Nanoscience experts from Israel, France, Italy and Bulgaria are in the process of preparing and filming online courses for “EduNano” – an international initiative established by the European Union under its TEMPUS framework.
The goal of EduNano is to promote nanotechnology excellence via distance-learning opportunities that will benefit everyone from high schoolers and their teachers, university and graduate students, academic researchers, technicians and industry professionals. Conceived as a framework for interuniversity cooperation, the EduNano consortium includes six Israeli institutions – Bar-Ilan University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, the Technion, and the Weizmann Institute of Science – as well as Italy’s Politecnico di Torino, the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France and Bulgaria’s University of Sofia which serves as the program’s overall coordinator.
Universities are not the only parties participating in the EduNano initiative. An Israeli electronics firm Elbit Systems is actively involved, as is the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology.
TEMPUS is the European Union’s programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the EU's surrounding area. Tempus promotes institutional cooperation that involves the European Union and Partner Countries and focuses on the reform and modernisation of higher education systems in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region.
A recent EduNano newsletter may be accessed here