Four ATHENA Alliance universities, Hellenic Mediterranean University, University of Orleans, Vilnius Tech, University of Siegen as the project’s coordinator, and the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, as the project’s fifth partner, collaborated to create an Erasmus Mundus Masters programme EMINENT. The programme will go into effect in October 2024. The first year will be devoted to the preparation of this joint MSc: accreditation, programme planning, and dissemination.
What is the Erasmus Mundus?
Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters are prestigious international master’s degrees that are planned and delivered collaboratively by several European higher education institutions. They involve at least three institutions from at least three different countries, as well as numerous connected partners from the academic and non-academic worlds. They typically comprise periods of study, research, traineeship, thesis preparation, and defence.
After graduating Erasmus Mundus programme students can receive several types of acknowledgement:
- a joint degree (i.e. one single degree certificate issued on behalf of at least two higher education institutions) or
- multiple degrees (i.e. at least two-degree certificates issued by two higher education institutions of the consortium).
What can we expect from the EMINENT programme?
Master’s degree “Embedded Intelligence Nanosystems Engineering” (EMINENT) is a joint programme that prepares future talent to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and fully utilise embedded intelligence components and systems. The programme provides advanced training ranging from nanoscale device and material production, including advanced sensor and machine-learning components, through macroscale intelligent systems and IoT networked devices in the areas of information, sensing, and energy.
The EMINENT consortium offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that covers cutting-edge technologies, functional materials for future sensor and embedded data processing devices, energy and sensing applications as critical infrastructure solutions, and AI architectural designs that make internet-of-things devices faster, more efficient, more printable, more wearable, greener, more intelligent, more reliable, and more accessible for the consumer. The MSc focuses on information, energy, and sensing applications, demonstrating how various types of functional materials deposited onto flexible and rigid substrates are used to create new generations of products that harness the capabilities of intelligent sensoric and wireless interconnected technologies in an eco-efficient, dependable, and privacy-protecting manner.
ATHENA’s Secretary General Dr Konstantinos Petridis shared: “With a substantial economic impact, Edge Intelligence is pivotal in addressing Europe’s sustainability and digital sovereignty needs. Perceptive intelligent nanosystems are required at the foundation of future visions to provide the necessary ubiquitous “sensing” and the “sense-making” functions that constitute the interface of digitalised systems with humans and the real world.”