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Abstract

CHARM-EU is an innovative alliance to create a European campus comprising the University of Barcelona, Trinity College Dublin, Utrecht University, the University of Montpellier, and Eötvös Loránd University. Each semester, students are registered in one of the five partner universities and connect to the remainder of the campuses to complete a range of learning activities for the duration of CHARM-EU’s 18-month pilot master’s programme, MSc in Global Challenges for Sustainability; the programme is aligned with the European Green Deal and the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It offers students a unique international learning opportunity and the skills to address the pressing need for sustainability in a transdisciplinary and challenge-based environment. The programme consists of three phases: preparatory, flexible, and the capstone phase. In the flexible phase, students choose to focus on the thematic area of either Food, Water, or Life and Health. Two students, Megan O’Brien and Pien Barnas, who are pursuing the Food stream recount their experience so far with CHARM-EU. They reflect upon why they chose to pursue the Food stream, the highlights and challenges they have encountered, and how this master’s programme is preparing them for the future.

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