The Ministry of the Economy signs an agreement to support teaching and research in HPC/HPDA/AI

The Ministry of the Economy signs an agreement to support teaching and research in HPC/HPDA/AI

image: (from left to right) Jean-Marc Schlenker, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine; Claude Meisch, Minister of Higher Education and Research; Professor Stéphane Pallage, rector of the University of Luxembourg; Franz Fayot, Minister of the Economy; Pascal Bouvry, Head of the new Master’s program at the University
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The University plans to launch a 120 ECTS master’s degree within the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine, and is committed to further developing the national HPC competence center (EuroCC) and attracting researchers from world class. Subject to approval by the University’s governing bodies, the planned new Master’s will be integrated into the first pilot HPC Master’s set up at European level by a consortium of universities coordinated by the University of Luxembourg.

During a press conference on September 23, 2022, the details of the European Master in High Performance Computing, Big Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence were presented in the presence of the Minister of Economy, Franz Fayot, the Minister of Education Superior and Research, Claude Meisch, as well as the Rector of the University, Stéphane Pallage, the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Techniques and Medicine, Pr Jean-Marc Schlenker, and the director of the new Master within the University, Pr Pascal Bouvry.

The planned Master aims to meet the needs of Luxembourg in its digital transformation and to enable close collaboration with local industrial players to develop economic and scientific activity linked to the data economy.

The planned Master in HPC/HPDA/AI will be part of the EUMaster4HPC consortium, led by the University of Luxembourg and composed of 60 universities (including eight doctoral universities), research centers, supercomputers, industrial and SME partners, and other contributing partners. It supports the development of HPC skills, education and fundamental training for European science and industry. The first courses of this pilot European Master’s are offered from September 2022 in several of the consortium’s universities. The first courses of the new Master planned at the University of Luxembourg will be offered from September 2023.

Franz Fayot, Minister of Economy, said: “High performance computing is a key technology to meet today’s major challenges such as climate change, energy efficiency, personalized medicine and digital transformation in industry. The training of employees and experts in dedicated skills has therefore become a priority, which is why the Ministry of the Economy has directly decided to support the establishment of this European Master’s degree in high performance computing, massive data analysis and artificial intelligence.

Claude Meisch, Minister of Higher Education and Research, underlined: “Skills are at least as important as technologies. And with this new training, the University of Luxembourg is making a significant and timely contribution to filling the skills gap in the field of HPC. An approach which consists of covering the entire chain of innovation, from education and basic research to applied research, and ultimately resulting in practical and economic uses, is in my view essential if we want all players, including and especially SMEs and start-ups, get on board 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 essential part of it,” said Professor Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg. “The University thanks the Ministry of Economy for its support in the realization of this ambitious program. Through this Master, and with the support of the EUMaster4HPC consortium, we will be able to contribute to attracting and retaining the best talents in Luxembourg.”

“Training students from the start of the next academic year to design, deploy and harness the current and future power of HPC will help develop a new generation of experts and tightly engage industry and academia,” said Professor Jens Kreisel, Vice-Rector for Research.

Press release from the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the University of Luxembourg

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