After the successful IMAGINE i-project, the EIT Raw Materials approved the follow up project IMAGINE ii. During the first phase, a pilot master was developed and implemented, and a larger number of master programmes were prepared. Now, the follow-up project offers the opportunity to further develop and implement the ten identified master programmes on sustainable materials (SUMA). The partners of the project are KU Leuven (coordinator), Grenoble INP, University of Trento (UNITN), Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL), University of Milano Bicocca (UNIMIB), TU Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Padova and Umicore.

The SUMA master programmes aim to prepare students to be experts in the field of sustainable materials management, processing and recycling in order to act and lead as T-shaped professionals in the materials production and processing industry. The master programmes are conceived as follows: The backbone of the master programmes is a technical part broadly covering aspect of materials and processing, sustainability and recycling, circular (eco) design and life cycle engineering, materials substitution, manufacturing (60 ECTS). This is integrated with courses on entrepreneurship and innovation (30 ECTS), internship (6 ECTS), and master thesis (24 ECTS), the last two possibly based on a mission in an industrial company or a research institute strongly related to sustainable and raw materials.

EIT Label

The SUMA programmes have been awarded the EIT-label, fostering students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurs. This label is a quality label which validates the highly integrated, innovative ‘learning-by-doing’ curricula, combined with the robust entrepreneurship education. The label acknowledges that the SUMA programmes build on the EIT overarching learning outcomes, that they offer students a mobility opportunities, the European dimension and openness to the world. Finally, thanks to this EIT Label, students are entitled to a student enhancement allowance.

Next month, the first SUMA summer school will take place in Leuven (17-20/07) gathering students from the various SUMA-master programmes and interested researchers to discuss on the ‘Digitization of the Circular Economy’.

Students interested in the SUMA master programmes can find all information on