The School

The Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) provides and coordinates the graduate studies in optics and photonics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, promoting their academic careers and providing job experience in the photonics industry. The School's interdisciplinary education programs are embedded within the framework of a cross-fertilizing research environment inherent to the Abbe Center of Photonics. Offered graduate degrees are our distinguished Master's degree programs (M.Sc. Photonics and M.Sc. Physics with focus on photonics) and a broad-based doctoral program in optics and photonics. All ASP-modules in optics and photonics are open for all M.Sc. students enrolled in the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy.

The School's concept and philosophy has as a main goal the establishment of one of the world's leading educational centers in optics and photonics in Jena, Germany. ASP was shaped by the tradition and broad teaching and research activity spectrum in the field of light sciences at our University. The School offers outstanding degree qualification opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of optics and photonics. The School's qualification strategy is completely research-oriented and based on the principles of academic freedom, competitive research conditions and internationalization at all levels of education and research.

The School recognizes its responsibility that many of its graduates will continue a career in research-intensive companies. ASP's training programs therefore aim to promote and optimally link the academic career phases of young scientists with job experience in research-intensive companies. All of our competitive career development measures are therefore designed to lay the foundation for successful careers both in academia and industry.

ASP was founded in 2008 in public private partnership by the German federal and Thuringian state goverments, the University of Jena and the German photonics industry. Since then, these partners together with the European Union have provided basic funding necessary to support the School's financial needs. A key factor of the program is ASP's close collaboration with industrial partners. To sustain our partners' exceptional economic development in the future, the availability of a substantial number of highly qualified employees will be required. ASP graduates are those potential candidates, well-prepared for the German photonics industry.