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Title: A study of the existent status of the European educational programs in biomedical engineering
Other Titles: Μελέτη της υπάρχουσας κατάστασης των προγραμμάτων σπουδών στη βιοϊατρική τεχνολογία στην Ευρώπη
Authors: Καραμίντζιου, Σοφία
Issue Date: 2010-01-11T10:13:51Z
Keywords: Biomedical engineering
European educational programs
Keywords (translated): Βιοϊατρική τεχνολογία
Ευρωπαϊκά προγράμματα σπουδών
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Abstract (translated): The impressive progress in the creation of medical knowledge combined with the developments in other related scientific domains and fields of technology, provided during the last 4 decades an excellent ground for the advancement of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) sector. Successful biomedical research led to new diagnostic and therapeutic methods, techniques and equipment, which radically changed the way health care is delivered today. Given this dynamic situation, biomedical engineers today should be prepared to meet existing or forecasted needs by means of knowledge, skills and attitudes that address the demands of the work environment in the broader health care related sector all over the world. This involves academia, medical industry, hospital facilities, as well as administration and, in turn, it imposes new challenges for advanced education in the field. It is therefore necessary to review the educational structures in BME and adapt them to the new demands. This should also face challenges such as wide social access, good regional links and the ability to bring research outcomes and innovation to the biomedical market. All in all given the recent developments in biomedical technology, the market demands and the political pressure for harmonization and mutual recognition on higher education, there is a strong need to reform the curricula of Biomedical engineering programs and implement the ECTS on the basis of students’ workload and learning outcomes. The CRH-BME “Curricula Reformation and Harmonisation in the field of Biomedical Engineering” CR Project Number: 144537-TEMPUS-2008-GR-JPCR (2008-4527) H-BME project is a Joint Project within the TEMPUS IV program and is 95% financed by the Commission of the European Communities. Its aim is to review, update and harmonise the current curricula in BME education, in pace with the most recent developments, the new emerging interdisciplinary domains and market demands and implement a commonly accepted ECT System that will also facilitate student mobility. The work will be carried out through collection of information from the participants, preparation of draft reports and documents by working groups, discussion and approval in meetings between the participating Institutions. Working groups (WGs) will be responsible for delivering the project outcomes, associated with a particular task. Members of these WGs will be experts that have complementary expertise and meet the requirements of a particular task. Standard procedures will be used for the elaboration of the output documents. Document review procedures will apply standardised forms including comments and suggestions. The facilities provided by the Internet and other available telematics means will be exploited. A system will be put in place for systematic feedback from workshop and conference participants, as part of the project monitoring activities. Generic Programs will be designed addressing graduate and postgraduate BME studies. The updated programs will contain (i) a basic core of topics and (ii) elective courses for the BME programs. Attention will be paid to achieve student centred BME programs, instead of staff oriented. A template guidance document for the implementation of QA systems, specific to the field of BME education, will be designed. As a result of the project activities, BME programs at the participating Institutions will be restructured and new study programs will be implemented, according to the generic programs that will be provided. Full members of the project will be 23 participants from 22 Higher Education Institutions, 16 from EU and 6 from Partner countries and 1 non-governmental organisation. This proposal is also supported by the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES) [9]. Institutions willing to follow the activities of the project can be invited to participate as observers. Observers are individual experts or academic staff, representing institutions, professional bodies or other relevant parties that will closely observe the project and its development. [1] The current study constitutes actually the very first part of the project and consists in an information record about the existent Biomedical Engineering programs in Europe, the extraction of useful statistical data based on this information and finally α classification approach in regard to the topics of all european MSc curricula in the field of BME.
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