Coordination and support action for Quantum Technology Education
As a part of the Quantum Flagship research and innovation programme funded by the European Commission, the QTEdu collaboration – Coordination and support action for Quantum Technology Education – is bringing together quantum professionals from different walks of quantum education, research, and industry to help define the future of Europe’s quantum workforce as the second quantum revolution unfolds. Together with our partners, we are establishing a European ecosystem of quantum education to prepare the world for the quantum revolution.
QTEdu is one of the Quantum Flagship collaborative projects. Focused on education, it aims to provide a workforce for the European quantum industry and convey the importance of quantum technologies to all European citizens through education and outreach programmes at all levels ranging from schools, through universities, and up to the working environment and general public. To this end, the project includes creating an interdisciplinary quantum education research community and establishing bidirectional communication with existing Quantum Flagship communities.
Another way of bringing people together on this issue is by setting up an open repository of the available educational material, possible collaboration partners, and other enabling resources for projects in quantum education. This also requires an understanding of what it means to be a professional in quantum technology, so in close collaboration with researchers, educators and industry partners from the community, we will formulate a first version of a competence framework for quantum technology, enabling efficient communication about the aims and goals of education programmes.
Finally, the partners in this project will coordinate the creation of five types of Pan-European pilot programmes for quantum education with various European institutions. These pilots will address specific target audiences and competence levels: from secondary school to professionals and experts. Most notable of these pilots will be the Pan-European multidisciplinary Master in Quantum Technology, including an internship in the industry.
The Quantum Flagship is a large-scale research and innovation initiative funded by the European Commission. Executed in collaborcompanyative projects, its aim is to consolidate and expand European scientific leadership and excellence in quantum technology, to kick-start a competitive European industry in quantum technologies, and to make Europe a dynamic and attractive region for innovative research, business and investments in this field. During its planned duration of 10+ years, more than 5000 researchers across all of the participating countries will be involved in the many projects.
- Community building and infrastructure support.
- Kick-start Pan-European pilot programs for school and university students, industry, and the general public.
- Bottom-up construction of a roadmap towards a Pan-European Quantum Workforce
QTEdu in numbers
- Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
- Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
- Aarhus University, Denmark
- Technische Universiteit Delft, QuTech Academy, The Netherlands
300+ QTEdu community members
5 Working Groups:
- WG1: QT educational initiatives for primary and secondary school, and outreach
- WG2: QT educational initiatives in higher education
- WG3: Lifelong learning in QT (quantum workforce training)
- WG4: (Transversal) Educational research
- WG5: (Transversal) Equity and inclusion in QT