ERMA, European Regional Master's Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe
What is ERMA
The European Regional Master's Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA) is a joint initiative by the University of Sarajevo, with the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and the University of Bologna, with the Institute for Central-Eastern and Balkan Europe (IECOB) established in 2000.
ERMA is an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme intended for students who wish to combine studies with empirical and field research experience in human rights and democratization issues in South East Europe (SEE). The main objective of the programme is to promote the creation of generations of young professionals for state management, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, for academia and think-tanks in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as countries belonging to the EU and worldwide.
ERMA is co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy via the Embassy of the Republic of Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina via the Italian Cooperation Agency, and it is proud member of the Global Campus of Human Rights.
ERMA is based on the long-lasting cooperation of 11 partner universities from the SEE region and Europe, under the coordination by the University of Sarajevo and the University of Bologna. Students receive diplomas from both coordinating universities after having obtained ECTS.
ERMA offers an intensive one year experience in the field of democracy and human rights studies with specific regional focus on the SEE. Recognizing that human rights are a crosscutting theme among different disciplines of study, such as political science, social sciences, law, sociology, and philosophy, ERMA nurtures strong interdisciplinary approach.
The students benefit from studying together with colleagues from all over the region, European Union and rest of the world, and have the chance to:
Benefit full scholarships covering tuition fees, living and travel expenses
Study in a highly international and multicultural environment
Experience advanced learning combined with empirical workshops, exercises, and skill-building semiars
Participate in comprehensive courses on methodology of academic research and writing
Benefit from full academic assistance by a team of academic tutors
Acquire working and research experience throughout the 6-week internship period in countries of the SEE
Take part in mobility period at the University of Bologna
Participate in the Global Campus joint activities
Receive awards for best MA thesis; best MA defense; MA thesis publication; and 6 months internship scholarship
Become members of the ERMA Alumni Network and the Global Campus Alumni Association
The degree programme is realized with the support of more than 40 lecturers, experts and practitioners from the 11 partner universities members of the Europe and the Balkans International Network (EBIN) and associate regional and international organizations such as IGO`s, NGO`s, research institutes and think tanks.
The programme is managed by the International Academic Council, therefore coordinated by the Executive Board and implemented by the Administrative & Financial Unit, and the Academic & Development Unit based both in Sarajevo, in Forli'/Bologna and off-campus.
The academic consortium is composed of the following universities:
The ERMA programme is a point of reference for the teaching of human rights and democratization at university level in the SEE area, and one of the pioneer EU projects in the higher education sector in the post-conflict regional dimension.
In its 18 years of tradition, the programme has graduated over 500 human rights professionals, who rejoined their societies as agents of change.
The uniqueness of the structure and teaching curricula gives the opportunity to students to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise but also offers the chance to acquire working and research experience in most of the key regional NGOs, governmental institutions, think-tanks, and academic institutions.
The courses on the methodology of academic research and writing, the assistance by the academic tutors and the intensive MA thesis field research and writing process, give a broad academic dimension to the programme, and allow students to develop the necessary skills of academic writing and research.
For purposes of mobility, cultural diversity, and flexibility students spend 45 days at the University of Bologna Residential Center of Bertinoro, where they complete their theses and foster multicultural skills and adaptability while living together. Moreover, the programme attracts students, scholars, and experts from the region and beyond establishing a global network of human rights professionals producing fruitful professional cooperation and ife-lasting friendships among its graduates.