PHOTCAST is a podcast from students, with students, for students. We discuss every aspect of photonics & engineering, studying photonics in Belgium, student life and future job perspectives.

For the fourth episode, PhD researcher and MSPE alumnus Mehdi Arash Feizpour invited current student Aladdin Al Haffar, Erasmus student Maria Josef Lopera Acosta and PhD researcher Alejandro Madrid Sanchez to our photonics library. They discuss the master programme, feeling welcome in Belgium and photonics research in the research group.

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The Master of Science in Photonics Engineering is an English-taught 2-year master programme (120 ECTS) that leads to a joint degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University. We offer students a challenging engineering programme that combines core photonics courses with a wide range of photonics electives and multidisciplinary modules, e.g. Electronics and Information Technology, Physics and Materials, Business Engineering, Modelling, Measurement and Control and Life Sciences. You can study on campus in Brussels or Ghent OR follow the brand-new online track!

This multidisciplinary approach, combined with high-level training in labs and a strong link with industry worldwide, has proven to boost the employment prospects of our graduates to a maximum in innovative industries and research domains such as biotechnology, health care, green energy and environmental monitoring, homeland security, aerospace, ICT and Industry 4.0.

Technical support by Kaat Catteeuw (B-PHOT Brussels Photonics).


00:00 – Welcome to our library!
05:50 – Workload
10:18 – Path to your current position
21:05 – Application process
32:48 – Atmosphere at the research group (work-life balance)
47:22 – Scholarships & financial aspects
53:19 – Belgium: waffles, trains & architecture
1:04:12 – Spare time as a researcher
1:08:07 – What’s next?
1:12:40 – The end


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