European Master of Science in Photonics

Quality assurance

People who dare to think about the challenges of tomorrow, that is what we aim for. That is why education at our university is firmly anchored in six major objectives.

  1. Think broadly. Thinking as broadly as possible and offering the opportunity to question oneself. Not only Dare to Think, but also dare to change the way of thinking.
  2. Keep researching. Research is the foundation of our education. Ghent University keeps linking its way of educating to the dynamics of science.
  3. Support Talent. Everyone starts with equal opportunities. Every students gets the opportunity to develop their talents, regardless of gender, cultural or social background.
  4. Build with us. Students, staff, the government and the corporate world all get the chance to contribute to the contents and form of our high quality education. Ghent University is known for its particularly active students in student participation, of which we are very proud.
  5. Push boundaries. We want to prepare our students internationally and interculturally. We give them the opportunity to gain experience across borders. We also open our doors for students from all over the world and welcome teachers and academic staff from abroad.
  6. Choose quality. Constant quality assurance and improvement is an integral part of our culture and we communicate about it openly. We are proud of the level of our university.

Ghent University sees the quality of education as an internal self-evaluation process, in which faculties and programs compare the goals they have set themselves to the achieved results and adjust the policy accordingly. The portfolios constitute an important link in this process. The achieved results are based on quantitative and qualitative information from relevant stakeholders (students, teachers, professional field, international experts, alumni, etc.).The ‘peer learning visits’, the yearly quality meeting and the Education Quality Office (‘OKB’) make sure the PDCA cycle is closed at various policy levels and help to keep the improvement policy sharp.

A detailed description of how Ghent University is constantly paying attention to quality assurance and quality culture can be found in the Ghent University Conduct of Educational Quality Assurance (ERGO).

 

Quality of this study programme

This quality assurance system provides information on the assets, the strengths and the points for improvement for every study programme. A summary for this study programme can be found below:

 

Assets of the study programme

  1. Strong and balanced programme (with attention to both theory and hands-on experience, including considerable amount of multidisciplinary courses), which is not commonly offered at other European universities.
  2. The programme is jointly offered by UGent and VUB and gives the students the opportunity to benefit from complementary expertise through a large number of specialised elective courses.
  3. An international experience (courses or master thesis at foreign institute, long internship) is strongly encouraged and facilitated in the programme. Several agreements with top universities in the domain (e.g. KTH Stockholm, DTU Denmark, UPC Barcelona… ) are in place to facilitate this experience.
  4. Strong attention to entrepreneurial and innovation aspects (dedicated courses, internship, yearly photonics networking event,) and hence good preparation for the job market.
  5. Through a system of teleclassing the burden of travel between both universities involved is minimised. Mandatory courses are offered at both locations

 

Quality assurance: strengths

  1. Embedded within an ecosystem of top research in Photonics both at UGent and VUB. This is directly reflected in the programme, through the course material, through the specialist courses being offered and through the master thesis subjects (often leading to publishable results).
  2. Possibility for broadening engineering skills through several clusters of multidisciplinary engineering courses (physics, electronics and information technology, life sciences,…).
  3. Dedicated transition programme for students entering from the Master in industrial engineering
  4. An industrial advisory board provides yearly feedback on the programme.
  5. Lecturers team comprises a healthy mix of young and experienced lecturers.

 

Quality assurance: focus points with action plan

  1. Intensify collaboration with other European masters offering similar programmes and opening up the programme for incoming exchange students from these programmes.
  2. Advertise the programme more intensively within Europe.
  3. Implement measures to help international students with language problems, involving peers from second master year and from the PhD-programme.