The partners that participate in this  Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree are:

PIXNET exploits a significant complementarity of the expertise of the consortium partners and well defined mobility paths that bring practical and specific competence to the perspective students. All partners have strong expertise on optical communication theory and techniques and extensive system and network experimental facilities. Three of them (SSSA, TUE and ASTON) have fabrication also facilities for photonic integrated circuits and networks for device prototyping.

 A consortium asset capable of covering such a value chain in the theoretical design, block design and integration in a miniaturized integrated device (according to different integration technologies) is quite unique in the landscape of the European education system. Overall the consortium expresses a joint competence to face innovation at the system and network level with the capability of direct fabricating photonic integrated circuits and networks.

The Institute for Communication, Information and Perception Technologies (TeCIP) at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna has run since the year 2009 the Erasmus Mundus Master Degree on Photonic Networks Engineering – MAPNET (

MAPNET originally focused on the competence related to the generation, manipulation, transport and detection of signals exploiting photons as a support to convey information, has been extended to specificte chnological areas like that related to Data Centre networking, coherent optical communication systems and PhotonicIntegrated Systems and Networks.

These areas have been especially introduced by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in their teaching/research objectives since they are currently recognized as one of the most significant within ICT and the enabling architectures for the Future Internet for the next ten years. MAPNET course curricula and syllabi have been progressively updated in order to respond to the current market needs and adapted to contribute to this new Erasmus Mundus Master Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and NETworks (PIXNET).

The Aston Master’s program, whose name is Master Degree on Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and Networks – PIXNET too, has been designed in partnership with the UK's leading telecommunications organizations. To ensure its continuing relevance, representatives from a range of major employers, including BT and Ericsson, have gathered together to review, monitor and update the programme.

Acknowledged experts are invited to the University from industry, as visiting lecturers bringing with them the details of the latest developments, issues and research. This Master has been part of the previous homonym Erasmus Mundus initiative and it is supported by a set of the faculties of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT).

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven offers a Master Degree program in Electrical Engineering that trains students for both pursuing a professional career or a doctoral degree in Electronics Engineering. Students of this program undertake innovative research and design, analyse, and realise smart and innovative electrical components and systems, by taking courses in digital systems, micro and nanotechnologies and microelectronics, communication systems, and all the competence brought by professors of the Research institute on Communication Technologies Basic Research and Applications (COBRA) and Research Center for Integrated Nanophotonics.

The Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering of Osaka University offers, within its Master Degree of Engineering, various courses in the area of Photonic and Information Engineering newly established for the Erasmus Mundus program, in which all the classes are offered in English. The division is conducting advanced and creative researches and educations in the areas of electronics for information technologies, ubiquitous network, nanotechnology, systems and control engineering, power and energy engineering, and life science, and is leading the world in these areas. Collaborations with industries and national research institutions as well as international partners are carried out actively, in order to develop cutting edge technologies needed for societies and industries by transferring “technological seeds” born in this division.

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