Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering (Maritime Engineering)

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. Future proof program: The Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering is a two-year degree programme intended to prepare students for future technical leadership in industry. The programme offers in-depth training in all aspects of electromechanical engineering and its economic and social implications based on a profound scientific basis.
  2. Job security: Masters in Electromechanical Engineering are employed in all branches of industry. Both in government agencies and private companies their field of activity is broadly varied: electrical energy production and distribution, electrical and mechanical equipment manufacturing, metal industry, building construction, transport and maritime industry, consultancy, banking and insurance.
  3. Broad common ground, choose your accent: All Electromechanical Engineering students get a broad common ground training. In the master students are allowed to choose from one of the five main subjects. The main subject in Maritime Engineering is unique in Flanders.
  4. State-of-the-art labs are available for the staff and these are strongly integrated in lab sessions for the students. This enforces the link with the scientific research and improves the scientific-oriented skills.
  5. Comprehensive logistic support for the students: There are various committees with representatives of students and scientific staff. In addition, the students of electromechanical engineering established their own student organisation (PKarus). Company visits, information sessions and social activities intensify and improve the internal and external.


Quality assurance: strengths

  1. High-level training: Graduates will have acquired an attitude of scientific synthesis, analytical reasoning as well as scientific and technical independency. Training in research skills provides mastery in developing, implementing and monitoring technical and scientific innovations.
  2. Motivated team of teachers: The programme is supported by professors and staff who combine their research expertise with teaching skills, ensuring high quality classes. All teachers are internationally active and keep a link with industrial practise.
  3. Project-based learning: Projects are planned over the whole programme, strengthening the practice-oriented skills required by industry.
  4. Student satisfaction: The official student questionnaires show that the students are very satisfied, both with regard to quality, organisation, consistency, and with regard to the programme content.
  5. Internship programme: National and international internships in companies are offered during the master programme. Both students and industry highly appreciate this experience.


Quality assurance: focus points with action plan

  1. Sustainability: Aspects of sustainable engineering are incorporated in various course units, but the students do not experience this as such. We are currently working on introducing a sustainability study accent and projects.
  2. Internationalisation: The master programme is taught in English, but scarcely attracts good foreign students. On the other hand, only few local students complete part of their programme trajectory abroad.
  3. Diversity: The programme would benefit from a more mixed inflow. The programme actively contributes to the implementation of the diversity action plan of the faculty of Engineering and Architecture to that purpose.