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EUROSA Information Session on Mobility

On Wednesday, 6 February 2013 an Information Session on EUROSA scholarships was held at UNIVEN’s Senate Chambers. More than 50 members of the University Community, including academics, SRC representatives and senior students attended. Ms Merle Hodges, the immediate past President and current member of the Executive Council of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) visited UNIVEN to introduce students and staff members to the opportunities afforded by this international mobility programme. Ms Hodges presently serves as Director of the Office for International Affairs at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, which is the Local Coordinating University of the EUROSA consortium.

The EUROSA project is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 scholarship programme which is funded by the European Commission. UNIVEN is one of the eight South African EUROSA partner universities. Applicants from the partner universities enjoy preferential treatment when it comes to the allocation of the scholarships. The consortium is coordinated by the University of Antwerp and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). It promotes mobility for students, researchers, academic and administrative staff from South Africa to Europe. It makes mobility grants available to 79 South African master students, doctoral students and staff to spend a period abroad at one of the partner institutions. It offers both exchange and full PhD and Master opportunities. It facilitates 1 – 3 month staff exchanges for senior academics and administrators. The 17 partner institutions are committed to connecting South Africa and Europe through cooperation, exchange of good practices and sharing knowledge and expertise at various levels and in various fields.

The session was chaired by UNIVEN’s Director of International Relations, Mr Cornelius Hagenmeier, who also provided information specific to UNIVEN applicants and offered assistance to UNIVEN applicants.

Merle Hodges engaged with the audience on the value of the international mobility experience and introduced the technical detail of the EUROSA programme. Ms. Hasina Cassim, a staff member of the School of Education and Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, shared her experience as a doctoral exchange student at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She emphasised the value which was added through the exposure to a different learning environment and the exposure to seminars and conferences in the host country.

Applications for student and staff mobility commencing in 2013 must be submitted on or before 15 March 2013. Applications are already accepted now. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek the assistance of the Directorate of International Relations in the application process. It will guide every interested member of the University Community through the application process, provided that you contact the Directorate on or before 15 March 2013.