One of the key means to promote a systemic approach to economic policy is to encourage exchanges between students from different options and to promote networking. Since, in the first year, students will study at different universities there will be an “induction month” organised in September of the second year. It includes joint activities:
- (i) Intensive French training (where relevant) in the morning.
- (ii) Cultural activities (one afternoon per week). Each of the half day sessions (afternoon) will include visits to famous and less well-known districts of Paris (led in English), visits to cultural institutions (guided in English) (e.g. La Gaité Lyrique, Centre Pompidou, Museum of Architecture…), discovery of French gastronomy and evening cultural event.
- (iii) Networking and discussion of career opportunities. In addition to networking among students in the same cohort, graduates from previous EPOG Master’s cohorts will be invited to come to talk to students. They should be able to answer questions about professional opportunities. Students will be introduced to the “EPOG Alumni” and “Erasmus mundus students and Alumni association”. They will be introduced also to the Doctoral school and doctoral studies programme.
- (iv) Joint group work (one afternoon per week during the “induction month”) aims at enabling students from different options and geographic origins to work together on common issues and helping them to understand the complementarities among their individual knowledge and skills and the systemic dimensions of economic policy. The issues will be related to “joint seminars” which will start during the induction month. Meetings with professionals in various fields of activity relevant to the different options will be organised during one of the “joint seminars”.