On 15 November 2012, a total of 31 students were awarded their diploma supplement for the Euromaster programme, "Measurement Science in Chemistry".
A recent alumni survey revealed that over 90% of programme's graduates went on to find a job. Employers confirmed that the Euromaster programme provides the job applicants with exactly the right skills and training that they seek in the area of quality assurance of analytical measurements.
If the testimonies of today's crop of graduates are anything to go by, class of 2012 can be confident that they too have the right skills for the job – which is a welcome piece of good news during the current economic difficulties.
One graduate, Daniel Silveira, from the University of Lisbon, explained: "Even before I finished my thesis, an opportunity came up to work at a laboratory performing chemical and microbiological quality control of food and water. The Director of the laboratory said that my knowledge about validation and quality were decisive factors in my selection. Now, I am responsible for the analysis of pesticides and contaminants in food and water."
Fellow-graduate, Georgi Hristov, from the South-West University Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria, had a similar story: "I got a lot of useful knowledge in the field of chemical measurements and measurement uncertainty. Now I am employed as an expert in analytical activities in the R&D department of a large pharmaceutical company."
The Euromaster programme, "Measurement Science in Chemistry", is offered by a consortium of nine European universities. It provides advanced training to students pursuing a career in analytical sciences. The programme is tailored to meet the needs of employers, and the graduates are primed to apply their knowledge on the job and deliver real benefits for their employer.
Georgi Hristov explained: "My boss gave me a task to optimise one method for determining active substances in tablets. I calculated the uncertainty budget and the measurement uncertainty; I found the biggest sources of error, implemented some changes and reduced the measurement uncertainty by a factor of two. By boss was so impressed with what could be done with some "simple calculations", that he invited me to make a presentation to colleagues from different factories of the company".
The students' graduation ceremony took place at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre JRC) in Geel, Belgium. The JRC was instrumental in bringing together the consortium of universities. The content of the Euromaster "Measurement Science in Chemistry" was developed from the JRC's own training programme, TrainMiC®, which aims at a harmonised interpretation of the measurement requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 – the main standard for chemical and bio-analytical testing laboratories.
Further information: 1) "Measurement Science in Chemistry" Euromaster: www.msc-euromaster.eu
2) JRC's TrainMiC®, programme: www.trainmic.org
3) Youth on the Move: A Europe 2020 Initiative: http://europa.eu/youthonthemove
4) Agenda for new skills and jobs: http://ec.europa.eu/education/focus/agenda-for-new-skills-and-jobs_en.htm