The world faces a crisis risking extinction of species through global warming. Due to impact of e.g., changes in land use and destruction of habitats, tropical rain forests, mangrove forests and coral reefs are disappearing and with them ecosystem functions, goods and services on which human populations are dependent. In order to conserve nature, to manage or even to restore tropical biodiversity and ecosystems, we must understand patterns of tropical biodiversity, study how organisms interact with their environment and how they respond to perturbations and change. Next to research, this is dealt with in this unique masters programme.
TROPIMUNDO is an EC-funded and excellence-labebeled Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems. We aim to bring together expert Higher Education Institutes (HEI), with long-standing worldwide expertise in tropical rainforests and woodlands and in tropical coastal ecosystems. TROPIMUNDO students are able to concentrate on botany, zoology and integrative ecosystem approaches in institutions worldwide in 2 Master years, of which an entire semester is spent in the tropics. Specialisation is possible on the evolution of tropical flora and vegetation, on faunistic assemblages, on informatics tools to treat and manage biodiversity data and databases (biogeographical, genetical, geographical information systems) including the management and conservation of historic collections such as herbarium sheets, on the study of diversity, dynamics and evolution of tropical and subtropical ecosystems (with a focus on four related systems, namely tropical rainforests and woodlands, mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs, including the interactions between flora, fauna, man and the environment within and between each of these adjacent ecosystems), on conservation and restoration ecology of natural habitats and their biodiversity including competences in sustainable management and governance of biodiversity, and finally, on tropical ethnobotany, exploitation and valorisation of natural resources and conservation of traditional ecological knowledge.
The information in this website may be subject to changes from one year to another.
Unique mobility programme worldwide, including a unique set of threatened ecosystems
While aiming at a joint Master degree, students are awarded a multiple degree depending on which European institutes were visited. In addition, each student will receive a Europass Certificate signed by all participating higher education institutes involved. Find more information on the academic learning outcome.
The consortium is composed of 5 European institutes and 4 third-country (non-European) higher education institutes. In a first semester, students start at a European institute of their choice to acquire similar competences. In a second semester field experience and courses will take place in a university in a non-EU country. This includes hands-on experience in 1 or 2 tropical sites. The third semester will cover a specialisation in a European university, different from the first one. Courses vary at this semester. In the fourth semester students return to where they started out for their thesis research. Every trajectory of 4 semesters constitutes a unique combination of courses and expertises. In-depth information available:
Tuition fees are 8,000 EUR per year for third-country students and 4,000 EUR per year for European students. They are to be paid to the coordinating institute. The tuition fees include consortium enrolment fees and the insurance cost. The tuition fees do not include costs related to visa and preparatory documents, accommodation, additional insurance costs, living expenses and travel and transportation costs. However, EC-funded students have additional cost coverage. Find more information here.
TROPIMUNDO Candidates can also apply for an EC scholarship, which is however limited by a number of criteria.
The following information sections are extracted from the online Information and Application Module.
TROPIMUNDO students and alumni will have the opportunity to become a member of the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association - EMA.
Detailed information on TROPIMUNDO facts, conditions, procedures, etc... is available in the online Information and Application Module. The call for TROPIMUNDO applications for scholarship or self-funded applicants (= first call) is now open for applicants of the following countries:
Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan;
Middle East: Iran, Iraq, Yemen;
ENI East: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Territory of Ukraine (as recognised by international law)
Gulf countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The deadline for submission of applications in need of a scholarship is 15 January 2015. If there are still available places after the first call, a second TROPIMUNDO call for self-funded applicants (preferably originating from one of the member states of the European Union and with a Bachelor diploma obtained from an EU member state but not restricted to this) will be opened. First call applications will be evaluated as a batch after the deadline, however, second call applications will be treated on a first come first served basis. The deadline for submission of second call applications will be 30 June 2015 for Non-EU and 15 August 2015 for EU students or until all available places have been exhausted. Admissions may be done conditional of obtaining a Bachelor diploma or language proof before the start of the academic year. Click here to get your personal link to the online Information and Application Module.
The call for 2016-2017 (with scholarships) will open by the end of September 2015.
All institutes in the consortium are internationally-minded institutions with infrastructure, experience and proven results in servicing foreign students and scholars. The Local Coordinator, assisted by a Local Administrative Manager, will be the single contact point for students in all matters and will act as liaison between students and the administrative departments at their institution. All European institutes also have an International Relations Office that is used to guide foreign students and researchers, providing necessary material to help them find their way in the full program. The consortium aims to meet the highest quality requirements. More information on programme quality and evaluation is available from the Online Information and Application Module.
- Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB (Belgium)
General Coordinator: Farid DAHDOUH-GUEBAS
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel - VUB (Belgium)
Local Coordinator: Ludwig TRIEST
- Université Pierre et Marie Curie - UPMC (France)
Local Coordinator: Jean-Yves DUBUISSON
- Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle - MNHN (France)
Local Coordinator: Bernard RIERA
- Università degli Studi di Firenze - UNIFI (Italy)
Local Coordinator: Stefano CANNICCI
- Universidad Cientifica del Perú - UCP (Peru) for Amazonian forests and wetlands
Local Coordinator: Julio Ruiz MURRIETA
- Université de Dschang - UDsch (Cameroon) for African tropical rainforests
Local Coordinator: Marie-Louise AVANA TIENTCHEU
- Universiti Malaysia Terengganu - UMT (Malaysia) for Asian tropical forests and coastal ecosystems
Local Coordinator: Saifullah ARIFIN BIN JAAMAN
- The University of Queensland (Australia) for Australian tropical forests and coral reefs
Local Coordinator: Ian TIBBETTS