requirements vary per country. For further information, please contact the delegation in your country:http://www.btcctb.org or diplomatie.belgium.be

Further Information

http://www.vub.ac.be/en/scholarship/btc



Entry Requirements

The programme is open to students who have earned 240 ECTS credits in an economics or applied economics university study programme or have a bachelor degree in these areas that is considered by the Joint Studies Board to be equivalent.

Course Fees

EEA students: 3300 EUR / Non EEA students 7000 EUR


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