The Vrije Universiteit Brussel makes 5 full scholarships available for international students who start the European Master of Science in Photonics in the academic year 2017-2018. The scholarships are assigned to highly qualified applicants on basis of excellence and include a stipend of 800 EUR per month.
Photonics is regarded as a Key Enabling Technology by experts from industry and science, and by the European Commission. To support global societal challenges in domains such as health care, telecommunications, IoT, biotechnology, aerospace, green energy and Industry 4.0, there is an urgent need to enhance talents of young engineers with knowledge and practical skills in photonics and turn them into tomorrow’s engineers.
The financial support offered by VUB can help young potentials to graduate in our multidisciplinary master with a challenging engineering programme including skills development like laser engineering, optical communication technology, optical materials, sensors and micro-, nano- and bio-photonics as well as entrepreneurship.
Once the final admissions to the programme are announced by 20 March, the 10 highest ranked students who enroll at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel for the European Master of Science in Photonics will be invited to show proof of their knowledge and motivation during a separate interview. The assignment of the scholarships for non-EER students will be announced by 31 March 2017 by the VUB Program Board of the curriculum.
More information about admission, application and the application form can be found on this website. The deadline for applications is 5 February 2017.
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 students also have further wishes to optimize the curriculum through:
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.”
Three days packed with master thesis presentations, guest lectures from industry and academia, insightful perspectives and networking with peers.
This must be the annual Photonics Summer Symposium!
Before graduation, Master Students in Photonics get the opportunity to present their Master Thesis. A valuable exercise to give a concise overview of a full semester Photonics project for fellow students within a strict timeframe.
The program of the Photonic Summer Symposium at VUB included following presentations:
The first day was closed with an interesting talk from an invited expert, dr. ir. Bram Van Hoe (FBGS), who told us more about “High-strength fiber Bragg gratings: from basic measurement concepts to shaping sensing applications.
The symposium ended with the Graduation Ceremony.
Brian Verspecht received also the Award for the Best Thesis Presentation, and the active participation of Jael Pauwels was awarded with a special mention as most active student during Q&A sessions.