The LIVE Master is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programme of “outstanding academic quality” recognized by the European Commission. Academic excellence lies at the heart of LIVE, as students acquire advanced scientific knowledge, experience different cultures and learn multidisciplinary skills over the course of their studies.
The LIVE Master has been awarded the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (EMJM) label from 2015. This label comes with substantial funding which allows LIVE to annually grants substantial number of scholarships to non-EU and EU students. In 2018, LIVE scored 92/100 in its review by the EACEA and was awarded € 3,934,000 for four LIVE+ intakes starting in September 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. According to the EACEA, LIVE “offers an interesting multi- and inter-disciplinary academic programme in a very dynamic research area” and “addresses current needs of the society in preparing specialists in fundamental and applied aspects of vaccinology capable of continuing their career in academia or industry or healthcare sector”.
The LIVE master students follow three national master programmes accredited after external independent evaluation performed by three independent accreditation organizations: ANECA in Spain, NVAO in Flanders and HCERES in France. These accreditation bodies guarantee the quality of higher education, are full members of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and registered in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).
The LIVE Master has at its core advanced and in depth scientific understanding of immunology, immunopathology, infectiology, epidemiology and vaccinology. The LIVE programme also focuses on vaccine formulation and safety, aged or newborn or immuno-compromised immune systems, host-pathogen interactions and clinical vaccine trials. Methods and techniques of modern vaccinology are taught within the LIVE programme, including statistics, “omics” and computer modelling approaches.
LIVE students and graduates come from over fifty different nationalities from all over the world. This internationality fosters cultural exchange and friendships both within and between promotions, within the LIVE family. The wider LIVE network of associated partners and invited scholars spans seventeen nationalities and five continents. The LIVE programme includes improving two foreign languages and perfect English language skills, as this is the language of science. Events such as the VaxInLIVE Symposia bring together international speakers and LIVE students to discuss vaccinology research across the globe and then enable students to expand their professional network.
Multidisciplinary skills for Anthropocene
The LIVE degree seeks to equip its students with the skills they need to succeed in the professional world, and focuses on multidisciplinary teaching rather than purely scientific content. Modules covering project management, communication and languages mean students graduate from the LIVE programme as well-rounded young vaccinologists, ready to work in industry, academia, research, public health or any other vaccine-related disciplines. Digital skills are also developed through the creation of a MOOC in the third semester of the master. LIVE is expecting to educate about 120 vaccinologists of ~50 nationalities in the next four promotions from 2023. They will connect to the growing LIVE Alumni family, to tackle challenges for existing and developing preventive and therapeutic vaccines, being involved in reality projects during LIVE in research, training, communication and innovation. From 2023, we take concern of our changing world to imagine future vaccines lowering negative impacts of Anthropocene: from efficient “green” production and administration of vaccines to future adaptive vaccinology quickly dealing with climate change-induced emerging diseases.