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NDT.net Issue - 2016-10 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2016-10
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

NDT Master Course is looking for ‚Best of the Best’

Dresden International University (DIU)18, Dresden, Germany

The NDT Master Course at Dresden International University (DIU) is coming into its 4th year and applications for the next first semester are still possible until the end of October 2016 due for a start in November 2016.

This course is organised in four semesters and has a strong scientific and hence research focus. In the first semester students are taught in all the major fundamental disciplines such as metallic and polymer materials, measurement techniques, mechanics, signal processing, and quality management. In the second semester major emphasis is on the different NDT techniques including acoustics, optics, electromagnetism, radiology and microscopy. The third semester is devoted to participating in the Basic Course of the German Society for NDT (DGZfP) and a research placement in a reputable research centre such as the affiliations of the different lecturers including BAM in Berlin, Fraunhofer or different universities with a specific dedication to NDT. Even links with industrial companies have been recently established. During the fourth and final semester students do perform their master thesis, most likely with the institutions they already performed their research placement with. The course is fully taught in English with modules run consecutively as a block. Location of teaching is mainly in Dresden/Germany with the DGZfP Basic Course taking place in Berlin/Germany. Further details regarding the course can be found on http://www.di-uni.de/index.php?id=507 .

Interest in that course has been continuously increasing with applicants coming from countries such as Cameroon, China, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea or Zimbabwe but also from Europe and others, to just name a few. For many of those applicants tuition fees combined with living cost in Germany represent a fortune, despite all the enthusiasm they have developed and bring in with regard to the NDT discipline. DIU has therefore been recently looking into new funding schemes on how to support those students. One of the schemes currently explored is called the Inverted Generation Contract. In that case a student considered to excel in NDT obtains a loan from a foundation, which the student only needs to pay back at 10 % of his/her annual salary once he/she earns a salary above a certain amount (in Germany currently around 30.000 Euro per year). This should allow ‘best of the best’ students to be recruited independent of their financial background. Companies and other organisations seeking for best in class NDT graduates are therefore encouraged to select their future NDT graduates through that track and course possibly by donating the supporting funds into such a foundation and hiring a pre-selected student after his/her graduation. An alternative can be for a company in using the supported student to disseminate one’s NDT technology and products in the student’s home country. At least it will be most likely that the sponsor’s name will be well remembered and disseminated by the student for the foreseeable future. Further details regarding that scheme can be obtained through DIU.

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