Two constituents of the University of Zagreb, School of Medicine and Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, are partners in the implementation of the project Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme in Brain and Data Science – NeuroData. The leaders of the project teams of our constituents are Prof. Melita Šalković-Petrišić, MD, PhD, School of Medicine, and Prof. Mario Cifrek, PhD, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.
The project coordinator is the Bar-Ilan University from Israel, and in addition to the University of Zagreb, the project partners are the universities from The Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Portugal (Universidade Lisboa - Instituto Superior Técnico), Italy (University of Padua), and Finland (University of Jyväskylä).
Within the Erasmus+ framework the Erasmus Mundus Scheme (EMJM) is a mark of EXCELLENCE in the teaching process of higher education institutions that jointly implement and mutually recognise transnational study programmes. The University of Zagreb is the only Croatian higher education institution with the largest number of EMJM joint graduate studies that receive this very competitive type of financing. The NeuroData programme is the fifth Erasmus Mundus joint graduate study programme at the University of Zagreb, following previously approved EMJM programmes at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Faculty of Agriculture, and the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering.
The EMJMs are programmes of excellence and should contribute to the integration and internationalisation of the European higher education area. The particularity of the EMJM is based on a high degree of integration of participating institutions and on the excellence of their academic content. The EMJM aims to increase the attractiveness and excellence of the European higher education in the world and attract talent to Europe through:
- institutional academic cooperation in order to represent European excellence in higher education and
- individual mobility for all students participating in the EMJM, with EU-funded scholarships for the best applicants.
Project coordinator, Professor Alon Korngreen visited Zagreb from 10 to 14 October. During his stay he held lectures at the School of Medicine and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing as well as a series of meetings with the aim of promoting the NeuroData studies.
NeuroData is a two-year graduate study conducted in English. It is intended for students of wider areas of biomedicine, biomedical engineering, computer science, and information and communication technologies with the aim of acquiring interdisciplinary knowledge necessary to solve increasingly complex issues in neuroscience. All students attend the first study year at the Bar-Ilan University, acquiring the knowledge base in the field of neuroscience and data science, and conclude it with the two-week Summer School, organised by the School of Medicine and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb. In addition to the theoretical and practical work, the students will meet mentors from partner universities during the Summer School and, depending on their interests, arrange at which partner university (except for the University of Zagreb) they will attend the second year of their studies and work on their graduation thesis. After completing their studies and defending their graduate thesis, the students will gain a double Master degree of the Bar-Ilan University and of the university at which they prepared and defended their graduate thesis.
Erasmus+ financing of the NeuroData programme has been approved for the duration of 7 months for a total of 4 generations of students, with the start of the project implementation on 1 September 2022. The applications for enrolment of the first generation of students for the 2023-2024 academic year begin in November 2022.
The NeuroData programme is listed in the Erasmus Mundus Catalogue on this LINK.
More information on the NeuroData programme can be found on its official website.