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European Higher Education for the World 2 - Studies on international students' mobility and brain gain


Dear Mundus student,
We would like to ask you to fill in the following questionnaire consisting of 10 questions.
This is a survey under the Mundus Action 4 project: "European Higher Education for the World 2 – Studies on international students’ mobility and brain gain" and is intended to identify Mundus students’ plans. Along with this survey we are working on a documentary film and book presenting careers of Mundus alumni. Knowing Mundus students plans and prospects for future after graduating from the Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses and documenting alumni’s careers is crucial for setting Mundus policy. Especially for improving the operation of the Programme in terms of its impact on obtaining jobs, which are high-paid and in line with the Mundus alumni’s qualifications. So please be so kind and share your ideas about your plans and expectations. The survey is anonymous and we will publish only aggregated data.
THIS QUESTIONNAIRE IS ONLY FOR MUNDUS STUDENTS FROM COUNTRIES NOT BELONGING TO THE EUROPEAN UNION.

First, please give us some information about you and your Mundus Course

Your Masters Programme (please give the full name): 
You are:
Your age :
Your home country:  
Host country/countries in which you have already been studying within your Masters Programme:
Job/ position in your home country before leaving for studies in European Union:
Number of years of work experience in home country:
Number of years of work experience linked with your Masters specialisation in the home country:
Your additional comments explaining professional connections between your previous working experience and your Masters specialisation are welcome here:
Does your course offer any support for your future professional career?


In first three questions we would like you to recall yourself from the time before studies in the European Union – what did you think during the time of application about your prospects and what were your initial intentions prior to going abroad.

1. In the time when you were applying for Mundus scholarship did you intend to return home after completing studies to work or to involve in social activities in your country with the use of knowledge and skills that you had expected to obtain from your Masters Course?
yes no
1a. If you intended to return home - did you specify in your application/ motivation letter what you would like to do in your home country after coming back with Mundus Diploma? Please give details about your initial intentions.


1b. If you intended to return home – did you plan to come back:
immediately after getting a diploma
in the period of up to three month after getting a diploma
in the period of up to one year after getting a diploma
later?

2. In the time when you were applying for Mundus scholarship did you think that if you got the grant (or complete studies without it) your professional career opportunities would increase?
yes no

3. In the time when you were applying for Mundus scholarship did you think of continuing your studies at the doctoral level?
yes no

3a. If yes - where did you plan to do PhD?:
in Europe
in your home country
elsewhere

In next six questions we would like to get to know how do you see your plans and the impact of Masters studies on your future career now- after some of your Mundus experience

4. What are your plans after completing a Mundus Course?
Please choose one option:
I will return home
I will stay on the territory of the European Union
I will not return home nor stay in the EU – please give details of your plans


I do not know yet, but I have the following options:


Please estimate how likely it will happen:
Very likely somewhat likely not very likely not sure
4a. What is the main reason in your case to return home, stay in the EU or chose another option?


4b. If you intend to return home – do you plan to come back:
immediately after getting diploma
in the period of up to three month after getting diploma
in the period of up to one year after getting diploma
later

4c. If you intend to return home – do you plan again to visit or stay for longer time in the EU? For what purpose? Please give details


4d. If you intend to stay in the European Union, what would you like to do:
PhD studies
Further studies but not at the doctoral level
Work outside the university
Work at the university
Travelling
Others (please specify)


4e. If you plan to stay in the EU what kind of support from the Mundus Programme would help you?


4f. Do you have already any proposal / real chance to get an interesting job in the EU?
yes no

If yes – please give details


4g. How do you think - would your family be supportive of or against the decision to settle abroad?
supportive against hesitating
Could you please explain your choice?


5. How would you describe the impact of your Masters studies on your future carrier - do you believe it will be:
Positive Very positivet No specific Negative Very negative

6. Which of the sentences refers better to opportunities waiting for you in your home country in your opinion?
My home country offers attractive jobs for highly skilled people in my specialisation – alumni of my profile are sought-after workers
My country needs highly skilled people in my specialisation, but can offer them worse conditions (in terms of payment, development, equipment etc.) that in other countries.
My home country can not offer developed infrastructures, resources and human capital in the specialisation I am currently studying.
the following opinion suits better to the situation in my home country:


7. Do you know any Mundus alumni whose career developed after completing studies in Europe and coming back to home country?
yes no

7a. If yes- could give the details – which Masters program she/he completed, what kind of job was doing before and after, in what sense is the person successful?


8. Do you know any Mundus alumni who’s career developed after completing studies and staying in European country ?
yes no

8a. If yes- could give the details – which Masters program she/he completed, what was doing before and what was offered in the EU, in what sense is the person successful?

9. Do you think that your home country is affected by brain drain*?
yes no

* Brain drain - the situation when: 1. educated in the country skilled specialists emigrate searching for better life, wages and career development conditions , escaping from a troubled economy or difficult political situation or when 2. individuals who studied abroad, completed their education and do not return to their home country.

9a. If yes – in what specialisations/ sectors the brain drain has the most negative effect in your country? What are the social and economic effects? What are the particular reasons of emigration?
Are there any good sides of these phenomenon?

In the last question please imagine that it has already passed 7 years from the time that you have completed your Mundus studies

10. How do you imagine your life and work in future? What would you like to achieve? What changes in your life do you expect?


10a. If you think that you in these 7 years or earlier would be a good candidate to be portrayed in the documentary film presenting careers of Mundus Alumni please give your contact details.




For questions and comments about the questionnaire please contact project coordinator dr Katarzyna Hadaś kaha@amu.edu.pl
Thank you very much for your help!
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