August 28th 2017

EU Award for European Master at MCI

Prestigious Erasmus Mundus status for joint Master degree of Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), the University of Bologna, the University of Oslo, and Erasmus University Rotterdam: consortium receives popular EU funding in the amount of two million euros, gains distinction and is positioned as European lighthouse project in the global higher education sector.

The Entrepreneurial School®, Innsbruck announces a huge international success: the European Master in Health Economics & Management (EU-HEM), organized by MCI in cooperation with three other universities in Europe, was recently awarded the highly-coveted Erasmus Mundus status.

The recognition as Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) was preceded by a strict selection process in which the joint Master program of Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), the University of Bologna, the University of Oslo, and Erasmus University Rotterdam achieved outstanding results.

According to the jury, the international cooperation project is characterized by its extraordinarily high relevance and credible commitment to solving the challenges faced by the European health care system. As influential elements of the project, the jury praised in particular the quality of the participating universities, their excellent cooperation, as well as the multidisciplinary orientation of the program they created.

For a period of three years, students of the joint degree program are now eligible to apply for so-called Erasmus Mundus scholarships of almost two million euros in total. The Erasmus Mundus program run by the European Union is thus also known as “Fulbright of Europe” and aims to contribute to the positioning of European flagship degrees in the global university sector.

European Master in Health Economics & Management

After a three-year pilot phase, the joint Master in Health Economics & Management was first launched in the 2015/16 winter term at the Universities of Bologna and Oslo, Erasmus University Rotterdam, as well as Management Center Innsbruck, which was the initiator for the program, and has, from the outset, contributed significantly to shaping its development.

The degree program stands out not only because of its content: completion of the program leads to a joint degree, which is a certificate issued and recognized by all four of the participating universities, thus offering an ideal basis for an international career.

Due to its international co-management, the program meets with the highest standards and offers an excellent qualification that enables graduates to take on diverse tasks within the field of health care in Europe.

With a close connection to practice, the joint degree program provides students with high-quality supervision by internationally leading teams of lecturers and researchers, as well as the opportunity to specialize in one of, altogether, six fields.

Due to the enormous demand, the program is to be expanded in order to increase the number of places available from currently 60, to 80, and to attract the “best young minds” of the world.

International Health & Social Management at MCI

The courses offered by the MCI Department of Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management rank among the best in this field in Europe. Therefore, the department is not only a major driving force for the EU-HEM program, but also has a Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management Bachelor program to offer as well as a Master’s degree course in International Health & Social Management. The Master’s course, taught in English, was awarded the renowned CeQuInt (Certificate for the Quality of Internationalisation in European higher education), a distinction by the European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA) to honor exemplary achievements.


Harald Mahrer, Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy: “MCI has gained a leading position also beyond the borders of Tyrol, and contributes significantly to the international recognition and reputation of Austria as a location for science. The Erasmus Mundus status helps secure academic excellence in university courses, research, and further education and provides an incentive to keep up the high standards.”

Günther Platter, State Governor of Tyrol: “Tyrol as a location for higher education, technology, and business benefits a great deal from MCI’s international competence in the fields of health economics and management which it has built together with several other renowned institutions in Europe. Tyrol’s strong network and the transfer of knowledge across Europe aid the continuous development of our health care system by enabling synergy with the best of Europe.”

Bernhard Tilg, Tyrolean Minister of Health and Science: “The State of Tyrol is committed to providing first-class conditions for studying and opportunities for personal development. I am delighted that the European Union is funding, in such a prominent way, this exemplary project of a European study program, to whose development MCI has made a substantial contribution,.”

Siegfried Walch, head of the Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management department at MCI: “All of us: the students and lecturers at the MCI Department of Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management, are very happy about the recognition that the Erasmus Mundus status stands for. We consider this distinction a confirmation of our mission to continue our efforts to further develop the quality of our programs in coordination with our partners from science and industry.”

Andreas Altmann, MCI Rector: “Together with the rectors of our partner universities, I wish the teams of researchers, lecturers, and students from all participating universities every success with the further expansion of this fruitful cooperation. I would also like to congratulate the team headed by Professor Siegfried Walch on this achievement, which will play a decisive part in the expansion of the European Master program: without his commitment, the project would never have been put into practice.”

Further information:

European Master in Health Economics & Management (EU-HEM)
Bachelor in Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management
Master in International Health & Social Management

Press contact:
Mag.(FH) Ulrike Fuchs
+43 512 2070-1527