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European Universities Established New Joint Master’s Degree Programmes – Now Open for Applications!

08.04.2022

The University of Turku is offering two new international Master’s degree programmes as a part of the European EC2U Alliance. The students selected for the programmes have a freedom to customise a personalised study path for themselves which is focused on either language, culture, and society, or sustainable cities and communities. The students also have a chance to obtain a degree from several Alliance universities at once.

In 2017, the University of Turku, together with six other European universities, established the European Campus of City-Universities, or EC2U Alliance, with the aim of creating a pan-European campus with a new model of quality education. One part in the pursuit of this objective are the joint Master’s degree programmes.

The first application period for the Master’s programmes is now open. Two of the degree programmes can be completed at the University of Turku: the Master's Degree Programme in European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact and the Master's Degree Programme in Sustainable Cities and Communities. The applications for the Master's Degree Programme in European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact must be submitted through the quota of the University of Turku, whereas the applications for the Master's Degree Programme in Sustainable Cities and Communities are submitted through the Universities of Poitiers or Coimbra. Applications for the programmes can also be submitted through other EC2U universities.

A Master’s degree programme called LIFELINE - Lifelong Well-Being and Healthy Ageing will be open for applications at the University located in Iasi, Romania. The students of this programme can participate in teaching offered by the University of Turku, but at this stage the University of Turku will not select its own students to the programme, but those interested may apply through Iasi.

The students admitted to the programmes will participate in studies in at least three of the universities of the Alliance, however, the students can quite freely customise a study path for their own personal needs by participating in the study modules of up to four different universities. The student participating in the programmes also has a possibility of obtaining a degree from multiple EC2U universities at once.  For instance, a student who has completed their Master’s degree in the programme of European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact, will be rewarded a certificate from all of those universities where the student has completed a minimum of 30 ECTS.

EC2U Offers Study Prospects in Seven Universities

Alongside the University of Turku, the members of the EC2U include the University of Coimbra in Portugal, the University of Alexandru Ioan Cuza in Iasi, Romania, the University of Friedrich Schiller in Jena, Germany, the University of Pavia in Italy, the University of Poitiers in France, and the University of Salamanca in Spain.
These universities have built the Master's programmes in close collaboration. The creation process of the Master's Degree Programme in European Languages and Cultures in Contact at the University of Turku has been coordinated by Professor Kristiina Taivalkoski-Shilov. The objective of the degree programme is to produce experts in the field of language, cultural contacts, and social diversity.

– The programme will expand the range of languages within the Faculty of Humanities and generate a great number of new courses that offer useful skills for future language specialists, says Taivalkoski-Shilov.

The Master's Degree Programme in Sustainable Cities and Communities has been developed by Professor of Geography Jukka Käyhkö, on behalf of the University of Turku. The aim of the programme is to produce experts in fields related to environment, energy, urban planning, and natural resources.

– The Master’s Degree programme that we have available here, together with the Universities of Coimbra and Poitiers, will introduce the student to a wide range of courses on cities and their sustainability.  At the moment, the degree programme has more than 30 courses available. All of the universities in the Alliance have slightly different profiles, which further expands the study selection and allows diverse specialisation paths, says Käyhkö. 

Applications are now open until 31 May 2022. 

>> Master's Degree Programme in European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact
>> Register to the information webinar on 12 April

>> Master's Degree Programme in Sustainable Cities and Communities
>> Register to the information webinar on 13 April

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Created 08.04.2022 | Updated 08.04.2022