The University of Luxembourg: Creating new pathways that prime graduates for success
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The University of Luxembourg: Creating new pathways that prime graduates for success

Innovative degree programmes, a multilingual approach to learning, and a diverse student body — these characterise an education at the University of Luxembourg. Established in 2005, it’s gained a reputation as one of the most well-respected institutions in Europe — and the world. 

This March, over 3,000 students made their way to the university’s Belval Campus for its annual Open Day. As aspiring doctors, lawyers, economists and psychologists, they were impressed by the many opportunities to engage in impactful work at the University — a rare chance not typically offered by most institutions with such liberty. 

Today, the university is taking this to new heights. Led by recently-appointed Rector Professor Jens Kreisel, a PhD holder in materials physics and the author of more than 150 publications, the University of Luxembourg is focusing on creating new pathways for ambitious students. It does so through a combination of in-depth theoretical study and hands-on experiential learning — a winning formula that has helped students carve out their professional journeys with confidence. 

The university offers many postgraduate programmes that achieve these goals. The Master in Investment Funds Law (LLM) explores Luxembourg investment funds law with all aspects of this fast-growing area of law covered. Fusing theory and practice, and with the support of the Arendt and Elvinger Hoss Prussen Chair in Investment Funds Law, the programme prepares students for a career as an investment fund lawyer, a legal officer in a fund industry professional (manager, custodian, distributor), a compliance officer, or even in national, European or international institutions. 

For those who want to play a leading role in the economy of the future, the Interdisciplinary Space Master is an ideal programme. Developed in partnership with the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) and jointly run by the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), it equips students with the skills and knowledge to become highly skilled engineers and innovative entrepreneurs able to create, shape and sustain leading commercial space enterprises.

Just as cutting-edge is the Master of Data Science, which uses a multidisciplinary route to solving complex problems with data in different contexts. Students will train as both mathematicians and computer scientists, gaining a broad spectrum of skills like data mining, data cleaning and processing, data visualisation, statistical modelling, database management, workflow organisation, and more. Through a mix of theoretical and practical courses, projects and workshops, students tackle machine learning and deep learning techniques and their applications to life sciences, medicine and physics as well.

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Students are treated to a dynamic working environment designed for ease of learning. Source: the University of Luxembourg

The two-year Master in High Performance Computing is designed to meet industry demands by training the next generation of HPC experts in Luxembourg and Europe. Taught entirely in English, it grounds students in the fundamentals of mathematical modelling and algorithms, software engineering and high performance computing, among others. 

Opportunities to gain hands-on experience are interwoven throughout the degree. As HPC is a flagship of the Luxembourg economy, students have a natural advantage in entering the country’s labour market. They intern with academic institutes, HPC companies and Supercomputer Centres in Europe — a benefit granted to them out of the university’s strong links with the industry. 

Such opportunities are typical of a University of Luxembourg experience. As the only public university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, it has established firm working connections with organisations across a wide variety of industries. Each has proven expertise in training the University of Luxembourg students to apply their theoretical knowledge in real-life situations — giving them an edge long before they graduate. 

As graduates, they’re set to seize the good career opportunities in the Luxembourg job market and beyond. The Career Centre ensures this through its full roster of activities related to employability. There are personalised advice on applications and career paths, interview simulations, information sessions on job markets, and more — all of which prepare students for  a world of great opportunities when they graduate.  

At the University of Luxembourg, students are driven to constantly learn. Source: the University of Luxembourg

A multilingual approach to learning is at the heart of the University of Luxembourg experience. The institution offers 14 trilingual, 48 bilingual and 23 English-taught degrees, equipping students with the ability to communicate effectively across four teaching languages. All bachelor’s degree students must complete a semester at a higher education institution abroad — another boost to their multilingualism and their future professional success in the world’s most dynamic cities. 

Having the personal touch of a small university not only brings everyone closer and aids the learning of new languages — but also leads to many other advantages too. There are more regular training sessions that are focused and more chances to truly connect with talent from all over the world. Classes are kept small as well, easing supervision and follow-up. Pair this with multiple well-being and mental health support services, state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment, and students have an optimal learning environment to thrive.

A University of Luxembourg experience is highly coveted by many as a result. Today, it welcomes more than 6,000 students from 130 different nationalities, each with their own history, background and aspirations. It’s not unusual to hear various languages being spoken on campus, with each student sharing their own culture and customs. The result? A multicultural environment in which anyone and everyone can keep learning from each other. 

All of this has earned the university recognition across a range of factors. It’s been ranked 25th among the top Young Universities and fourth worldwide for its international outlook by Times Higher Education. Recruiters from top companies know a Luxembourg graduate’s potential, a giving them a great start that pushes them to craft illustrious careers.

It’s clear, then, that students leave the University of Luxembourg with more than just a degree — they depart with a range of experiences that help them foster change and advancement in their respective industries. It’s a choice that sets success in motion long before they take their first steps into the wider world. 

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