1. What is Erasmus Mundus ?

Erasmus Mundus is a co-operation and mobility Programme in the field of higher education. It aims at enhancing the quality of European higher education and promoting dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with third countries. In addition the programme contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in third countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.

The name of the Programme comes from Desiderius Erasmus Rotterdamus, a 15th-century Dutch humanist and theologian who studied in the best monastic schools throughout Europe. In his days, he was known as one of the most brilliant students of the time. “Mundus” is the Latin word for “world” and thus stands for the programme’s global outreach.

2. What are the General objectives of the EM Programme ?

The programme’s objectives are:
– to promote structured cooperation between higher education institutions and enhance the quality in European higher education with a distinct European added value, attractive both within the European Union and beyond its borders.
– to contribute to the mutual enrichment of societies by developing the qualifications of women/men so that they possess particular skills, are open minded- and internationally experienced. This is achieved through promoting mobility for the most talented students and academics from third countries towards the European Union and vice versa.
– to contribute towards the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in third countries through increased mobility streams between the European Union and those countries.
– to improve accessibility and enhance the profile and visibility of European higher education in the world as well as its attractiveness for third country nationals and citizens of the European Union.

3. What are the objectives of the PERCCOM Programme ?

The objectives of PERCCOM Master include:

1. To address educational challenges and attract students according to the new market demand expressed by OECD in the reports on “OECD Information Technology Outlook 2010” and “The 2011 Gartner Scenario: Current States and Future Directions of the IT Industry”, by the European Commission adopted in 2009 a recommendation saying the ICT sector should lead the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy, and by companies developing new green ICT projects (Cf 2009 Gartner report: The Impact of Recession on Green IT: Survey Results).

2. To synergise the strengths, competence and diverse aspects of education in sustainable networks, software and services, pervasive computing systems and communications and develop a common platform of competence within the guidelines of the Bologna process,

3. To provide future Masters students with competences, skills and knowledge in computer communications, wireless networking, mobile technologies, software engineering, pervasive and distributed systems, and to make them aware of the impact that ICT makes on the environment and efficient use of resources.

4. To educate students in the direction of the “green digital charter” committing the European Cities to reduce emissions through Information and Communications Technologies . It was launched on 27 November 2009 at the EUROCITIES annual conference. Currently, about 20 European Cities have signed the charter. Today 50% of the population is living in cities and in a decade or two it is estimated to grow to 80%. This requires efficient use of resources in city environments and a vital component in this development is ICT. Students will be educated in how to apply ICT in this context, within the parameters of environmental opportunities and constraints. Moreover, the students will be capable to design network architectures and distributed systems that reduce energy consumption, in following circular economy approach for optimizing the resource reuse.

5. To propose the new International Master degree with no currently available match at international level filling the gap between ICT skills and environmental considerations.