MEDfOR Masters pioneers to start studies

29 students are enrolled in the inaugural two-year course in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management, MEDfOR. This world-class Erasmus Mundus Masters course was established to address the lack of an international program in Mediterranean forestry and natural resources. The course can be studied at top-ranked universities in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey while drawing together expertise and experience of a network of more than 40 Mediterranean universities and forest research organizations in 18 countries. Associate partners in the consortium include organisations from France, Greece, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia while EFIMED coordinates the MEDfOR consultation panel, providing the networking experience and expertise needed to support and enhance links between the MEDfOR programme and the Mediterranean forestry community at large.

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Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, MEDfOR offers a platform for addressing the challenges described in the Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA). The emphasis is on educating leaders of the future generation of engineers, managers, researchers and teachers involved in Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management, equipping students with sound scientific skills and knowledge for a broad spectrum of careers across the Mediterranean forestry supply chain.

Students are required to spend at least one semester completing 30 credits in at least two institutions in two different countries. Additionally, they will meet in a joint Winter School that usually takes place in the second semester. This academic year the Winter School will take place in Palencia, Spain, running for a month from mid January 2013.

Applications for the second edition of the course 2013-2015 will open on 1st September 2012. Scholarships are available for EU and non-EU nationals and mobility grants are offered by the Mediterranean Office for Youth (MOY). Application deadlines are usually in December / January for scholarships and June / July for self-financing students.

This coming year there are 18 recipients of Erasmus Mundus scholarships, 6 students will receive scholarships from the German development agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, (GIZ) and 2 will receive mobility grants from MOY.

More information - MEDfOR website

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