Hosei Erasmus Mundus Program Euro Pholosophy

Hosei Erasmus Mundus Program, Euro Pholosophy - Over the two academic years 2008-9 and 2009-10 at Hosei University, classes for the first semester of "Euro Philosophy", an EU Erasmus Mundus Master Program, have taken the form of one-month intensive lecture series. This is the first instance in Japan of administering such a large-scale intensive lecture series within the Erasmus Mundus Master Program.


Hosei Erasmus Mundus Program - Europhilosophie

Hosei University has become a new member of the consortium of universities formed around "Euro Philosophy", one program of the European Union (EU) Erasmus Mundus Master Program. It will hold a half semester of lectures for the program with the additional assistance of teaching staff from Europe and other universities in Japan.


ERASMUS stands for "The European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students". The ERASMUS Program is a program aimed at promoting student exchange which transcends EU country boundaries. Established in 1987, it offered scholarships to students for one-year study abroad at universities in other countries within the EU. By having students experience life amongst foreign culture, and learn in different languages, it supported the nurturing of "European" human resources. During the first 20 years, over two million students experienced study abroad thanks to this system, and that has had a large impact on the shape of EU society and culture.


The Erasmus Mundus Program

The Erasmus Mundus Program is a world version Erasmus Program, and aims at stimulating student exchange incorporating countries outside the EU. It began in 2004, and presently focuses on Master's courses. Several universities including some outside the EU form a consortium around one specialist field, and create an Erasmus Mundus Master Program. The Master's course itself straddles national borders, and invites applications from inside and outside the EU. Following the selection process, students are offered a generous scholarship. They study at several universities within the consortium, and can take simultaneous degrees from these universities. The first three years saw over two thousand students from outside the EU accepted.


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About Europhilosophie

"Europhilosophie" is an Erasmus Mundus Master Program consisting of education chiefly in German and French philosophy. In the main it handles the following three fields: (1) German classical philosophy, from Kant and German idealism to Marx, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. (2) French modern philosophy, from Maine de Biran through Bergson to Foucault and Deleuze. (3) German and French phenomenology. "Euro Philosophy" was formed through a consortium of the seven universities inside EU listed below, and started accepting students, including non-EU, in 2007. From 2008 it established cooperation with three non-EU universities including Hosei University, and operates its degree course at the ten universities.

[7 Universities inside EU]
France: University of Toulouse II; Belgium: University of Louvain; Germany: University of Munich, University of Wuppertal, University of Bochum; University of Luxembourg; Czech Republic: University of Prague.
[3 Universities outside EU]
Japan: Hosei University; America: University of Memphis; Brazil: University of San Carlos

At present, there are 22 students (including one Japanese) from 14 countries worldwide studying on this program who entered in 2010, and 23 students (including one Japanese) from 16 countries who entered in 2011. Students spend all four semesters of the two years studying at three different universities inside and outside EU.The languages used in class are German and French, and proficiency in both languages is required by participating students.

As a result of creating the "Euro Philosophy" Hosei University Program, our students are able to learn alongside overseas students, and we hope they will gain specialist knowledge whilst experiencing other cultures.