Reviewing economic perspectives

In September 2020, the UTC will offer an Erasmus Mundus Master's degree in "Economic Policies for the Global transition". It joins the other three European Master’s Degree of Excellence in Economics. This new all-English course includes a first year abroad, semester 3 in Paris and semester 4 at one of the 40 associate partners around the world.

Reviewing economic perspectives

The Erasmus Mundus EPOG+ (Economic Policies for the Global transition) Master's Degree is a project funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme. It is an integrated international Master's programme leading to joint and multiple degrees with the project partners (in and outside Europe). A project coordinated by the UTC-Compiegne, initially framed in a Parisian university in 2012, some time after the financial crisis. The Master's degree is now based at the UTC, thanks to renewed support from the European Commission. "Thirty people will be selected from among a thousand candidates from more than a hundred countries to follow this Master's degree on economic policies for ecological, economic, social and digital transitions," says David Flacher, head of the Department, who, on arriving at the UTC in 2017, decided to see which players were ready to follow the adventure.

The result two years later: students will be able to benefit from an integrated network of eight prestigious partner universities in five countries that will offer recognized, high-level Master's courses. But also some forty associated partners, including eight non-academic partners, notably major international organizations, who will be able to host students on internships, and more than twenty academic institutions around the world in all areas of the programme to welcome and supervise students during their final semester.

Generous and selective grants

More than 4 Meuros have been released to support the Master's degree programme run by UTC, Sorbonne University being one of the partners. The first academic year will start next September. Each year, 22 very selective scholarships will be awarded by the European Commission, each with 1,000 € per month plus installation and/or travel expenses. "This is not negligible," comments David Flacher, professor-researcher in economics. The call for applications was launched last October and closed on January 30.

"In March, the shortlisted students will be auditioned by videoconference to retain only around 5% of the initial candidates. The students will be divided into one of the three majors, taught in English. The first will focus on the issues of digital transition, the knowledge economy and innovation, the second on macroeconomics and finance and the last on development models for a sustainable world. The EPOG+ Master's degree thus becomes the first international Master's degree in economics to integrate these three fundamental dimensions for the future of the planet and our societies.”