European Master in Adult Education (EMAE)

Overview of EMAE Program

Adult education is gaining steadily in importance in a European context. Correspondingly, in the field of adult and continuing education, the need for qualified professionals that understand how to combine professional competence with professionalism in adult education, is growing in the European region. The European Master in Adult Education (EMAE) is a master degree program that provides the students with an overview of adult and continuing education from a European perspective.

Besides giving students the opportunity to study the subject of adult education at both the national and European levels, they may also participate in the academic discourse on common objectives ongoing in this field. The master program places special emphasis on the connection between theory and empirical analysis. The EMAE degree programs qualify students for the European job market and with the contacts to the partner universities established during the course, they support and contribute to the development of an international network.


The core curriculum (70 ECTS points) consists of courses offered in a similar form at all partner universities and in the English language: A supplemental curriculum (50 ECTS points) of elective courses within the university's own research focus is offered in the national language of the partner university. The course culminates with the award of a "Master of Arts" (MA). The status of program implementation at RPTU is "In Planning."

The EMAE Partner Network

The current partner universities in the EMAE network are:

  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • DIE – Deutschen Instituts für Erwachsenenbildung (Germany)
  • West University of Timisoara (Romania)
  • University of Pécs (Hungary)
  • University of Caen (France)
  • University of Tampere (Finnland)
  • University of Florence (Italy)
  • Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic)
  • University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • INHolland (Netherlands)
  • University of Belgrade (Serbia)

EMAE Program History

EMAE originated as an EU Project with the aim of establishing European perspectives and developing an inter-cultural professionalism in the field. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c Nuissl von Rein initiated the program in 2004 in the department of adult education at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The core curriculum of the EMAE degree program was subsequently developed in collaboration with eight other European Universities between 2004 and 2007. DIE (Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung) was responsible for the evaluation of the program curriculum. Since 2012, the Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) at RPTU has been coordinating the further expansion of the degree program.

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