This blog was created as part of the Erasmus Mundus Crossways in Cultural Narratives Masters programme, which is the only one of the EU approved and funded Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes to specialise in traditional humanities with a modern languages background. The Crossways Consortium comprises 6 top-class European universities.

For further information, please check the programme's official website and the universities' websites on the Useful Links section on the left. If you wish to have a specific question answered, please click on Email here and submit your query.

Mundus students, here you will find regular posts regarding the universities of the consortium, tips, activities, events, pictures, etc. Apart from checking it regularly to keep yourself up to date, a good way to use the blog is through the search device. We already have a significant amount of information on some universities of the consortium, so if you want to find information on a specific city, type its name in the search field (top left). You will then see all posts related to that specific city (because each post title contains the city's name in it). You can also type "General" in order to find information concerning everybody.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

General: Call for Crossways Course Representative (Application Form)

The Course Representative application form is also available in our MundusCrossways group file repository.

You have to be a member of the group to access it. If you are not yet a member, please send an email to


Good luck!

General: Call for Crossways Course Representative

Message from the Steering Committee

Call for Representatives of Erasmus Mundus Master Courses

Call for expression of interest to apply for the position of “Erasmus Mundus Course Representative” at EMA is now open.

As per the EMA Statute, each EMMC (Erasmus Mundus Master Course) is represented by a representative at the annual General Assembly meeting of EMA. The General Assembly (GA) constitutes the parliamentary power of the Association and convenes annually.

EMMC Representatives, among other responsibilities, liaise between the EMA and their respective EMMC communities.

Calls are now open to volunteer to take this representation position for your EMMC, which will be conducted through elections. This year, for the first time, we have introduced an electronic voting system. The call will close on March 20th 2009. The EMMC elections are planned to run from March 25th through April 9th, shortly after which the results will be published on the website. Please promote your EMMC representation by spreading the word among your fellow course mates.

Candidates are strongly advised to review the Statute of the Association available at www.em-a.eu. Relevant information about responsibilities, privileges, and obligations are enumerated in this document, particularly articles 10 through 13 about General Assembly, and article 26 about EMMC representatives.

In short, elected EMMC representative should:

• Be able and willing to participate in the promotion of the Association and contribute to its ongoing tasks, possibly by joining one of the Service Teams.

• Be able to attend (and actively participate in) the General Assembly 2009, which will be held on June 12 – 13, in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Travel expenses will be covered by EMA as per the current reimbursement policies)


Only EMA members are eligible to participate in the EMMC Representative elections. If you are not an EMA member yet, you can easily apply for membership by visiting the EMA Community at http://community.em-a.eu.


If you have decided to apply, please fill out the application form (availlabe either from your coordinator or at www.em-a.eu) and email it back as an attachment to emmc.election AT em-a.eu by March 20th, 2009.

Queries regarding this election can be directed to emmc.election AT em-a.eu.

We look forward to receiving your application.

The EMA Steering Committee

General: EMA Newsletter 12th issue

12th EMA Newsletter

Dear EMA members,

A lot of EMA events and activites took place in the last couple of months: the first EMA large-scale thematic conference "Erasmus Mundus Conference - Climate Change and Higher Education" in Budapest was a success; Erasmus Mundus Programme Phase 2 was officially launched in Brussels, EMA Liaison Group meeting was held in Brussels. The EMA Regional Chapters also organized social events.

EMA develops further and the Call for Representatives of Erasmus Mundus Master Courses is now open. Please read the details under EMA section below.

We thank Jantine Vos from Erasmus Mundus master in Law and Economics for writing about the course in the "One Issue - One Programme" section.

Enjoy reading this newsletter issue and we hope that spring is on the way!


EMA Call for Representatives of Erasmus Mundus Master Courses

Call for expression of interest to apply for the position of “Erasmus Mundus Course Representative” at EMA is now open.


EU-China Meeting on Graduate Education and Cooperation in Beijing
EMA members take part in EU-Asia Higher Education Platform dialogue in China


EMA member takes part in the UN Climate Change Conference
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland was held in December 2008. The conference had over 11,600 participants, with a new climate change deal underway, in the huge and impressive venue. EMA member Marianne de Nazareth reports about the event.


Emanate and Photo Competition
The second issue of EMA magazine Emanate is out! Please log into the EMA Community to cast your vote in Emanate Photo Competition.


Erasmus Mundus Programme

Erasmus Mundus 2: Launch event
Representatives of the European Commission, Executive Agency and national structures, Erasmus Mundus course coordinators and EMA Steering Committee members, as well as other stakeholders gathered on 16-18 of February in Brussels to celebrate the sucess of Erasmus Mundus programme and launch of its new second phase".


International Education Events

ESN train
The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is launching an amazing intercultural project ESN-TRAIN that will go through 40 cities in March-April 2009.


Pan-European Youth Think Tank
European Students' Forum AEGEE is organising the First Pan-European Youth Think Tank on Mobility and Energy in Brussels from 19 to 21 of March 2009.


More than words
University of Kent and Brussels School of International Studies open applications for the Student Conference "More than Words: Global Action in the 21st Century".


Viadrina Summer University 2009
European Political Culture in Global Politics is the main topic of the Viadrina Summer University in Frankfurt (Oder). Call for applications is now open.


Host families in the UK
HOST UK organizes visits of international students to host families in the UK. Students can spend weekends or holidays with a British host family.


New Challenges in Food Preservation - Conference in Budapest
In November 2009 Budapest will be the place for leading experts in food industry and academia to meet for 2009 EFFoST Conference "New Challenges in Food Preservation: Processing - Safety - Sustainability".


One Issue One Programme

EMA members regularly tell us about their Master Courses - this time Jantine Vos shares her impressions of European Masters in Law in Economics.


Monday, 16 March 2009

General: Call for student representative

Dear Crossways students,

EMA has decided to centralise the courses' representatives elections, and the call for representatives is now open. I believe this is a very enriching role, which another student should have the opportunity to experience, so it is now time to pass on the job to you!

If you are interested, please check the procedure and deadlines at the EMA website.

I will keep in touch regarding the pending issues and once the new representative is selected we can have meetings in order to ensure a smooth transition.

The best of luck to all the ones interested!

Warm regards,