Multimedia University of Kenya’s (MMU) National Institute for Optics and Lasers (NIOL) will host a Max Planck Partner Research Group in collaboration with Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany to support postgraduate research in the field of Optics and Lasers.
The Research Group comes with an annual financial support of Sh2.5 million which will provide research funding and scholarship opportunities to postgraduate students. The NIOL has already launched two post graduate programmes; Master of Science in Applied Optics and Master of Science in Laser Technology for the September 2021 intake.
Prof Geoffrey Rurimo, who is also the MMU NIOL Director, was appointed by the President of the Max Planck society to head the new Partner Research Group.
Prof. Rurimo said the scholarship opportunities will be competitively awarded to students enrolled in the two Masters programmes beginning September 2021.
“The scholarship opportunity will be competitively awarded to the first cohort of students, some of which might benefit from possible research visits to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light,” he said.
The establishment of the Research Group is as a result of a successful proposal by Prof. Rurimo and his PhD professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light Prof. Gerd Leuchs submitted to Max Planck society. The submitted proposal was in response to a call by the Max Planck society to former African Scientists who undertook research at a Max Planck Institute in Germany. Prof. Rurimo is an Alumni of Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.
The Partner Research Group will operate alongside the National Institute for Optics and Lasers at MMU.