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Quality of the Master Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science

When choosing a study programme, high quality education is what you are looking for and that’s exactly what we provide at the VUB. By continuously monitoring the programmes we know what their strengths are and how we can continue to improve them. 

Assets of the programme

  • International and cutting-edge research network: lecturers of the programme are collaborating with several renowned universities in Europe and the UK, the USA, and China. This enables students to work in the joint laboratories offered by the network. 
  • Broad education: the programme provides a broad education in data science and engineering with focus on generic smart systems design. The programme is complemented with elective minors in fields such as digital health, smart cities, digital earth, and business intelligence.
  • Personal guidance: student coaches are appointed amongst the academic staff. They follow up, monitor and support the progress of a group of first-year students. Gaps in knowledge can swiftly be identified and addressed.

Where do we get this information from?

We routinely ask our students to give their honest opinion about the study programme during their academic career. We also consult our professors and assistants and gauge the expectations in the future field of work. Lastly, we receive structured feedback from our former students and compare our programmes with others at home and abroad.

Quality Cycle

   

Opportunities

  • The double degree with a minor in Business Intelligence, offered since 2019-2020 in cooperation with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (TUCN), Romania, is expected to enhance the number of international exchange students.
  • Challenges such as protecting public health and preserving water and other natural resources are pertinent to the minors Digital Health, and Digital Earth. The urgency of these topics makes it possible for the programme to apply for extra funding from Erasmus and ICP VLIR-UOS scholarship programmes.

Current developments

  • Continuous efforts are made to strengthen the relation with the industry and the alumni. A dedicated LinkedIn page has been set up to facilitate the follow-up of graduates and to stay in contact with alumni. A structural cooperation with the central alumni service has also been set up. Furthermore, the programme would like to involve alumni in the programme by setting up seminars or workshops.
  • The newly implemented system of intake-interviews is being evaluated and improvements for the next round of registrations have been identified and are set to be carried out.
  • A comparison with similar programmes in Flanders and abroad (benchmarking) keeps the curriculum competitive and clarifies the programme’s profile.
  • A discussion with representatives of the work field has been organised in order to gain more insight in the needs of the work field and the experience with VUB graduates. As a result, new relationships are forged with several companies interested in offering internships.
  • The organisation of the internship is being finetuned and the programme monitors the impact of changes made.

Commission des Titres d'Ingénieurs (CTI)

The Flemish Engineering programmes are audited on a regular basis by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieurs (CTI, France). This entails an in-depth evaluation of the programmes focused on the quality of engineering education. The positive outcome of a CTI procedure leads to the recognition of these engineering degrees within France (granted by the French Minstry of Higher Education).

Report of the CTI on the Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science programme (see Master of Science en sciences appliquées et sciences de l’ingénieur : informatique appliquée)

 

Publication date: 1 February 2021

 

Where does our information come from?

Here are our sources