The LiS (Leiden instrumentmakers School; established by professor Kamerlingh Onnes in 1901) has received a national grant of € 1.9M from minister Jet Bussemaker to further expand its professional services especially for the life sciences and health sector and to stimulate substantial future growth in the number of students. This grant indicates the national recognition by industry and science community that LiS precision technology graduates offer added value in the process of designing, prototyping and realization of high-tech precision systems and instruments. There is increasing demand for skilled technical specialists who are able to bridge the gap between innovative ideas and their realisation in the form of functional systems with high accuracy of shape and dimension, or quick and accurate positioning.
The subsidy of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is complemented by contributions from more than 10 partners from industry and science to strengthen the LiS in the coming years. The partners will invest in education and innovative engineering projects with a focus relevant for the Medical Delta consortium: life sciences and medical technology. Partners are Oldelft Ultrasound, Hittech Multin, DEMCON, Medtronic, TNO, TU Delft, LUMC, Erasmus MC, UMC Utrecht, VUMc, Maastricht University, Brains Unlimited, Leiden Biosciencepark, Medical Delta, Brainport Industries and the LiS.
One of the missions of the LiS and partners is to offer professional courses for technicians and engineers. So-called LiS Academy courses will focus on designing and building precision technology systems. Special attention will be on developing and making of medical precision systems. The education portfolio will cover multiple levels of the European Qualification Framework: level 4 (vocational level), level 5 (associate degree level), and level 6 (bachelor of engineering level).