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This two-year International Master leverages the complementary and interdisciplinary expertise, resources and networks of seven leading universities (The Consortium) in seven innovative cities:

  • Glasgow (United Kingdom)
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
  • Göttingen (Germany)
  • Uppsala (Sweden)
  • Bogota (Colombia)
  • Kyoto (Japan)

The programme aims to examine how local places (clusters, cities and regions) and local actors (entrepreneurs, firms and policymakers) generate local competitiveness under global market conditions. This programme highlights the importance of historical and social context in which economic development, public policy and business strategies take place. This two-year academic programme equips you with the critical skills to make sense of the intersecting complementarity of the global and local, but also provides opportunities for practical experience with companies and public policy organisations.

The degree is ideal for highly talented students seeking a career in urban or public policy organisations, multinational corporations, international consultancies, cultural and creative industries, or other non-profit organisations.  Students will be encouraged to explore a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives on the process and experience of globalisation from a place-based perspective, in particular of cities, creative industries, development and local cultures of entrepreneurship.

Start date: September 2020
Duration: Two years
Qualification: International Master / Master of Arts / Master of Social Science / Postgraduate Certificate depending on pathway chosen
Credit allocation: 120 ECTS
Degree award: Joint/Multiple degree awards depending on pathway chosen
Study type: Full-time
Funding Available: YES – EMJMD Scholarships are available
Programme and Scholarship Application Dates: 1st October 2019 – 10th January 2020
Alternative Funding Opportunities: See Other Funding Opportunities page.

  • Theoretical Grounding in International Business and Global Economy: Students will receive a robust theoretical grounding in international business and the global economy from an historical perspective, but will be encouraged to think about global trends from a “local” perspective by thinking about how individuals, firms, cities, regions, and nations remain creative, innovative and competitive in a sustainable way. The programme approaches local competitiveness from an evolutionary development perspective that takes into consideration both the perspective of business and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Range of Educational Backgrounds Are Accepted: The degree is ideal for students with social science, humanities, business management, arts and liberal arts backgrounds as it stresses a qualitative-historical, holistic analysis of globalisation and localisation processes at the intersection of history, economics, business and cultural studies. The degree stresses the deep importance of time and context for understanding policy or strategy outcomes.
  • Internships and Practical Experience: A variety of internships and consultancy projects from industry, government, and non-profit placements are available to students in many of the partner universities to enhance their learning experience.
  • International Experience and Language Skills Development: Students will have the opportunity to study at a minimum of three of the seven partner universities so as to deepen their cultural intelligence and language skills. Language training in a third language over the four semesters is encouraged.
  • Specialist Master Classes from Associate Partners: Associate Partners from around the world will provide specialist master classes or guest lectures, and make contributions to, or host, the annual summer school that will rotate among our affiliated universities.

Ekaterina Stepanova, Russian Federation (1st cohort):

Why did you choose the GLOCAL programme?

I chose GLOCAL because I was fascinated by the range of subjects offered by the programme. It seemed to suit me perfectly (I am a member of a startup, that promotes small and medium sized brands in Russia). I was searching not for a classical economic education, but for a programme that would help me understand what is happening with globalized economy today, how to generate entrepreneurial dynamics in the territory, how to help raise creative cities and so on. GLOCAL has it all and more!

My first few weeks as an Erasmus Mundus student:

Everything was (and still is) so new! Starting with the view outside my window, people and language, and ending with taste of tap water (which is drinkable here, unlike in Russia). A lot of documentation and all sorts of registering everywhere, but it’s manageable. And the Uni helps a lot! Beautiful nature, the city is very green. I can’t help myself, I stop every time I see a beautiful garden (which are plenty here in Glasgow) to take a picture or to smell a flower. I love it!
The wind of changes breaks all your old patterns, forces you to reconsider many aspects of your life, and gives an opportunity to rediscover your true self. 

Hans Braunfisch, USA (1st cohort):

Why did you choose the GLOCAL program?

To me, the GLOCAL program was attractive in multiple respects. Aside from being able to study at some of the world’s most premier universities and be surrounded by a diverse, accomplished group of scholars, the program content is very applicable to a wide variety of professional fields. Similar to most, I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do in the future, but understanding the macroeconomic happenings of the world’s economy along with how individual innovators adapt to and shape their economic surroundings is invaluable. With this skillset, everything from multinational work to entrepreneurship was within reach. Not to mention, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!


Comments from the second cohort:

I knew that I signed up for something that was still carving its own identity atop of old academic traditions, and I find it exciting to be part of shaping it.”

“The program is characterised by a variety of different forms of learning and assessment, which is a great advantage and very rewarding for the students… It will expose students to be challenged and graded in very different systems, forcing them to adapt and change according to circumstances – a valuable life skill.”

“The strength of GLOCAL’s academic offering, in my opinion, is its diversity. By signing onto this program, one is signing on to meeting new standards, methods of teaching, learning expectations, and assessment criteria.”

“… each university challenged the students by making them stretch to meet their standards in vastly different ways.”

Because different CPUs [Consortium Partner Universities] have different expectations, I am challenged to dismantle perceptions I was brought up in and make room to experience completely different perspectives.”