Master of Science in Sustainable Materials 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. Multiperspectivism: We train our students to be critical professionals who can be employed in international teams. We learn our students the skills necessary to work in a flexible, creative, and problem solving way.
  2. Programme: In the new programme special attention is paid to aspects of sustainability of a whole range of materials, e.g. metals, ceramic materials, fibre-based materials, and composites.
  3. Talent development: Our students have a certain freedom of choice to compose their study programme according to their own interests. The UGent is the only institution in the Benelux countries that provides academic education in the field of fibre materials and textile science and engineering.
  4. Knowledge creation: The programme sets great store by a gradual construction of knowledge. A thorough knowledge basis in the way in which structure, production, and tooling of materials determines their usage properties, permits the design of high technological materials for advanced applications.
  5. Leading cluster: ‘Materials’ is a leading cluster of the Flemish government which can flourish thanks to a very extensive materials industry in the region of Flanders. The core of the programme is situated at the Zwijnaarde campus, which accommodates a genuine materials cluster which bridges the gap between university and industry. This does not only provide good contacts with various industrial partners, but also the access to the most recent research infrastructure.

 

Quality assurance: strengths

  1. Approachability: Since we are a small programme, we dedicate ourselves to a direct and intensive contact between our teachers and students. We also set great store by a personal coaching.
  2. Research and industry: We facilitate the introduction of the departments’ current research to our students. Basic research and its application in the business world are treated.
  3. Motivated team of teachers: The programme is supported by committed teachers from different disciplines. Their research is internationally recognised. They are receptive to innovative teaching methods that contribute to a broader education of the students.
  4. Internationalisation: We set great store by internationalisation. The programme offers a worldwide network for exchanges, in which many students take part. They also come into contact with incoming students, teachers, and researchers.
  5. Student activity: We value contact with and between the students. We organise activities to bring them together, along with international students, and we introduce them to the own research groups. MaChT, the association of materials science and chemical technology master students, adds greatly to this purpose.

 

Quality assurance: focus points with action plan

  1. Student inflow: The efforts to present the programme clearly has a positive effect on the number of students. Nevertheless, we need to keep dedicating ourselves to this matter.
  2. Sustainability: The students indicate that sustainability is incorporated in most of the course units, but that it is often not treated explicitly. We will have a closer look on how to make it more explicit.
  3. Foreign students inflow: The incoming exchange students’ prior knowledge varies a lot. It is not possible to have them attend a preparatory programme at the moment, since the bachelor courses are only taught in Dutch. We strive for more concrete agreements with sending institutions.