Published on Monday August 9, 2010
Drexel University joins a consortium of seven universities and two research centers worldwide that will offer a joint masters program in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC).
This program has been awarded designation as an Erasmus Mundus Master Course by the European Commission. Trustee Chair Professor Yury Gogotsi played a major role in bringing this program to Drexel.
"Funding is estimated to be several million Euros over the five-year life of this project," Gogotsi said. Most of the funding will go towards student support.
"This will be an excellent opportunity for Drexel students to get true international experience," Gogotsi continued. "Moreover, by hosting foreign students for masters' level research, we will have the opportunity to attract some of the world's best students to our PhD programs. We hope this will be a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership."
The MESC program will be open to students from all over the world, and courses will be taught in English. The consortium expects to select approximately 30 students for each cohort. The program will take four semesters or two years to complete.
The other participating institutions are as follows:
- Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France
- Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
- Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
- Universite de Provence, Marseille, France
- Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
- Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
- ALISTORE European Research Institute, Amiens, France
- CIC Energigune, Minano, Alava, Spain
MESC students will spend semester one at the Universite Paul Sabatier or at the Universite de Provence. Semester two will be spent at the Warsaw University of Technology. Semester three will be spent at the Universidad de Cordoba, or at the Universite de Picardie. In the fourth semester, MESC students will complete a master's thesis project at Drexel University, Xiamen University, or one of the European institutions.
For more details, see the MESC program web site: http://www.u-picardie.fr/mundus_MESC/.