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Why Photonics? Why VUB? 6 reasons to join our master programme and our research group!

Choosing where and what to study is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Many things will influence your final choice: the quality of education, future career prospects, living cost, student life. Before you make your final decision you should answer 2 questions: What is my passion? What are my future ambitions? On this page we will tell you what we are looking for, and if you fit that profile, why VUB Brussels Photonics (B-PHOT) should be at the top of your list.

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Link with the industry

B-PHOT has a great connection with industry leaders thanks to the research and innovation projects. We team up with companies, organisations,... to collaborate on different projects. Thanks to this link, you have direct access for interesting internship opportunities, master thesis subjects and even job offers. We regularly organise events to connect with our partners.

You like a challenge

As a photonics master student, you will be submerged in a tradition of academic excellence and you will be challenged to take your education into your own hands and learn how to work without constant supervision and direction. You are an open-minded but critical thinker, you enjoy problem-solving and your natural curiosity drives you to find a deeper understanding of things. Putting in some hard work does not scare you.

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Creativity is key

Do you know what is the most important asset you will need in your future career? According to recent global studies successfully navigating an increasingly complex world will require, more than management theory, technical background or even vision, a high level of creativity and flexibility. You need to think independently and with a creative mind. You question the status quo by assessing available information, you look for new perspectives and you are not afraid to think out-of-the-box.

Future skills for future engineers

Here at B-PHOT, our approach to teaching and learning means that as a student, you will not only perfect your theoretical and technical skills. You will also be exposed to all the important 21st-century skills: communication and presentation skills, interpersonal skills, business training, real-world work experience through international internships, business networking, etc.

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Thinking must never submit itself

Equality, diversity, inclusiveness, free-thinking: this is what VUB stands for and as a university community we are committed to protecting and promoting these guiding values at all cost. We aim at recognising and eliminating practices and structures that create and sustain inequality and discrimination based on race, gender, religion or culture.

The beating heart of Europe

Brussels is not just the capital of Belgium, it is the political and economic capital of Europe. With its European Union and NATO headquarters, a wide range of international trade and finance organisations and hundreds of multinationals it is one of the most international places in the world. Brussels is, in fact, the ultimate International city with a mosaic of languages and cultures where you will discover a wealth of history and culture, art and architecture, food, music and of course there’s chocolate everywhere! Oh, did we mention yet we are also pretty good at brewing our own beer!? As a VUB student, you’ll be living and studying in the middle of this decision-making epicentre: a head start for launching your career. Ready to get started? We thought so!

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Deadlines and practical information