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Experts advise institutions interested in establishing dualdegree programs to make sure senior leadership is on
board. "My advice would be to get the backing of the university's leadership before you start the program, and if
possible also some seed money for the first years-both for
administration as well as for scholarships," Lemmens says.
She adds that reconciling curricula can be one of the
most challenging parts of the process: "The administrative
process in harmonizing curricula between two sometimes very different university legislations, the process
of arranging for reciprocal acknowledgment of the credits-the backbone of the whole program-and possibly
the accreditation of the programs in one or both countries
involved is a long, sometimes nerve-wrecking and often
difficult one, and without the support of the university it
will be even harder."
For example, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
and the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm, Germany,
had very different requirements for their dual bachelor's
in computer science. Rose-Hulman had more requirements for math, science, and humanities courses and their

I

JOINT DEGREES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

n recent years, the European Union (EU) has dedicated significant resources to the development of joint master's degrees with the aim
of internationalizing European higher education institutions, making the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) more attractive to
students from around the world, and improving the skills and employability of master's graduates. Through the Erasmus+ program, the EU
has earmarked more than €100 million annually for the period 2014-2020. In addition, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie initiative will spend an
additional €20 million per year to fund joint doctorates.
According to Graham Wilkie, education
is mainly for scholarships but the participating
start with dual degrees before moving toward
and culture policy officer at the European
institutions get a reasonably generous lump sum
issuing a single, joint certification. He adds that
Commission, the Erasmus+ program will
for management costs in order to develop the
the EU has focused on collaborative degree
fund approximately 30,000 scholarships for
joint curricula and ensure mutual recognition."
programs because they require a high degree
students to pursue joint degrees. Eleven new
Each consortium will receive money for
of institutional integration.
joint master's programs were created through
approximately 40 full scholarships to be used
"For European institutions to get the stage
the first call for proposals in 2014, with another
for three cohorts of master's students.
of being able to offer joint curricula and total
15 to 18 likely in the 2015 round.
The master's programs are designed
mutual recognition, the institutions involved
To receive EU funding, institutions from at
to attract students from all over the world.
have to be cooperating at the highest possible
least three different program countries-EU
The scholarships cover participation costs,
level, which is obviously something that we
member states plus other European countries
travel to Europe, a living allowance, and
want to encourage within both the European
such as Norway and Turkey-must be part of
insurance. Wilkie says that three-fourths of the
Higher Education Area and the European
the consortium, which may also include higher
scholarships are reserved for non-European
Research Area. It means that the international
education institutions from other countries
students. In 2014, for example, the Erasmus+
credit recognition systems are working and that
around the world.
program funded scholarships for 55 U.S.
the universities involved recognize the quality of
Wilkie explains that the funding through the
students and 19 Canadian master's students.
teaching and research of their partners because
Erasmus+ program is not for exploratory grants,
Wilkie says that the EU Commission
they are happy to put their names-and reputabut rather for institutions that have already
reached some level of integration. "The funding

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interprets "joint degrees" in the broadest
sense, adding that many institutions might

tions-on a certificate for research and study
undertaken in another country," he explains.

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