Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Communication and Information Technology )

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. Research-oriented: The electrical engineering programme is pervaded with recent findings from prominent research, amongst others of our own professors and researchers. We train our students to be engineers who are not only able to apply existing knowledge but also to create new high technology themselves.
  2. Project line: In every year we offer at least one project course in which the students learn to handle multidisciplinary tasks in a goal-oriented way. To this purpose they cooperate in teams, because of which they also learn gradually a whole range of “soft skills” like planning, persuading, presenting efficiently, giving feedback to one another, and reporting.
  3. Efficient systems: Our graduates are able to design and realise complex systems with both hard- and software components. In doing so they make efficiently use of resources, time, and energy.
  4. As a student you gain insight into every step of the complete development chain of an electronical product such as a smartphone. The starting point is the raw materials’ properties, which is followed by the designing and testing, and the endpoint is the finished product.
  5. Broad programme: Our programme offers a broad technological basis because of which our graduates are much wanted in many sectors. Based on this broad basis the programme also offers much freedom of choice which enables the students to emphasise their preferences and to map out their own paths.

 

Quality assurance: strengths

  1. Top-level: Our graduates experience that the programme has a good reputation both nationally and internationally because of which they have no difficulty in finding suitable jobs at a high level. To maintain the quality at a high level the study programme committee continuously monitors the programme’s relevance and topicality. That is why the master’s study programme overview has been updated in the academic year 2017-2018.
  2. Good guidance: By strong research activities in our field and the cooperation with imec many passionate researchers cooperate in our programme. We have chosen to involve them greatly into the education. In addition to this, we have invested much in materials and laboratories. These efforts are clearly visible in the new “iGent tower”.
  3. Motivated team of teachers: The programme is supported by committed teachers who have a passion for education and an enthusiasm to keep dedicating themselves to the quality of their classes. Our teachers are exceptionally approachable and are always willing to answer the students’ questions.
  4. The programme leaves large room for practical experience by, for instance, projects, (international) apprenticeships, and master’s dissertations. The master’s dissertation and project courses are well-organised. The students’ works are often of an extremely high level.
  5. Prospects of the future: Our graduates are much wanted on the job market. Every graduate receives various job offers, and many of our graduates establish an own company. Our programme also introduces the basic attitude for lifelong learning because of which our graduates are always well-informed about the latest developments.

 

Quality assurance: focus points with action plan

  1. Identity: Many adolescents make daily use of very complex electronical systems (for instance smartphone, GPS, or tablet), but know little or nothing about their functioning. That is why many of them do not realise that the Electrical Engineering programme is on electronics and on signal processing and communication between similar apparatuses. That is the reason why the programme is actively involved in the propagation of the importance of electronics (for instance at the Science Day, the robot competition etc.).
  2. Diversity: In our programme foreign and female students are still underrepresented. We want to actively dedicate ourselves to make children and adolescents more aware of technology (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In particular, we can employ our highly international research staff as a role model to make foreign adolescents enthusiastic. In addition to this we want to participate in the engineer faculty’s efforts to implement technology in schools in a way that is more interesting and appealing to young ladies.
  3. Internationalisation: The transition to the English programme has made our programme accessible to an increasing number of international students. We need to handle the consequential challenges and develop the opportunities of further internationalisation at the university.