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Optolectronic Training Network


Europe has to face strong competitors on cutting-edge technologies like optoelectronic. Needs are consequent and various. The current offer doesn't cover all these needs, in quantity as well as in diversity. This OPTRANET project, gathering industrial, academics and training centres aims at the creation of a sustainable training policy covering all ranges of these key-technologies.
Through a retrospective study about Electronical Engineering, concluded with practical propositions capitalizing on that experience, a monography of current needs and offers, an implementation's phase of proposed curricula for engineers and graduates and a setting-up of a sustainable survey-system to keep a good adequacy between future needs and offer, this project will offer industrials and SME's an effective tool to manage at best their future human resources.
OPTRANET will enlarge the flow of future scientists and engineers by an active promotion of optoelectronic.

In a situation where curricula did not adjust at the required pace and many students are getting attracted out of science and technology, the shortage of skilled workers at the technician and engineer level is known to be a threat to development. In spite of a serious crisis in the last months, the trend of an increased presence of optical technologies remains unchanged and is bound to remain part of the landscape for decades. The level of investment required and the markets make Europe the best scale to plan for unified curricula and a global malysis of the human resources needs. There is no agreement on the definition of a trained opticist, and European countries differ in the way

Work description:
Current situation and new needs will be identified by polling companies, research centres and corporate training centre (WP 2, 3 and 4). These polls will cover the Key topics of optoelectronic. They will be implemented through the different partners in Iena, Oxford, Stockholm, Brussels, Warsaw and Paris The consortium will propose, according to ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), a standard Optoelectronic (OP) curriculum for a student (from past bachelor to post-doctorant) who would like to change institution and training field before preparing a doctoral degree in the field of OP. As new ways of learning offer nowadays strong possibilities for continuous training, they will be studied in a dedicated workshop. WP1 and 5 will enable a retrospective and prospective approach by looking at the maturation of the Electronical Engineering industry 30 years ago and the implementation plan for an observatory dedicated to optics training needs for the next decade. This observatory, based upon the expertise of the different optical business groups in Europe will regularly gather information from the main actors and allow policy-makers a right view of the flows and needs in this field.

Beside these actions:
- better view of the produced skills and better visibility of the flow required;
- another action aims at increasing these flows By hand-on experiments and other tested schemes, the consortium will carry through an exchange of experience towards pupils and teachers in secondary school to develop their interest in these technologies (Wp6) About optoelectronic training, Europe has to face strong competitors that attract students outside the European territory.

What is required is an active communication policy. By presenting papers in worldwide conference, by publishing quarterly handbooks, by the realisation of a consequent and interactive website, the consortium will highlight the competencies of Europe in these technologies (WP7).

One Study about Electronic Engineering / 300 polls (two third from companies, one third from training centre public and private) / Recommendations about an opticist curricula 400 days-courses, for 40 companies to implement the above recommendations A business plan for a sustainable organisation in charge of strategy for future training policies Transfer in 3 environments of 2 schemes for making pupils aware with Optoelectronics 3 participation in worldwide conference - 4 quartely handbooks.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures


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Participants (4)

Isafjordsgatan 22
164 40 Stockholm-kista
Carl-zeiss-promenade 10
07745 Jena
United Kingdom
Mill Street
OX2 0JX Oxford
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00-927 Warszawa