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The European Masters in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (MA LLL) is one of the EU´s flagship Erasmus Mundus programmes, selected for the Erasmus Mundus Quality Assurance Handbook of Excellence in 2010. MA LLL aims to equip students with the expertise to confront the challenges of education policy-making, practice and administration in the twenty-first century.
The programme provides the opportunity to study in different countries as part of an intercultural cohort led by eminent scholars and experts in lifelong learning. Students will learn how to perform comparative analyses of educational policies and practices related to all learning ages and contexts from childhood to adulthood, from the conventional classroom to the workplace. The programme thus equips its graduates to develop, revise, implement, supervise and evaluate innovative lifelong learning strategies and practices suited to a variety of social and organisational contexts.
TRULY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME
The MA LLL programme, which was established in 2006 and now has alumni from over 50 countries, is truly international. Students acquire international experience and exposure by interacting and networking with peers, scholars and agencies from around the world. During the two-year programme, students have the opportunity to study at up to four leading universities, which cooperate to deliver a coherent and stimulating programme: the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen (Denmark); the Institute of Education, University of London (United Kingdom); the Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Deusto, Bilbao (Spain); and Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne (Australia).
The programme comprises a series of modules focusing on the analysis and comparison of pedagogy, educational policies and educational systems through a global approach, with a strong focus on the quality of research.
MALLL students undetake the first two semesters in London or Copenhagen. From the academic year 2011-2012, European students can choose to study one module of the second semester in Melbourne. During the third semester all students will be brought together in Bilbao, thus being able to draw on each others' experiences and take advantage of inter-cultural learning opportunities within the specific context of the MA LLL. Student's completion of the dissertation in the fourth semester can take place at any one of the three European universities.
The first and second semesters lay the conceptual groundwork underlying existing theories, perspectives and tools in LLL.
The second semester in the UK allows specialisation as regards policy in areas such as HE, further education, etc., The second semester in Denmark allows specialisation as regards comparative and transnational policy and processes and human resource development in the workplace.
The third semester focuses on quality management in a systems perspective and the challenges of developing instruments to promote frameworks, strategies and instruments to promote harmonization, flexibility and mobility in response to the emerging needs of systems, stakeholders and individuals.
The fourth semester is devoted to the dissertation. The overall aim of the dissertation is to allow students to unify and extend their understanding of the subject as developed in the taught part of the programme by pursuing an independent research project on a chosen topic.
The European Commission offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus student scholarships for non-EU students entering the programme. There are two categories of scholarship:
CATEGORY A SCHOLARSHIPS OF EUR 48,000:
Category A scholarships cover a two-year participation fee of EUR 16,000 (including tuition fees and mandatory insurance); travel, installation and visa-related costs up to EUR 8,000; and a monthly living allowance of EUR 1,000 for 24 months.
CATEGORY B SCHOLARSHIPS OF EUR 23,000:
Category B scholarships cover a two-year participation fee of EUR 8,000 (including tuition fees and mandatory insurance); travel and installation costs for the study period in Melbourne up to EUR 3,000; and a monthly living allowance of EUR 500 for 24 months.
Applicants for scholarships must submit a qualifying academic essay addressing any aspect of lifelong learning and drawing on appropriate research literature. The essay will be assessed by academic staff from all participating universities and will form the basis for the award of scholarships. Please note that all essays will be screened for plagiarism.