Humanities Education Revitalized Via Mundus Experiences, Erasmus Mundus


October 31, 2016

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The Erasmus Mundus project Humanities Education Revitalized via Mundus ExperienceS (HERMES) is aimed at enhancing cooperation among countries of the European Union and neighbouring countries in Neighbourhood East.

The consortium, consisting of 14 universities in 11 countries, will provide a total of 135 scholarships for students (undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral) and staff. The beneficiaries will move from one of the 6 participating EU countries to one of the 5 third countries (27 scholarships) and vice versa, i.e. from a third country to the EU (108 scholarships).

HERMES is one of the few Erasmus Mundus projects with a specific thematic field:

The Humanities

In focusing on the Humanities, the partnership responds to the priority in European Commission Horizon 2020, where research in the field is emphasized as an essential aspect of all societal challenges. It also responds to our own beliefs about this academic field. In today’s world of technological domination, the Humanities seem to have moved lower on the priority list of most universities and educational systems worldwide. It is our conviction that it is precisely in times of rapid technological advancement that they are needed most urgently. The Humanities provide not only the tools of logical thinking, which form the basis of all scientific research, but also, importantly, the moral principles which ensure the optimal use of science and technology in the interests of humanity. The necessity of a humanist education becomes even more pronounced in times of crisis; many of the partner countries are at present facing varying types of crisis. Through research into the human experience, past and contemporary, the Humanities constitute a field which truly affords a vision for the future.

The Humanities contribute importantly to aave always formed an integral part of European education and hence an equally salient aspect of the European identity. As a result of the long tradition of a fundamentally humanistic tradition in education, along with the fact that Europe’s cultural tradition is one of its most important assets, the Humanities, while not directly connected to the markets, should be understood as an important indirect economic asset for the countries of Europe and the surrounding area.

Cross-border mobility

The HERMES project also responds to the priority accorded to the improvement of cross-border mobility and more open access to research results, which encourage innovation and ensure the ongoing growth of the various academic fields. Aside from purely academic practices, the consortium believes that the project will have a positive impact on institutional and management capacities of the partner universities.

Sustainability (long-term impact) of the Project

HERMES will be the first step towards establishing a long-term network of partners who collaborate on research, share knowledge, and pursue excellence in the Humanities. We look forward to new bilateral agreements, collaborative research proposals, and all other forms of institutional cooperation.

The skills and competencies acquired by staff members during mobilities to EU Partner HEIs and from EU Partners to 3rd Country Partner HEIs will hopefully lead to the development of new academic courses, of training courses for university administrative staff etc., initiatives which will benefit not only the participating individuals, but their institutions as a whole.

Students who benefit from mobility opportunities also contribute to the long-term impact of the project. Their experiences abroad translate into new perspectives, new skills and competencies that they will be able to apply not only to their future academic careers, but also their lives. Such students will be able to contribute to high quality academic work produced within their home institutions, and they will also have a significant amount of talent and ability to offer to the labour markets of their countries.

As an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project, HERMES supports student and staff mobility between universities in the European Union and third countries. HERMES is exceptional in that it concentrates on the area of the HUMANITIES.

The consortium

15 universities in 11 countries:

European Union

  • Bulgaria, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
  • Estonia, Tallinn University
  • Germany, European University Viadrina
  • Greece, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Italy, Ca' Foscari University Venice
    University of Salerno
  • Sweden, Linköping University

Neighbourhood East

  • Armenia, Gavar State University
    Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University
  • Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan University of Languages
  • Belarus, Belarusian State University
  • Georgia, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
    Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi
  • Ukraine, Crimean University for the Humanities
    Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University

The universities offer courses in all or some of the following areas:

  • Philosophy
  • Classics
  • Literature
  • Medieval Languages & Literatures
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Languages & Literatures
  • History
  • Theatre
  • Archaeology
  • Music
  • History of Art
  • Visual Arts
  • Semiotics
  • Translation & Interpretation

And in some related areas of the Social Sciences:

Education/Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology, Communication and Information Studies, Law

135 mobilities

27 grants:       European countries, Third countries
108 grants:     Third Countries, European countries (91 students – 17 members of staff)


Undergraduates:   10 months
Other groups:       please consult the webpage


3 Target Groups

TG1: students/staff of partner universities
TG2: students/staff/degree holders from the countries of partner universities
TG3: members of vulnerable groups of these countries

Important notice:

  • Students must have successfully completed at least one year
    of undergraduate study
  • All grantees must have adequate knowledge of the language
    of their target country
  • must NOT have resided in an EU country for more than a total of 12
    months during the last five years (this rule does not apply to TG3

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Publish Date
October 19, 2016
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