Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree SUTROFOR (Sustainable Tropical Forestry)

The topic of sustainable tropical forestry is of global importance. Between one and two billion people depend on wood-based fuel; non-wood forest products and services are crucial to the livelihood of more than one billion poor people mainly in rural areas; timber is an important commodity for both the domestic economy and for export; and the citizens in developing countries are increasingly concerned with the fate of tropical forests. The potential for trees and forests to contribute to the sustainable development in tropical and subtropical countries is increasingly recognised and included in poverty alleviation strategies. 
This two-year MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) prepares qualified graduates to deal with the complex aspects of contemporary tropical forestry. The programme provides the students with:
  • a firm theoretical foundation
  • ability to function on the international scene, and openness to foreign cultures
  • all competencies needed for working as a researcher or in tropical forest practices, e.g. development agencies, consultancies, NGOs, international organisations, ministries, governmental agencies, or district forest offices.
  • SUTROFOR is part of the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme initiated by the European Union. The Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and promote intercultural understanding.
Read more about the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Programme at the European Commissions website where you can also find a useful FAQ table, studies, statistics and other useful information about the programme.

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  • Contribution to the travel and installation costs. It is an incentive to help to cover the additional costs related to the issuing of visas, residence permits, etc. as well as the temporary accommodation needs upon arrival in the first Programme Country hosting HEI.
  • 2000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident of a Partner Country whose location is situated at less than 4.000 km from the EMMIC coordinating HEI.
  • 3000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident of a Partner Country whose location is situated at 4.000 km or more from the EMMIC coordinating HEI.
  • Contribution to subsistence costs and must not be given to Partner Country Scholarship holders for the EMMC periods exceeding three months (indicatively the equivalent of 15 ECTS credits) spent in any Partner Country.
  • 1000 EUR per month for the entire duration (120 ECTS)of the EMJMD study programme (24 months maximum).

Admission Requirements:

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in the following are directly academically qualified for admission to the MSc Programme:
  • Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Biology, Geography and Geoinformatics, Natural Ressources or Economics from the University of Copenhagen.
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Agrobiology or Economics from Aarhus University.
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or Geography from Aalborg University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Technological and Socio-Economic Planning (TekSam-Miljøplanlægning), Natural Sciences or Geography as well as the International Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from Roskilde University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Southern Denmark
  • Professional Bachelor's degree in Forest and Landscape Engineering or Urban Landscape Engineering from the University of Copenhagen.
  • Bachelor's degree within the area of forestry, agriculture, biology, geography or economics from other Danish, Nordic or international universities.
Learn about when and how to apply.
You are required to document proficiency in English according to your background; see the language requirements.

Furthermore, students applying with AgroParisTech, Montpellier, as second year university are required to document proficiency in French corresponding to DELF B2.

Scholarship Requirement:
  • These scholarships can be awarded to masters students from all countries other than the EU member states and EEA/EFTA states: Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. Furthermore, you must comply with a 12 months rule: i.e you must not be a resident nor have carried out your main activity (studies, work etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.
  • To be eligible for evaluation your application for a student scholarship must include a certificate – i.e. an official document – verifying your place of residence. This can either be:
    • In the form of a residence certificate issued (signed and stamped) in accordance with your municipality, region or state’s normal registration rules
    • In the form of an official letter (signed and stamped) by your current place of work, study or training confirming your current occupation/activity and place of residence.
    • In the form of an invoice, which clearly states the date, name and complete address.
  • Neither of these documents can be more than 12 months old calculated backwards as from the submission deadline.
The verification of residence is to be submitted as part of your application for admission and student scholarship. Without this document you application for a student scholarship will be incomplete and regarded as ineligible.
Please note that students with an Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus scholarship may NOT conduct fieldwork in their country of origin (a restrictin imposed by the European Union; can not be negotiated).

How to Apply:
The application procedure depends on your citizenship and educational background:

15 January 2019


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