Stan Ackermans Institute

The 4TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute offers two-year post-master technological designer programmes. The institute is a joint initiative of the universities of technology in the Netherlands.
4TU Delft
4TU Eindhoven
4TU Twente
4TU Wageningen

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Professional Doctorate in Engineering
Professional Doctorate in Engineering (video)
Professional Doctorate in Engineering (video)
Are you ready for the next step after your Master? Choose one of our technological designer’s programs that lead to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering.
Programmes and tracks
Programmes and tracks
Programmes and tracks
An overview of all technological designer's programmes leading to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering
SAI News
Engineers need to be prepared for industry
Engineers need to be prepared for industry
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences:
‘Prepare engineers for industry’

Last month, the foresight report ‘The PhD system works’ of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was published. The Academy concluded that the Dutch PhD system works, is future-proof and highly qualified, delivering independent minds. However, it is important to better prepare candidates for careers outside academia, and there must be room for other forms of qualification after the master's degree, such as the PDEng.

The report recognises the need for what the PDEng programs of 3TU.SAI have been offering for many years: engineers preparing for work at a high level in industry. Whereas a PhD candidate delves deep into an investigation, a PDEng bends to the application of knowledge to design something new. Unlike PhD candidates, PDEngs are getting prepared for a career outside academia. In the first year of schooling, alongside substantive courses, the training of soft skills gets intensive attention. PDEngs are being prepared for the new and unexpected and learning to break through walls whilst keeping a bird’s eye view. Not only should there be a good technological design, it also should be able to solve the actual problem, be financially viable, have support among users and so on. The second year of the PDEng training consists (mainly) of an individual major design project which is carried out at a company. In addition, the report of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences confirmed that the degree of Professional Doctorate is in place at the PDEng courses, which are classified next to the promotions in the third cycle of the European Qualifications Framework. 
Monday 9 May 2016
Valorisation
Information for industry
Information for industry
More about the cooperation between technological designer's programmes and industry partners and the benefits

Publications

Stan Ackermans Institute

Latest updates

Professional Doctorate in Engineering
Professional Doctorate in Engineering (video)
Professional Doctorate in Engineering (video)
Are you ready for the next step after your Master? Choose one of our technological designer’s programs that lead to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering.
Programmes and tracks
Programmes and tracks
Programmes and tracks
An overview of all technological designer's programmes leading to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering
SAI News
Engineers need to be prepared for industry
Engineers need to be prepared for industry
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences:
‘Prepare engineers for industry’

Last month, the foresight report ‘The PhD system works’ of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was published. The Academy concluded that the Dutch PhD system works, is future-proof and highly qualified, delivering independent minds. However, it is important to better prepare candidates for careers outside academia, and there must be room for other forms of qualification after the master's degree, such as the PDEng.

The report recognises the need for what the PDEng programs of 3TU.SAI have been offering for many years: engineers preparing for work at a high level in industry. Whereas a PhD candidate delves deep into an investigation, a PDEng bends to the application of knowledge to design something new. Unlike PhD candidates, PDEngs are getting prepared for a career outside academia. In the first year of schooling, alongside substantive courses, the training of soft skills gets intensive attention. PDEngs are being prepared for the new and unexpected and learning to break through walls whilst keeping a bird’s eye view. Not only should there be a good technological design, it also should be able to solve the actual problem, be financially viable, have support among users and so on. The second year of the PDEng training consists (mainly) of an individual major design project which is carried out at a company. In addition, the report of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences confirmed that the degree of Professional Doctorate is in place at the PDEng courses, which are classified next to the promotions in the third cycle of the European Qualifications Framework. 
Monday 9 May 2016
Valorisation
Information for industry
Information for industry
More about the cooperation between technological designer's programmes and industry partners and the benefits

Publications