Cherp Discusses the First 10 Years of MESPOM

MESPOM, a European Commission-supported Erasmus Mundus Masters program in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management operated by CEU, three other leading European universities and two North American universities, turns 10 years old this year. Aleh Cherp, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and MESPOM Consortium coordinator recalls how MESPOM started out 10 years ago as one of the first Erasmus Mundus (EM) Masters programs.

“It felt very special and exciting to pioneer joint European education: selecting students from diverse countries and backgrounds, designing courses based on complementary competences of the partners, setting up common academic quality assurance processes, and, last but not least, arranging the unique graduation ceremony on a boat cruising the beautiful Danube,” he says. Although the number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships has gradually declined, and the majority of students in the last cohort will graduate in 2016, the Consortium looked into possibilities of continuing MESPOM beyond 2016. In October 2014, the MESPOM Academic Board decided to start 'MESPOM-3'; this decision was supported by participating Universities who also made financial aid commitments to the programme.

MESPOM partners include the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, the University of Manchester, CEU, the University of the Aegean, Middlebury College, and University of Saskatchewan.

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