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.