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Some things have already been written and talked about, but now on 12.12.18 the final contract was signed for three Max Planck Schools - Jena will be the home of a new photonics excellence network.
Of course, it is no secret that rapid and innovative technological development delivers important international market shares - and that this can only be won with young, talented people. Since the competition for these bright minds is already internationalized, such BMBF-funded international graduate schools are needed.
Numerous universities under the umbrella of the German Rectors' Conference, the Max Planck and the Fraunhofer Society as well as the Leibniz and Helmholtz Associations are cooperating closely in this pilot project. "With this joint initiative, we want to enter into direct competition with universities such as Oxford and Harvard," said Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society, at the signing ceremony.
The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) is now coordinated from Jena, which on the one hand underlines the current position of the R&D location in Germany and at the same time shapes its future role: "This has created a national network of excellence in education and research in the field of photonics," said Prof. Andreas Tünnermann in Berlin. Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, added: "With the bundling of our competencies and the interaction of basic and application-oriented research at the Max Planck School of Photonics, we are making a joint contribution to sustainably strengthening and expanding photonics research in Germany. This will also benefits other technology sectors and industries such as information technology, industrial production and aerospace, whose progress depends on developments in photonics".
In Germany, the total production of the photonics industry recently amounted to around 31 billion euros, making it one of the world's leading locations for photonics research. With the Max Planck School of Photonics, this position is to be further secured and expanded.
Not only the excellent study opportunities within and outside Germany are attractive for the applicants, but also the solid financing that allows them to concentrate entirely on their education. A first application phase ended on December 15, 2018 - a second phase is expected to start in January, so that the first students can begin their studies in September 2019.

Further information >>> Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) and Fraunhofer IOF

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Above the rooftops of Berlin: The participants signing the contract for the new Max Planck Schools. © MPG/ D. Ausserhofer
News from: 13.12.2018 12:40
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