November 2016, EMA General Assembly in Lugano

Olga (Cohort 3 representative) « On November 25-27th I went to Lugano, Switzerland, in order to participate in the Erasmus Mundus Association General Assembly (EMA GA) 2016. This year it was EMA 10th anniversary, so the event was really special.

On Friday 25th we had a networking event – boat cruise at the beautiful Lake Lugano. On Saturday there were plenary sessions about the history of EMA and key players of the organization, After lunch we had a Forum of Inspiration, where people with Erasmus Mundus background shared with us their success stories. We also had a World Coffee Break, where we tried goods & sweets from all the countries present at EMA GA 2016. During afternoon session, we had parallel 5 workshops; me personally, I was assigned to the “EQ.uip yourself – a journey into Emotional Intelligence” workshop, where we were talking about the role emotions play in our professional life. In the evening there was a Gala Dinner at the restaurant, so we had a possibility to sing “Happy Birthday” song to EMA and to eat a cake

On Sunday we mainly discussed internal EMA issues, as the organization became a legal entity, and also a development strategy. Before lunch we had Chapters Meetings, as well as Program Representatives (PR) and Country Representatives (CR) meetings. The closing ceremony took place after the lunch“