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 Applicant & Offer Holder Webinars

Register to take part in one of our upcoming webinars to find out more about the Global Markets, Local Creativities Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme.

The webinars will provide a great opportunity to ask questions about the GLOCAL programme and hear from current students and GLOCAL faculty.

GLOCAL Webinar 1
Thursday 11 April 2024, 15:00 BST
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Prof Duncan Ross, Programme Coordinator, will be joined by current GLOCAL students along with PD Dr. Jan Logemann (University of Göttingen) and Prof Dr. Ben Wubs (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

GLOCAL Webinar 2
Friday 12 April 2024, 10:00 BST
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Prof Duncan Ross, Programme Coordinator, will be joined by current GLOCAL students along with PD Dr. Jan Logemann (University of Göttingen), Dr. Yen Nie Yong (Kyoto University) and Dr. Maarten van Dijck (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

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.


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.


International Women's Day - Inspiring Alumni From Each Of Our Partner Universities

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8 every year.

There is much to celebrate about women’s achievements, and yet there is still more we can all do, women and allies alike, to #EmbraceEquity and ensure that we build a world for those that come after us that is evermore diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

We’ve compiled a list of successful women in various fields who’ve graduated from each of our partner universities below.

But first of all, GLOCAL Cohort V student Melanie Thut paid this tribute to her fellow GLOCAL students:

International Women’s day is the perfect opportunity for me to say how much the women of GLOCAL Cohort V have inspired me, made me stronger as a feminist woman and made me understand the world from completely new perspectives. The past 1.5 years have shaped my personality, my beliefs and opinions immensely and this is thanks to all of you!! I was able to thrive as a character, find communion in our appreciative environment and a never-ending circle of love

Marion Gilchrist, University of Glasgow

Marion Gilchrist was the first woman to graduate from the University of Glasgow in 1894, and the first woman in Scotland to graduate with a medical degree, despite medicine being considered an ‘unfeminine’ subject at the time. She worked as a GP in Glasgow, specialising in eye diseases, and was also an early motoring enthusiast, having a garage on Ashton Lane. She was also a leading figure in the UK suffragette movement, but change took time: it would be 34 years after Marion graduate that women were finally granted full voting rights.

You can read more about her and other inspiring women who graduated from the University of Glasgow here

Lydia Wahlström, Uppsala Universitet

Lydia Wahlström was a Swedish historian, author and feminist, and one of the founders of the Sweden’s National Association for Women’s Suffrage. In 1892 she founded the first organisation for female students at Uppsala University, Uppsala Female Students. Among other innovations, the members became the first female students to wear their student caps in public, which was considered extremely inappropriate. A few years later, Lydia Wahlström was the second Swedish woman ever to defend a doctoral thesis in history.

María Elena Maseras, Universitat de Barcelona

This year’s IWD coincides with the 150th anniversary of the enrolment of Maria Elena Maseras in Medicine studies at the University of Barcelona: she was the first woman to ever enter higher education in Spain, paving the way for all who came after her.

The fact she was a woman caused great bureaucratic confusion, taking three years to grant her permission to sit exams. The Elena Maseras gardens at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona are dedicated to her as a tribute to her pioneering status in the academic world.

Willemijn van der Goot, Erasmus University Rotterdam

All Rotterdam GLOCAL staff members have their office in the van der Goot Building on the Woudestein campus. Willemijn van der Goot was a pioneering figure in the field of economics, and was the first woman in the Netherlands to receive a PhD in economics.

She received her doctorate in 1927 for her dissertation on the expenditure of household income in the Netherlands. In 1935, she co-founded the International Archives for the Women’s Movement. Her achievements paved the way for other women to enter and succeed in the field of economics.

Chizuko Ueno, Kyoto University

An alumna of Kyoto University, Chizuko Ueno is a Japanese sociologist and known as ‘Japan’s best-known feminist’. Her work covers sociological issues including semiotics, capitalism, and feminism in Japan. Her research includes feminist theory, family sociology, and women’s history, and is best known for her contribution to gender studies in Japan.

She’s been a vocal critic of Japanese postwar revisionism, in particular defending the compensation of Korean comfort women forced into prostitution by the Empire of Japan. She also often discusses the semiotics and accessibility of feminism, arguing that Japanese feminist discussion often lacks the language needed to make concepts understandable and approachable.

María Ángela Holguín, Universidad de Los Andes

An alumna of the Universidad de Los Andes, María Ángela Holguín was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia from 2010 to 2018. She has also served as the 25th Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, and as Ambassador of Colombia to Venezuela.

She graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and she also completed a specialization there in public management and administrative institutions in 1992.

Chizuko Ueno, Kyoto University

An alumna of Kyoto University, Chizuko Ueno is a Japanese sociologist and known as ‘Japan’s best-known feminist’. Her work covers sociological issues including semiotics, capitalism, and feminism in Japan. Her research includes feminist theory, family sociology, and women’s history, and is best known for her contribution to gender studies in Japan.

She’s been a vocal critic of Japanese postwar revisionism, in particular defending the compensation of Korean comfort women forced into prostitution by the Empire of Japan. She also often discusses the semiotics and accessibility of feminism, arguing that Japanese feminist discussion often lacks the language needed to make concepts understandable and approachable.

Marlina Flassy, University of Göttingen

Marlina Flassy is an Indonesian anthropologist and the first woman to hold a deanship at Cenderawasih University in Jayapura, Papua province. She is also the first indigenous Papuan to be appointed Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences there.

She studied for her PhD at the University of Göttingen, graduating in 2015 after submitting her thesis, entitled Local Knowledge, Disease and Healing in a Papua Community“. Her research interests include women in West Papua, the Mooi people, the Napan-Wainame people, the Maybrat community and gender and health equality in West Papua.


QS Sustainability Rankings 2023 - 3 Partners in Top 25

Last week QS released their 2023 Sustainability Rankings, which focus on higher education institutions' performance in social and environmental sustainability. We're very proud that three of our partners, including our co-ordinating institution, have ranked in the overall top 25:

Uppsala Universitet - 11th

University of Glasgow - 13th

Universitat de Barcelona - 21st

We're also particularly proud that two of our institutions (Uppsala and Glasgow) have ranked in the top 10 worldwide for equality, with Uppsala being ranked an incredible joint 1st in the world!

These are the inaugural sustainability rankings by QS. They focus on social and environmental factors in Higher Education and feature over 700 universities worldwide. They take into account indicators such as: sustainability of research and education; equality; employment opportunities; and overall quality of life.


Times Higher Education World Rankings 2023

Times Higher Education have published their 2023 World University Rankings , and we’re very proud to have all 6 of our full GLOCAL consortium partners ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities. Three of these partners also placed within the top 100 universities, and our 7th partner is ranked 3rd best university in Colombia.

Our partner universities’ rankings are as follows:

Kyoto University – 68th

Erasmus University Rotterdam – 80th

University of Glasgow – 82nd

University of Göttingen – 119th

Uppsala Universitet – 148th

Universitat de Barcelona – 182nd

Universidad de Los Andes – 3rd in Colombia

This illustrates that choosing GLOCAL is choosing to study at 3 of the world’s best universities – applications for our 2023-2025 cohort are currently open until 6th January 2023.


GLOCAL 2023-2025 Cohort Applications Now Closed

Scholarship and self-funded applications to our seventh GLOCAL cohort (2023-2025), beginning in September 2023, are now closed.

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.