• The University of Oviedo has got two out of ten new Erasmus Mundus Master's Degrees approved by the European Union

    July 14, 2011

    The academic institution will be international coordinator of two programmes for the first time. Emergency Nursing and Critical Care and Sustainable Transportation and Electric Power Systems will begin teaching in 2012.

    Coordinators of the new Erasmus Mundus master's degrees
    The University of Oviedo has reached a milestone when achieving the approval of two Erasmus Mundus master's degrees in which, for the very first time, it appears as international coordinator. The European Union has approved 30 programmes from a total number of 177 application forms in 2011's call. From these master's degrees, ten have recently been created and twenty corresponds with renewals. The result has been absolutely positive for the Asturian academic institution, which hoards the 20% of the new master's degrees (2 out of ten) and it also gains the renovation of an Eramus Mundus which is already taught at the University.

    The programmes which have passed the selection process are: Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care and Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Transportation and Electric Power Systems. Both master's degrees will begin in the 2012-2013 academic year and they will receive students from around the world. The University of Oviedo will be in charge of managing and coordinating all the activities with the rest of implied universities and international partners.

    The Erasmus Mundus master's degrees are integrated courses of high quality taught by a consortium of at least three universities from three different European countries. If they want to be selected, the master's degrees must be "integrated", this means that there will be a study period in at least two of the three universities which will end with the awarding of a joint, double or multiple recognized programme.

    The Executive Agency in the Culture, Education and Audiovisual area (EACEA), European body which runs this call, has only approved three Erasmus Mundus Master's degrees coordinated by Spanish universities: two of these are led by the University of Oviedo.

    The Erasmus Mundus programme is one of the stakes of the University of Oviedo's Campus of International Excellence. The success of the master's degrees requested by the universities and those which the European Union has awarded is about 17% in the current call. When referring to the University of Oviedo, this average is 50% as it submitted four proposals for the Eramus Mundus master's degrees and it has gained the approval of two, which, in addition, are related to the two lines of specialization of two CIE's Clusters: Energy, Environment and Climate Changing as well as Biomedicine and Health. The other two programmes have reached a good position in the final stage that's why they can be sent to a new call.

    Approved Erasmus Mundus Master's Degrees

    The new programmes which will be taught from the 2012 academic course were presented this morning by the vice-rectors for the Campus of International Excellence, Mª Paz Suárez Rendueles; Internationalization and Cooperation for Development, Ana Mª Fernández; Studies and New Degrees, Covadonga Betegón; and the coordinators of these master's degrees: Pilar Mosteiro (Nursing) and Pablo García (Electric Power Systems).

    Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences). It is intended to provide a highly qualified training for professionals in emergency nursing and critical care. This master's degree is the first joint degree in advanced nursing which is implanted in Europe and it will offer 25 places. The programme combines theoretical training and research methodologies, communication and management of critical situations and practices with the latest technologies.

    This master's degree is promoted by a consortium managed by the University of Oviedo in which the Metropolitan University of Applied Sciences of Helsinki (Finland), the University of Algarve and the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (Portugal) also take part. Furthermore, the Central University Hospital of Asturias (HUCA) and the hospitals of Cabueñes (Gijón), San Agustín (Avilés) and Villa (Langreo) collaborate too. The master's degree is composed by 90 ECTS credits (18 months). This postgraduate course leads to a joint degree at an international level and recognized by the four institutions.

    This international programme is organized in three terms and it offers a specialization opportunity. The University of Oviedo will propose the following specialities: clinical nursing in adults or in children, in the second term, and in oncology and transplants, in the last term.

    Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Sustainable Transport and Electric Power Systems (Department of Electric Energy- Polytechnic School of Engineering of Gijón). This programme offers twenty places and it's completely taught in English. It's promoted by an association led by the University of Oviedo and composed by the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), the University of Rome (Italy) and the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (Portugal). The group created around this master's degree also counts with the participation of prestigious international universities, as the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois (both located in the USA), the University of Santa María (Brazil), the University of Yeungnam (Corea) and the University of Ghent (Belgium), as well as eighteen leading worldwide companies in the branches of energy and transport such as Siemens, General Electric, HC Energía or Seat, among others, which will offer some grants in the companies and some of their directives will give some lectures in the Master's degree.

    Those students who complete this Master's degree, with a last of 120 ECTS credits (24 months) will be given a Joint Master Degree of the universities which compose the consortium and the degree will be fully recognized by the four countries to which these institutions belong: Spain, United Kingdom, Portugal and Italy. Students will attend lessons in at least three different countries and they will be given the chance of carrying out internships in an Asian, European or American university or company that take part of the consortium.

    This master's degree is structured in four terms and it provides two paths: Sustainable Transport and Electric Power Systems. The internships in the companies which form the consortium will be compulsory for all the students.

    Grants for the students

    Those students who want to execute one of these Erasmus Mundus master's degrees can apply for a European Union's grant. For those students who come from third countries, the grants range from 16.000 to 48.000 Euros and for European students, subsidies range from 10.000 to 23.000.

    The new Erasmus Mundus master's degrees will be integrated in the International Postgraduate Centre belonging to the Campus of International Excellence. And they will be added to the three which are already offered by the University of Oviedo, in which it participates as partner: Marine Biodiversity and Preservation, Mechatronics and Micromechatronic Systems and Studies of Women and Gender. This last master's degree has also been selected in the current call to be renewed.