The Mundus Journalism Consortium - a collaborative venture

Above: The Mundus Consortium standing outside of Charles University after the Board of Studies meeting in Prague 2019.

The Erasmus Mundus programme originates from a long tradition of collaboration in research and teaching between both European and non-European universities. 

In 2004, this cooperation was taken further, and a Consortium was established in order to apply to the EU to become an Erasmus Mundus Consortium that could offer an Erasmus Mundus master's degree. After a successful application, the Consortium was granted the Erasmus Mundus label and Mundus funding in 2005, for the first time.

Since 2005, the Mundus Journalism Consortium has had a track record of close to 1000 successful alumni from more than 100 different countries

However, the Mundus Journalism Consortium is constantly evolving. In July 2019, the Consortium received positive news from the EU Commission, that our latest application, based on a revised programme, was among the 44 that were selected for funding out of a pool of 91 eligible applications.

The aim of our revised programme is to develop graduates, able to reflect theoretically on and to work practically towards improving and maintaining the societal and cultural legitimacy of journalism globally. In order to achieve this aim, the existing two-year programme is enhanced in four major ways:

  1. By adding new strong partners in Europe and globally; 
  2. By strengthening the curriculum through a joint focus on the challenges and opportunities facing journalism today;
  3. By further integrating academic and journalistic insights throughout the curriculum;
  4. By adding joint committees and working groups to our governing structure. 

The Mundus Journalism Consortium 2020

 

The map above shows the universities constituting the Mundus Journalism Consortium. As indicated in the map, we distinguish between two groups of partner universities: Degree Awarding Partners and Credit Awarding Partners.

The degree-awarding partners constitute the core of the Mundus Journalism MA-programme. They are all responsible for two full semesters of the master education. The credit-awarding partners consists of selected universities across the world, where a number of students are given the opportunity to follow one semester. The academic strength of Mundus Journalism comes from the collaborative way that the issues, challenges and opportunities, vital to the democratic function of journalism today, are addressed through a shared lens at all partner universities.  

Furthermore, the Mundus Journalism Consortium works with a whole range of associate partners - institutions, organisations - adding important perspectives to our research, teaching and media outreach.