International Master of Science in Textile Engineering
This programme brings textile education in a multidisciplinary way. The strengths of the most renowned specialists in the domain of textiles in Europe are brought together. This ensures that the demands of an industry continuously striving for technological innovation, creativity and quality are fulfilled.
The International Master of Science in Textile Engineering is a two-year master’s programme in the field of textile engineering. The programme is supported by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree. It was and still is a unique programme offering advanced education in Textile Engineering in which the latest developments in the textile field as well as contemporary teaching methods are incorporated.
The most renowned specialists from all over the world in the multidisciplinary domain of textiles are brought together and contribute to the educational activities. The programme’s objectives are acquisition of advanced knowledge in textile science and engineering, personal development and international networking. Knowledge addresses textile materials, processes and applications. Horizontal learning lines include digital technologies, scientific thinking, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Intensive mobility, multicultural student groups and immersion in local cultures guarantee the development of Intercultural competences. Upon completion of the programme, students are awarded a master degree from the universities where they have spent a semester.
The admission requirements vary. Depending on your preliminary training, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.
The programme of the MSc in Textile Engineering is a full-time two years programme, organised at different locations, lectured in English. The first three semesters are hosted in a different universities (semester 1: Ghent University-Belgium semester 2: rotates between University of West-Attica-Greece, Polytechnic University of Valencia-Spain and University of Haute Alsace-France and in semester 3 students can chose between University of Borås-Sweden and Kyoto Institute of Technology-Japan). The fourth and last semester is dedicated to the dissertation at one of the participating universities. Local and visiting professors teach specific knowledge in course modules that usually cover one or two weeks.
Elective courses allow students to take an international internship or summer school or to follow specialist courses at one of the hosting universities. Next to the traditional lecturing methods, active methods are used such as blended learning, case studies, projects, practical work in laboratories etc. To link theory with practice, industry is actively involved.
The master’s dissertation is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master’s degree. The master’s dissertation is an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a promoter or supervisor. The master’s dissertation consists of a literature review part, a theoretical reflection and an original analysis of the topic. Students can chose amongst topics proposed by the participating universities. Supervision is guaranteed by three tutors from three participating universities.
The international degree MSc in Textile Engineering can lead to different careers involving textile knowledge in the broadest sense of the word. Students obtain a thorough understanding of all aspects related to textiles and are hence well-prepared for jobs requiring elaborate knowledge in textiles. Graduates go for a career in academia or industry.
The jobs imply technical functions, R&D functions and (general) management functions mainly in three types of sectors:
- the textile and clothing industry;
- sectors that supply textile companies with raw materials, chemical products and machines;
- end users such as transportation (cars, planes, trains), medical products, furniture and many more.
Employment has an explicit international dimension thanks to the international and global character of the programme itself.
At Ghent University, we strive to educate people who dare to think about the challenges of tomorrow. For that purpose, we provide education that is embedded in six strategic objectives: Think Broadly, Keep Researching, Cultivate Talent, Contribute, Extend Horizons, Opt for Quality.
Ghent University continuously focuses on quality assurance and quality culture. The Ghent University's quality assurance system offers information on each study programme’s unique selling points, and on its strengths and weaknesses with regard to quality assurance.
Ghent University's Education Objectives
Unique Selling Points
- Top quality education: The European Textile Engeneering Advanced master (E-TEAM) is the joint master programme of AUTEX, the world network of textile universities. By putting together our best professors we can offer top quality education in textile engineering.
- Internationalisation: E-TEAM is based on a unique level of mobility of students and lecturers. All students spend 3 or 4 semesters at different AUTEX members. Every week an experienced AUTEX professor teaches in his or her field of expertise.
- Advanced knowledge: E-TEAM offers 3 thematic semesters (textile materials, textile processes and textile applications). Elective courses and a master thesis (4th semester, at one of the AUTEX member universities) offer students the chance to expand upon personal interests or to take advantage of specific expertise of the hosting universities. Students get to know the research and facilities of the hosting universities.
- Cross-cultural experience: E-TEAM targets developing talents of students as well as lecturers, both local and international. The intensive mobility level contributes to the development of personal skills such as social interaction, entrepreneurial behaviour, language and networking.
- Stakeholder involvement: E-TEAM addresses all stakeholders, from students to industry and their networks, from local to international. Industry participation includes attending lectures, providing company visits, real life cases and internships. Local stakeholders (students, staff and industry) offer specific expertise and culture. We want students to build an international network of academia, industry and other students.
- Focus on quality: the vision of the European Textile Engeneering Advanced master (E-TEAM) is to offer the best academic education in textile engineering to the best students in an international context through AUTEX . The international programme board involves all stakeholders, including industry and students. The overall coordinator supported by local coordinators follows up smooth deployment of the semesters.
- Interaction: we ensure proper guidance and intensive interaction among students. We want our students to not only acquire knowledge, but also to develop as responsible professionals and citizens.
- Top teaching team: we select experienced and enthusiast lecturers.They use traditional lecturing methods as well as active methods such as blended learning, case studies, projects, practical work and so on.
- Accreditation: the programme achieved accreditation in several European countries and this is still expanding.
- Industry involvement ensures employability of our graduates.
- Background of students: the background of incoming students is quite diverse in many aspects.Therefore we want to expand our e-learning materials for textile introduction, self-evaluation and self-remediation, especially for students from industry.
- Interaction with industry: although the interaction with industry is growing, we want to involve them more intensively in all aspects of teaching.
- Accreditation: E-TEAM has acquired accreditation in several European countries. We aim at European accreditation in order to officialise recognition of the degree of Master in Engineering in all participating countries.
This study programme is accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (in Dutch: NVAO).
This information was last updated on 16/02/2023.
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