Architects finding inspiration in Europe: Erasmus mundus program experiences


  • Naziaty Mohd Yaacob aDepartment of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Pacilia Tan Saw Kun Perkhidmatan Akitek, G-01 Scott Sentral Service Suites, 28, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Erasmus Mundus, architecture, study-abroad, disability


The European Union has run its higher-education exchange program “Erasmus Mundus” to
enable the mobility of students and academics between Europe and other continents, including
Asia since 2004. The benefits of studying abroad are multifold, but for most people it gives the
once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience what they have read in books or heard about in lectures.
In this paper we share our own study-abroad and staff mobility experiences which were enabled
by the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus scholarship programs for 1. A senior lecturer of
architecture at Universiti Malaya (UM) to conduct research as a visiting scholar at the University of Porto. 2. A recent graduate in architecture degree from UM to study for a master’s degree in the same discipline at the Milan Polytechnic. For the young student, living and studying outside of Malaysia for the first time was exciting and challenging, whereas for the experienced academic, who used to live and study in the U.S.A. and U.K., her month-long experience in Porto was rejuvenating her passion for architecture, travel and life despite her disability. After finishing their programs, they both returned to Malaysia. In this paper, they share the impacts of their Erasmus Mundus programs on their personal and professional lives.


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Mohd Yaacob, N. ., & Tan, P. S. K. (2021). Architects finding inspiration in Europe: Erasmus mundus program experiences. AEI INSIGHTS, 5(1), 77–87. Retrieved from