The CyberMACS Erasmus Mundus programme has announced its first intake of students for the academic year 2023-2024, launching the programme

The CyberMACS Erasmus Mundus programme applied a rigorous three-stage selection process for its first intake in the 2023-2024 academic year. Initially, applications underwent a screening stage (documentation review), and those with incomplete files, totalling 396, were not advanced to the next stage of the selection process. Next, 334 applicants underwent thorough administrative, language, and academic validity checks, narrowing down to 137 for detailed merit-based assessment. The final stage involved interviews with 74 candidates, focusing on their motivation and ability to integrate into the CyberMACS programme. Rankings were based on merit and motivation, with special consideration for gender equality and geographical diversity. This comprehensive approach ensured a fair and balanced selection of candidates for both full scholarships and self-funded options.

For the 2023-2024 period, 731 valid applications were received from 67 different countries, and 74 applicants were called for interviews after a careful evaluation process. The diverse and talented cohort from various countries underscores the global reach and impact of the CyberMACS programme. For 2023-2024, the final student intake comprises 25 highly talented individuals representing a diverse array of countries: Albania (2), Algeria (1), Bangladesh (2), Croatia (1), Indonesia (1), Nepal (2), Kazakhstan (2), Kenya (1), Mexico (1), Nigeria (5), Pakistan (2), Palestine (1), Tajikistan (1), Turkish (2), Uzbekistan (1). The programme embraces gender diversity with a cohort consisting of 8 females and 17 males, highlighting inclusivity in the field of cybersecurity. 20 students have been awarded the prestigious CyberMACS Scholarship, and 5 students are enrolled in self-funded status.

Success is wished to all students on their cybersecurity journey with the CyberMACS Erasmus Mundus Programme.