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Prométhée Spathis
Coordinateur du programme CNI

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The Cloud & Network Infrastructure (CNI) program is a Masters level program within the EIT Digital Master School. The Master School is a highly prestigious ICT engineering education provider on advanced level with a business minor focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E). These students will be an elite group of forthcoming ICT professionals. The unique features of this advanced level education are:

  • A standardized I&E minor.
  • Personal industrial relationships for the students, including industrial mentors and internships.
  • Thematic area grounding and utilization of resources from EIT Digital innovation activities.
  • Utilization of EIT Digital co-location center (CLC) resources.
  • Inter disciplinary and inter node teambuilding events.


    The first year is spent at one university (entry) and second year at another university (exit). There is a choice of 2-4 entry points and 4-6 exit points per technical major.

    The CNI program is a comprehensive combination of an I&E Minor (30 ECTS) and a Technical (major) (90 ECTS):

    • 10-15 ECTS mandatory courses ( ́common base ́)
    • 45-50 ECTS elective and specialized courses ( ́specialization ́)
    • 30 ECTS master ́s thesis project.

    All Master School education will be held in English and all partner universities are assumed to use ECTS units. Students will be subject to the regulations and procedures of the university where they attend courses and sit for examinations at a given semester. Students will be provided with the same resources and support services that are available to regular students at that university.

    Intended learning outcomes

    The intended learning outcomes of the CNI major are that graduates of that program

    • have insights in legal and societal aspects of cloud computing, services and related applications as well as of networks, including their architectures, infrastructures, and their operation, and they can identify the short-term and long-term consequences of cloud and network deployment and can transform these insights into solutions for the society’s and environment’s benefits and sustainability (Making Value Judgements),
    • have business skills to understand and execute a business development process, including ideation and business model generation (Entrepreneurship),
    • are able to use knowledge and skills in the area of cloud computing and network infrastructures to identify business opportunities and to turn them into operation (Innovation),
    • can apply cutting-edge technology and research in cloud and network infrastructures to generate new knowledge, solutions and insights in this field (Research),
    • are able to understand and analyse requirements of innovative applications and limitations of existing systems to derive research problems and challenges (Intellectual Transformation), and
    • are able to communicate technical issues to professionals and non- professionals, can work in multidisciplinary and multinational teams and take over responsibilities (Leadership).

    Those outcomes of the CNI major will be combined with the I&E minor to enable graduated students to create or get involved in start-up companies, and lead innovation in existing companies developing cloud and network infrastructures, architectures and services and monetize them.

    These learning outcomes have been closely aligned with the overarching learning outcomes as identified in the EIT Handbook for Planning, Labelling and Reviewing EIT- labelled Master and Doctoral Programs.

    Partners in the Consortium

    • Aalto University (Aalto)
    • Technische Universität Berlin (TUB)
    • Université Rennes 1 (UR1)
    • Sorbonne Université (SU)
    • Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan Stockholm (KTH)
    • University of Trento (UNITN)

    CNI Mob Map


    All involved University Parties are recognized degree awarding institutions. An EIT Digital technical major + I&E minor leads, upon successful completion, to two officially recognized Master of Science Degrees (120 ECTS) issued by the entry university and the exit university. A double degree will be awarded. The students are also awarded an EIT Label Certificate issued by EIT Digital. The Certificate is based on the two degrees issued by the partner institutions and summarizes the EIT label and EIT Digital Master School specific characteristics of the education. Program details (modules, courses) and individual grades/marks are described in the Degree Certificates/Official transcripts. Exceptions to this rule of awarding double degrees are possible but must be communicated to the affected students in a timely manner.

    Technical core (common base) courses for the first year

    The common core identifies core competences that should be taught at all entry points to guarantee that students receive a homogeneous education and covers all core competences. The following courses are offered at all entry points:

    Internet Protocols & Algroithms. The aim of this course is to deepen competences in network technologies. After learning and practicing mechanisms, design principles, and implementation aspects of networks and protocols across several layers, the students are capable to see the “big picture” that enables them to design and analyse complex computer networks and networking protocols.

    Cloud Computing. This course presents the theoretical and technological foundation of cloud computing. It introduces the different enablers behind cloud computing, gives an overview of the different service and deployment models, and presents methods for designing and managing cloud-based frameworks and architectures. Examples include, but are not limited to, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, or Map/Reduce.

    Electives and other mandatory cpourses. Elective and other mandatory courses deliver local knowledge at a university that is complementary to common base.

    Specific admission requirements

    The specific admission requirements for CNI education are: A B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering/ electronics, computer engineering, computer science or information technology is required. The studies should include at least 60 ECTS courses in computer science, computer architecture, or programming, and mathematics including calculus, algebra and mathematical statistics.