Erasmus Mundus International Master in Adult Education for social change
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.