The partner universities
The programme is offered by a consortium consisting of three universities: KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Aalto University in Finland and Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Portugal. Explore more about the universities below.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (coordinator)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is the largest, oldest and most internationally diverse technical university in Sweden. It is ranked as one of the leading technical universities in Europe, thanks to its reputation for pioneering research, engineering genius and science on the cutting edge. KTH’s schools offer a wide variety of courses in engineering and architecture, including a large number of courses and Master’s programmes in English.
KTH is primarily a research university, thus the courses always include the latest developments within any given field.
Today, the university houses 17 000 students and each year KTH welcomes some 3 500 international students. Approximately 100 countries are represented. KTH cooperates with leading technical universities worldwide, in terms of student exchange and research projects. KTH has extensive international research and educational exchange programmes with leading universities worldwide.
The beautiful main campus is located in central Stockholm, within walking distance of almost everything the city has to offer. The School of Information and Communication Technology is located in Kista north of Stockholm, while the School of Technology and Health is located in Haninge, Flemingsberg and Södertälje, south of Stockholm. In Kista, KTH collaborates with Stockholm University within the framework of the IT University – Sweden’s largest resource in information technology.
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Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Portugal
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) was founded in 1911 and is the largest and one of the most reputed schools of engineering in Portugal with a long tradition in education and excellence in research, innovation and dissemination activities. The mission of IST reflects the three activities that define the XXI Century University: Advanced training, R&D and a close link to society. Postgraduate training activities have over 1500 students distributed among 28 doctoral areas. IST is especially committed to generate knowledge, as well as to deliver highly qualified professionals in the areas of Science, Engineering and Technology to the public and private sectors, strengthening the National and European development effort.
As part of its strategic policy, IST is actively involved in several networks and international programmes to promote students mobility, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as partnerships for participating in cooperation research and training activities. IST has established strong links, which are evident in 18 agreements for joint/double diplomas at master and Ph.D levels. IST is involved in MIT-Portugal Program, which awards “in-collaboration” master and Ph.D degrees in 6 scientific areas. In 2008/2009 65 students were awarded with training actions within the programme.
Several master dual degrees are well established between IST and the Cluster partners. A major result of cooperation within CLUSTER is a set of common policy statements, in particular the convention on mutual recognition of titles stating that students from other CLUSTER institutions will be admitted like local students to master and PhD programmes.
Aalto University, Finland
Aalto University is the largest and the premier research university of technology in Finland. Aalto University is divided into six schools and employs altogether 4700 people, including over 300 professors. The university has 17000 undergraduate students, and awards yearly 2200 Masters´ degrees and 180 doctorates.
Aalto University School of Science has a strong focus on high impact research. The school is home to seven Centres of Excellence in Research selected by the Academy of Finland and in a recent review of research, had 9 of the top 18 departments in Aalto University including the top 5. The school is renowned as a strong research unit with the following qualities as corner stones for the strategic development of its research activities: courage and open-mindedness, relentless ambition as well as focus on strengths and far-sightedness. Over 2500 graduate and 1000 postgraduate students study in nine teaching and research units of the School. The number of international students is close to 500.
The teaching and supervision of students of euSYSBIO at Aalto University School of Science will be carried out by the Department of Information and Computer Science, which currently employs nine professors, 36 other teachers and researchers with doctoral degrees, and about 60 graduate students and other researchers. Advanced education for international students is provided also by the department's three other Master's Programmes in Bioinformatics, Foundations of Advanced Computing and Machine Learning and Data Mining. The department hosts two national Centres of Excellence: the Adaptive Informatics Research Centre and part of the Algorithmic Data Analysis Research Centre. The department also contributes to the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) and the Helsinki node of the EIT ICT Labs.
Aalto is a member of Pascal2 EU network of excellence, and the groups responsible for teaching have strong international and national collaboration networks, including collaboration with the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM, a part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory).
The Aalto University School of Science started its operations on 1 January 2011. It is based on the Faculty of Information and Natural Sciences of the School of Science and Technology (former Helsinki University of Technology). Aalto University is formed by the merger of the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design.
Tsinghua University, China (associated partner)
Tsinghua University joined the euSYSBIO consortium as associated partner in January 2013.
Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Xuetang”. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the University was molded into a polytechnic institute focusing on engineering in the nationwide restructuring of universities and colleges undertaken in 1952. In November 1952, Mr. Jiang Nanxiang became President of the University. He made significant contributions in leading Tsinghua to become the national center for training engineers and scientists with both professional proficiency and personal integrity.
Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has now over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.
The educational philosophy of Tsinghua is to "train students with integrity." Among over 120,000 students who have graduated from Tsinghua since its founding are many outstanding scholars, eminent entrepreneurs and great statesmen remembered and respected by their fellow Chinese citizens.
With the motto of “Self-Discipline and Social Commitment” and the spirit of “Actions Speak Louder than Words”, Tsinghua University is dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and to world development.