Introduction

RelMed is an International Joint Master on EuroMediterranean Relations between Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Université Paris 8 Vincennes–Saint-Denis, Université Saint Joseph and Universitat de les Illes Balears. Pompeu Fabra University and the European Institute of the Mediterranean, AUF and EMUNI also participate as associate partners to the project. 

The objectives of the Master below contribute to the excellence and competitiveness of the Mediterranean region through the specialization of students in regional issues, keeping an international approach and a perspective of cooperation: 

        • To fit the needs of high education in the areas of cooperation outlined in the Euromed region;
        • To provide a solid basis for research especially in areas where the EU focuses in the context of the Euromed zone;
        • To strengthen the training offer in European Studies with a specialization in European foreign policy;
        • To improve the skills of staff of institutions and organizations of the Mediterranean cooperation and the knowledge of the environment;
        • To train specialists in the topics outlined by the Union for the Mediterranean with a multidisciplinary approach;
        • To train technical staff to develop projects in the Mediterranean region with a multidisciplinary approach.

Background: Mediterranean Cultural Studies

The master has been created through the modification of the former URV Mediterranean Cultural Studies. This European Master has been one of the most successful experiences in the field of mediterranean higher education programmes. Through out 7 editions, it has counted on the participation of most reputated professors in the field as well as students from more than 15 nationalities, most of them Mediterranean.

In order to upgrade the programme, the Master has become a joint international course. It offers excellent syllabus to built the skills of the students properly. Nowadays, this excellence is more necessary than ever to make possible the employability.

..Reaching excellence

Thus, the main strength of the Master Relmed is the quality of the learning programme, guaranteed by its background, the consolidated partnership and the mandatory mobility. The Master Relmed, offers a multidisciplinary approach to the International Relations in the Area, which includes the political, social, economic and cultural views. On the other hand, this Master programme is the one in the field involving three EU Universities and one from ENPI area. These features have been determinant to obtain the OMJ Label of excellece joint programme.