Erasmus Mundus Association statement on the COVID-19 outbreak
Updated August 2020 :
Have you been admitted to an EMJMD starting in Europe in September? Given the rapid changes and developments of the Covid-19 situation and local differences it is difficult for us to advice you.
Have a look here Coronavirus - questions raised by Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps participants for general information - and reach out to your course organisers directly to receive most up to date information.
Updated April 2020:
EMA is staying in close contact with the European Commission as well as the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and we would like to point you to two updated posts regarding the current Covid-19 situation.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch in case you think that EMA could help you in your current situations (president (at) em-a.eu).
Europe, along with the entire world, is facing an unprecedented COVID-19 virus sanitary crisis. While we continue to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we hope that you, your colleagues, your friends and your families are coping well in these challenging times.
EMA is carefully monitoring the evolution of this crisis and tracking all the recommendations issued from EC, through EACEA (https://tinyurl.com/EC-EACEA) and through Erasmus+ (https://tinyurl.com/EC-Erasmus) since March 11, 2020 when WHO officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
EC has directed the consortiums to apply maximum flexibility in the implementation of the programme and invoke “force majeure” clauses, which will allow them to use the additional costs within the grant amounts, for the benefit of students.
EC has also directed participating organisations that they should contact individual participants who already are in, or are planning to leave to or from the affected areas within the coming weeks, and suggested them to ask students to follow the formal and official prescription issued and/or adopted by the local competent authorities. EC has also suggested the consortiums to provide maximum possible help to students and help them with contacting the relevant embassies, consulates and honorary consulates in the country of their stay for any assistance that they may need.
We, at EMA, express our sympathies to everyone affected by the virus and call upon all students to stay informed about current developments in their host and home countries. We recommend you to stay in touch with your host and home universities as well as stay informed about the latest instructions given by your universities and national authorities with regards to respective health measures. Stay informed and follow the most up to date information from the World Health Organisation.
Depending on your present location and status, we advise you to stay in your location if possible, unless your country has initiated a mandatory student recall, if this is the case, please follow their instructions. We understand how difficult the situation might be, being in a foreign country in an emergency circumstance like this.
If you need any information regarding your mobility, your scholarship grants, your exams or classes, please do reach out to your consortiums/coordinators for any assistance. In case you are not able to do so, please feel free to reach out to us and we will do our best to provide the best possible assistance in this regard.
Wishing an EMAzing time to everyone out there!
EMA launches video campaign in the time of social distancing.
A period of quarantine and social distancing needn't be complete isolation! Thanks to the virtual world, we can all feel connected while maintaining a physical distance. EMA has launched a campaign on Facebook that encourages our followers to send us a video telling us how they are coping during this period of social distancing, what kind of measures have been implemented in their country/area of residence and if they have happened upon any constructive initiatives elsewhere.
Check the Facebook post here!