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Erasmus Mundus Master in Research and Innovation in Higher Education


Due to the important role research and innovation play for growth and sustainable development, fundamental transition processes are taking place in the systems of research, innovation and higher education in Europe, as in other regions of the world. These processes can be described as a shift from regulation to deregulation and competition, from steering to market, from administration to management. Institutions involved, such as HE and research institutions are largely affected by these changes, gaining high autonomy for themselves. But all these changes will fail if there are no managers, administrators, policy-makers and researchers who are able to deal with them successfully. A country could only benefit from these changes if there are enough well-educated people on the labour market familiar with the changes and their implications. While the role of universities in national and regional innovation systems has been emphasised by both policy makers and researchers around the world, the interactions between universities and industries increasingly take place beyond national borders. Therefore, this programme embraces the global dimension of innovation systems, research and education and orients the students to understand and study higher education with a special attention to the knowledge triangle and knowledge alliances (business-university partnerships).

Experts are needed who are able to analyse and understand the knowledge triangle, who could link system changes with institutional changes and who are able to develop management skills to deal with the changing environment inside HE and research institutions. In the master course �Research and Innovation in Higher Education� (MARIHE), students will develop a sound understanding of the change processes and how these link to education systems and labour markets in general. The programme prepares future HE managers, policy makers, analysts, researchers and consultants.

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All students of MARIHE will have the same mobility track in first three semesters:

- 1st Semester: Danube University Krems / Austria
- 2nd Semester: University of Tampere / Finland
- Internship: between 2nd and 3rd semester, see explanation below
- 3rd Semester: Beijing Normal University / China

In the 4th semester there are two different specialization tracks:

- The management track which focuses on the management of research and innovation in higher education. Students in the management track will spend their 4th semester at University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück / Germany

- The research and analysis track which focuses on analyzing and conducting research on the topics "research" and "innovation" in the higher education sector. Students in this track will spend their 4th semester at either Danube University Krems / Austria or at University of Tampere / Finland.

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- Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs - EUR 4,000 per year.
- Contribution to the EMMC participation costs (including insurance coverage) - EUR 4,000 per semester.
- Monthly allowance - EUR 1,000 for the duration of the programme.


- must hold a first university degree
This should be at least a Bachelor degree issued by a university, quantified as three years of studies corresponding to 180 ECTS (information on ECTS).
Or, if ECTS is not used in the country where first degree was acquired: proof of a successfully completed period of study at higher education level considered comparable with a Bachelor�s degree. The decision on this will be made by the MARIHE Consortium.

- show a strong motivation and interest to learn and work in the field of development and management of research and innovation in higher education.

- have sufficient knowledge of English for academic purposes
This is to be proved by one of the following certificates:

1) certificate from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with test scores of at least score 575 (in PBT/paper based test) or score 232 (in CBT/computer based test) or score 90 (in iBT/internet based test). Note: We do NOT accept scores from "TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme".

2) certificate from IELTS (International English Language Testing System). with test scores at least IELTS 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5

3) certificate Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English from University of Cambridge) with minimum grade C.


The following application documents are needed:

1. Application Form for participation in MARIHE with Erasmus Mundus scholarship

2. Copy of passport / personal identification card

3. Curriculum Vitae (CV), in Europass format (English)

4. Letter of Motivation (LoM)

5. Final university diploma from first degree

6. Transcripts of records from all university studies

7. Recent photograph

8. Proof of proficiency in English language (certificate with scores from TOEFL / IELTS / Cambridge CPE)

9. Two letters of recommendation

10. Essay

11.-14. Optional documents: further university degree diplomas, certificates, proof of work experience (e.g. letter from an employer).

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The application deadline for these scholarships is 9 December 2013.

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