ERASMUS MUNDUS 2009 - 2013

Erasmus Mundus (EM) is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with Third-Countries.

EM Actions

Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 is implemented through the following three actions:

  • Action 1: Erasmus Mundus joint programmes of outstanding quality at masters (Action 1A) and doctoral (Action 1B) levels including scholarships/fellowships to participate in these programmes;
  • Action 2: Erasmus Mundus Partnerships between European and Third Country higher education institutions including scholarships and fellowships for mobility at all academic levels;
  • Action 3: Promotion of European higher education through projects to enhance the attractiveness of Europe as an educational destination and a centre of excellence at world level.

EM Target Groups

Erasmus Mundus programme provides support to:

  • higher education institutions that wish to implement joint programmes at postgraduate level (Action 1) or to set-up inter-institutional cooperation partnerships between universities from Europe and targeted Third-Countries (Action 2);
  • individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend a study / research / teaching period in the context of one of the above mentioned joint programmes or cooperation partnerships (Action 1 and Action 2; approved EM joint programmes and partnerships);
  • any organisation active in the field of higher education that wishes to develop projects aimed at enhancing the attractiveness, profile, visibility and image of European higher education worldwide (Action 3).

EM Programme Management

The European Commission is responsible for the running of the Erasmus Mundus Programme 2009 - 2013. It manages the budget and sets priorities, targets and criteria for the Programme.

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is responsible for the implementation of the Erasmus Mundus Programme.

Erasmus Mundus National Structures operate at national level thus facilitating implementation of the Erasmus Mundus programme by disseminating information, providing consultations, participating in European Higher Education Area promotion projects (EM Action 3) etc.

Erasmus Mundus National Structure (EM NS) in Latvia is State Education Development Agency (VIAA).

EM NS Latvia is participating in the implementation of the following EM Action 3 projects:

EM NS LATVIA - contact person:

Ms Antra MENGELE, Deputy Head of Erasmus Unit, EU LLP Department, e-mail:

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