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Faculty Tightens Links with EU under Erasmus Mundus Partnership
The University of Sydney has won nearly â‚¬120,000 in funding from a new Erasmus Mundus Partnership to further boost its international doctoral research activities.
The funding was secured for the first time under the new Erasmus Mundus Action 2, Strand 2 Partnership to provide support for continued research excellence in PhD students, Post Doctoral students and staff.
Associate Dean, International, in the Faculty of Arts, Professor David Goodman, says the award is a significant recognition of the efforts at the University and the Faculty of Arts to develop European Studies.
â€œItâ€™s a very generous level of support from Europe which will help the University attract the best research studentsâ€, Professor Goodman said.
â€œThe Faculty of Arts of course is one of the best known already internationally. Grants like this help cement our position amongst the best.â€
The Erasmus Mundus Action 2, Strand 2 Partnership provides funds for postgraduate and doctoral student mobility across Europe, allowing participating students to furnish their academic research with overseas study.
A total of â‚¬119, 700 will be divided to fund five PhD scholarships (â‚¬83, 375) and one Post Doctoral scholarship (â‚¬21,250) to help support mobility and collaboration between partner institutions.
A smaller financial component will be provided to enable staff mobility under the arrangement.
The overall funding awarded through the grant is nearly â‚¬1.4 million across partner universities.
The Erasmus Mundus Action 2, Strand 2 Partnership is made up of six participating institutions across the EU and five universities from Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).
The University of Sydney is one of three Australian Universities to receive funding, joining Monash University and Australian National University in the partnership.
The six EU institutions involved in the partnership, which is coordinated by Limerick Ireland, are; University of Bath, UK, Sciences Po, France, Charles University Prague, LUISS Italy and Free University Berlin.
The funding will be staggered over 48 months, beginning in September 2010 and continuing until December 2011.
Erasmus Mundus activities from 2009-2013 have broadened their aims to have an increased focus on quality assurance, employability prospects and joint program sustainability.
Research themes for the new scholarships include; comparative regional integration; shared values and norms and their diffusion into global agendas; perceptions and identity of the EU in Oceania and future scenarios of a framework for EU-Oceania relations.