Nine of the thirty students of the 2019-2021 call have completed the third semester of the master at the Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao and the facilities of CIC energiGUNE, where there are currently five students carrying out their internships of the last semester.

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.

Among them, four opted to carry out their mandatory internships at CIC energiGUNE, to which another student who did the third semester at Amiens joined. The five students are currently finishing the fourth and last semester, with the objective of doing their Master’s Final Thesis, and some of them have manifested their interest on staying at CIC energiGUNE after this period.

One of them is Nahom Enkubahri, student from Ethiopia and scholarship recipient by CIC energiGUNE at the 2019-2021 call. “I have enjoyed the experience very much, especially, because the researchers are excellent and the facilities are high-quality and perfect to carry out our training”, he assures. “In fact, we had everything we needed at our reach, without forgetting about the quality of the teaching staff, the organization and the center’s welcoming... It has been a very productive experience so I am delighted to have chosen to come to the Basque Country”.

In September this year the third semester of the 2020-2022 call will begin, with the presence, once again, of several international students in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and CIC energiGUNE. “We are very happy with the level of the students and with the high level of internationality that MESC+ offers, even though we would like there to be more applicants from the Basque Country because energy storage is a profession of the future”, has assured General Manager of CIC energiGUNE Nuria Gisbert. “We throw ourselves into making the students’ experience the best possible one and that affects in the capacity of talent attraction that we generate, because a lot of students that have done their internships with us, have come back to do their theses”.

The MESC+ Erasmus Mundus Master has consolidated itself as one of the principal programs of highly qualified training in the face of new needs and challenges of the decarbonized economy. In fact, for the 2021-2023 edition the highest number of applications in its 17 years of history has been reached, with 315 applications for 30 offered places, applications received from Pakistan, Nigeria and India have stood out because of their volume. About the internationality degree, from the consortium they remember that in the previous call 30 students were selected from 22 different countries, and two years ago it was 28 students from 19 different countries.

Likewise, and in line with the Master’s reputation and the growing interest of the students, the applications have been subjected to a very demanding selection process. It needs to be highlighted, from a gender perspective, that even though the applications from male students are more numerous (75%-25%), in the final selection of the last to two years an absolute parity has been reached based only on merits, which demonstrates the high quality of applications submitted by women.

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