Erasmus Mundus - SE4GreenDeal Programme

Deadline
January 31, 2021

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Scholarships

Master

Location (s):

  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
Lappeenranta, L'Aquila, Amsterdam

Overview

The SE4GreenDeal Programme educates experts to innovate, design and implement software-based solutions with sustainable effect in mind for local and global sustainability challenges. Our graduates will have an impact on individuals, societies, industries and governments through new responsible ways of developing systems.

Details

The attractiveness of the programme...

…is based on the strong software engineering foundation and on the new perspective of combining sustainability with software development and emphasis on the effects on society. We believe our programme will attract you due to the increasing role of software in society and the wide possibilities of utilizing it in other sectors. Our strong network of well-known partners will provide you a strong and attractive content. The combination of sustainability, design and software engineering provides something for all of you.

Together we’ll tackle the sustainability challenges

Lifetime learning outcomes

Students studying in the SE4GD programme will graduate with a different view of the world.

As trained individuals you are able to see the environment around sustainable thinking, you will be driven to seek and use technology to improve the future of your society. You will learn highly transferable skills in software engineering and you will also be facilitated to write up your research and develop concept ideas.

Our students will emerge highly employable.

You will develop your personal learning plan at the outset of SE4GD and you will track your learning using reflective learning diary. You will build your CV (as part of the career education) during the programme. Using Active Learning Sets on Research Methods, within the Master’s thesis project, you will challenge your learning and begin a dialogue about how you learn and how you assimilate learning. This habit will be carried through all modules in the programme.

Staff will evolve with you.

Staff will actively seek opportunities to gather feedback on their  performance as learning facilitators –the SE4GD programme will implement a code of practice for the staff that will ensure regular feedback from students and reflective discussion of teaching and learning practice with actions being documented and shared. As the programme aims to emphasize areas not covered before, each and every partner of the programme will learn new skills and competencies.

We will aim high.

Although the new perspectives will not change the fundamentals of the individual disciplines, they still have an effect. Our experiences show that the combination of ICT solutions and sustainable mindset attracts students, that are motivated and talented. Students that want to make change.

You will have your voices heard.

Students are encouraged to start a sustainability blog on the programme website.That way you have your voices heard already during the programme.

Our common future –understanding others and working together

 The SE4GD programme is based on a multicultural background by combining several different cultural areas. The selection of the students into the programme will ensure multinationality that needs to be utilized in the programme execution. Content-specific to the learning of local culture and/or language in relation to the sustainability challenges is defined for each semester. Although language represents the cultural identity more important for the students is to learn the cultural aspects and sustainability challenges (we use our local and regional partners to extend this area).

Each hosting university will also provide some social/cultural events for the students. Hosting universities may also have closer collaboration with some of the partner universities. For example, in semester 2 in Finland, the students will have an industry seminar in St. Petersburg, provided by ITMO. In addition, students will be integrated into the socio-cultural environment within industry seminars and summer schools, and into all general work of the programme.

Even the preparation of this programme has impacted the ways the partners are thinking, working and networking. Partners of the SE4GD programme have been selected to fulfill the aims of the programme in the best way. As host, educational and industrial partners are important for the implementation of the programme content, regional and local partners are important for the real-world sustainability challenges. As SE4GD already has a connection to local partners in all hosting countries as well and many target regions, the programme is confident that it can provide competent education for students interested in the sustainable future.

Extending The SE4GD Scope

The SE4GD project aims at having a strong impact in the utilization of software for sustainability goals (e.g. UN SDG goals). As the role of software for sustainability increases, the SE4GD programme will produce professionals with the needed expertise and the opportunities for these people in the academic world and in the industry will enhance. We seek for highly motivated and talented applicants that want to make the change happen.

The SE4GD programme aims to have an extended impact on sustainability. Rather than just improving technology, SE4GD aims to improve the efficiency of other domains like emphasized in the European Green Deal.

You as the graduate of the SE4GD programme will have the ability to solve problems in software design and engineering considering sustainability aspects and you will be prepared for a more sustainable future. As you work on real world problems provided by industry partners as well as local and regional partners, you may utilize your competencies immediately. SE4GD aims to answer to an extremely important question; how we can have an impact on the sustainable development on our planet.

Hosting partners

UDA (IT)

UDA has a long tradition in Software Engineering research and development. Thanks to his competence, the Software Engineering and Architecture Group has been invited to nationally-strategic programmes, such as the model-driven re-engineering of the Rete Italiana Ferroviaria (RFI -the Italianrailways infrastructure manager) system, as well as the Uffizi Galleries system engineering.

LUT (FI)

LUT has as a university emphasizes strongly sustainable development. The former Trailblazers strategy and recently published System Earth strategy requires each and every programme and research team to consider sustainability effects. Software engineering department has combined software engineering and sustainability already for the last 7 years and this SE4GD provides a means for strengthening that approach.

VUA (NE)

VUA has been focusing on Connected World and Science for Sustainability themes. As digitalization and globalization bring people closer to each other it is important that we can voice our social worries, including sustainable future, which differ based on our past, language, religion or culture. This fits nicely with the goals of SE4GD in which we give the voice to the people, citizens.

Curriculum

SE4GD programme follows carefully designed learning framework and emphasizes the following competencies:

  • Sustainability mindset
    • Understanding the environmental limitations
    • Long-term vision, desire to change and the courage to act
    • Ability to identify needs and opportunities, Innovation and knowledge management, Life and lifestyle
    • Understanding the cultural differences
  • Software engineering tools and methods
    • Professional knowledge
    • Technical knowledge
    • Teamwork
    • End-user awareness
    • Design solutions in context

SE4GD Learning framework is based on the following reports:

  • UNESCO skills for sustainable development
  • 21st century skill categorization
  • Reflex study

SE4GD Learning Outcomes

Hard skills:

  • Environmental understanding (Sustainability)
  • Requirements engineering (SWE)
  • Software design and development (SWE)
  • Software quality and impact (SWE, Sustainability)
  • Innovation and networking (Social)
  • Strategic and business analysis (Entrepreneurs)

Soft skills

  • Life management (lifestyle, career)
  • Project management
  • Change management
  • Team work
  • Problem solving (analytical and critical thinking)
  • Communication skills (argumentation)
  • Motivation and persistence
  • Ethics
  • Cultural understanding
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and employability

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Eligibility

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General eligibility requirements

To be considered eligible for SE4GD, you will need to fulfill these general eligibility requirements:

  • Your previous higher education institution needs to be officially recognized.
  • Your previous degree needs to meet our requirements.
  • If an English language test result is required from you, your test scores will need to fulfill our minimum requirements and you will need to submit the test result as instructed before the given deadline.
  • You will need to submit your online application and all compulsory application documents as instructed before the application deadline.

Please see further details below.

Requirements concerning previous higher education institution and degree

Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree* awarded by a university or a higher education institution.

  • The scope of a relevant degree awarded by a higher education institution must be equivalent to 180 ECTS credits (or equivalent) or at least three years of full-time study. The degree must give eligibility for Master-level studies in the awarding country.
  • The Bachelor’s degree is from Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Engineering, Information Sciences, Software Engineering, Business Informatics, Business Information technology or a closely related area BUT background on software engineering**.
  • The applicant must have the grade average of “B” or better in terms of ECTS grading scale.
  • The university awarding you the degree you are applying with must be

    1. An official and recognized part of the national education system

    2. Listed on the World Higher Education Database WHED by International Association of Universities.

*) Students in their final year of Bachelor education may also apply and if qualified, receive a conditional offer. If the applicant has not completed his/her studies, he/she should include a written statement from the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that he/she is enrolled on the final year of her education and stating the expected completion date.

**) The selection committee will decide weather the applicant meats the requirements for admission regarding the suitability of the applicant’s degree and fulfilling the grade average limit.

Requirements for English language proficiency

Our language of instruction is English, and the applicants are expected to have an excellent command of it. The accepted language tests and their minimum score requirements are listed below.

  • IELTS (Academic)*: 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL internet-based test*: 92 overall
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A,B,C
  • Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English (CPE): A,B,C

*) TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test and IELTS Indicatior. These tests are offered by the test organisations if there is no possibility to take the normal tests due to COVID-19 situation.

Only the language tests mentioned above are accepted. A Language Certificate issued by your home university or any other institution or organisation is not accepted.

The minimum requirements are very strict. If your scores do not fulfill the minimum score requirements, your application will not be processed further. You cannot combine scores from different test dates (e.g. TOEFL MyBest scores is not accepted).

IELTS and TOEFL results are valid for two years starting from the test date.

Request the TOEFL/ETS Test Centre to add LUT University as a receiver of your electronic Score Report. Indicate our official name Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT and our Institution Code 0496. Your test result is verifiable on ETS Data Manager after approx. 6-8 days of taking the test.

Exceptions are made for students who have completed a degree of higher education in English in  in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the U.S.A. (this is based on the general requirements of the hosting universities and have no exceptions).


Dates:

Deadline: January 31, 2021


Cost/funding for participants:

Erasmus Mundus scholarship grants


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