Our quantum education program is constructed from several key principles:
Broad, deep and engaging: Our quantum center takes a broad perspective of quantum science and technology, spanning from Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics, to Chemistry, Applied Physics, Engineering and Philosophy. We find the connecting themes of coherence, entanglement and complexity to be shared among these very different approaches to the quantum world. However, we firmly believe that a deep understanding of quantum theory (along with a concurrent introduction to experimental and technological aspects) is necessary in order to accomplish top-notch research. Hence, we provide a full and deep disciplinary set of courses at the undergraduate level in each discipline. This also includes an option for excellent students to conduct undergraduate research in both theory and experiment.
Interdisciplinary: At the level of Masters and PhD education, we believe that along with a strengthening of fundamentals and disciplinary depth, the quantum curriculum must include a convergence of ideas with related fields. Thus, we are fostering a set of specialized MSc. programs in quantum science and technology that provide a broad interdisciplinary component vital for the 21st century education of a quantum scientist/engineer (available now for 4-5 years already in Physics and Applied Physics, and more planned, see below).
Lifelong and outreach: In parallel with the undergraduate and graduate programs (more detail below), we believe that our educational mission needs to span a broader age-range and reach out to additional populations. This includes highschool students and engineering forums (for quantum training). We are also building outreach material for international audiences, including a MOOC course on Quantum Sensing, and an open computational quantum simulations platform for visualizing and teaching quantum mechanics.
International: We are actively developing several international joint research and teaching programs in quantum science. Specifically, we are a member of The Alliance For Quantum Innovation, together with Ulm and Stuttgart for the past 4 years, conducting joint MSc and PhD training. We recently launched (in 2020) a joint MSc program with Vienna in quantum research and education (at the graduate level), and are working on finalizing a similar collaboration with ETH.
Specifics of the MSc specializations:
These are Masters degrees, granted in a specific discipline (such as Physics or Chemistry – in the future), but with an added specialization in Quantum Information Science and Technology. These programs are initially approved by the University’s upper management committee (“Matmedet”), and undergo standard reviewing and reporting to the PBC as well. These programs have been running for the past 4 years in Physics and Applied Physics. They are based on a core set of mandatory courses, and a broad selection of elective courses. In addition, each student is required to conduct research with a quantum center member PI. These two specializations revolve around a core competence of the numerous QISC PI’s available to teach in these specializations. The course load requires all the students to master core concepts of quantum computing (CS) along with quantum technology (engineering), taught in rigorous and detailed dedicated courses. Aside from the specialized quantum courses, all the students in the program obviously complete the full requirements of the general MSc. programs in their departments. Details of the Physics MSc specialization (specific course list) in Quantum Science and Technology: The Study Program
Existing courses and programs on Quantum S&T:The quantum center of the Hebrew University QISC leads many courses on quantum S&T. The perspective of the Hebrew University regarding education of Quantum S&T includes generating a broad knowledge base in many of our undergraduates via accessible introductory courses in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics. These courses already exist (as detailed below in a table summarizing the current status of our courses). Many students choose to take these courses and are then able to decide if to pursue the topic in more advanced courses and programs.
The courses provided by the QISC include: