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16 December 2011

EU

The University’s commitment to furthering the professional development of staff and students has been reaffirmed, with Monash becoming a member of the EU-Oceania Social Science Inter-regional Consortium (EUOSSIC).

The Consortium is a partnership funded by the Erasmus Mundus (EM) exchange program, an initiative linking leading universities in Europe with those in Australia and New Zealand.

The EUOSSIC global mobility partnership is designed to promote the study of EU external relationships through exchanges for postgraduate students, post docs and academic staff. 

This is the first time that Monash has been a partner in an EM program encompassing research exchanges at all three levels: student, postdoctoral and staff. The EUOSSIC program runs until 2013 and will fund approximately $1.9 million of exchanges during this period.

Monash University has five PhD, two postdoctoral researchers and two staff scheduled for departure to Europe over the next two years.

Geoff Berry, postdoctoral research fellow in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, highlights the benefit of his experience at the University of Limerick.

"Since arriving at the University of Limerick in Ireland, I have enjoyed a warm introduction to the exciting community of researchers in my field here,” Geoff said.

“The depth and breadth of their combined work is exciting, but the challenge is balanced out by their genuine interest in my own work. The possibilities for an enriching experience, as an Erasmus Mundus postdoctorate scholar in the EUOSSIC program over the next 10 months seem endless."

As the Monash contingent embarks overseas the University is preparing to welcome six PhD students in their place, from Ireland, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Prague.

Details of the Monash University participants are as follows.

PhD students
- Evan Thompson, Monash European and EU Centre, leaves for Charles University in Prague in late December.
- Peter O’Shea, Monash European and EU Centre, leaves for Science Po in Paris in late December.
- Nathan Bell, School of Philosophy, Historical and International Studies, leaves for Science Po in Paris in late December.
- Robert Dow, Monash European and EU Centre, is at the University of Bath, United Kingdom.
- Adua Paciocco, Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, leaves for LUISS University in Rome in late December.

Postdoctoral
- Liudmila Kirpitchenko, School of Political and Social Inquiry, has been at LUISS University in Rome since October.
- Geoff Berry, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, has been at Limerick University since early December.

Staff
- Rosemary Sheehan, Department of Social Work, leaves for Science Po in Paris in April 2012.
- David Zyngier, Faculty of Education, leaves for Science Po in Paris in April 2013.

For more information about the program visit the EU-Oceania Social Science Inter-regional Consortium

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