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Erasmus Mundus cover letter: GLOCAL Programme Global Markets and Creative Industries Pathway


booos_1999 1 / 1  
Nov 29, 2022   #1

Motivation letter



Dear Selection Committee,
With my graduation coming in a few months, as never before in my academic life, I am so sure about what to do next. So, here I am and with due reverence to the GLOCAL Programme, I formulate my "Motivation letter".

I came across the GLOCAL Programme by coincidence, but it was just when I needed it. I've never had a single passion in my life; instead, I've always been fascinated by practically everything. However, languages and economics have become an important part of my academic life in recent years. The combination of the two also made me recognize the significance of culture and heritage in the formation of a self-aware environment, as well as how they determine its bounds and structure. In terms of economics, I believe those two factors can have a significant impact on this system. Sustainability is another area in which my interest has increased over the years since I feel it is and will continue to be an important issue to be studied and discussed in the future. In reality, I feel that the GLOCAL Programme is a fantastic opportunity for me since it will allow me to feed my curiosity and passion in culture and economics while also broadening it with a global perspective of the global issue. Furthermore, the opportunity to discover new places and cultures by attending the Programme's three universities (Track A) encourages me to apply; more importantly, I believe it contributes to the overall programme goal by allowing students to better understand how different cultures can influence someone's way of thinking. I have always admired the philosophy of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), defined as organizations that pursue a public interest agenda rather than commercial interests, and as a result, in the future, I would like to pursue this ideal and implement it with what my interests are related to, such as the development of a sustainable community, such as the reduction of energy use combined with recycling and waste product management.

I believe the degree I am presently pursuing will be extremely beneficial to me during my GLOCAL academic experience. Because of the breadth of my studies at the University of Genoa, I believe I will be able to grasp every nuance of what will be taught throughout the Programme. As previously said, I am studying Arabic, English, and French as languages, as well as their literature and culture. I genuinely feel these classes increased my mental flexibility and provided me with a better, and most significantly, broader view of the world. Moreover, the Economics and regional economics course I attended combines two elements: a broad introduction to economics, and one of the potential insights, territorial economics, or regional economics, which investigates the application of economic discipline rules to what is known as the field of territorial, regional disciplines. This course also assisted me in realising how interconnected and diversely situated regions are in the current economy. The formation of an open market, which results in significantly greater commerce, is a basic element of this market integration, which we have referred to as globalisation. This presumably persuades us that there formerly was a specialisation inside local markets, which are now subject to globalization. A framework of international commerce in which the fact that there is better monetary stability than in the past is critical. The idea that the world has become much richer as a result of globalisation and the integration of product and factor markets was what really stood out to me. However, growth mismatches are more prevalent than ever. It is necessary to pinpoint the root causes of the imbalances and try to restore the growth's equilibrium.

Among all the core and optional courses offered by the GLOCAL Programme, the "Port cities in historical perspective" course stood out to me because, having grown up in a port city like Genoa, I can really relate to what the course aims to teach and, more importantly, it can help me better understand the dynamics of cities like the one I lived in for 22 years. Port cities such as Rotterdam for example, incorporated within manufacturing districts serve as nodes in global networks, including supply chains that connect the production and consumption of commodities, that is why I am looking forward to researching such elements. Port operations have grown more incompatible (both operationally and ecologically) with urban inhabitants' lives, and that's why in the contemporary age they have moved at distance, dethatching themselves from urban centres.

While Genoa is the only Italian port city where a waterfront project has been implemented, Barcelona's operational port has been moved south down the coast, allowing for the restoration of the ancient harbour and the start of a massive urban reconstruction programme along the coast. As a result, for my master's thesis, I would like to focus on port cities and how to better achieve the goal of transforming ports into "green ports" in Europe, as part of the Green Deal and the Recovery Plan (Next Generation EU). "Green ports" might play a critical role in eliminating the structural barrier between ports and cities, allowing them to cohabit in a unified system, focusing particularly on Italy, where I believe we are still far behind the rest of Europe.

In the future, I hope to be able to contribute to the greater good in the sphere of culture, which I am really enthusiastic about. Given its merits and international renown, enrolling in the Erasmus Mundus International Master's Program will provide me with this chance and honour. I'm hoping the Selection Committee will think my application is a good fit for this once-in-a-lifetime chance.
Holt  Educational Consultant - / 13,562 4442  
Nov 30, 2022   #2
The first paragraph is useless. It should not be presented in such a manner because it sounds like the applicant is introducing a performer rather than a motivation letter. It makes the start sound highly unprofessional. It will be best for the student to skip that introduction or develop a less showbiz sounding opening paragraph.

Since there are several universities that the applicant, should he accepted into the program, will be studying at, he should be defining the reasons for each choice in the presentation. He should not focus on only one study focus, university, country, or city. While the essay does make the student seem highly eager to attend the program, a trained reviewer will realize that the excitement and overall presentation does not really align with the expected information for the assessment of his application. It is an interesting essay, but empty when it comes to proper substance. Review the requirements for the motivational letter again and make sure that this time, an equal focus and proper information presentation will be used in the presentation.
OP booos_1999 1 / 1  
Dec 1, 2022   #3
@Holt
Thanks! Below is my revised draft. Grateful for more inputs.

Dear Selection Committee,

I came across the GLOCAL Programme by coincidence, but it was just when I needed it. I've never had a single passion in my life; instead, I've always been fascinated by practically everything. However, languages and economics have become an important part of my academic life in recent years. The combination of the two also made me recognize the significance of culture and heritage in the formation of a self-aware environment, as well as how they determine its bounds and structure. In terms of economics, I believe those two factors can have a significant impact on this system as well. Sustainability is another area in which my interest has increased over the years since I feel it is and will continue to be an important issue to be studied and discussed in the future. In reality, I feel that the GLOCAL Programme is a fantastic opportunity for me since it will allow me to feed my curiosity and passion in culture and economics while also broadening it with a global perspective of the global issue. Furthermore, the opportunity to discover new places and cultures by attending the Programme's three universities (Track A) encourages me to apply; more importantly, I believe it contributes to the overall programme goal by allowing students to better understand how different cultures can influence someone's way of thinking. I have always admired the philosophy of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), defined as organizations that pursue a public interest agenda rather than commercial interests, and as a result, in the future, I would like to pursue this ideal and implement it with what my interests are related to, such as the development of a sustainable community, such as the reduction of energy use combined with recycling and waste product management.

I believe the degree I am presently pursuing will be extremely beneficial to me during my GLOCAL academic experience. Because of the breadth of my studies at the University of Genoa, I believe I will be able to grasp every nuance of what will be taught throughout the Programme. As previously said, I am studying Arabic, English, and French as languages, as well as their literature and culture. I genuinely feel these classes increased my mental flexibility and provided me with a better, and most significantly, broader view of the world. Moreover, among others, the Economics and regional economics course I attended combines two elements: a broad introduction to economics, and one of the potential insights, territorial economics, or regional economics, which investigates the application of economic discipline rules to what is known as the field of territorial, regional disciplines. This course also assisted me in realising how interconnected and diversely situated regions are in the current economy. The formation of an open market, which results in significantly greater commerce, is a basic element of this market integration, which we have referred to as globalisation. This presumably persuades us that there formerly was a specialisation inside local markets, which are now subject to globalization. A framework of international commerce in which the fact that there is better monetary stability than in the past is critical. The idea that the world has become much richer as a result of globalisation and the integration of product and factor markets was what really stood out to me. However, growth mismatches are more prevalent than ever. It is necessary to pinpoint the root causes of the imbalances and try to restore the growth's equilibrium.

As I previously stated, globalisation is an important component of our society. That is why my existing understanding of the issue, as well as what I will be taught, particularly at the University of Glasgow, will help me better grasp it and, perhaps, master the idea in order to utilise it in the future. Furthermore, I believe that my stay at the Universitat de Barcelona will aid me in my quest to learn how to apply my knowledge to real-world problems, for example by the "Creative cities: intervention models and entrepreneurial dynamics". But, particularly, the "Port cities in historical perspective" course is the one that really stood out to me because, having grown up in a port city like Genoa, I can really relate to what the course aims to teach and, more importantly, it can help me better understand the dynamics of cities like the one I lived in for 22 years. Port cities such as Rotterdam for example, incorporated within manufacturing districts serve as nodes in global networks, including supply chains that connect the production and consumption of commodities, that is why I am looking forward to researching such elements. Port operations have grown more incompatible (both operationally and ecologically) with urban inhabitants' lives, and that's why in the contemporary age they have moved at distance, dethatching themselves from urban centres. Last but not least, I'm looking forward to spending time at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The internship programmes and skill-building facilities there, in my opinion, will improve my understanding of culture and heritage that I gained at Stockholm University through the course "Cultural Heritage: Aesthetics, Learning, and Reflexivity" during my Erasmus+ experience, as well as by applying and implementing those two with the course "Creative industries in the global economy". This, in my opinion, will enable me to pursue one of my interests - sustainable methods of corporate management.

While Genoa is the only Italian port city where a waterfront project has been implemented, Barcelona's operational port has been moved south down the coast, allowing for the restoration of the ancient harbour and the start of a massive urban reconstruction programme along the coast. As a result, for my master's thesis, I would like to focus on port cities and how to better achieve the goal of transforming ports into "green ports" in Europe, as part of the Green Deal and the Recovery Plan (Next Generation EU). "Green ports" might play a critical role in eliminating the structural barrier between ports and cities, allowing them to cohabit in a unified system, focusing particularly on Italy, where I believe we are still far behind the rest of Europe.

In the future, I hope to be able to contribute to the greater good in the sphere of culture, which I am really enthusiastic about. Given its merits and international renown, enrolling in the Erasmus Mundus International Master's Program will provide me with this chance and honour. I'm hoping the Selection Committee will think my application is a good fit for this once-in-a-lifetime chance.


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