Update on the International Masters degree project

As many colleagues inside and outside of iiSBE are aware, we have supported the work of four European universities in developing an international degree program for a Masters in Sustainable Building and Construction. The so-called IMoSB (International Masters on Sustainable Building) working group consists of four partner universities – University of Minho of Portugal, Zuyd University in the Netherlands, Technical University of Prague, and the Politecnico of Madrid, led by Prof. Luis Bragança from University of Minho.
A proposal was submitted to the EU Erasmus Mundus program at the end of April to obtain funding support from that programme.
We have just received the results of the evaluation of the 177 proposals that were submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission. Unfortunately, our proposal was not selected.

This decision does not mark the end of our attempt to develop and launch this very important initiative. Part of the reason is that we can re-submit a modified proposal in April 2012, and the IMoSB members will work on this over the winter. We are deeply committed to obtaining an eventually positive decision and, based on the final paragraph of the EC evaluation (see below), this is not an unrealistic hope.

The proposal addresses a topic of global significance (sustainable building) in a convincing, detailed and comprehensive way. The added value and the Masters' contribution to competitiveness and innovation within a European context is clearly described and convincingly established. All the various components of the project (ranging from academic content, through to delivery and management structures, and to sustainability perspectives) are presented clearly and at a level of detail that is convincing regarding the 'maturity' of the undertaking. In all, this is a high-quality project, characterised by a very coherent approach, with all implementation and strategy issues adequately covered and consistently streamlined along the main rationale, and a strong international outlook in terms of added-value, professional perspectives of graduates and sustainability. Areas for improvement concern a more solidly scheduled approach towards recognition and establishment of a joint degree and additional clarifications for the implementation of external quality evaluation.

For further information, please contact Prof. Luís Bragança at braganca@civil.uminho.pt