The University plans to launch a new 120 ECTS master’s program within the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine and is committed to continuing the development of the National HPC Competence Center (EuroCC) and attracting researchers to it. Once approved by the university’s authorities, this new master will be integrated into the first HPC pilot master established at European level by a consortium of universities coordinated by the University of Luxembourg.
During the press conference held on September 23, 2022, with the participation of the Minister of Economy, Frans Fayot, the modalities of the European master’s degree in high-performance computing, big data analysis and artificial intelligence were presented. Minister of Higher Education and Research Claude Meisch, as well as Rector of the University of Luxembourg Stefan Pallage, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine Prof. Jean-Marc Schlenker and the head of the new master’s degree within the University Prof. Pascal Bouvry.
The planned master aims to meet the needs of Luxembourg in its digital transformation and to ensure close cooperation with local industry players to develop economic and scientific activity related to the information economy.
The planned master’s degree in HPC/HPDA/AI will be part of the EUMaster4HPC consortium led by the University of Luxembourg and comprising 60 universities (including eight degree-granting universities), research centers, supercomputers, industrial partners and SMEs. as well as other contributing partners. It will support the development of key HPC skills, education and training for European science and industry. The first courses of the European pilot master are offered in some universities of the consortium from September 2022. The first courses of the master’s degree planned at the University of Luxembourg will be offered from September 2023.
Economy Minister Frans Fayot said: “High-performance computing is a key technology for solving modern challenges such as climate change, energy efficiency, personalized medicine and digital transformation, so training workers and specialists with special skills has become a priority. The Ministry of Economy has decided to directly support the creation of this European master’s degree in high performance computing, big data analysis and artificial intelligence.
Higher Education and Research Minister Claude Meisch emphasized: “Skills are at least as important as technologies. And with this new course, the University of Luxembourg is making an important and timely contribution to filling the skills gap, skills gap, available in the HPC domain. An approach that covers the entire chain of innovation, from education and fundamental research to applied research and finally to practical and economic uses, is what I think we want all stakeholders to be able to do, especially SMEs and start-ups. enter HPC in the medium term.”
“Supporting the country’s digital transformation is one of the pillars of the University’s strategic framework, and high-performance computing is an important part of it,” said Professor Stefan Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg. “The University is grateful to the Ministry of Economy for its support in the implementation of this ambitious program. Through this master’s degree and with the support of the EUMaster4HPC consortium, we will be able to contribute to the attraction and retention of the best talents in the world. Luxembourg.”
“From the beginning of the next academic year, training students to design, implement and harness the current and future power of supercomputing will enable us to train a new generation of experts and bring industry and the academic community closer together,” said Professor Jens. Kreisel, vice-rector for scientific affairs.
Information provided by the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the University of Luxembourg.