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Signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding on 6 Spetember 2018 in Delft. From left to right: Prof. Michael Totzek (Carl Zeiss AG), Prof. Andreas Tünnermann (Fraunhofer IOF), Prof. Herbert Gross (ASP, Uni Jena), Bodo Ramelow (Prime Minister of Thuringia), Prof. Tim van der Hagen (President of the TU Delft), Dr. Maarten Voncken (ASML), and Prof. Jos Keurentjes (TNO).

What was agreed during the visit of the Dutch royal couple over a year ago in Jena is taking shape: The Abbe School of Photonics of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and the Technical University of Delft are setting up a joint training program for excellent junior researchers. Today, representatives of the research institutes signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the TU Delft, which substantiates the cooperation agreed one year ago. The signing took place in the presence of the Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow, who is visiting the Netherlands from 5 to 7 September. The co-signatories also include the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics (IOF), the Dutch Organization for Applied Sciences (TNO) and two industry partners: Carl Zeiss AG and the Dutch ASML BV.

On the one hand, a cooperative Master's degree program in photonics in the field of modern imaging and quantum technologies is currently being prepared, complementing the curricula of both universities in this field. However, already now, in winter term 2018/19, the first students may start their binational photonics studies, one year in Jena and one year in Delft, or vice versa. On the other hand, the two universities are establishing a binational graduate program, which also leads the doctoral candidates to both research locations.

"Both Delft and Jena are considered to be excellent research locations in photonics and have already made a name for themselves in education in this area," emphasizes ACP principal scientist Prof. Herbert Gross. The chair of the Theory of Optical Systems has signed the memorandum for the FSU. "Both locations complement each other almost perfectly in terms of their research competencies, which will also benefit students and doctoral students", Gross continues.

Both universities want to work closely with the industrial partners, who in turn contribute their expertise to the curricula. Prof. Michael Totzeck from ZEISS justifies the commitment to this partnership: "The new degree program is another building block in ZEISS 'cooperation with universities in various fields of optics and optical technologies." Our commitment to this masterpiece aims to provide highly qualified professionals with the necessary connections from teaching and industry across borders to international locations." In the future, the program will also be open to other business partners from the Netherlands and Germany.

Students currentlly enrolled in the MSc Photonics course at ASP and interested in this new exchange program with the Netherlands should contact .

>> link to the press release issued by the Friedrich Schiller University

>> link to the press release issued by Fraunhofer IOF

>> link to the press release issued by the Thuringian State Chancellery

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