Master of Science in Engineering Physics

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. Multiperspectivism: We learn our students the skills necessary to work in a creative and problem solving way. Critical mindset, changes in point of view, and tolerance towards deviating points of view are at the forefront.
  2. Talent development: Our students have a certain freedom of choice to compose their study programme according to their own interests.
  3. Research based education: Our students come into contact with major UGent research in the field of engineering physics by means of specific course units and master’s dissertations in which the application of recent physics research into engineering is emphasised. This enables the students to gain insight into diverse research competences and to come into contact with innovative thinking. This is useful both in an industrial research and development environment, and in a possible future doctoral trajectory.
  4. Knowledge creation: The programme sets great store by gradual construction of knowledge. Our students are constantly urged into critical introspection. The programme’s graduates are versatile engineers.
  5. Diverse competence profile: Master of Science in Engineering Physics graduates have a diverse competence profile, because of which they are qualified for a whole range of possible professions.

 

Quality assurance: strengths

  1. Motivated team of teachers: The programme is supported by committed teachers from different disciplines. Our teachers combine their research expertise with a passion for education and an enthusiasm to keep dedicating themselves to the quality of their classes.
  2. Evaluation: Our students appreciate that they are well-informed about the way in which they are evaluated and about the content of the evaluations because they know exactly what to expect.
  3. Approachability: Since we are a small programme, we dedicate ourselves to a direct and intensive contact between our teachers and students during the entire programme.
  4. Research competences: We dedicate ourselves greatly to the development of research competences during the entire programme. We ensure this by means of assuring the quality of the project line, which forms a thread throughout the programme.
  5. Alumni advice: The programme encourages the students and graduates to reflect critically on the programme and the outflow possibilities to ensure an optimum transition to the job market.

 

Quality assurance: focus points with action plan

  1. Diversification of the student population: In spite of the continuous attention to diversity the programme does not seem to succeed in attracting female and foreign students. We want to boost this diversity further by introducing students to role models.
  2. Internationalisation: The programme stimulates outgoing exchanges (inside and outside of Europe), but most students do not make use of this possibility. By means of better contacts and arrangements with prominent international educational institutions the programme wants to stimulate internationalisation even more.
  3. Profile: To reach and attract adolescents sufficiently, especially within the growing course catalogue, the programme’s quality and continuous relevance will be communicated more clearly to both pupils and the business world.