Erasmus Mundus Action 2, Strand 1 (EMA2-Strand-1) Projects

The overall aim of EMA2-Strand-1 is to promote European higher education, to help to improve and enhance the career prospects of students and to promote intercultural understanding through cooperation with third countries, in accordance with EU external policy objectives in order to contribute to the sustainable development of third countries in the field of higher education.
It includes partnerships between European and third-country higher education institutions, exchange and mobility at all levels of higher education, including a scholarship scheme. This means support for mobility for students (undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral) and for staff (academic and administrative). Please read further to learn about the background of HERMES.

Created in the spirit of cooperation and exchange between Europe and the Middle East, HERMES is a mobility programme in higher education, funded by the European Commission. HERMES will provide nearly 180 scholarships at all levels.​

To set up this programme, 20 prestigious universities from Europe (France, Spain, Greece, Italy, and Cyprus) and from Middle-East (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria) got into partnership with the aim of developing a high-quality consortium and university exchanges. This program targets students with academic excellence at undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doc levels from all fields of study as well as academic and administrative staff.

Coordinated by Aix-Marseille University through the TETHYS network and co-coordinated by the University of Saint-Joseph, the programme started in July 2013 and its first call for applications will be launched from November 2013 to January 2014. HERMES will provide scholarships to 144 students from the Middle East region for their mobility towards Europe. Nearly 36 scholarships will finance the mobility towards Middle East for Europeans.

The first scholarship holders start their mobility from the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic year onwards.

The second cohort of scholarship holders will start their mobility from the beginning of the 2015/2016 academic year.

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