The European Commission recently decided which consortiums of European universities are to be granted the status of “Erasmus Mundus Master Courses Consortium,” a status that includes the right to offer European master’s programs of high quality.

The Commission had received 200 applications. Of these 15 were selected, and Luleå University of Technology is a member of two of them-­in competition with several others from different countries.

As early as this spring applications will be considered from Swedish and foreign students in the fields of space technology/space science and materials science, in which Luleå University of Technology is a participant.

One of the programs will be in the field of advanced materials science. Students will study at Luleå and in France (Nancy), Spain (Barcelona), and Germany (Saarbrucken). What’s more, students will receive two degrees­one Swedish and another from one of the other three countries.

Several industrial companies­including SSAB, SECO Tools AB, and Aura Light AB­have shown great interest in the new international program by providing student scholarships.

The other program is called SpaceMaster­-Joint European Master’s in Space Science and Technology. In this program students will first take a semester in Germany (Wurzburg), then the second semester at the Space Campus in Kiruna. The second year of studies offers a choice of specialization in England (Cranfield), France (Toulouse), the Czech Republic (Prague), Finland (Helsinki), Germany (Wurzburg), or Sweden (Space Campus in Kiruna in collaboration with the Institute for Space Physics). These students will also receive two degrees.

In both of these master’s programs it will also be possible for some Luleå University of Technology students to spend some time studying at partner universities in China, Japan, the U.S., Australia, or some other non-EU country. It has yet to be decided exactly what partner universities will be included.

Sven Molin (space technology), or Asta Pellinen-Wannberg (space technology), phone: +46 980-791 18,, Magnus Odén (materials science), phone: +46 920-49 19 61, or the University’s Chief Press Officer Lena Edenbrink, phone: +46 920-49 16 22, cell phone: +46 70-679 16 22,