The international Master program, Neurasmus - "success story"

Marking the end of summer and the beginning of a new academic year, the University of Bordeaux organized a “double” event for the international Master program, Neurasmus, recently labelled a “success story” for its “good practices” by the European Commission.

  • 11/09/2018

The newly arrived class of 2018 © Marc Dubois The newly arrived class of 2018 © Marc Dubois

From the 27th until the 30th August, the annual meeting was held at the same time as the orientation week for newcomers in the Centre Broca Nouvelle-Aquitaine within the Bordeaux Neurocampus at the heart of the University of Bordeaux.

Attending this “double” event were over 60 students (past and present), teaching staff and industrial partners. A truly international gathering with students coming from the Philippines, Canada, India, Serbia, the USA, Brazil, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, Taiwan, Mexico, Sudan, etc. as well as representatives from the partner universities: Université Laval – Canada, UMG Universitätsmedizin Göttingen Charité and Universitätsmedizin Berlin - Germany, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Netherlands.

Created in 2010 by Daniel Voisin, Professor in Neuroscience at the University of Bordeaux, Neurasmus is the only Erasmus Mundus Neuroscience program in Europe. The curriculum is embedded within internationally oriented local Master programs of the five partner universities. Students must spend their study period at at least two of the partner universities located in different countries.

Neurasmus, role model for international Master programs

In 2016, the European Commission renewed the Erasmus Mundus label along with funding until 2020. Along with this label of excellence, it has also recently attributed a “success story” label to the international Master program. As Agnès Nadjar, Neurasmus coordinator and lecturer at the University of Bordeaux explains, “only 14 programs out of many hundreds were awarded this label in recognition of the development and implementation of innovative initiatives within curricula”. The study program, which is completely adapted to the requirements of the current job market, is highly reputed throughout the world, receiving approximately 300 applications every year for only 15 to 20 places.

Neurasmus serves as a role model for other Master programs that apply for the Erasmus Mundus label.

Agnès Nadjar — Neurasmus coordinator, lecturer UBx

Bordeaux, uniting and reuniting all

This “double” event , consisting of the 7th annual meeting as well as the orientation week, gathered together new and current students, alumni and international teaching staff including representatives from the partner universities. Presentations were delivered by students, teaching staff as well as industrial players on the latest neuroscience topics and many sessions focused on ongoing quality assessment and improvement of the program.

The new Neurasmus students were thus well and truly welcomed to the Bordeaux campus and were able to partake in a wide variety of presentations covering student associations, program evaluation, Master theses and the private sector. Evenings were busy with social events and the last day featured an excursion to a local castle as well as the graduation ceremony for the class of 2016!

Feedback from Neurasmus newcomers:

Why did you choose the Master Neurasmus?

Neurasmus is an incredible program. It’s a great mixture of cutting-edge knowledge, hard-work along with a multicultural experience. It also offers a very good scholarship system which has allowed me to be here! (Eduarda Centeno, Brazil, 2018 promotion)

How did you enjoy the welcome week in Bordeaux? 

The orientation week was great. I had a blast meeting everyone involved in the program which really has a special family vibe. My favorite event was the karaoke and the castle visit. In addition, the Master presentations were very informative, as they gave me some understanding as to how the internships are going to be like. (Emil Uffelmann, Germany, 2018 promotion)

What are your expectations for the year ahead?

I expect a lot of hardcore neuroscience, interesting lectures, workshops and labs. I’m also looking forward to next year's annual meet-up. Most of all, I'm looking forward to learning something new everyday! (Nandini Periyapalayam Sekar, India, 2018 promotion)

> For more information on the Neurasmus program, please consult the dedicated webpage and the Neurasmus website.