Employability is a major focus in this master programme and networking becomes increasingly important. Next to internships that connect students with industry, different events give students the chance to mingle with co-students, professors and alumni and become part of the photonics community.
Photonics Student Chapter
Careers and employability
Technological and scientific changes originated from light appear in our daily life, at a faster pace then ever.
Innovations in the field of self-driving cars, the transformation from WiFi to LiFi with optical fibers, or free-form solar panels that support green energy. Smart cities will further develop as networks of sensors that light up the roads in a sustainable way. Think of solutions such as the creation of implantable lenses that solve age blindness, in anywhere anytime cancer detection, in 3D creation and printing of organs to reduce experiments with animals.
Photonics Engineers are likely to take place in the driver seat of upcoming advanced innovations within medical and biomedical domains, telecom, sustainable energy or Industry 4.0:
”The European MSc. in Photonics offers the students exposure to cutting-edge research and top-level infrastructure in leading European academic institutes, providing knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing a career in academia as well as in industry.
Most importantly, the mobility tracks of the program sets an excellent ground for professional networking and cultural education which combined can make you stand out from the -competitive- crowd. Intensive, demanding but I would recommend it any time!”
PhD student St Andrews University (UK)
International research groups
The research groups at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and UGent encompass relevant fundamental and applied research, offering profound research possibilities in the wide field of photonics.
We immerse students in photonics with hands-on training sessions in state-of-the-art research laboratories, at the campus or at the VUB Photonics Innovation Center. The labs house valuable high-tech equipment and a clean room with a unique technology supply chain from fundamental, applied and industrial research up to prototyping for mass volume. The center serves as an access hub for several national and international research groups and companies who can develop ready-to-market solutions.
A glimpse to a selection of research topics:
The internationally recognized research groups at VUB and UGent have a primary focus on photonics. Their combined efforts have lead to a dedicated ‘center of excellence’ in photonics.
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