Eras­mus Mun­dus In­ter­na­tional Master in Adult Ed­u­ca­tion for so­cial change

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Twenty four stu­dents from eigh­teen dif­fer­ent coun­tries are cur­rently study­ing at the

Univer­sity of Malta in what is their sec­ond se­mes­ter in the Eras­mus Mun­dus funded In­ter­na­tional Master in Adult Ed­u­ca­tion for So­cial Change (IMAESC) course.

The Univer­sity of Malta, through its Depart­ment of Arts, Open Com­muities & Adult Ed­u­ca­tion, is one of the par­tic­i­pat­ing uni­ver­si­ties in this joint master’s de­gree pro­gramme to­gether with the Univer­sity of Glas­gow (lead part­ner), Tallinn Univer­sity, Es­to­nia and the Open Univer­sity of Cyprus.

This course is held un­der the Eras­mus Mun­dus Joint Master’s de­gree schol­ar­ship scheme for three con­sec­u­tive pe­ri­ods with a new co­hort start­ing the course ev­ery Septem­ber. The first se­mes­ter takes place in Glas­gow, the sec­ond in Malta and the third in Tallinn. The stu­dents have the op­tion of at­tend­ing sum­mer school in Malaysia at the Univer- sity Sains Malaysia dur­ing the sum­mer months or else work as re­searchers at the UNESCO In­sti­tute for Life­long Learn­ing in Ham­burg.

The course cov­ers both the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal as­pects of adult ed­u­ca­tion with one of the two place­ments tak­ing place in Malta dur­ing the sec­ond se­mes­ter. A num­ber of vis­it­ing schol­ars visit the dif­fer­ent cam­puses though­out the IMAESC pro­gramme and de­liver sem­i­nars in ar­eas con­nected with their re­search.

The course also al­lows en­rol­ment of self-funded stu­dents in ad­di­tion to the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents and lo­cal bod­ies are en­cour­aged to spon­sor stu­dents through their own schol­ar­ship schemes. Mal­tese stu­dents can there­fore ap­ply to join this course ei­ther through the Eras­mus Mun­dus Schol­ar­ship scheme or through their coun­tries’ na­tional schol­ar­ship schemes. To date there have not been any Mal­tese ap­pli­cants.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the course start­ing in Septem­ber 2017 through the Eras­mus Mun­dus Schol­ar­ship scheme have now closed but it is still pos­si­ble for Mal­tese stu­dents to ap­ply for a place as lo­cally funded stu­dents through the schol­ar­ship schemes pro­vided by the Mal­tese Gov­ern­ment in­clud­ing those of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment. It is hoped that bu­reau­cratic ob­sta­cles do not stand in the way of suc­cess­ful lo­cal schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents join­ing the course in Septem­ber.

Stu­dents started the Malta se­mes­ter in earnest in Fe­bru­ary af­ter hav­ing had an ori­en­ta­tion week at Univer­sity dur­ing which they met dif­fer­ent of­fi­cials from the in­sti­tu­tion. They were also given a guided tour of Val­letta by the two co­or­di­na­tors in Malta. The over­all course co­or­di­na­tor, Dr Bon­nie Slade from Univer­sity of Glas­gow, was present for the Malta se­mes­ter ori­en­ta­tion week.

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