SMARTNET EMJMD is a two-year (120 ECTS) joint master degree program with the mission to provide unique training opportunities to a cohort of talented young engineers and scientist in the inter-disciplinary fields of photonic and 5G wireless technologies for data communication, sensing and big data processing. This will be accomplished by bringing together three universities with distinctive and complementary academic qualities and strong educational and research traditions, namely:
- Aston University (Birmingham, UK), Aston, Coordinator (key strengths and expertise: wireless and optical communications network systems, optical sensing, industrial applications)
- Université Paris-Saclay (France), UPSaclay, through its member institution Télécom SudParis (Évry, France), TSP and Télécom ParisTech, TPT (key strengths and expertise: physical layer of telecom and sensing networks, electromagnetics, nano-photonics, antenns design, microwave technology)
- University of Athens (Athens, Greece, UoA) (key strengths and expertise: digital signal processing, machine learning, Big data management systems, security of networks),
within a training programme of well-defined mobility paths designed to award multiple degrees depending on the chosen curriculum.
The MSc programme SMARTNET has been designed through intensive consultations with the European industrial stakeholders on the required knowledge and skills of their current and future workforce. The proposed EMJMD has received enthusiastic backing from industry. A focus on the employability of students in the SMARTNET programme is supported by the strong presence of 18 industrial partners, who will contribute enormously to the training experience of the students by bridging the gap between academic knowledge and practical applications and by enhancing their industrial links, employability and entrepreneurial skills. The proposed MSc programmes have already attracted a substantial international interest from HEIs in Armenia, Australia, USA, Belarus, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan (see letters of support). We envisage SMARTNET programme to become a lighthouse that will attract the brightest minds from all over the world and create the next generation of international scientific leaders in the big data, photonic and wireless communication fields, thus enhancing the European knowledge-based economic performance, innovation and competitiveness.