Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
The Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (UNIVE) was founded in 1868 as the first Italian high school devoted to commerce and economics, and oriental languages, has developed into a modern university with a student body of 19000 students. It is organized in eight departments which are responsible for the promotion, coordination and organization of teaching and research activities.
The departments of Linguistic and Comparative Cultural Studies and the Department of Asian and North African Studies teach a broad range of Western and Oriental languages (40 in all). In addition, the Interdepartmental School of International Relations’ degree in Compared International Relations (RIC), currently with almost 100 students enrolled, offers solid competences in the fields of languages, economics, law, politics and history, and enjoys interdisciplinary teaching supported by the Departments of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies, Asian and North African Studies, Economics, Humanities, and Philosophy and Cultural Heritage. The MA in Compared International Relations is connected to the MIM programme, and will contribute significantly to its development by providing a conducive environment where MIM students can mix and confront with their peers on various issues.
A project financed by EACEA (The Euro-Mediterranean Region: sustainability between people and politics (EU-MeS) (510379 LLP-1-2010-1-IT-ERASMUS-ECDE) testifies to the successful cooperation between the MIM, the and SOAS (London), París VIII (Paris), 3 Universities in Morocco and one in Algeria. In this project, 11 online modules were produced, allowing EU students and students from Morocco and Algeria to follow online courses validated by their own institutions. These courses could be further developed in the new JDM programme. UNIVE can rely on its a consolidated and internationally recognized team of scholars and fellows, all working in the fields of languages, Mediterranean history and culture, diaspora studies.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968. It is therefore a young university, but in its short history it has moved forward at a rapid pace. In 2013, the UAB had more than 42000 students enrolled (28505 undergraduates, 10698 graduate students continuing education students, and 3.657 PhD students). There are 13 Faculties, and – with the Graduate School and other 13 member centres and affiliated university schools – offers a total of 85 degree courses, 116 official masters, 79 Doctorates and more than 500 other postgraduate courses and specialisation. UAB has been recognized as a Campus of International Excellence, with high expertise in mobility programmes. The university welcomes each year around 2200 foreign students and more than 1200 UAB students participate in mobility programmes around the world.
The MIM falls within the activities of the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences, one of the strongest departments in the Faculty of Communication Sciences. The Department offers degree courses in the fields of Journalism, Audiovisual Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, and coordinates the PhD programme in Communication and Journalism, the official Master in Research in Communication and Journalism and other seven Master and Postgraduate programmes, including the MIM and the Graduate Diploma in Communication, International Cooperation and Social and Cultural Mediation in the Mediterranean.
The teaching and research research staff cover all MIM-related fields, such as cultural studies, intercultural dialogue, international cooperation, communication for development, analysis of media discourse. The MIM learning environment additionally benefits from the expertise of the Laboratory of Prospective and Research in Communication, Culture and Cooperation (LAPREC), and the Mediterranean Observatory of the Communication (OMEC), which has recently contributed to the project “Renforcement de la mission de service public audiovisuel dans la région Maghreb/Mashrek” developed with the Institut Panos Paris and eight local partners in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Siria and Palestinian Territories, and funded by the Catalan Agency of Cooperation for Development, Irish Aid and Open Society Foundation.
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier
With its 20 000 students, the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier (UPVM) is one of the oldest universities of Europe, which keeps with dynamism the long academic tradition of the city dating back to the Middle Ages (the former schools of Medicine, Law and Arts were founded in the13th century). Located in the south of France, the city of Montpellier has one of the highest national demographic growth rates, and its student population is proportionally the second most important (70 000 in 2014). Besides, the city benefits from an exceptional scientific potential, reinforced with a strong representation of all the national research organisations (CNRS, INSERM, INRA, etc.). This top-level academic profile and the quality of life of the Mediterranean climate make of Montpellier the second French city offering the best environment to study (National 2013 ranking). Its attractiveness and reputation are also known worldwide, as 1 student out of 6 is an international student.
UPVM describes itself as a university of culture and debate, opened to the world. Its very rich cultural activities around its research teams, its libraries, its collections, its own theatre, its unique museum of casts and its student house underline this strong commitment to contribute to the cultural life of the city and the region. UPVM is organised in 6 faculties, 1 Institute, 2 PhD schools and 21 research centres in the various fields of Literature, Languages, Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. UPVM is ranked third place at national level for its research in “Languages, Texts, Arts and Cultures”. It provides a comprehensive training offer with 27 Bachelor degrees, 77 Master programs and 55 Doctorates. 70 degrees (B-M-D) can be prepared using distance learning. UPVM is also engaged in a process of internationalisation through joint degrees, such as MIM and decentralised courses, numerous bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements, hundreds joint supervisions of PhD, and participation to international networks.
The faculty of Economics, Law and social sciences (UFR 4 – AES) is in charge at UPVM of the Master MIM. This faculty gathers more than 45 permanent professors of different fields: Economics, private Law, public Law, Management and political science) and regularly rely on the expertise of professionals. Thanks to its interdisciplinary profile and connections with the associations and NGO located in the region and beyond, the UFR 4 provides the MIM students with diverse and comprehensive courses and a concrete approach of the existing developments and activities in the Mediterranean.