Selection Process

Internal Evaluation and Quality Assessment Mechanisms

Each partner member has an internal selection committee composed of three persons (the head of international relations and/or local coordinator, a vice-rector or dean responsible for academic affairs and a third academic person). As soon as the call for applications is closed, home and host universities will be able to evaluate the dossiers of the candidates from their home institutions according to defined criteria.

Final selection will be done by a delegation of representatives of the MSC. The specific role of the selection committee is to guarantee a fair distribution of mobilities between partners, to guarantee that best students are selected, to respect a gender balance, to compare the evaluation from host and home universities, and have a final say when discrepancies have arisen.

The MEDASTAR selection committee will be chaired by a representative of Universidad de Oviedo project, and composed by a representative of each EU university and the national Egypt and Lebanon coordinators.

One external expert from the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) with experience in education in Egypt and Lebanon will participate as well. The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) is a large, prominent, open and inclusive network of universities whose overarching goal is to facilitate and promote cooperation in the higher education sector, in order to enhance the highest quality. It achieves this by acting as a platform to foster and support projects among its members as well as by participating in activities as an entity in its own right.

Ain Shams University

Ain Shams University, Egypt 

Students Selection Procedure

Candidates will apply through the web page of the project www.medastar.eu. The Call will be open from January 31 until March 30th, 2012.

  • In case of Target Group 1, a hard copy of all the required documents will be handed to the contact person at the home institution.
  • Home institutions will validate their TG1 and TG3 (from partner institutions) candidates.
  • Validation of TG2 and TG3 (not belonging to partner institutions) candidates will be done by the Universidad de Oviedo as coordinating institution with the help of Partners Institutions.
  • Academic Committees at host institutions will evaluate their incoming candidates according to the academic excellence, motivation of the candidates, linguistic capacity, adaptation to the programmes of study.
  • Final distribution of grants will be carried out by the Consortium in agreement with what is presented in the programme.
  • The procedures lead to a just and equitable selection considering: criteria of academic excellence, motivation of the candidates, linguistic capacity to follow the courses in the host institution, social interest, impact, commitment of the students to return to their country of origin, as well as gender balance and also the elements of support to the most vulnerable groups as stated in the programme.

Recognition of Study Periods

  • Home universities will automatically recognise studies undertaken at host universities where the period of mobility has been spent. The Learning Agreement (L.A.) will be the tool for academic recognition at undergraduate level and non-degree seeking masters and doctorates. It will have to be signed by the academic coordinator and the institutional coordinator both at home and host universities and by the student.
  • Regarding full masters, doctorates, post-doctorates and teaching staff mobility, home Institutions will arrange with grantees all the recognition procedures before the beginning of mobility and host institutions agree to recognize the periods abroad according to the agreed arrangements.
  • The Universities will develop, where appropriate, the system of Co-supervision of theses and joint degrees that is already being used in an important number of cases. The programme will involve a significant advance in this sense since it will advance in a very real way the possibilities of working together in areas of mutual interest, thus developing the initiatives that are already being undertaken among the partners, as well as other new ones. The experience of postgraduate academic association proposed by the programme, and referring to the joint work at masters and doctoral level, is particularly relevant.