Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Set to last until 2020, by the merging of seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations. The aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU's strategic framework for education and training. Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
The Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA) offers international professional and personal network for Erasmus Mundus students and graduates. Members can join the professional networks and service teams to network and become active within the association. Jobs board and special entrepreneurship section are offered to our members. EMA members are ambassadors of the Erasmus Mundus. They share the idea of international education and spread the message around the world. Since its foudation EMA members have initiated or taken part in over 150 fairs, information seminars and promotional activities worldwide, using the promotional materials of EMA. EMA serves a channel of communication for students, alumni, universities and the European Commission. A course quality advisory board has been established to respond to the suggestions of the students.
The Graduate School of Urban Studies (URBANgrad) is an interdisciplinary, central academic institution of the Darmstadt University of Technology. The objective of the graduate school's PhD training program is to generate individuals, high quality, internationally acknowledged research in the field of urban studies. The graduate school's structured working program offers doctoral students the opportunity to complete their dissertation within a period of three years of intensive work, supported by at least two professors. URBANgrad provides its PhD students with internationally competitive research conditions.
The PhD programme “Urban Infrastructures in Transition” investigates transformations of urban infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the world's highest rate of urbanization. Research is focused on developments in the East African cities of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Nairobi (Kenya). In particular, it highlights current challenges posed by urban infrastructures, including the supply and use of water, energy, sewerage, transport and telecommunication services. The programme has been funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation since October 2014.
UNI (previously HPUI - Habitat Partner University Initiative) was introduced as a means of promoting cooperation between UN-Habitat and institutions of higher education, as well as facilitating exchange and cooperation among universities globally. UNI promotes universities becoming closer partners of cities, actively engaged in problem solving, thus closing the gap between academia and practice and encouraging collaborative learning. UNI promotes and facilitates the dissemination of educational and research products of its members and involve scholars, researchers and students in a number of activities. The collaborations aspire to create the next generation of urban leaders, managers, researchers and practitioners. UN-Habitat acts as a catalyst, facilitating partnerships between universities and other agenda partners.
The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.9 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.
Tongji University is one of the leading universities in China underdirect administration of Ministry of Education. With a history of over a century, Tongji has valued the balanced development of four functions, i.e. education, research, outreach, and culture inheritance and innovation. Since 1978, “two transforms” were launched, namely, the transforming to an international university by restoring links to Germany, and the transforming from a university focusing mainly on civil engineering to multi-disciplinary engineering university. By 2007 when it was celebrating its centennial, Tongji had become a comprehensive, international, research-oriented university with distinct features and global influence. In 2013, the university proposed its vision of “a sustainability-oriented, world-class university”. The university now covers 10 broad categories of academic disciplines, including engineering, science, medicine, management, economics, philosophy, literature, law, education and arts.
Diponegoro University (Undip) is a prominent university, located in Semarang, the capital of Central Java, and is considered as the best university in Semarang. The name of Diponegoro University was taken after the name of a famous Indonesian hero, Pangeran Diponegoro, who steadfastly fought the Dutch colonialism, and whose spirit was mostly felt by the people in Central Java. It is this spirit – the spirit to set our nation free from any dependency – that is hoped to be carried on in education field through Diponegoro University to develop research and education in science and technology and their application for people welfare. Today, the university consists in 11 faculties and in 2009 it gains a recognition as one of the best universities in Indonesia and one of World Class Universities based on the ranking made by Time High Education (THE).
ACTUS is a research project that aims to investigate everyday experiences of solid waste and sanitation in peri-urban areas in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The overall goal of ACTUS is to discern the relationship between urban infrastructure systems, pro-poor growth and climate hazards. On one side, the research investigates how the lack of integrated solid waste and wastewater management adds to the existing vulnerabilities of communities settled in hazard prone areas. On the other side, ACTUS explores self-organization and creativity and how coping mechanisms and local technologies that may serve as a stimulus for reducing risks, intensifying income and building assets.