Since its inception 20 years ago, Business Intelligence (BI) has become a huge industrial domain and a major economic driver, however overlooked by academics. It encompasses many scientific and technological fields including data warehouses, data mining, content analytics, business process management, visual analytics, and requires competences in information systems, web science, decision science, and software engineering. The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Information Technologies for Business Intelligence – Doctoral College (IT4BI-DC) is designed to develop research excellence in this broad scope of fields. Its main objective is to train computer scientists who understand and help develop the strategies of modern enterprise decision makers. IT4BI-DC is a continuation of the EMMC “Information Technologies for Business Intelligence” (IT4BI).
The programme favours the integration of students into a network of world-renowned researchers and specialists in BI. The curriculum is jointly delivered by Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Aalborg Universitet (Denmark), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), and Poznan University of Technology (Poland). Associated partners from around the world include top-ranked universities, leading industries in BI, public and private research organizations, R&D companies, consulting companies, and public authorities. Associated partners will contribute to the programme by training students, providing job placement or internships, as well as financial support, in particular through additional scholarships. This consortium will prepare graduates to address major governance challenges in today’s knowledge-based society by developing the three interdependent components of the “knowledge triangle”, i.e., education, research, and innovation.
IT4BI-DC is a 3-year (180 ECTS) doctoral programme implemented as a co-tutelle model. The consortium jointly designs a set of Doctoral Topics addressing six fundamental BI challenges: Modeling and Semantics, Information Discovery, Information Integration, Business Analytics, Large-Scale Processing, and Collaboration and Privacy. Each of the Doctoral Topics is jointly co-supervised by at least two partners of the consortium. The doctoral candidate will spend between 33% and 50% in the host university of the co-tutelle. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be awarded with a joint degree from the universities of the co-tutelle.
IT4BI-DC provides to doctoral candidates a high-level education and training programme comprising Research-specific courses, Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses, Methodological and Communication courses, Language courses, Organization of and participation in scientific events, and Internships. Students participate to the IT4BI-DC Doctoral Colloquium and to the European Business Intelligence Summer School (eBISS) co-organized with the IT4BI Master Course. The tuition language is English.
How to Apply
Scholarship applications open on October 1st. To apply for the programme, please fill the application forms at the following URL:
Candidates are informed that their personal data may be sent to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and may be used by other bodies involved in the management of Erasmus Mundus (i.e. European Commission, Erasmus Mundus National Structures, EU Delegations, Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association) for facilitating the student/doctoral candidate access to the joint programme.
- Students have been awarded the equivalent of 300 ECTS of studies with a major in computer science, from an accredited university (listed in the IAU's List of Universities of the World). At least, 60 of those ECTS must correspond to a Master's degree.
- Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test equivalent to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These tests include, e.g., Cambridge English First A, IELTS (academic) 7.0, TOEFL (paper based) 637, TOEFL (computer based) 270, TOEFL (Internet based) 95, etc.
Important dates are summarized below.
|Opening of the scholarship application||October 1st, 2015|
|Deadline for scholarship application||December 11th, 2015|
|Deadline for uploading reference letters||December 14th, 2015|
|Deadline for receiving certified true copy of official documents||January 26th, 2016|
|Preliminary decision of the scholarship||End of February 2016|
|Formal confirmation of the scholarship||End of May 2016|
|Deadline for uploading proof of Master degree (Non-European)||Mid May 2016|
|Deadline for uploading proof of Master degree (European)||June 30th, 2016|
|Deadline for application of self-funded students
|Open all year long|
|Deadline for application of self-funded students
|Open all year long|
|Start of the academic year||September 2016|
Notice that Programme Country students currently on their last year of Master can submit their application even if they have not yet their diploma. If they are selected, they need to submit their diploma and final grades for the last year of studies not later than June 30th, 2016.
Applications abiding by the above eligibility criteria will be scored according to the following selection criteria:
- Domain of the Bachelor and Master (15/90): Points will be assigned proportional to the percentage of Computer Science credits in the curriculum according to topics defined in the ACM curricula, (Business Intelligence credits will score double).
- Academic results (35/90): Computed as the weighted average of the marks in the different subjects, according to a translation table defined for each country.
- Research experience (10/90): Specially appreciated will be publications in journals or conferences (either national or international).
- Professional experience (10/90): Points will be given per year of work on IT or BI position (internships will score half of that).
- Reference letters (10/90): Points will be assigned based on the following categories: Level of detail, specific information about the candidate, knowledge of the candidate, characteristics of the candidate, language used, overall impression.
- CV, research proposal and motivation (10/90): Points will be assigned based on the following categories: organisation, sequencing, content, vocabulary and word choice, critical thinking, originality and creativity, accuracy of facts.
Selected candidates will have to sign a Candidate Agreement prior to their enrolment in the IT4BI-DC programme. The template of the Candidate Agreement can be found here.
In 2014 the support structure of Erasmus Mundus was transferred into the European Commission’s new programme Erasmus+. This change affects the scholarship scheme for IT4BI-DC starting from student intake in September 2015. The application process and the admission requirements remain unchanged. For more information about the Erasmus+ programme, in particular about eligibility conditions and scholarships, please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
The Erasmus+ programme distinguishes students who are nationals or residents of Programme Countries and Partner Countries. Students of Programme Countries are:
- Students who are nationals or residents of one of the 28 EU Member States: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Bulgaria, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Croatia.
- Students who are nationals or residents of one of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM). Students who have resided or carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than 12 months over the past five years (counted backward starting from the end of February following the official deadline for application to the master) in any of the above countries. For applicants applying for student intake in 2016, this is the period from March 1, 2011 to February 28, 2016.
- Doctoral candidates from Partner Countries who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus masters scholarship, can be awarded a fellowship as Programme Country student.
- Doctoral candidates benefiting for an EMJD fellowship cannot benefit from other Community grants while carrying out their Erasmus Mundus doctoral activities.
- For Programme Country fellowship holders, the IT4BI-DC universities of the co-tutelle must not be located in the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree.
- You can only apply to maximum three Erasmus Mundus Programmes.