International Master of Science in Rural Development
 Erasmus Mundus





The IMRD programme is a recognized Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Programme subisdized by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme.


What is an  Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree?  

An EMJMD is a high-level, integrated international study programme of 60, 90 or 120 ECTS, delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions (HEI) and - where  relevant - other educational and/or non-educational partners with specific expertise and interest in the study areas/professional domains covered by the joint programme.  

All participating HEIs established in an E+ Programme Country must be master degree-awarding institutions, and the corresponding degrees - covering the entire study programme of the EMJMD  - must be fully recognised by the competent national authorities in the countries where these HEIs are established.

The successful completion of the joint master programme must lead to the award of either a joint degree (i.e. one single diploma issued on behalf of at least two higher education institutions from different E+ Programme Countries and fully recognised in these countries) or multiple degrees (i.e. at least two diplomas issued by two higher education institutions from different  Programme Countries and fully recognised in these countries).  
Besides this core group of  degree awarding HEIs, other consortium partner HEIs from E+ Partner Countries can be involved in the awarding of joint or multiple degrees. 

This implies that all EMJMD programmes present fully developed joint study programmes.

EMJMD programmes have passed a very careful selection process by the European Commission, with the aim of supporting only the very best proposals. In return, selected EMJMDs receive high levels of funding as well as long-term support so as to allow them to increase their worldwide visibility and reinforce their sustainability prospects.  
This long-term support is composed of a financial contribution for administrative matters, and the awarding of a variable number of EMJMD Student Scholarships.


E+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees aim to

  • foster quality improvements, innovation, excellence and internationalisation in HEIs; 
  • increase the quality and the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area and supporting EU external action in the higher education field, by offering full degree scholarships to the best Master students worldwide; 
  • improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates, and in particular their relevance for the labour market, through an increased involvement of employers. 

In this regard, EMJMD are expected to contribute to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and of the Education and Training Strategic Framework 2020 (ET2020), including the corresponding benchmarks established in those policies.
EMJMDs continue and strengthen the successful experience, initiated with the Erasmus Mundus Master Courses, in raising the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area worldwide and demonstrating the excellence and high level of integration of the joint study programmes delivered by European HEIs.

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