UTM and KU Leuven – partners in the H2020 MSCA-ITN consortium

Between November 25-27, prof., dr. Oleg Lupan, head of the Department of Microelectronics and Biomedical Engineering (MIB) of the Faculty of Computers, Informatics and Microelectronics of UTM, visited the University of Leuven in Belgium, where he participated in the international consortium formed within the project “Marie Skłodowska-Curie” Innovative Training Networks” (MSCA-ITN) – “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Research Networks dedicated to training young researchers / PhD students”, Orizont 2020 Program, which UTM is a partner of.

The consortium comprises two companies from the EU specialized in the production of sensors and electronic devices and 10 Universities in Belgium (Brussel and Leuven), Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain, Italy, but also the Technical University of Moldova, the MIB Department, the Center for Nanotechnologies and Nanosensors as equal partners in the Republic of Moldova.

The H2020 project is planned for a period of 3 years and aims to develop cost-effective gas sensors through scientific research done by young people under the guidance of teachers, as well as to educate a young generation with innovative skills and motivation to combine university studies with scientific performance research, starting with the growth of new nanomaterials through various nanotechnological approaches, studying them until developing new real devices based on new nanomaterials and developing their models. Another goal of the project is to attract and encourage new talents involved in university research to stay in their home country by developing innovative training / education schemes through an equal partnership of the UTM with the EU member states, through co-financing. The selected students will benefit from European level scholarships and will have the opportunity to carry out, partially, internships at various EU universities, but also in over 10 top companies in the European Union that are active in the field and have already shown the intention to support the efforts of the students.

In Leuven, prof., dr. Oleg LUPAN visited the best performing scientific research laboratories, including Leuven NanoCentre, where students from all 3 university degree levels test and apply their knowledge by solving different real problems of the country’s economy / industry, developing new technologies, materials or devices under the guidance of university professors.

At the same time, Prof. Lupan has established new relationships for collaboration and exchange of experience, including for students from all the 3 degree levels within UTM with universities in Belgium and the EU. For example, in the academic year 2017-2018, KU Leuven awarded 853 Doctoral Degrees.

Impressed by the massive presence of young people on the streets of Leuven, our teacher asked the Belgian colleagues what the secret is. The answer was surprising: in the city of Leuven in Belgium, the number of students constitutes about 50% of the total population, and at KU Leuven University there are over 30,000 students from different countries. Founded in 1425 (https://www.kuleuven.be/english/), it is the most innovative university in Europe, entering the TOP 10 worldwide (https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2019/four-years-in-a-row-ku-leuven-once-again-tops-reuters-ranking-of-europes-most-innovative-universities).

UTM was selected by the University of Leuven, Belgium, as an equal partner in the H2020 MSCA-ITN project, based on the results of scientific research, didactic and methodological activity registered by the head of DMIB-FCIM, prof., dr. Oleg LUPAN, and the impressive number of his scientific works, over 175 ISI rated, which have already accumulated over 8000 international citations, based on the Highly Cited Researcher HCR-2018 TOP 0.1% worldwide and the index h which reached the number of 50.