Master of Science in Economics

Kwaliteitszorg in eigen regie

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:

 

De troeven van de opleiding

  1. Multiperspectivism: We train our students to be critical economists who keep track of the economic evolutions. We learn our students the necessary skills to work creatively and in a problem solving way.
  2. Talent development: Our students have a certain freedom to compose their study programme to become economists with a broad vision.
  3. Knowledge creation: The programme sets great store by a gradual construction of knowledge. Our students are constantly urged into critical introspection. Our programme’s graduates are masters with a thorough analytical and quantitative specialisation.
  4. Programme: In the programme the core domains of economics are considered of significant importance, the specialisations set clear goals, and international exchange is possible.
  5. Integration theory and practice: The programme pays special attention to group assignments during which economic issues analysed. By means of those assignments we sharpen the students’ critical mindset and problem solving thinking and we keep our finger on the economic pulse.

 

Kwaliteitszorg van de opleiding: sterke punten

  1. Preparation: In order to start off the first academic year well-prepared students can take part in our summer courses and in the introductory week.
  2. Motivated team of teachers: The programme is supported by committed teachers from different economic 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.
  3. Possibility of hands-on experience: Our permanent emphasis on exercises, cases and group works enables us to apply the theoretical knowledge on economic issues to concrete cases, both from the Belgian as the international practice. By means of the projects and the master’s dissertation we want to involve the students permanently in the scientific research into economics.
  4. 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.
  5. Approachability: Being a small programme, we dedicate ourselves to a direct and intensive contact between our teachers and our students.

 

Kwaliteitszorg van de opleiding: werkpunten

  1. Internationalisation: We want to encourage our students even more to gain international experience, for instance, by organising double degrees in the master programme.
  2. Monitor painstakingly the master’s dissertation process: The programme values the conduct of empirical research by students and encourages them to do so. That is why we want to dedicate ourselves even more to the students’ quantitative empirical competences.
  3. Feedback: The students are right to indicate that they receive too little feedback on their assignments. That is why teachers confer more with each other on the assignments’ timing, what the expectations are, and how the students will receive feedback.