The Elite Master of Science Program in Neuroengineering (MSNE) will be supported by the Elite Network of Bavaria for another five years (2021-2026). The MSNE program has been offered at TUM since the winter semester 2016/17 and is unique in its kind in Germany. Since its foundation, it has been one of the Elite Graduate Programs of the Elite Network of Bavaria.
Now, the Master Program in Neuroengineering has once again been able to convince an international commission of experts and will be supported for another funding period within the Elite Network of Bavaria. Above all, the expert commission emphasized the forward-looking content of the study program as well as the outstanding quality of teaching and the interdisciplinary network. Students benefit from a very good supervision ratio and learn to work on scientific issues independently and to develop their problem-solving skills. The high proportion of international students characterizes the study program. The growing number of female students was emphasized.
The program directors of Neuroengineering (MSNE), Prof. Gordon Cheng, Chair of Cognitive Systems, and Prof. Jakob Macke, Professorship Computational Neuroengineering, are pleased about the further support, "We are pleased with the decision of the Elite Network of Bavaria and thank them for their great support. We are very pleased to continue to train new generations of talented neuroengineers for the future so that they can make a better contribution to society."
The MSNE Master program is interdisciplinary and combines experimental and theoretical neuroscience with a solid education in engineering. Bachelor graduates from psychology, medicine, biology, and engineering jointly research information processing in biological systems in order to transfer findings from the neurosciences into real technical applications. The aim is to advance technologies for medical technology (e.g. prostheses) or intelligent technical systems (e.g. neuro-computing) that are highly relevant to society.
For instance, Aleksandar Levic, MSNE student in his third semester, is currently working on a system with his peers, which their quadriplegic team member will use to control a game avatar through brain signals. Aleksandar values the significance of the project, “The possibility of working on some of the most recent scientific problems and gaining relevant engineering skills, while also being wholeheartedly supported by PhD students and Professors, really makes you feel like you will be prepared for any career option you choose afterwards."
Prof. Steinbach, dean of studies of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, concludes, “The Elite Master Program in Neuroengineering is a valuable and innovative addition to the range of courses offered at TUM. Students benefit from excellent lecturers, an exemplary staff-student ratio and a global network.”
The Elite Network of Bavaria is an initiative of the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences and Arts. One of its five program lines is dedicated to promote Elite Graduate Programs in all scientific fields. Elite study programs are characterized by excellent teaching, interdisciplinarity and internationality and prepare students for a responsible position in science and industry.