Since the origin of CLE in 2008, data have been collected on the number of students enrolled, their countries of origin, the success rate in their education, and their employment and/or study and research prospects after graduation. These collected and organized data provide insight into a characteristic profile of the Erasmus Mundus CLE program, its set goals and achieved results.
CLE: a worldwide diffusion
One of the specific peculiarities of the CLE is that it possesses a worldwide spread: since its inauguration, it has a total of 460 students enrolled from as many as 68 countries around the world. The heterogeneity and breadth of different backgrounds is witness to the profoundly multicultural essence of CLE. Thanks to this global dimension, students encounter a unique opportunity to engage with the different and get to know different people and cultures.
(fig.1) Countries of origin of CLE students (2008-2022)
THE CLE: a successful Education Program
The CLE is a two-year master's degree program that requires a full-time, active and co-participatory commitment on the part of the students, who, in order to obtain the Erasmus Mundus degree, must compulsorily complete the course by July of the second year. In addition to a teaching plan that provides for the delivery of classes in the consortium languages, other activities, such as seminars, lectures, workshops, and language courses, are added to ensure an overall education. As can be seen from the graph (fig.2), 94% of those enrolled obtain a degree compared with 6 percent of those who drop out in Year I.
(Fig.2) Percentage of completion of the CLE diploma (2008-2022)
Employment opportunities for CLE: Humanities and the job market
The European Commission has established through the ESCO office a European classification of skills, competencies, qualifications and occupations. This tool made it possible to conduct an analysis about the occupational profiles held by CLE Alumni.These are currently employed in a wide variety of fields, exploiting multiple skills.The data found that 19,3% continued their academic careers through doctoral studies and research; 26,1% found employment in teaching; and 54,6% in management, translation, intercultural relations, media and communication, freelancing, and the arts.
(Fig. 4) Employment openings ALUMNI CLE (2010-2022)
Observing the graph, it can be seen that the percentage of Alumni, who do not go on to embark on a teaching and research path, depends not on a change of trajectory, but on a considered choice of Alumni who take advantage of the program to obtain a humanities base on which to later build a career path that ranges in fields other than academics or teaching.
In addition, it is interesting to note the wide variety of chosen fields ranging from management to mediation, from information technology to languages.
These observations allowed us to launch the H.E.A.D. Project which aims to analyze the relationship between the human sciences and the job market.
The CLE program provides funding for the mobility of Scholars interested in a period of activity within the course. Over the years, 70 professors from 18 countries have participated: Albania, Algeria, Australia, Canada, France, Georgia, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Switzerland, and the U.S. (fig.5).Such mobility not only contributes to the enrichment of the program through new teaching and research perspectives, but also allows the CLE's network of contacts to be fostered.
(Fig. 5) Scholars' countries (2008-2022)
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