Erasmus Mundus is an EU programme providing a framework for European universities to establish joint Master's and PhD programmes with compulsory mobility. The programme has been established to enhance the quality and promote higher education in the European Union. A limited number of scholarships are available for non-EU citizens participating in these programmes. The Erasmus Mundus label is associated with the highest academic quality and standard of excellence.
KTH coordinates five Erasmus Mundus master's programmes and one PhD programme (approved in 2009, starting 2010). In addition, KTH participates in another seven Erasmus Mundus master's programmes.
The Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) is an EU-programme for educational cooperation. The main objectives are to enhance the European dimension in education, increase knowledge in European languages and to encourage student and teacher mobility. Erasmus is the part of LLP that concerns cooperation within higher education. Erasmus students receive a scholarship to cover travel and insurance costs. The students' home university administers the scholarships and the selection of students. Apart from the EU-member states, the following European countries participate; Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
Erasmus at KTH
KTH has approximately 200 Erasmus agreements with European partner universities, which regulate student mobility. The majority of both incoming and outgoing exchange students at KTH are Erasmus students. KTH has approximately 700 incoming and 200 outgoing Erasmus students per year.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci is an EU-programme for vocational training. Funding can be granted for development projects or mobility. A project should contain parties from educational institutions and industry. Apart from the EU-member states, the following European countries can participate in Leonardo; Cyprus, Bulgaria, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Switzerland.
KTH has during some years been granted funding for several Leonardo projects:
EU MoU - Actions to contribute to the modernization of European universities
A project directed towards administrative university staff with the objective to deepen and broaden the competence of this target group in international educational issues. The partner universities organise workshops on international themes, which are attended by participants from the universities in the network. The project is coordinated by KTH.
SMARTIE - Student Mobility and Research Training in Enterprice
A Leonardo mobility project for students undertaking their final degree project or advanced placement at an enterprise abroad. KTH is project coordinator.
Linnaeus-Palme is an exchange programme for teacher and student mobility funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The programme aims at strengthening cooperation between universities in Sweden and developing countries. KTH is currently involved in 10 Linnaeus-Palme projects
MFS - Minor Field Studies
KTH offers grants for Minor Field Studies in developing countries, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The main objectives are:
- to enhance Swedish students' and teachers' knowledge about developing countries
- to promote scientific exchange between universities and research institutes in developing countries and Sweden
The grants finance two months of fieldwork within subject areas of benefit for the development in the host country. The field work should result in a Master's thesis or final degree project report.
NORDPLUS is the Nordic Council's programme to promote cooperation between universities and institutions of higher education in the Nordic countries. NORDPLUS has these specific goals:
- to promote wide-ranging and intensive co-operation between the universities of the Nordic countries with a view to establishing a Nordic educational community;
- to increase substantially the number of university students carrying out an integrated and fully recognised period of study in another Nordic country;
- to encourage the increased mobility of university teaching staff, thereby improving the quality of the education and training provided by the universities.
The instruments of the program are:
- student mobility grants
- academic staff mobility grants
- short study visits for academic staff and university administrators
- joint intensive study courses
KTH is working very actively with the Tempus programme, directed towards the former Sovjet republics, the Baltic countries and the MEDA-region. KTH is currently contractor in more than 35 projects.