GLOCAL has attracted Masters students from all over the world, and the first cohort graduated at a ceremony in Glasgow in December 2019.
So far the Consortium has received students from 36 different nationalities, and with the expansion of GLOCAL to more partners in Japan, Sweden and Colombia we hope that GLOCAL will reach many more.
Here are some of the thoughts and impressions of the GLOCAL cohorts so far.
Ekaterina Stepanova, Russian Federation:
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:
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!
We asked current GLOCAL students what they thought of the programme so far. Here are some of their responses.
“One of the biggest challenges for students is to adapt to the different new cultural, administrative and university environments… [GLOCAL] promotes the development of cultural and personal skills.”
“Academically speaking, each CPU brings their own take on rigor to GLOCAL students… each university challenged the students by making them stretch to meet their standards in vastly different ways.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The programme stimulates intercultural exchanges and awareness and provides students from all around the world with personal and professional networking possibilities…the most stimulating part of the master program is to exchange and collaborate with other highly motivated master students from all over the world.”
“…there are some topics that are sure to be popular among most students — such as art, fashion, and food, which will all be explored at the Rotterdam Summer School in 2019. The more universally familiar a topic is for an international group of students who all have something to contribute to the topic of glocalization, the more stimulating the subject, discussion, and takeaways from the engagement.”
“The enthusiasm and encouragement of professors, and the reliability of coordinators minimize room for doubt, as so many other things in a GLOCAL student’s life change rapidly and unpredictably.”
“The integration of non-EU universities will really make the program global and improve to include the perspective of the Global South.”
“Those peers who are self-sufficient and see GLOCAL as a ‘platform’… tend to like the challenge of making the most of their two years to achieve things for themselves en route to their degree.”
“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.”
“I look forward to EUR and the pathway-specific approach my smaller cohort will receive to finalise our GLOCAL education and shape our thesis… I think that kind of direction is crucial for a successful one-year marathon of a strong thesis.”
The 3rd cohort of GLOCAL students were formally welcomed to the City of Glasgow and to the university at an evening reception in the elegant surroundings of Glasgow City Chambers, on Thursday 19th September 2019.
We asked for their thoughts.