Tyndall was the national coordinator for two inter-institutional graduate education programmes; the International Centre for Graduate Education in Micro and Nano‐Engineering (ICGEE) and the Integrated NanoScience Platform for Ireland (INSPIRE).
Both programmes offered students a structured doctoral education which is primarily research based but also encompasses flexible taught courses in technical and transferrable skills, delivered across institutions. A joint curriculum has been devised based on the strengths of the partner institutions and pools the combined scientific and pedagogical expertise of each contributor into a single offering. The module offering covers postgraduate courses in technical or discipline-specific topics such as micro- and nano-electronics, nanoscience, photonics and bioscience. The joint curriculum also recognizes that today’s engineering and science postgraduates need a wide range of skills in order to build successful careers in academia, research or industry. In so doing, the curriculum includes transferable skills such as communication & presentation skills and business related courses in innovation, commercialization & entrepreneurship.