Thursday, 26 December 2013
North African students are being invited to apply for scholarships to study in Europe under the Erasmus Mundus - Al Idrisi II Programme. The programme is open to nationals from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, with scholarships for undergraduate, master and doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows as well as academic and administrative staff wishing to join credit transfer or full degree programmes or to perform short stays for research, teaching, training or other cooperation activities.

The first call under the programme opened on 15 November 2013 and will close on 20 January 2014.

The scholarship covers a tuition fee waiver, a monthly allowance, travel and health insurance and expenses for one economy class round trip.

Notice the graphic from the website shows an inverted map of the Mediterranean with the Islamic countries on top.

The Erasmus Mundus - Al Idrisi II project takes its name from the famous medieval geographer, cartographer and botanist أبو عبد الله محمد الإدريسي ( Abū Abd Allāh Muhammad al-Idrīsī). He is the author of one of the most important works of medieval Geography نزهة المشتاق افي اختراق الآفاق‬ (kitāb nuzhat al-mushtāq fī ikhtirāq al-āfāq; Journey of one who is eager to traverse horizons) and Botany ‫كتاب الجامع ﻷشتات النبات‬ (kitāb al-ǧāmiʿ li-aštāti ʾn-nabāt; Compendium of Plant Species).

The logo of the Erasmus Mundus - Al Idrisi II project is derived from one of the most famous maps drawn by Al Idrisi (see below). It shows mostly Europe, Africa and Asia. Please note that the north is represented at the bottom and the south at the top. This reflects quite nicely the new views and change of perspective that Erasmus Mundus - Al Idrisi II aims to promote.

Here are the project's listed objectives.

To set up a renewed institution-based sustainable Europe-North Africa mobility network focusing on regional needs

To promote the forthcoming EU educational programmes (Erasmus+, Horizon 2020) and help to prepare the partner and associate universities for increased mobility flows

To produce a pool of 288 well-trained and responsible students, post-doctoral fellows and staff

To provide improved education and training opportunities for vulnerable groups and socio-economically disadvantaged students and scholars

To promote equal access to higher education for students and scholars from less developed regions

To foster the teaching and research capacity at the partner universities

To promote mutual understanding and enhanced political, cultural, educational and economic linkage between the European Union and North Africa

To transfer knowledge, know-how and experience between Europe and North Africa

To set up, promote and support international cooperation cells in research, teaching and administration

To promote common areas of higher education and explore opportunities for the development of joint degree programmes and co-supervision of doctoral candidates
To set up an alumni network

To detect and benefit from synergies with partner projects

Notice where the project is being coordinated from: Granada.
The project coordinator (Universidad de Granada) will establish a Project Management Unit (PMU) at its International Office that is assisted by a Co-Coordination Unit (CCU) set up at the Université Hassan 1er (Settat, Morocco).

Granada was the last Muslim outpost in western Europe.


Anonymous said...

Gee, I wonder how many participants will actually leave Europe when their Education Visas expire...

No doubt they'll find a convenient reason to remain in the EU for those sweet, sweet benefits.

Anonymous said...

Basically, it comes down to a race-replacement programme; student visas granted to non-Europeans are a major scam in Britain. The false students disappear into their own 'communities' once in the UK and generally prove untraceable. Also, since these student visa programmes are funded by various national governments under the EU control, the true natives of European countries are paying for this assault on their countries and their persons, all presented to them as somehow beneficial to their own needs and supposedly increasing the exchange of knowledge and peace in the world.

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