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The Erasmus Mundus programme gives students from the whole world the chance to study in two or more European countries at Master's level. What do students and prospective students expect from a European masters programme, and how do Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses fulfil these expectations? Check out this year's Graduate Impact Survey.
Over 90% of the participants were satisfied with the Erasmus Mundus programme More than 65% of the graduates were "very satisfied". Overall, 80% of graduates were satisfied with the quality of the courses offered through Erasmus Mundus. Some fields were rated as particularly satisfactory, such as Health studies.
However, graduates felt that contacts with potential employers, as well as practical experiences on the course, were lacking: 67% of participants found the links to employment to be too weak.
The survey reveals that Erasmus Mundus graduates are very well regarded on the job market. This year, 65% of graduates had found a job by the time the survey was issued, with over 55% having found one in less than two months after graduating. Overall, graduates were very satisfied with their studies when finding a job, with three out of four graduates – over 76% – feeling themselves prepared for their field of work.
Those that did not find a job claimed this was because there was no suitable job on the market, or they failed to find a job suited to their interest.
The survey shows that visibility of the Erasmus Mundus programme could be improved. A relatively high proportion of participants rate the programme as more or less unknown. The results vary depending on the different regions of the world: while participants in the Americas consider Erasmus Mundus Masters Cources (EMMC) to be almost unknown in their region, the programme has more visibility in Asia and Africa.
As in earlier surveys, a large number of candidates found out about EMMC through the internet. However, this year's survey reveals that institutions have become more important as a source of first information.
The conclusions drawn are twofold: first, a greater internet presence through increased online promotion would certainly improve the visibility of the programme, particularly in those regions where Erasmus Mundus is less visible. Second, universities and other higher education institutions should be encouraged to play a greater role in actively promoting EMMC. Improving the visibility of Erasmus Mundus would also contribute towards improving the programme's overall reputation.
In 2013, the Erasmus Mundus programme was integrated into Erasmus+, the new umbrella programme for education, training, youth and sport.
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The Graduate Impact Survey (GIS) is carried out every year since 2009 by the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA) on current students and recent graduates of the Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMC).