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Space masters to prepare engineers and entrepreneurs for booming sector
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Space masters to prepare engineers and entrepreneurs for booming sector

by HP 15.02.2019 From our online archive
Modules on Luxembourg University's new course will include spacecraft design, space robotics and entrepreneurship
The new programme will start in September Photo: Claude Piscitelli
The new programme will start in September Photo: Claude Piscitelli

A new €8,000 masters in space studies will start at the University of Luxembourg in September in a bid to help meet the country's growing demand for experts in the sector.

The two-year course, taught in English, will prepare students for engineering and IT jobs as well as encourage them to build their own start-ups.

A total of 20 students will be selected on the "elite" course and the university is now finalising lecturer recruitment and building two laboratories – one for robotics and the other for system design.

The master degree – called Interdisciplinary Space Master – is co-established by the university, Luxembourg's Economy Ministry and the Luxembourg Space Agency, as well as private partners.

The government will inject €4 million into the programme over the next three years.

University rector Stéphane Pallage confirmed the course was created in line with the country's focus on the space sector and a growing need to find experts.

Around 800 people currently work in the Grand Duchy's space sector, which represents 2% of the country's GDP.

The university already has a master programme in space, communication and media law. But this will be the first course to offer a scientific and entrepreneurial education within the field.

Modules include spacecraft design, space robotics, space informatics, big data analytics, machine learning as well as guidance, navigation and control for space systems.

Students will also learn about space policy, law and ethics, space business and entrepreneurship.

Economy minister Etienne Schneider said the programme blends in with the government's objective of "becoming Europe's hub for new space activities", with a particular focus on exploration and the use of resources in space.

Course participants – who will pay €2,000 per semester over four semesters – will also undertake a six-month internship and the university is in the process of striking collaboration agreements with companies.

To be selected onto the course, students will need to have scored in the top 20% of their undergraduate programme and speak fluent English.

Tonie Van Dam, vice rector for strategic projects, described the programme as an "elite masters" which will seek to build a reputation of trust with industry experts.


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