This year’s General Assembly of the Erasmus Mundus Association took place in Vienna, Austria, from 23-25 February. Our programme was represented by Nikola Obradović, EACH Programme Represantative (PR) within EMA. As always, the General Assembly brought together students from all around the world – both the current students of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master and Doctorate programmes and the alumni. Currently, around 9000 students are part of EMA!

One of the main activities of this year’s GA was the establishment of EMA as a non-government organization, with its seat in Brussels. After putting many months of hard work into establishing the legal basis of EMA as an NGO, the Steering Committee of EMA, together with its active members has had the opportunity to vote on the matters regarding the organization’s Statute and Internal Regulations.

In addition, there were many invited speakers from different organizations, both European and worldwide, who gave talks on subjects of youth, education, sustainable development goals and many more.

Apart from the legalities and “lectures”, the GA was a great opportunity for networking and cultural exchange. Even though it seemed to have passed in a fleeting second, the time was well enough for new friendships to be formed and innovative ideas to be born. One could say the whole event was one continuous brainstorming experience, filled with lots of talks on mutual projects between different programmes, countries… Of course, nothing can complement social events better than cultural food tables and gala dinners followed by traditional dances.

Are you a student or an alumnus/alumna of an Erasmus Mundus programme? Don’t hesitate – become a part of the big EMA family!

(Text: Nikola Obradović; Photo: EMA)


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