Pioneering new ’MasterPlus’ Programme In Optics And Photonics

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DELFT - Marien van der Meer (College van Bestuur) krijgt rondleiding door TNW fa
DELFT - Marien van der Meer (College van Bestuur) krijgt rondleiding door TNW faculteit. TU Delft. FOTO GUUS SCHOONEWILLE

Delft Universitry of Technology, PhotonDelta and Optics Netherlands have launched a first-of-its-kind ’MasterPlus’ Programme in Optics and Photonics (MPOP) - in partnership with the Netherlands’ other technology universities. The programme will start in September 2024 and function as a talent pipeline for the optics and photonics industry, which makes a significant contribution to the Dutch economy, and has a strong annual growth rate. By integrating academic expertise with industry needs, the programme promises to produce highly skilled professionals poised to drive innovation and growth in the field.

The need for talent is growing. The Netherlands is a hub of innovation for optics and photonics, with a vibrant collaborative ecosystem. Professionals in optics and photonics help shape the future of technology and drive global innovations via cutting-edge projects in areas such as data communications, sensing technology, medical imaging, renewable energy, and manufacturing.

Eligible master’s students in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering can expect challenge-based projects, as well as unique internships with industry-leading companies and innovative startups, including ASML, Signify, SMART Photonics, and LioniX International. They will also work alongside renowned research institutes like SRON, and Imec. The initiative is organised by the 4TU.Federation. The MasterPlus Programme in Optics and Photonics (MPOP) - supported by PhotonDelta and Optics Netherlands - will go live in September 2024..

Aurele Adam, Programme Director of the Masters in Applied Physics at TU Delft: "The MPOP is key for Dutch technical universities as it fosters collaboration and encourages expertise in an essential field. In an era driven by technological innovation, the focus on optics and photonics is paramount for advancing diverse sectors such as telecommunications, healthcare, and renewable energy."

Three universities of technology in the Netherlands are set to offer a new specialisation in Optics and Photonics within existing master’s programmes in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering. Each university will deliver its own specialist courses in optics and photonics, as well as facilitating inter-university activities and training, giving students the flexibility to attend courses across different university campuses. An array of scientific and social activities will be on offer, as well as first-hand industry experience.

"By providing students with profound knowledge and practical skills in optics, the programme not only ensures the competitiveness of Dutch universities", says Aurčle Adam. "But it also boosts the Dutch industry in cutting-edge research and applications."

Part of a national programme, the flexible and innovative MPOP aims to open doors to diverse industries - from agri-food to automotive - with promising job prospects in R&D and academia. With the sector poised for significant growth over the next few years - and attracting both public and private investment - MPOP is designed to bring technical talent into the industry.

Adding to the Netherlands’ vibrant optics and photonics ecosystem, PhotonDelta and Optics Netherlands are coordinating efforts to foster a fertile ground for corporate giants, startups, and research endeavours. These organisations - and the surrounding ecosystem - are committed to stimulation and growth of the optics and photonics capabilities of the Netherlands, making it a true global hub of innovation in this field.