SAOT will coordinate and enforce the research training and educational program. This includes the interdisciplinary courses and seminars and in particular the joint topic “Fundamentals of Optical Technologies” as well as soft skills courses and the international students language courses, for foreign DCs in addition to the credit point activities. The SAOT certificate given to the DCs after completing the SAOT program successfully confirms the personal achievements of the DCs during the program. It has already been validated to some extent by the establishment of a student chapter of the International Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) at SAOT and another student chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA) at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) both in which SAOT DCs can become members.