By Dr. Terrill Frantz, Harrisburg University

The Quantum Technology Open Master (QTOM) (LINK: https://qtom.qtedu.eu/ ) project provides opportunities for European master’s degree students to assemble their quantum technology education, with support from over 30 top academic institutions across Europe and around the world. QTOM is a pilot project of the EU Quantum Flagship (LINK: https://qt.eu/) that coordinates an expansive portfolio of learning opportunities, remote courses, and research projects for bona fide graduate-level ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit.

The official launch of the project to the public is scheduled for Monday December 6, 2021, at 16:00 CET / 10:00 US/Eastern.  All interested parties are invited to attend.  Visit https://qtom.qtedu.eu/launch-event/ for online event details and registration link.

QTOM aims at providing means for students of master’s programs across Europe to study diverse and important areas of quantum technology, as well as gaining valuable research experience from experts in their fields.  Engagement in the program is open to students, staff and faculty. Offerings present students with exceptional flexibility including access to shared lecture courses, workshops and events, and guest lectures offered by the network of institutions. An extensive internship program will also begin from January 2022, allowing students both remote and in-person (with funding support) hands-on exposure to cutting-edge quantum technology research.

A unique feature of QTOM is its focus on outcomes for students. Partner institutions have arranged ECTS accreditation for courses and projects undertaken through the program, so students are able to incorporate study and research modules into their own master’s programs, including their thesis projects. Moreover, the pilot project is trialing the use of the European Competence Framework for quantum technologies [LINK:   https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/93ecfd3c-2005-11ec-bd8e-01aa75ed71a1/language-en ], which maps the educational requirements of the quantum workforce of the future.

December 2, 2021