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About EMA

EMA is an association for students and alumni of Erasmus Mundus Master and Doctoral programmes.

EMA Members

Over the years, EMA has grown into an international organisation with, as of 2020, more than 12,000 members from 170+ countries.

All EMA members have studied an M.A., MSc. or PhD and as such benefitted from a mobility program under the Erasmus+ Action. For more details check out the Members page.

EMA Volunteers

EMA, as a purely volunteer run Association currently has 150+ active volunteers in roles such as: 

  • Management Board Members, overall steering of the Association,

  • Program Representatives of any Erasmus Mundus programme,

  • Country Representatives across the globe, and

  • Project Leaders, leading projects related to EMA's mission and vision. 


Overall, EMA volunteers are active amongst their fellow students and alumni fostering interaction and community belonging and form a global network for the international realisation of the Associations mission. EMA volunteers, and broadly all members, function as ambassadors of Erasmus Mundus, spreading its message around the world.

Our Values


Erasmus Mundus Programmes are highly selective with grants awarded to only about 5% or less of all applicants. No matter the direction taken after graduation, our members aim to succeed.



Our members value immensely that they have had the opportunity to receive an exceptional international education and are committed to improving educational experiences for others. This is reflected in their lifelong learning efforts and interest in giving back to the community.



We take pride in and see a great deal of potential in our diverse backgrounds, cultures, and professional profiles.


EMA members are dynamic professionals, constantly seeking personal and professional growth. For this purpose, EMA volunteers, amongst others, conduct webinars, a podcast, mentoring programmes and face-to-face trainings and workshops. We support the entrepreneurship of members through networking and projects.



Many of our members and volunteers are passionate about environmental issues and are eager to promote a culture focusing on sustainable practices.


In EMA everyone is treated equally. EMA volunteers established the EMA Women and LGBT networks, amongst others. We also initiate other projects to increase awareness among our members and partners of our social responsibility around the world.

EMA's Mission & Vision

EMAs overall vision is to be Changemakers. “Striving to impact the world at large, by addressing important issues that affect our global society” is EMA’s main vision. More precisely we aim to be “Changemakers for Global Solidarity”!

EMA’s overall mission is, to: 

  • Promote higher education.

  • Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship.

  • Create an environment conducive to enhance lifelong learning and mobility.
  • Strengthen dialogue on education, policy, employment, and environmental, social, political and economic development.

  • Provide a platform to develop leaders and changemakers of tomorrow, from all over the world, and commit to promote the sustainable development goal.

EMA's Aims

As an organisation, EMA aims to:

Become a forum for networking, communication and collaboration.

Provide EMA members with opportunities to contribute to EMA & their EMJMDs, to society, benefiting from the personal skills they have acquired through their participation in an EMJMD.

Represent the students and alumni of EMJMDs and give them a place of opportunity where they can share ideas and expertise.

Empower the changemakers of tomorrow.

Support and foster research, innovation, cooperation and encouraging members to take part in democracy.