New International Masters announced

The University of Glasgow and its three consortium partners - the University of Malta, the Open University of Cyprus and Tallinn University – have won funding to deliver scholarships for the joint Erasmus Mundus International Masters degree in Adult Education for Social Change.

The funding will provide for a total of 55 full scholarships, covering fees, travel, accommodation and subsistence, for three intakes of students over a five-year period from 2016 – 2020.

They will involve study and practical work experience in the UK, Malta and Estonia, with an optional summer School in Malaysia, at Universite Sains Malaysia.

This new interdisciplinary masters degree is based on a shared concern about social inequality and a belief that adult educators can contribute to social change based on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

It brings together European and international universities, Vocational Education and Training institutions, private companies, community-based organisations and policy units who recognise that Adult Education for Social Change is a powerful tool in producing competent, critical citizens and for developing just, equitable and democratic societies.

This innovative two-year Masters programme has been received with great enthusiasm by Prof Heribert Hinzen, Senior Policy Advisor at Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband DVV International, who said: “Excellent work done, and so many opportunities to work on this jointly, and extend into many more areas. This is the best news of the summer.”

Professor Arne Carlsen, Director of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, said he was “delighted that the European Commission will prioritise this”.

An official website will be launched on September 1; in the meantime, interested applicants can find further details on the postgraduate programme page.

First published: 31 August 2015

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