The European Commission has awarded Erasmus Mundus funding for the Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics Technologies at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the Master’s Degree Programme in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) at the University of Tampere.
The Erasmus Mundus joint master’s programmes offer students the opportunity to pursue studies towards their degree in multiple partner institutions.
TUT's International Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics Technologies is part of the joint master’s programme that has received Erasmus Mundus funding. Professor Goëry Genty, who oversees the programme offered by TUT, says that inclusion in the consortium running the Europhotonics Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme is a significant recognition that demonstrates the high quality of TUT’s photonics education.
“The members of the consortium have developed a complementary curriculum that provides students with a broadest possible grounding in photonics and related fields. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to take on current and future challenges in the development of photonics in both academia and industry,” says Genty.
The programme is coordinated by Aix-Marseille University, France. In addition to Tampere University of Technology, the consortium includes Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, Barcelona Universities in Spain, and Vilnius University in Lithuania. As students start their studies in the university that coordinates the programme, the first students pursuing a joint master's degree in photonics will arrive in Tampere in the academic year 2020/21.
TUT is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading universities in photonics. The Photonics cluster at TUT is currently made up of 15 professors and more than 100 researchers. The European Commission has identified photonics as one of the Key Enabling Technologies of the 21st century. As the European photonics industry is growing rapidly, there is a great demand for high-quality education in the field.
The second international MSc programme that has received Erasmus Mundus funding in Tampere is the Master’s Degree Programme in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) at the University of Tampere. Launched in 2012, the MARIHE programme produces international professionals with expertise in the development and management of higher education institutions and innovation systems. This is the second Erasmus Mundus grant for the MARIHE programme and its renewed consortium.
“The continuation of the funding demonstrates the growing need to educate international professionals who specialise in a field that has been previously perceived as relatively narrow,” says Professor Jussi Kivistö, who oversees the programme at the University of Tampere.
The MARIHE programme is coordinated by Danube University Krems located in Austria. The consortium running the programme also comprises the University of Tampere, Beijing Normal University in China, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in Germany, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in India, and Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary.
In addition to the two master’s programmes, Erasmus Mundus funding has been awarded to TUT’s Degree Programme in Architecture, which is part of the 4cities Urban Planning Programme coordinated by Vrije Universiteit Brussels. TUT offers internships for students enrolled in the programme.
Text: Sara Riihimäki
Photo: Mika Kanerva