Successful accreditation of the Bachelor Biomedical Sciences and Master Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
The Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences (BMW) and the Master’s in Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Neuroscience and Cognition and Health Sciences have received a good to excellent qualification from the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) which assesses the curricula once every six years.
The accreditation committee evaluated and assessed the programs on four standards: intended learning outcomes, educational learning environment, assessment and achieved learning outcomes. The scores could range from insufficient, sufficient to good or excellent. The biomedical sciences bachelor degree scored good on all standards. The Master’s degree even scored excellent on the educational learning environment, the content of the curriculum, and the quality and commitment of teachers.
Biomedical Sciences Program Director Wim Dictus is proud of the result and stresses that this could be only be achieved thanks to the contribution of enthusiastic lecturers, staff and students: “Everyone is dedicated and works together to create a high-quality educational program with the aim to offer a solid academic foundation to students that offers flexibility and keeps up to date with new developments in the biomedical field.” Professor Harold van Rijen, BMS program director, thinks that the committee felt the freedom, commitment and passion that all people in the program expressed. “There is a lot of enthusiasm among employees, boards and committees, lecturers, coordinators ànd students. Students can design their own masters, which makes it really their program. Moreover, we do not only focus on the biomedical expertise of the student, but also on the development of personal and professional skills.”
Both program directors are already looking ahead. Wim: “We foresee that the connection between biomedical education and society, industry and research will receive much (more) attention. We are also looking at how we can familiarize students better with the relatively young field of bioinformatics (BigData).” Harold adds: “The committee was particularly pleased with the guidance of students in the development of their interpersonal skills, which we will consolidate and further develop with extra educational activities. Besides we will focus more on the development of online elective courses and the implementation of an inclusive selection and admission procedure.”
Regenerative Medicine Utrecht congratulates all colleagues involved in the bachelor and Master programs. Thanks you for your efforts in the bachelor and master courses, supervision of students in research projects and program coordination! !