Erasmus Mundus



Since its inception 20 years ago, Business Intelligence (BI) has become a huge industrial domain and a major economic driver, however overlooked by academics. It encompasses many scientific and technological fields including data warehouses, data mining, content analytics, business process management, visual analytics, and requires competences in information systems, web science, decision science, and software engineering.


The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Information Technologies for Business Intelligence – Doctoral College (IT4BI-DC) is designed to develop research excellence in this broad scope of fields. Its main objective is to train computer scientists who understand and help develop the strategies of modern enterprise decision makers. IT4BI-DC is a continuation of the EMMC “Information Technologies for Business Intelligence” (



The distinctiveness of the IT4BI-DC programme is witnessed by the fact, unlike any existing doctorate programme, that it addresses the whole end-to-end BI chain from information discovery and integration to analytics/data mining, including foundational and cross-cutting aspects such as modelling, semantics, large-scale processing, collaboration, and privacy.


IT4BI-DC provides to doctoral candidates a high-level education and training programme comprising Research-specific courses, Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses, Methodological and Communication courses, Language courses, Organization of and participation in scientific events, and Internships. Students participate to the IT4BI-DC Doctoral Colloquium and to the European Business Intelligence Summer School ( organized by the IT4BI Erasmus Mundus Master Course ( The tuition language is English. 




For European students as well as  non-European students:   €600 per month (€7,200 per year)




The Erasmus Mundus programme provides EU-funded scholarships to students who have been selected by the consortium.

The estimated net salary is 1400 - €2200.

Salaries vary across the institutions, among others due to variation in tax levels.

More details concerning funds are available a




For students applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship:

December 21st, 2012        application
January 8th, 2013             uploading reference letters
End of February 2013        preliminary decision of the scholarship
End of April 2013
               formal confirmation of the scholarship


For students not applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship:


April 30th, 2013                 non-European students

June 30th, 2013                 European students

Candidates are required to apply via the IT4BI-DC online application available a



Students must have been awarded the  equivalent of 300 ECTS of studies with a major in computer science, from an accredited university ( or from a university listed in one of three university rankings Shanghai, QS and Times. At least, 60 of those ECTS must correspond to a Master's degree.

Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test equivalent to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ( The tests include, e.g., Cambridge English First A, IELTS (academic) 7.0, TOEFL (paper based) (590, TOEFL computer based) 243, TOEFL (Internet based) 110, etc.


The programme favours the integration of students into a network of world-renowned researchers and specialists in BI.
The curriculum is jointly delivered by:

  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (Belgium)
  • AalborgUniversitet (AAU) (Denmark)
  • Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) (Germany)
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) (Spain)
  • Poznań University of Technology (PUT) (Poland)


The IT4BI-DC full partners are leading higher education institutions that have extensive experience in teaching European and third-country students as well as in research at the highest international level.



The research agenda of the IT4BI-DC programme is articulated around the below Business Intelligence challenges.

The research agenda of the IT4BI-DC programme is articulated around the below Business Intelligence challenges. Each consortium partner has strong research records in at least one of the challenges. Each challenge is covered by the acitivities and experience of at least two partners of theconsortium. The exception to  this is challenge 6 that is a cross-cutting aspect where all partners contribute equally.



All IT4BI-DC candidates will follow a programme with the same structure, regardless of the academic institutions that provide the degree. This is ensured by a jointly designed IT4BI-DC doctoral process. Each candidate will be involved on a research topic in one of the research challenges that will be proposed by two institutions (i.e., home and host). The Doctorate thesis will be co-supervised by two professors, one from each of the proponent institutions using a co-tutelle model.
All IT4BI-DC partners have extensive experience
in doctorate co-tutelle programmes.

During the first two months after enrolment, the candidate together with his/her co-advisors will draft a Doctoral Project Plan (DPP), which formulates and concretises the elements involved in the research process. In addition, the DPP will specify the candidate's personalised education and training programme taking into account his/her previous background and future career prospects. It also specifies the expected mobility periods at the host university.

With respect to mobility, candidates start the first year at their home university, spend (a part of) the second year at their host university, and return for the third year to their home university. Further, shorter stays at the host university are planned during the first and third years. Thus, Doctoral candidates will spend at least 33% of their doctorate at their host university, divided in three visits (two short visits of at least 1 month, and a longer one of at least 6 months).

Notice that the doctoral programme includes the participation to the European Business Intelligence SummerSchool ( by the Erasmus Mundus Master course ( and the Doctoral Colloquium organised by IT4BI-DC.






For further information about IT4BI-DC, you may contact: