Project Leader: Manasseh Anand, EMA Genie team
Project contributors: NAME (link to LinkedIn profile)
Project Start: 2012 - ongoing
What is EMA Star?
The “EMA Star” initiative was initiated in2012, with the objective to recognise the valuable commitment of EMA volunteers. Being a volunteer run NGO, in the Higher Education sector, our active members and volunteers provide their precious time, while balancing either their studies or work, to help EMA move forward as a progressive organisation supporting mobility and the Erasmus+/Erasmus Mundus mindset. Some of our volunteers have now been involved for more than a few years, others have been there since EMA was formed, and few since the first EMJMD began. All of us, share the same EMA spirit and energy.
EMA values and recognises members who excel and go beyond in their support to EMA, through a range of awards. During the major restructuring of EMA in 2017-2019, in addition to EMA Star, some special awards were also created, such as the Presidential Seal of Excellence, EMA Social Impact Award, EMA Alumi Award and EMA Programme Ambassador Award.
Once a year the Erasmus Mundus Association choses its Stars, while awards have been paused during the pandemic, this does in no way mean that less outstanding work was done.
EMA Stars are EMA members who give their best and a little bit more in everything they do. Their energy, passion and enthusiasm represent the EMA spirit and become the source of our organisation’s numerous activities worldwide.
Awardees up until to date were:
EMA Star award - In recognition of contributions to EMA and the world
EMA Star of the Year - Nayyab Naqvi
EMA Alumni of the Year - Pavlo Bazilinskyy
EMA Programme Ambassador of the Year - Dostonbek Nuraliev
EMA Social Impact "Changemaker of the Year" - Konstantinos Maragkos
EMA Presidential Seal of Excellence Award- In recognition of outstanding commitment and contributions to EMA (in alphabetical order)
Katharina F Heil: Received the EMA Presidential Seal of Excellence to recognise her immense contribution towards organising the EMA 2019 General Assembly. While only having joined the Association shortly prior she stepped up and took on the main leadership of the GA organisation which became a great success.
Manasseh Anand: His contribution to EMA’s Professional Development team, especially supporting the mentorship programme was recognised with the EMA Presidential Seal of Excellence. His work allowed mentors and mentees to get together and learn from each other.
Meerim Karybaeva: Her contribution to the legal team allowed to complete the EMA Statues and Internal Regulations, voted upon during the 2019 EMA GA.
Nikhil Persad: His contribution to EMA’s Communications Team was recognized with the Presidential Seal of Excellence. His work allowed EMA and its activities to gain additional visibility online and share the Associations success/es.
Prashant Kumar: Received the Presidential Seal of Excellence to recognise his work around EMA’s Statues and Internal Regulations. His engagement was essential for both documents to be completed on time in a well written manner, which were later voted upon during the 2019 EMA GA.
Zara Kaushik - https://www.linkedin.com/in/zara-kaushik/?originalSubdomain=in - her contribution to the legal team allowed to complete the EMA Statues and Internal Regulations, voted upon during the 2019 EMA GA.
Radu Serrano: The Presidential Seal of Excellence recognised his work on a number of EMA Standard Operating Procedures, developing content which was included into policy documents at a later stage. He set the ground work, allowing for best practices to be implemented and come into place.
Tiago Welter: His overall support of the Organisation was recognised with the award of the Presidential Seal of Excellence. Tiago contributed where and whenever needed, amongst others as the German Country Rep, supporting the EMA Community in Brasil and managing the EMA 2019 GA.
Teeroumanee Nadan (Agegie): Received the EMA Star award to recognise her overall contribution to the Association and her active contribution in several EMA teams
Bailey Harrington: Her work as the EMA treasurer was recognised with the EMA Star award, as well as her overall active contribution to the Association, especially linked to ESAA.
Amir Kamran: His EMA related activities, in several areas and for a significant time were recognised with the EMA Star award. His main contributions were related to IT tasks, but he was always happy to jump in when needed.
Geline Alfred Fuko: Received the EMA Star award recognising her essential role in her local Tanzanian community.
Georgiana Mihut - was awarded the EMA Star award to recognise her leading role in the Course Quality Advisory Board, a key success of EMA.
Shiella Balbutin: As the South East Asian Chapter president, received the EMA Star award to recognise the chapters activity in 2015 (the most active chapter during that year).