The MEST programme is running since September 1993. The major steps in its creation and development were:

  • 1988-1989 : Université catholique de Louvain (Belgique), Warwick University (UK) and Université des Sciences sociales de Toulouse 1 (France) are the three founders members who initialize the idea of bringing several universities together to create a European inter-university network to provide Masters-level education in work and employment studies
  • 1989-1992 : development. A group of four institutions examine the feasibility of a joint programme and prepare a detailed plan for the project.
  • September 1993 : official launch of the joint programme.
  • 1994-2004 : consolidation. Regular adaptations to the curriculum take place with the integration of new courses.
  • 2005-2016 : Several new members join the Consortium, with the numbers reaching thirteen in 2008. A last expansion took place in 2016 by the membership of SNSPA.
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Universität Trier (Germany)
  • Università degli studi di Firenze (Italy)
  • Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa - Lisbon University Institute.  (ISCTE-IUL) (Portugal)
  • Università degli studi di Milano (Italy)
  • Universität Bremen (Germany)
  • London School of Economics (Great-Britain)
  • University College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • National University of Political Studies and Public Administration Bucharest - (SNSPA) (Romania)

Coordinator :

Université catholique de Louvain (Belgique), Ecole des Sciences du Travail

Professional perspectives

MEST prepares students to work in an international environment with responsible positions in :

  • human resource management in multinational companies with European operations ;
  • project-leadership and management of regional, national and supra-national employment policies within political organisations and public or semi-public
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