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National reforms in higher education

Luxembourg

14.Ongoing reforms and policy developments

14.4National reforms in higher education

Last update: 27 November 2023

2023

First Master in Investment Funds Law in Europe

The University of Luxembourg, in collaboration with Luxembourg law firms, has announced the launch of a new Master in Investment Funds Law for the academic year 2023/24. The Master is taught in French and English and is the first Master in Europe entirely dedicated to investment funds law. 

A new Master in High Performance Computing

For the start of the academic year 2023/24, the University of Luxembourg will offer a new and innovative Master's degree in High Performance Computing. Students will gain cutting-edge knowledge in high performance computing, high performance data analytics and artificial intelligence. 

Four Bachelors in Specialised Nursing

For the start of the academic year 2023/24, the range of health care courses at the University of Luxembourg will be supplemented by new bachelors in specialised nursing for the following fields:

  • Medical Technical Assistant in surgery
  • Anaesthesia and resuscitation
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry.

The courses are aimed at professionals who have already graduated in general nursing.
In order to meet the needs of the health and care sector in Luxembourg in the long term, the government has mandated the University of Luxembourg to develop several Bachelor's degree programmes in the field of health, which will be launched gradually.

In September 2024, a Bachelor of Nursing in General Care, a Bachelor of Midwifery and a Bachelor in Medical Technical Assistant in Radiology will be offered. 

A new bachelor in Education and Social Work

From the academic year 2023/24, the University of Luxembourg offers a Bachelor’s degree in teacher training – “Bachelor en Formation Pédagogique” (BFP). The new course enables a large number of students to enter the teaching profession in primary education and thus responds to the dearth of teaching staff in Luxembourg.

The two-semester course trains students in the pedagogical and didactic skills for teaching in a plurilingual and multicultural school environment.  Candidates for this new course are people with a bachelor’s degree in appropriate fields such as education, languages, psychology, sociology, mathematics, art or physical education. The new Bachelor is thus the second entry point into the elementary school teaching profession in Luxembourg.

The programme is structured in the form of course modules on the one hand addressing learning processes, pedagogy, classroom management, management of heterogeneity and, on the other hand, the teaching of specific subjects (e.g. educational psychology and language didactics, mathematics, natural sciences, physical education). Two working experiences in Luxembourg schools are planned. As in the Bachelor of Science in Education (BScE), the languages of instruction will be Luxembourgish, German, French and English. 

The new Bachelor is part of an overall agreement with the government to develop educational sciences at the University of Luxembourg. In addition to the “Bachelor en Formation Pédagogique”, increased capacity for the Bachelor of Science in Education is planned and three new master degrees are in preparation.  

2022

New advanced vocational training courses (BTS)

For the start of the 2022/23 academic year, two new practically oriented higher education courses have been added to the current offer:

  • The BTS “Finance and financial products” (BPF) aims to develop the general and professional skills needed to meet the requirements and responsibilities of a company in the financial sector. The professional training focuses on financial products, law (insurance, banking, collective investment schemes (CIS) and tax), economics as well as marketing and communication tools.
  • The BTS “Building Information Modeling” (BIM) is a training course that focuses on the development of company-specific BIM practices, as well as on the coordination of the company's action during a BIM project at the level of planning, construction and operation of real estate projects and buildings.

Thus, 36 BTS programmes are offered and taught in 13 schools in Luxembourg since September 2022.
 

State financial aid for students in higher education

In April 2022, the minister of Higher Education and Research announced an increase in financial aid for the start of the academic year 2022/23. This increase follows the decision taken at the tripartite meeting in March 2022. The Luxembourg government has provided for an additional financial envelope of 10 million euros granted for the basic grant, the mobility grant and the social grant.

Compared to 2021/2022, the different grants per semester are as follows :

  • Basic grant: € 1 142 
  • Mobility grant: € 1 420
  • Social grant: € 0 to 2 210
  • Family grant: € 274
  • Aid for enrolment fees: A supplement applied to the full tuition fee up to a maximum of € 3 800 per academic year, and added 50% to the grant and 50% to the loan.

 

New agreement on university cooperation in medical training

On 4 January 2022, a new agreement was signed by the minister for Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg, the minister-president and the minister for Higher Education of the French Community of Belgium. While the provisions set out in the university cooperation agreement of July 2017 are maintained, the new agreement adds the following possibility (as of the academic year 2023/24):

  • Continuation of studies in a graduate programme in medical sciences at a university in the French Community of Belgium for a maximum of 8 students from the University of Luxembourg, holding a secondary school diploma from a secondary school in Luxembourg and having successfully completed the Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Luxembourg.

 

2021

There have been no reforms.