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Launching partnership in optics and photonics education between University of Rochester and Moscow Engineering Physics Institute NRNU MEPhI
Author(s): Svetlana G. Lukishova; Irina N. Zavestovskaya; Xi-Cheng Zhang; Yury A. Aleshchenko; Vitaly I. Konov

Paper Abstract

A collaboration in education between the oldest and one of the most comprehensive Optics schools in U.S., the Institute of Optics (IO), University of Rochester (UR), and one of the most recognized Russian university, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) was started in 2015 by signing an agreement on a double-Master's degree program in optics. It was based on earlier collaboration between research groups in both universities. In summer of 2016, nine UR Optics undergraduate students participated with MEPhI students at the International School on Optics and Laser Physics in MEPhI. During five days they were immersed into the world of cutting edge research, technologies and ideas that Russian, European and U.S. scientists offered them. This School also included tours of MEPhI Nanotechnologies and Lasers Centers and Nano-bioengineering Laboratory as well as of scientific laboratories of the leading institutes in optics, photonics and laser physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In December of 2015, one MEPhI Master student visited IO UR for one month for a research project with results presented later at a MEPhI conference. Samples prepared by MEPhI researchers are used in IO students teaching laboratories. One Master student from MEPhI is working now towards the Master's degree at the IO UR. In this paper benefits and pitfalls of a cross-border collaboration are discussed as well as different directions of such a collaboration to provide a high-quality specialization for the students of the 21 century which includes international cooperation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017, 1045226 (16 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2269873
Show Author Affiliations
Svetlana G. Lukishova, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Irina N. Zavestovskaya, National Research Nuclear Univ. MEPhI (Russian Federation)
P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)
Xi-Cheng Zhang, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Yury A. Aleshchenko, National Research Nuclear Univ. MEPhI (Russian Federation)
P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)
Vitaly I. Konov, National Research Nuclear Univ. MEPhI (Russian Federation)
A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10452:
14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
Xu Liu; Xi-Cheng Zhang, Editor(s)

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