Monthly Archives:January 2017

BySophie Messens

Students evaluate their European Master in Photonics

To continuously optimize the quality of education while maintaining a high student satisfaction level at VUB, students of the European Master of Science in Photonics were queried through a written survey and a focus discussion organized by the Education and Student Policy Department of VUB.

This student evaluation aims at providing a better impression on how they experience various elements of the educational programme such as the course content and teaching methods, the quality of the hands-on labs, the preferences with exchange programmes like Erasmus, and the interaction with industry.

The students are particularly satisfied: 90% of them would recommend our Master in Photonics programme to future students.

The evaluation indicates that students are highly satisfied with:

  • the expertise of the professors and their easy accessibility
  • the great opportunities for international mobility with photonics partners abroad
  • the course material in line with the lectures
  • the considerable attention to soft skills and entrepreneurship
  • the very strong cooperation with industry through internships and company visits.

The students also have further wishes to optimize the curriculum through:

  • an even higher percentage training labs to practice their knowledge
  • more frequent lectures on the latest research developments and trends in photonics
  • opportunities to evaluate their newly acquired skills and knowledge through self-tests.

Opinions among students are divided as to make internships compulsory or to keep them elective.

Prof. Heidi Ottevaere and her colleagues are currently already implementing the first concrete student recommendations at VUB. “We are very grateful to our students for the valuable feedback. In particular we appreciate that our international students have indicated that examination methods can differ from the ones they are used to,” says Prof. Ottevaere. “We have therefore organized a test exam for the photonics course, to make our new students acquainted with our examination system already at an early stage. This will certainly contribute to their success rate and make them quickly feel at home.”

ByBert Coryn

EMSP Teaching staff hosts 6 ERC Grantees

With professor Wim Bogaerts (Ghent University), who secured an ERC Consolidator Grant in December ’16, the EMSP Teaching staff now hosts 6 ERC Grantees.

Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council is the first pan-European funding organisation for frontier research by individual scientists. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by encouraging competition for funding between the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age. The ERC Grants are thus very prestigious and highly competitive.
The other ERC Grantees among the teaching staff are:

  • prof. Roel Baets (ERC Advanced Grant)erc_banner-horizontal
  • prof. Dries Van Thourhout (ERC Starting Grant)
  • prof. Nathalie Vermeulen (ERC Starting Grant)
  • prof. Peter Bienstman (ERC Starting Grant)
  • prof. Gunther Roelkens (ERC Starting Grant)