Christophe Lerouge, president of IMT Atlantique, visited the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) at the end of August to congratulate the students of the first graduating class of the ME3+ (Erasmus Mundus in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy) European Master's programme, who will receive their diplomas from IMT Atlantique on December 9th. He was accompanied by representatives of the Energy Systems and Environment Department (DSEE), on whose expertise ME3+ relies, as well as the Head of International Relations and Academic Partnerships (DRIPA) at IMT Atlantique.
It was also an opportunity for the delegation to welcome the 16 new students in this European programme (class of 2023-2025) in the presence of the partners in the ME3+ consortium. All of them will spend their first semester at BME before coming to IMT Atlantique or the Universities of Trento and Bolzano in Italy for their second semester.
Training managers in environmental and energy engineering
Offered by 5 european universities, the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and the University of Trento (in Italy), the University of Borås (Sweden), the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) and IMT Atlantique (France), the Erasmus Mundus ME3+ master's program aims to train future managers and executives in environmental and energy engineering through 3 courses of study:
- Integration of renewable energies and the environment
- Environment and resource recovery for the development of the circular economy
- Smart cities and Industry 4.0
"It is very attractive because it combines management and engineering applied to the fields of energy and the environment. Its success is due to its originality - there are very few Masters programs of this type. It's also very selective," stresses Claire Gérente, the programme coordinator at IMT Atlantique: "We receive over 1,000 applications for 15 scholarships per year. It attracts students from all over the world. Those who have just completed the program come from 13 different countries."
The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is a long-standing partner of IMT Atlantique in setting up these Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD), known as ME3 and then ME3+ since 2021. Since its first edition in 2007, this Master's degree has formed a community of 287 ME3 and ME3+ alumni, in addition to the 15 graduates of this new cohort and the 350 alumni of the PBPE/PM3E MSc, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and on which ME3+ is based.
The Erasmus Mundus joint Master's degree, a strategic course for the technological university
"The Erasmus Mundus joint Master's degree EMJMD is a key element in our international education strategy," explains Stéphane Roy, Head of International Relations and Academic Partnerships (DRIPA). "IMT Atlantique's successes in this area have been confirmed by the various editions of the ME3 and then ME3+ Masters, as well as our other EMJMD Sarena in nuclear engineering. And we hope to do so soon with the next course of this type, 'DiGeeVal' (on the theme of sustainable logistics), which has been awarded a Design Measure. These EMJMDs allow us to measure our training know-how with our European partners and to ensure that IMT Atlantique plays a major role in the training of high-potential students who wish to train in Europe and in France."
The mission also provided an opportunity to benchmark the European university alliances to which BME (EELISA) and IMT Atlantique belong (EULiST) in terms of the programs set up and their aims.
Find out more about the Erasmus Mundus joint Master's degree ME3+.
by Pierre-Hervé VAILLANT