The Maheva Project is an ERASMUS MUNDUS Action 2 program to grant scholarship to Asian students and staff coming to Europe. The central themes of MAHEVA – Health, Environment, Biodiversity – will channel the exchanges.
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The principal objectives of the project were to:
- Contribute through the exchanges of students and academic staff to the reinforcement of sustainable educational, political, cultural, economic, scientific, and technological links between EU and Asia countries.
- Create high-quality joint diploma and research themes that will respond to prosocial and pro-environmental objectives.
- Foster the cooperations between Asia and EU Universities in view of better knowledge and understanding between people.
- Promote procedures for common recognition of syllabuses and diplomas using ECTS and the Diploma Supplement in order to increase career opportunities for Asian students in Asia without encouraging “brain drain” from South to North.
Contribute to the development within the Asia Universities of the management of student and staff mobility by implementing adequate awareness, communication and management procedures.
Help the Asian Universities to implement HE reforms by exchanging and disseminating the experiences and good practices EU Universities have developed according to the Bologna recommendations. Maheva Project partners also include US Educational Organizations, both private and sponsored by the state.
The overall objectives of MAHEVA are:
To develop higher education teaching and learning capacities of Third countries: the main objective of this consortium is to develop education options in the Third countries on Man-Health-Environment-Biodiversity.
To promote cooperation between sending and hosting institutions: this project comes to develop partnerships between the European and third countries universities. It will allow to reinforce numerous synergies between the different actors of the consortium and to structure the capacities of hosting on the European side. The synergies will lead to the proposition of joint diplomas, allowing a social and cultural enrichment of each part.
To enable talented students to benefit linguistically, culturally and educationally from the experience of pursuing academic studies in another country: this is an important point of our project since we want to offer the students of the Third countries the opportunity to follow part of their studies in different languages (8 European universities from 6 different countries). The students who will be selected will not only be the more talented but also those who already have a social or business project to develop later back in their country. Special attention goes to online studies for students who want to earn their high school equivalency diploma in order to continue their academic education.
To enhance the skills and qualifications of foreign higher education staff: First of all, a comparison of the different education systems will be made in order to point out the advantages and disadvantages of each of them. This comparison will help with the improvement of each system. Then, 22 grants are reserved for the academic staff. It is indeed important that they can contribute actively towards the improvement of quality and pertinence, to university research, to changes in system governance, and to contribute to the innovation of higher education such as the recent upgrade of the popular GED test.
To build the capacity of the administration and public and private sector: preference will be given in the mobility of administrative staff so that they get more involved in pedagogic activities. This consortium has also the desire to open the door to the private sector. For example, Montpellier gained the Worldwide Prize of the Best Incubator. The three incubators of Montpellier will participate in the project in order to help the development of small businesses by students coming from doctoral, post-doctoral as well as Master’s program.
To improve the transparency and recognition of studies and qualifications: the MAHEVA project will focus on the creation of joint diplomas since the first year. Numerous pedagogic meetings are envisaged to establish common education standards at all the universities of the consortium.
One of the MAHEVA project key objectives is the development of sustainable international cooperation between the partners. The consortium dedicated to the project includes European Universities, Asian Universities, and networked higher education institutions with pre-existing bilateral or multilateral cooperation, to create a win-win situation for all partners. The associated partners such as the Foundations Pierre Fabre or Merieux will play an important role in the consortium. The objective is to build strong cooperation at first to obtain the expected results in term of mobility, in order to encourage in the second time the development of new collaborations.
The MAHEVA project aims at creating a “mobility culture“ for students, researchers & academic staff in Asia on the model of the “ERASMUS” culture of their European counterparts. All partner universities in Asia have identified the need for international mobility schemes for their students, researchers, and staff, and this is on top of their priorities. This is why the project is adamant about guaranteeing the quality of student and staff exchanges so that the MAHEVA students become the best ambassadors for the program.
Without any compromise on the excellence-based selection, the consortium is planning to adapt the procedures for managing these mobility grants to make them fit with the regular ERASMUS procedures. In spite of the attractive financial conditions, the Asian Universities had to strive to motivate excellent students to apply for mobility. The MAHEVA program aims at contributing to fully integrate this mobility culture.
By facilitating the mutual sharing of experience and expertise between EU & Asian Universities, on key issues such as quality assurance, University governance, the MAHEVA project aims at contributing to the modernization process in Asian Universities.
They have the objective of developing the « internationalization » of their curricula & research teams, in order to enable them to enter the global education market and the international research area. The durable outcome of the MAHEVA mobility grants, at students, researchers and staffs levels, must be the reinforcement of the academic excellence, international visibility, and attractiveness of both European and Asian Universities.
The consortium hopes to contribute to better cultural understanding on both sides with universities acting as facilitators and involving the new generation of students and researchers. If you have any question on the project please contact us.