These inception missions are needed in order to set the conditions for a future international cooperation project between Dutch and French universities in the area of Aerospace. This cooperation is being demanded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by several Dutch players in the Aerospace sector, represented by the Netherlands Aerospace Group.
This Dutch industry alliance in the Aerospace sector wishes for a sustainable cooperation between TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, NLR and possibly other (vocational) education and research institutes on the Dutch side, with French universities.
The aim is not only to guarantee high level education and highly qualified professionals for the aerospace sector, but closer cooperation between TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace and ISAE and ENAC should lead to strategic alliances in the aerospace sector as well. For instance, French graduates with the knowledge of latest developments in the French Aerospace sector, should be able to share knowledge with their Dutch colleagues at TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace, whereas Dutch students could gain interesting working experience in the French industry.
The two identification missions serve as a means to investigate the mutual interest of TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace and ISAE and ENAC to set up an European excellence study and research programme in Aerospace Engineering. There will be a mission to Toulouse, France, and a mission from interested French parties to Delft, Netherlands.
The cooperation programme will be aimed at educating the best MSc students with great innovation and management potential to be the future leaders in European Aerospace Industry
Preferably, the cooperation between TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace and ISAE and ENAC will be laid down in an international Honours track/ European Excellence Programme / Postdoctorat in Engineering (PDEng).
Furthermore, TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace and NLR will investigate the possibilities of an internship program for MSc students and recent graduates from France, an exchange program for Dutch and French employees in the aerospace industry and a joint research programme.
Other relevant parties for K2K cooperation in the field of Aerospace, in addition to ISAE/ENAC:
The Faculty of Aerospace, TU Delft and NLR will simultaneously build ties with the universities and start exploring a cooperation with a selection of French industry partners working in the field of aerospace engineering.
(Targeted) project results
The two missions will serve as a starting point for close cooperation between (at least) TU Delft and NLR on the Dutch side, and ISAE and ENAC on the French side. This cooperation will lead to concrete education and research products, such as an Honours track and/or PDEng, joint research, internship programs and seminars.
The concrete result of the missions will be:
1 - Mutual commitment, expressed by formal letter of intention of at least ENAC, ISEA, TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace and NLR to set up a joint programme in Aerospace education and research, preferably along the lines of the envisaged activities mentioned in the PIB Convenant:
- An European excellence programme in Aerospace Engineering This programme will be aimed at educating the best MSc students with great innovation and management potential to be the future leaders in European Aerospace Industry. Form: Honours track / Post doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) / Advanced Masters. At the same time, through commitment of Airbus, this programme will lead to a more structural and formal relationship between TU Delft and NLR with Airbus. Furthermore, the already existing cooperation within Pegasus will be strengthened through the excellence programme.
- Internship program for recent graduates from France to Netherlands
- Internship program for MSc students, with a minimum of 5 positions
- Exchange program for Dutch and French employees in the aerospace industry, focusing on exchange and stimulating bilateral cooperation
- International seminars on motors and composites to create common ground for bilateral cooperation between ISAE, ENAC and the Dutch knowledge parties, as well as TPRC, Compoworld and industry.
- Joint research
2 - A report with detailed description of the intended cooperation, including a planning of events in the running up for an Honour's track, PDEng and/or other joint education and research activities until December 2015 (end of PIB Agreement Aerospace Strategy France) and beyond.
If sufficiently supported by all relevant parties, this report will be the basis for a follow up commission to TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering to set up the actual long term joint programme in Aerospace education and research.
3 - During the second -incoming- mission, TU Delft will organise a seminar on composites and/or motors.
TU Delft, Technical University of Delft
Two 2-days fact-finding missions to identify the mutual interest of Dutch and French education institutes in order to prepare the set-up of an Honours Track and/or common PDEng and other joint education and research activities.
One outgoing fact-finding mission to Toulouse in November 2013
Expenses of maximum of three people on the Dutch side (travelling costs, DSA, hourly rate) will be budgeted. This includes participation of NLR.
One incoming mission from Toulouse to TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace, at the latest in February 2014. During the incoming visit a seminar on composites and motors is planned where Dutch industry partners have the opportunity to meet with French counterparts and knowledge institutions.
Hourly rate for three people on the Dutch side will be budgeted.
During the second -incoming- mission, TU Delft will organise a seminar on composites and/or motors.