A Surprising Number of Applications for 2024 Class

A Surprising Number of Applications for 2024 Class

The Erasmus Mundus joint master’s degree programme Service Design Strategies and Innovations (SDSI) received 630 study applications from 80 countries worldwide for the 2024 class. With only 35 coveted study spots available, competition was fierce, showcasing a marked increase in application quality compared to previous years.

Candidates underwent a rigorous selection process, which included submitting a comprehensive pack of various documents and completing a homework assignment consisting of both a written essay and a video component. Approximately 50 top-ranking candidates from the initial round were then invited to round 2 for individual interviews, vying for 20 scholarship spots. Additionally, 15 self-funded students have been granted admission to the program.

"The overwhelming response and high calibre of applicants demonstrate the global demand and recognition of the SDSI program," said Ilze Kundziņa, the SDSI programme director. "We are thrilled to welcome the incoming class of talented individuals who will contribute to our vibrant learning community."

‍SDSI is an internationally acclaimed programme jointly implemented by the Art Academy of Latvia, the University of Lapland, the Estonian Academy of Arts, and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. It was offered the prestigious Erasmus Mundus label in 2022 and is co-funded by the European Union. SDSI offers a dynamic learning environment that combines theoretical rigour with practical applications, focusing on the intersection of design thinking, strategic management, and technologies. Its study path includes mobility locations in Northern Europe – Latvia, Finland and Estonia.

Admissions for the 2025 class will be announced in the Fall of 2024.