GLOCALs finish their semester in Rotterdam

Yesterday was the last day that GLOCAL students were physically present at the EUR officially – they had their MA thesis defenses and will submit their final MA thesis in a few weeks. The team at Erasmus University then organised a picnic organized for them at the lake – well done everyone on your great work this semester!

GLOCALs past and present: how did you find studying in Rotterdam? Drop a comment below!


2024 Applications Info Session

Learn more about the application process for the Global Markets, Local Creativities Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme with this recorded information session.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Professor Duncan Ross, Programme Coordinator, as well as one of our current GLOCAL students, about the application process and why they should study GLOCAL in 2024.

If you missed this session but would be keen hear more about GLOCAL, you can join one of our upcoming webinars sessions. Prof Duncan Ross will be joined by current GLOCAL students and members of the Consortium to help answer your questions.

GLOCAL Webinar 1 – Thursday 11 April 2024, 15:00 GMT
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GLOCAL Webinar 2 – Friday 12 April 2024, 10:00 GMT
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You can apply to GLOCAL here. Information on potential funding opportunities is available here. And finally, for insight into the programme from a student perspective, check out the student-run GLOCAL Experience website.


Congratulations to our 2023 Graduates!

A huge congratulations to our 2021-2023 cohort for graduating last week. It was a great, joyous day full of celebration, and you should all be so proud of yourselves for your achievements and we can’t wait to see what comes next for you.

Below are the photos that we captured from the day. If you’d like a copy of one of your photos, or would like any photos removed, please email fraser.wilson@glasgow.ac.uk.


GLOCAL Students Welcomed to Göttingen

A few weeks ago our students studying at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen had their induction events – we wish you all a great semester there!


GLOCAL Cohort VIII (2024-2026) Applications Open October 1st

Applications to our eighth GLOCAL cohort (2024-2026), beginning in September 2024, open on Sunday, 1st October 2023.

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • Track D: 15th March 2024
  • All other tracks:
    • International/EU applications: 26th July 2024
    • Home (UK) applications: 16th August 2024
  • For applications received from 1st Oct 2023 – 31st Jan 2024: Applicants will be informed of outcome by 29th March 2024
  • For applications received after 31st Jan 2024: Applicants will be informed of outcome on a rolling basis.

Please note that there are no Erasmus Mundus Scholarships available this year, However, you can find additional funding opportunities here.

In addition, the Consortium may be able to provide some yet unconfirmed funding, further details to be provided in due course.  To be eligible for consideration for these funding opportunities, applicants must have already submitted an application in a self-funded capacity and have been given offer to the programme.

To find out more about the application process you can read our step-by-step application guide below and visit our How to Apply page here

If you have any questions, please email socpol-glocal@glasgow.ac.uk.


A Warm Welcome to our 2023-2025 Cohort!

Last week we held welcome events for our new 2023-2025 cohort of GLOCAL students. It was great for everyone to get together – we wish you all the best for the two years ahead and look forward to working with you!


2023 Summer School - "Glocalising Kyoto"

From 21 – 25 August 2023 we had 21 GLOCALs attend the 2023 edition of the GLOCAL Summer School. This week-long school takes place at the end of students’ first year of GLOCAL. It is organised by a different partner university each year and includes visiting professors from associate partners from around the world. You can find out more about previous editions of the summer school here.

The topic is decided on an annual basis and relates to trends and issues of the moment. This year’s topic was ‘Transforming Kansai: Resilience, Revitalisation and Reimagining Growth in a Mature Economy’. Read on for more info on this summer school, and a special thanks to Laura Ortiz from our 2021-2023 cohort for the great photos!


As Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto is often (self-)promoted as a repository of Japanese traditional culture, or a ‘kimono-scape of wood, lacquer and manicured stone gardens’ in the words of the Financial Times. However, it’s also a strikingly modern city with a vibrant start-up ecosystem that’s home to many internationally competitive ‘hidden champions’ in the life sciences and creative industries. Together with the neighbouring Kansai cities of Osaka and Kobe, these three cities’ transformations into important hubs of economics, technology, and the arts afford us the opportunity to reimagine an alternative paradigm on growth.

Japan has been at the forefront of dealing with many challenges faced my mature economies, including population aging, social and environmental sustainability, and intense international industrial competition. Through all this, Japan has remained dynamic and resilient in renegotiating its cultural and economic relevance globally, amidst numerous risks and uncertainties, including natural disasters.

As for Kyoto itself, it is in many ways a ‘global city’. Since the late nineteenth century international visitors have flocked to Kyoto for trade and tourism and the city is now world-renowned as a repository of Japanese culture and craft, much of which is now recognized as “World Heritage”. Though Kyoto is better known as a centre of Japanese tradition, it is also a strikingly modern city boasting several leading universities and research institutes and has produced iconic companies such as Nintendo and leading international firms (among them “hidden champions”) such as Kyocera and Shimadzu.

Whilst all of this has emerged during a period of intense globalization, there is a sense that Kyoto has not fully taken advantage of the benefits of its status as a “global city” nor realized its vision in this regard. Kyoto, like much of Japan, has struggled to attract inward foreign direct investment (inward FDI to Japan was 5% of GDP in 2020 compared to an OECD average of 57.8%) and the city is on the verge of bankruptcy.

As a host to several protected heritage sites, including temples and shrines, the city is unable to effectively collect tax revenue from much of the urban landscape. Furthermore, whilst these heritage sites attract tens of millions of tourists to Kyoto each year, boosting the local economy, the city often struggles to cope with these numbers, a phenomenon described as “overtourism”. Residents (and some visitors) complain of problems such as the overcrowding of walkways, public transportation and facilities, as well as the sometimes-behaviour of visitors.

With all of this in mind, participants of this summer school were invited to observe and experience for themselves the current situation of Kyoto as a “global city”, offering their thoughts on the following question:

What can Kyoto (the city, its residents and businesses, etc.) do to better take advantage of the benefits of being a “global city” and alleviate the problems?

Participants were split into groups, with each group making a presentation on the summer school’s final day. They were free to select a format but encouraged to focus on the following:

  • Observations/reflections based on company visits and speaker presentations. What do they identify as problems/solutions for issues that Kyoto, the Kansai region, and Japan face?
  • Reflections from their own experiences living in other cities, including their hometown and other places they’ve lived (for example during their time with GLOCAL). They were asked to consider if there’s anything Kyoto is doing well or badly compared to those places, or if there were initiatives in those places that Kyoto can learn from
  • Reflect on the problem of “overtourism” in Kyoto. Groups visited a specific site on the Thursday and spent time in the city throughout the week, and were asked to comment on their experience, what could have been improved, and what Kyoto was doing well.
  • At the end of the week, students received a diploma upon completing the summer school which you can see in the photos below.

Finally, here are some more of our favourite photos of the week, thank you to Laura Ortiz for taking them.


Teo Does an Internship at Tante Nino in Rotterdam

GLOCAL student Teona Chakvetadze recently completed an internship at Tante Nino in Rotterdam in the Netherlands – she wrote about her experience below.

My internship experience at Tante Nino has been nothing short of transformative. From the moment I stepped into this dynamic cultural foundation, I was welcomed with open arms by the visionary founder, Nino Purtskhvanidze. Tante Nino’s mission to celebrate diversity and foster human connections resonated deeply with me, and throughout my internship, I had the privilege of contributing to its remarkable journey.

What sets Tante Nino apart are the events that I had the honour of organising and participating in. From the captivating ‘Voiceless’ performance to the sustainability-driven ‘The WERF,’ and the mesmerizing ‘South Explorer’ evenings, each event left an indelible mark on me. The pinnacle of my internship was the surreal opportunity to attend the Cannes International Film Festival, marrying my academic interests with real-world connections.

I deeply thank Nino and her husband, Peter Jan Smith, for their unwavering support and belief in my potential. Tante Nino is not just an institution; it’s a family that nurtures growth, celebrates uniqueness, and promotes unity through creative endeavours. My internship has been a life-changing chapter, enriching me both professionally and personally. I am honoured to have been part of Tante Nino’s legacy, and I am excited to see the foundation continue to bridge cultures and create lasting connections.


Collaborative Dissertations: Ken Explores Social & Environmental Impacts of a Sawmill in North Argentina

GLOCAL students have the option to do a collaborative dissertation – these are similar to a normal dissertation but also involve an institution or organisation where a student undertakes a placement. The dissertation then centres around a topic or a field of research that the organisation focuses on, with the materials, knowledge, resources, and expertise on the matter being accessible to the student as they work for the organisation. In short, collaborative dissertations are a unique opportunity to conduct research and learn from an organisation that specialises in that area in the process. You can find out more about GLOCAL dissertations here.

We recently caught up with GLOCAL Cohort V student Ken Goigner, who used his collaborative dissertation to investigate the social and environmental impacts of a softwood sawmill in the north of Argentina. We recently caught up with Ken to talk about his collaborative dissertation, how he found his placement, the skills he gained in the process, and his tips for students about to start their GLOCAL journey – read his thoughts below.


Tell us a bit about your collaborative dissertation subject and why you chose it?

My collaborative dissertation aims to investigate the social and environmental impacts of a softwood sawmill in the north of Argentina. I chose this dissertation subject since the timber industry has the potential to play a significant role in the green transition, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly economy. Timber is a renewable resource that can substitute for carbon-intensive materials and energy sources. For me personally, it is very rewarding to be part of a research project that takes environmental stewardship and emphasis sustainable practices. I am really honoured to be working with Acon Timber in Argentina as this allows me to combine my passions about sustainabilty and timber within a Latin American context.

Tell us a bit about the process of finding your placement?

I started to look for opportunities abroad by consulting the Austrian commerce chambers in Latin America. Through the office in Buenos Aires, I came into contact with Acon Timber, a subsidiary of the Austrian timber company HS Timber Group. After an initiative application, several interviews followed to stake out mutual interests and define the framework of collaboration.

What skills do you feel you have gained as a result of doing a collaborative dissertation?

Engaging in a collaborative dissertation provides an opportunity to develop a diverse set of skills that go beyond traditional academic research. I learnt to effectively communicate my research ideas, progress, and findings to diverse audiences with varying needs. I also gained practical research skills that are directly applicable to real-world situations by adapting research methods to address industry challenges and produce actionable outcomes. Another important skill is the ability to navigate the dynamic nature of industry partnerships, adjust research plans as per evolving priorities, and accommodate feedback from different stakeholders. Finally, collaborative dissertations require adhering to ethical considerations, confidentiality agreements, and professional standards through which I learnt to maintain research integrity and uphold professional conduct.

How do you balance your placement with other elements of GLOCAL and other commitments?

Collaborative dissertations often require coordinating multiple tasks, timelines, and resources. Through effective project management, including setting goals, planning research activities, allocating resources, and meeting deadlines I manage to balance the needs and expectations of both academic and industry partners, ensuring the smooth progress of the research project.

Why should people study GLOCAL in 2023?

GLOCAL allow students to explore and integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines ranging from business, history, and sustainability. It offers a holistic approach to understanding complex global topics, as it combines insights, theories, and methodologies from various fields. This integration can lead to a deeper understanding of the subject matter and the ability to see connections and patterns that might be missed when studying within a single discipline. Furthermore, GLOCAL offers their students the opportunity to immerse themselves in different cultural and academic environments and gain a global perspective. Studying abroad can broaden one’s horizons, foster cross-cultural understanding, and enhance personal and professional development. If you want to become part of the international GLOCAL family, take the next step and apply for this unique opportunity!

And finally, what tips would you have for people about to start their GLOCAL journey in September? Why should they consider doing a collaborative dissertation?

I advise you to think about why you want to participate in the GLOCAL program and to check in with those reasons frequently, to make sure you stick to the goals you established for yourself at the beginning. GLOCAL give much freedom of scope, therefore it’s up to each of us to seize the chance and make the program our own program! I can heartily advise making the extra effort to contact organizations and businesses that express interest in collaborating with you on your dissertation. This will enhance your research, equip you with essential professional skills and provide the opportunity to take part in research that may directly impact industry practices.


Finding Housing in Glasgow – Tips from GLOCAL Cohort VI Students

This article was written by and originally appeared on the student-ran GLOCAL Experience blog. You can view the original article here, and make sure to keep up-to-date with the GLOCAL Experience for a greater insight into life as a GLOCAL student. 

The GLOCAL Experience asked some of the current cohort VI students to share their experiences of finding housing in Glasgow with the hope their answers will help you navigate the housing market and find your home away from home for the semester in Glasgow!

You can use the following University of Glasgow links to find more information on University of Glasgow Postgraduate Accommodation, types of accommodation, and postgraduate advice. You can also find advice from the Student Representative Council (SRC), here

Note: The GLOCAL Consortium values our student and alumni communities enormously but it’s important to note that the content of the GLOCAL Experience website and social media accounts do not in any way represent the official view or position of the Consortium or any of the Consortium partner universities.


Clara

Where are you from: Germany

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: I mostly used SpareRoom.

When did you start looking for housing: April 2022

When did you secure housing: May 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: En-suite room with shared kitchen in private student dorm (UniteStudents Blackfriars)

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: My place was in the Merchant City and a 25 minute bike ride from campus

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: The dorm staff were very slow with finding a replacement tenant for my room and that was stressful. Don’t hesitate to keep annoying them to hurry up if you’re in that situation!

Yaquelín

Where are you from: Cuba

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: I used SpareRoom, Facebook Groups without any luck. I found my place thanks to a Cuban Erasmus friend who stayed there the previous year, and talked with the owner on my behalf.

When did you start looking for housing: June 2022

When did you secure housing: August 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: One bedroom in a house share with two other UofG students

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: West End, 10 min walk from the University

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: 500£

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: Be careful with scams, they are very common while looking for accommodation. For me, the most helpful thing was the support of my friend, I reached her for advice and guidance. Use your friends, they are your best allies.

Era

Where are you from: Kosova

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: SpareRoom/Word of mouth

When did you start looking for housing: August 2022

When did you secure housing: September 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: A two bedroom apartment, with one kitchen and a bathroom

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: I was located in the city center, a three minute subway to school

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: 1000£

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: Have an idea of what it is that you want, then ask as many people as you can. If you want a student accommodation, then start in early June (apply as soon as the application is open).

Kwamnandi

Where are you from: South Africa

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: Unite Students accommodation

When did you start looking for housing: July 2022

When did you secure housing: August 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: Bedroom in shared flat with other students

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: City Center near Buchanan bus station, it took me 45 mins (subway/bus) to get to university.

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: 600£

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: Search early so you have more options

McKim

Where are you from: Canada/United States

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: I used SpareRoom and Facebook Groups/Marketplace

When did you start looking for housing: June 2022

When did you secure housing: August 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: I was in Havannah House, a student accommodation where I had a room and a private bathroom, and a shared kitchen with eight other students.

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: I was in Merchant City, it took me about 45 minutes by Train + Subway to get to school.

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: 720£/month (But because I signed up last minute I had to pay the four months upfront…)

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: If you are looking on the private market, you should keep track of the market early on to get a general idea of the price ranges, but do not pay yet for the services until a month out from the start of the school year.(Like SpareRoom premium, which you need if you want to snag something on there). I wasted time + money paying early when there were no accommodations available for the fall yet.

If you want to do student accommodation from private companies there are a handful of companies in Glasgow that you can book through (Havannah House, Unite Students, Collegelands etc) but you have to book with them early (I think they open registration for the 2023/2024 academic year in May or June).

Also, if a student accommodation is offered by UoG/GLOCAL TAKE IT. The first email that was sent out I ignored and regretted; I had many more months of stress, fruitless searching, and lost money as a result! The second email sent out in late August I accepted in a second (and by that point everyone was desperate; I heard through the grapevine that only the people who answered within 4 minutes got rooms). I have 0 regrets for doing student accommodation, the market is tough.

Francisco

Where are you from: Mexico

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: I went straight to the student accommodation they offered us from the Master’s, Unite Students

When did you start looking for housing: June 2022

When did you secure housing: July 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: One bedroom with private bathroom in a 5 bedroom floor with shared kitchen at a student accommodation

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: I was in the city center, it took me 30 minutes to get to school: 15 minutes walking to Buchanan Street and 15 minutes riding the subway to Hillhead

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: 621 £

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: If you need to secure practical and convenient housing, the student accommodation is limited and you have to hurry to secure one but it is a great option. If you are more flexible, however, I later found out people were paying similar to what I was paying in much, much nicer apartments near the university by looking at the private market (mostly negotiating with landlords they found via Airbnb).

Ping-Yi

Where are you from: Taiwan

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: I used Spareroom and Facebook groups like Taiwanese in Glasgow

When did you start looking for housing: May 2022

When did you secure housing: August 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: One bedroom with a live in landlord in an apartment

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: I was located in the East part of Glasgow, near Glasgow green and Barrais Market. It’s a 10 minutes walk to Bridgeton train station. So I usually take a train to Partick station then take the subway to the nearest stop next to school. In total about 45 minutes-1 hour to get to school

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: 425£ per month (including water and internet), 75£ for electricity per month

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: I would’ve started searching from April

Leilt

Where are you from: Ethiopia

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: After exhausting all those apps/websites, I tried searching facebook groups for Ethiopians in Glasgow/ Ethiopians in Scotland and I found someone who knew someone that had a spare room to rent.

When did you start looking for housing: June/July 2022

When did you secure housing: Mid-August 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: One bedroom in a house with a family

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: I was in the south (Gorbals). It took about 45 min by bus to get to school

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: Around 300£ (I got so lucky)

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: I wish and really hope that Glasgow uni or GLOCAL would provide AFFORDABLE student housing. A piece of advice for you guys would be: 1. Try to look for an apartment with other GLOCAL students and 2. If money isn’t that of an issue for you, secure the student residence that GLOCAL suggests before it gets full. GOOD LUCK 🙂

Editor’s note: When Leilt says she got so lucky she got VERY VERY lucky. Unless you find a family arrangement such as this with someone from your culture/background who will give you such a discount, do not expect to find something around 300…Ping-Yi above and Ekaterina below had similar luck with their prices for the same reason. 

Louna

Where are you from: France/Japan

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: SpareRoom

When did you start looking for housing: March 2022

When did you secure housing: May 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: A 3-bedroom apartment

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: Govan – 10 minutes to school (by subway)

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: Around 500£

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: In Europe, the housing market can be very competitive so if a landlord replies with a favorable response, it is required to secure the apartment as soon as possible.

Ana Francia

Where are you from: Mexico

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: Spareroom and FB groups

When did you start looking for housing: Early July 2022

When did you secure housing: September 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: One bedroom in a shared flat w/other 7 students

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: West End and it took me less than a 10 min walk to get to school

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: Around 650£

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: Contact your classmates earlier so you can help each other.

Ekaterina

Where are you from: Russia

What websites/methods did you use to find accommodation: SpareRoom, Russian community group in Facebook

When did you start looking for housing: June 2022

When did you secure housing: Late September 2022

What kind of housing did you have?: One bedroom in 2-bedrooms apartment (living with landlord)

Where in Glasgow were you located? How long did it take you to get to school?: Southside (close to Kinning Park metro station), it took me 45 min by walking or 30 min by subway to go to Uni

How much did you pay for your housing per month?: Around 460£

If you could change one thing about your search or give someone your biggest piece of advice, what would it be?: By September, a few options became available, so it may not be necessary to overly worry if you haven’t secured a room in advance. It’s also worth asking for help in your country’s Facebook groups to see if anyone is willing to host you. Typically, people from the same country are willing to lend a hand. Personally, I was able to find a place to stay for the first two weeks before my longer-term rental began through this approach.