European Master in Migration Studies (EuMIGS)
EuMIGS coordination office
Mert Peksen, PhD
Building 02/ Room 313
Institute for Geography
Seminarstraße 19 a/b
more information: www.eumigs.eu
EuMigs at the 2019 IMISCOE Annual Conference
The first EuMIGS cohort attended the 2019 Annual IMISCOE Conference “Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches”, which took place from June 26 to 28, 2019 at Malmö University in Sweden. The four students presented their master theses in the framework of a special EuMIGS student panel that was held on the second day of the conference. Many senior scholars attended the panel and congratulated the EuMIGS students on their contributions. For the students, the participation in the conference was a unique opportunity to come together again and to experience an international conference setting: “It was a highlight to personally meet scholars that we only knew from the literature beforehand and to present our own work and receive such constructive and positive feedback”, the students said after the conference.
The first EuMIGS cohort: Ruben, Micha, Matilda and Antonio
The first EuMIGS cohort and the coordinators from Osnabrück and Neuchatel Photo: Ruben Torres
Kick-off in Brussels: First EuMIGS cohort started
In November 2018 the first cohort of students enrolled in the EuMIGS Double Degree-Programme met in Brussels. During the field trip they were introduced into different aspects of migration that can be studied in Europe's capital: from EU-migration policies to labour market integration projects for migrants and refugees in Belgium and one of Brussel's - and Europe's - most diverse local communities. Much more than just a "field trip" the meeting served as a kick-off for the second year of their masters in Migration Studies that these students will spend at one of the EuMIGS partner institutes. It was the first time that they met each other as well as the coordinators of the EuMIGS-programme and the director of the IMISCOE-partner institute at Université de Liège who gave the group a tour through Molenbeek.
First EuMIGS get-together, 1st cohort. Photo: Jens Schneider
Program Launch on November 3, 2017
Signing the EuMIGS Memorandum of Understanding: Vice President of Osnabrueck University, Ms Prof. Dr. Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke. Photo: Elena Scholz, Osnabrück University
On Friday, 3 November 2017, the new European academic exchange programme European Master in Migration Studies (EuMIGS) was officially launched in the “Peace Hall” of the town hall of Osnabrück. Aim of the programme is to promote the mobility and cross-country learning of students and the exchange of teaching staff between eight high-level institutes of migration research and their respective master programmes. The new exchange programme is coordinated by the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück.
In the presence of representatives from the partner universities, the Commissioner for Integration, Seda Rass-Turgut, and the Vice-President for Teaching of the University of Osnabrück, Professor Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke, welcomed the international guests, the members of IMIS, and the students of the local master programme International Migration and Intercultural Relations (IMIB). Both emphasised the self-obligation of both the city and the university in Osnabrück towards a better European understanding and praised the new programme as an important and innovative contribution to further internationalisation of the relations of Osnabrück with regard to research, education and to other European cities. Also, the co-ordinator of the European Research Network IMISCOE, Dr Peter Scholten (Erasmus University Rotterdam), and the director of IMIS, Professor Andreas Pott, highlighted the unusual dimension of the new programme and network and its relevance for the education of young scholars in the field of Migration Studies in Europe. EuMIGS is closely connected to IMISCOE that since more than 15 years has brought together the most important scholars and research institutes in the field of migration in Europe. Highlight of the kick-off event was the symbolic signing of a "Memorandum of Understanding” for the future co-operation by the vice-president of the University of Osnabrück and the international partners.
EuMIGS coordinators and supporters, from left to right: Peter Scholten, Director IMISCOE, NL / Antía Pérez-Caramés, A Coruña; E / Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke, UOS / Helen Schwenken, UOS / Gianni D'Amato, Neuchâtel, CH / Alissia Raziano, Liège, B / Jens Schneider, UOS / Seda Turgut-Rass, Commisioner for Integration, Osnabrück / Andreas Pott, UOS. Photo: Elena Scholz, Osnabrück University
Members of the new EuMIGS-Network are, currently, eight master programmes in seven European countries who come from Linköping and Malmö (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Liège (Belgium), Neuchâtel (Switzerland), A Coruña (Spain) und Osnabrück (Germany). Additional partners from Barcelona (Spain), Lyon (France) und Groningen (The Netherlands) are waiting to join at the next possible moment.
Centrepiece of the network is a Double Degree Programme between, at least, five participating universities. In this programme, the master students spend the respective second year of their studies at one of the partner master programmes in another country. Upon successfully finishing their studies, they will receive an attractive double degree from both, their home and host university. And also the teaching staff in the participating master programmes will enter into a regular exchange and give seminars and lectures at the partner programmes. Foreseen are also joint training activities for all EuMIGS-double degree students of the same cohort. The first exchange students of the European Master in Migration Studies are expected for Fall 2018.
Jens Schneider launching the EuMIGS website. Photo: Elena Scholz, Osnabrück University