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Uni.lu to develop new HPC, big data and AI master



Stéphane Pallage, rector of the University of Luxembourg was present at the presentation of the new HPC, big data and AI master. Archive photo: Marc Schmit/ Xero / University of Luxembourg

Stéphane Pallage, rector of the University of Luxembourg was present at the presentation of the new HPC, big data and AI master. Archive photo: Marc Schmit/ Xero / University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg has signed an agreement with the economy ministry that will see the creation of a High-Performance Computing, big data analysis and AI master’s degree with a funding of €1.8m.

Details on the new master’s degree, which will be integrated into the first pilot HPC master set up by a consortium of European universities, was presented on 23 September. Economy and education ministers Franz FayotFranz Fayot (LSAP) and Claude MeischClaude Meisch (DP), University of Luxembourg’s rector Stéphane PallageStéphane Pallage, the dean of the science faculty Jean-Marc Schlenker and the director of the new master’s programme Pascal Bouvry were present for the occasion.

Supporting the country's digital transformation is one of the pillars of the University's strategic framework, and high-performance computing is an essential part of it.
Stéphane Pallage

Stéphane PallageRectorUniversity of Luxembourg

The planned project aims to meet Luxembourg’s needs in its digital transformation and to facilitate collaboration with industry actors. The new master will be part of the EUMaster4HPC consortium, led by the University of Luxembourg and composed of 60 higher education institutions. This academic programme will look to provide fundamental training in HPC which Fayot stated, “is a key technology for tackling today's major challenges such as climate change, energy efficiency, personalised medicine and digital transformation in industry.” The first courses of the new master will be offered from September 2023.

"Supporting the country's digital transformation is one of the pillars of the University's strategic framework, and high-performance computing is an essential part of it," stated Pallage in a press release.

Part of a bigger strategy

The consortium of universities behind the HPC master, in which the new one will be integrated, was selected by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. This partnership, established in 2018 by the EU, aims to turn the union into a leader in high-performance computing (HPC) by pooling the resources of its member states. Many universities offer basic computer science and programming languages, but they do not meet the requirements of an education adapted to the rapidly growing HPC ecosystem. The EuroHPC project aims precisely to bridge that gap.