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Monday, July 27, 2009

Europe: Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Geospatial Technologies 2010 - 2011

Overview

The Masters program targets holders of Bachelor degrees in application areas of Geographic Information (GI), e.g., environmental planning, regional planning, logistics/traffic, marketing, energy provision, etc.. GI is a rapidly growing market, lacking qualified GI personnel and offering excellent career chances. Therefore, the Masters Program targets life-long learning for graduates and professionals in the fields of geography, surveying, planning, local adminstration, etc., who are willing to acquire additional GI skills for applying them in their respective GI application area.

Awarded joint degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Geospatial Technologies

Partners:

•Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU), Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), Germany
•Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Castellón, Dept. Lenguajes y Sistemas Informaticos (LSI), Spain, and,
•Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação (ISEGI), Lisboa, Portugal.

Medium of instruction: English


Scholarship Conditions

Under Action 2 of Erasmus Mundus the EU Commission offers scholarships to select highly qualified students (for the entire Masters program) and visiting scholars (for 4 months).

Applicants MAY NOT apply to more than three Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses in the same year.

Erasmus Mundus scholarships:

Scholarships for students for the 18-months Erasmus Mundus Masters Course are 35.600 € in total, distributed in periodic payments. The continuation of these payments will be based upon the successful completion of the first, second, and third semester.

The scholarship is a lump sum, meant to cover ALL costs (e.g., tuition fees, travelling, visa costs, accommodation, living expenses, etc.). There will be no further funding except a health insurance, which will be provided by the European Commission.

The study program requires that students provide appropriate laptop computers. Those students granted by the Erasmus Mundus programm who do not possess an appropriate laptop (>= Pentium 4) must buy one from the ERASMUS scholarship before starting the study program. If necessary, UJI and ISEGI can facilitate the procurement.

Scholarships for visiting scholars (4 months) are 13.000 € in total, distributed in periodic payments. The scholarship is a lump sum, meant to cover ALL costs (e.g., travelling, visa costs, accommodation, living expenses, health insurance, etc.). Visiting scholars apply for one of the three universities with the following requirements and tasks:

• Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster (April - July 2010): Requirement: M.Sc. or PhD in Geoinformatics or similar. Tasks: Teaching (min. 4 semester hours per week), research in the context of ongoing research projects
• Universidade Nova de Lisbon, ISEGI (September 2009 - January 2010): Requirement: M.Sc. or PhD in Geoinformatics or similar. Tasks: Teaching (min. 4 semester hours per week), assist with the supervision of Masters projects
• Universitat Jaume I (September 2009 - January 2010): Requirement: M.Sc. or PhD in Geoinformatics or similar. Tasks: Teaching (min. 4 semester hours per week), assist with the supervision of Masters projects.

Definitions:
Third-country graduate student means a national of a third country OTHER THAN

•those from the EU Member States,EEA-EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway)and candidate countries for accession to the European Union (Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey);
•who has already obtained a first higher education degree; who is not a resident of any of the Member States or EEA-EFTA or candidate countries;

•who has not carried out his or her main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the Member States or EEA-EFTA or candidate countries (on EC deadline February 28, 2009);

•and who has been accepted to register or is registered in an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course already.
Third-country scholar means a national of a third country OTHER THAN

•those from from the EU Member States, EEA- EFTA States and candidate countries for accession to the European Union;
•who is not a resident of any of the Member States or EEA-EFTA or candidate countries;

•and who has outstanding academic and/or professional experience.

Eligibility

Only third-country graduate students and scholars and Western Balkans and Turkey Window", who have applied to and have been accepted by an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course, are eligible for a scholarship. All countries of the world - with the exception of the Member States, the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and the candidate countries for accession to the EU (Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey) - are considered third countries. Erasmus Mundus Masters consortia will ensure that third-country students / scholars meet the definition established above. In addition, students from the "Western Balkans and Turkey Window" are eligible to apply for a scholarship for a Mundus Masters Program starting in 2009.

Non-compliance may lead to the cancellation of the scholarship awarded to a student / scholar. However, students may be admitted conditionally to Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses, and selected conditionally for scholarships, on the basis that the scholarship only becomes effective when the students fulfil all the eligibility criteria.

Without prejudice to the respect of high academic standards, in order to ensure a geographical balance across third-country students / scholars, Erasmus Mundus Masters consortia shall respect the following basic criteria when selecting third-country students / scholars:

•no more than 25% of the selected third-country students should come from the same country. Each selected third-country scholar should come from a different country (but they can come from the same countries as students);
•no more than 10% of the selected third-country students should come from the same institution.

http://geotech.uni-muenster.de/downloads/eccontract.pdf

The basis of all scholarship contracts is the contract between the European Commission and the University of Münster. This contract (no. 2007-0064/001/FRAME MUN123) is an integrated part of the scholarship contracts. download Further information about the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/education/external-relation-programmes/doc72_en.htm

Application procedure

Applications in English language are to be sent in parallel

The application requires personal information as well as supporting documents. For a complete list, see the online application form.

All official documents must be included as certified copies both in English or Spanish or Portuguese or French, AND in the original language.

Certification of copies can be performed by the following institutions and persons in Germany, Portugal, or Spain:

County or City Council; Police Department; Court Clerk's Office; Notary Publics, Parish Offices and Health Insurance Companies – and other institutions, if they have an official seal with a state or provincial coat of arms.

The following institutions are allowed to certify copies in other countries: German, or Portuguese, or Spanish Embassies and Consulates and those institutions and persons allowed to certify copies in that particular country.

The copies have been properly certified if the stamp of certification includes an official seal and has been signed by the office-holder or functionary. Loose papers must be certified individually. Attention: Copies of certified copies cannot be accepted!

Please note that we will not be able to send back documents to the applicants after the end of the evaluation procedure!

Only for scholars: The applications of scholars for Erasmus Mundus scholarships will be evaluated and pre-selected by the consortium on the basis of the application form and supporting documents. Selected applicants will be invited to a personal interview by telephone (online, Skype, last week in January). Scholars have to apply for one of the three locations: Lisbon, Castellón, or Münster.


Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster: Dr. Christoph Brox, broxc@uni-muenster.deThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (to be addressed for general information about the Masters Program and specific information about ifgi)

Universidade Nova de Lisboa,
Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação:
Mrs Filomena Caria, fcaria@isegi.unl.pt

Universitat Jaume I,
Department of Computer Languages and Systems (LSI):
Prof. Dr. Joaquín Huerta, huerta@lsi.uji.es

Source: http://geotech.uni-muenster.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1&Itemid=2


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