Prague plays host to EMA’s 6th General Assembly

By: Shiella C. Balbutin, EMA Southeast Asia Chapter VP

 

The beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic was the host of the Erasmus Mundus Association’s 6th General Assembly last June 22-23, 2012. The event was held at the Faculty of Education, Charles University.

Close to 160 participants from all over the world, who are members of the EMA Steering Committee, boards of EMA regional chapters, representatives of Erasmus Mundus courses, officers of the European Commission and other members of the association, gathered together for the annual event. As in the past, formal presentations and discussions are usual features at the GA. It opened with the welcome greetings from Radka Wilddova, Dean of the Faculty of Education of Charles University; Martine Dere from the Directorate General of Education and Culture of the European Commission; as well as from Jean Carlos Pelicano and Hady Abi-Nader, President and Vice-president of EMA.

Other presentations were from Jordi Curell, Director of Lifelong Learning: Higher Education and International Affairs of the European Commission; Katarina Nevedalova, member of the European Parliament and VP of the European Youth Forum; Jana Fiorito and Edith Genser, representatives from the Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission; and Tahia Devisscher, Erasmus Mundus Quality Advisory Board. Moreover, there was a discussion on the “Erasmus for All” proposal; voting session of the EMA statute; and the meetings of the service teams, professional networks and regional chapters.

Despite the packed two-day schedule, the GA also organized interesting social and cultural activities which delighted the participants. One of which was the “City Hunt”, conducted the day before the GA. During the game, participants were divided into groups and were given tasks to accomplish within a given period of time. It was a great way to establish camaraderie and to see the sights of Prague, albeit hurriedly.

The EMA-South East Asia Chapter Members from Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam

Other highlights of the event included the fellowship dinner on the boat while cruising along Vltava River and passing through Charles Bridge. The beautiful sunset and skyline of the city served as backdrop of the cruise.

The EMA-SEA VP presented the chapter’s accomplishments and plans during the “World Map Session”.

Moreover, it was a time of firsts. For the first time, the GA put the spotlight on the EMA Regional Chapters via the “World Map Session”. It featured the presentations of all chapter representatives wearing their traditional costumes. This certainly reinforced EMA’s rich cultural diversity. As VP of the South East Asia Chapter, I was tasked to introduce and present our chapter’s accomplishments and activities.

During “World Coffee Break”, the chapters showcased flags and delicacies from home (Shiella brought the famed Philippine dried mangoes)

Another first-time feature was the “World Coffee Break”. Prior to the event, we were requested to bring sweets from home and these were showcased and put on display at the chapter booths. It was a very interesting experience as the participants enjoyed sharing and eating the variety of food from different parts of the world. I brought the Philippines’ famous sweet dried mangoes and they were such big hits!

It was another productive and successful GA. It certainly proves that for all the members, finishing our EM courses is not the end but the beginning of a happy journey with EMA.

 

Read more about EMA alumna Shiella Balbutin’s Prague trip on her blog

Categories: Alumni, Erasmus Mundus, Meetings | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Prague plays host to EMA’s 6th General Assembly

  1. Rowel Espena

    Hi! Are you still a continuing Erasmus Mundus Scholar? Can you give me some tips on how to land a scholarship in EM?🙂

    • Hi Rowel! I am done with MA (Erasmus) and now I plan to pursue PhD (maybe thru Erasmus, too)! There is an event on Wednesday at the Peninsula Manila, go check it out: https://www.facebook.com/EHEFManila2012?ref=ts&fref=ts. I will be there along with some EM alumni. We will entertain questions regarding the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Thanks!

      • Rowel Espena

        I’m glad to hear that alumni of EM will be there tomorrow.🙂 I’m sure you guys can give us tips on how to get an EM scholarship. By the way, do you have any idea how many scholars from the Philippines receive the scholarship every year?

      • Hey! Were you there at the EHEF? There were so many people! But it meant that it was a huge success so we’re very happy about that. If you were there, I hope you found the experience helpful. As to your question, I think there are at least 25 Filipinos who get the scholarship each year. All the best to you!🙂

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