The master MESC+ Erasmus Mundus, one of the most prestigious in the world in the field of energy and which is being taught for the first time in the Basque Country since the last year thanks to the joint initiative of CIC energiGUNE, the Basque research center of reference in battery storage, thermal energy solutions, and hydrogen, and member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance-BRTA, and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), has received 315 applications for the next school year by students from 52 countries around the world.
This number, the highest in the 17 years of its career, brings to light the global interest for a master in which the two Basque entities appear among the most demanded by the students in order to carry out the theoretical training process and the prescriptive internship period.
“Our collaboration with the MESC+, which has naturally been growing since our position as an internship center for the students and the concession of an industrial scholarship, has given a fundamental step this school year”, has manifested doctor Montse Casas-Cabanas, Scientific Coordinator of the electrochemical energy storage area at CIC energiGUNE and responsible of the teaching staff along with doctors Ion Agirre and Iñaki Gandarias, from the Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao. “Thanks to the joint initiative with the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) to offer the academic training of the third semester and the excellent job of the accredited teaching staff, we have positioned the Basque Country as a reference place of the master”.
The MESC+ master offers around 30 places, has a duration of two years and is divided into four semesters. The two first semesters are mandatorily carried out in Poland (Warsaw University of Technology) and in France (Toulouse III- Paul Sabatier University). The third semester is carried out, depending on the interests of the students and the decision of the consortium responsible of the master, in three possible destinations, among which since the last year the University of the Basque Country is listed. As a consequence, during the 2020 September – 2021 January semester, 9 international students have completed their academic training in the Basque Country.