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Quality of the Master in Architectural Engineering

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. 

The programme is jointly organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Below, the findings resulting from the quality cycle at the VUB are presented.

Assets of the programme

  • Architecture and engineering: the programme educates architectural engineers with a sound foundation in architectural sciences, engineering sciences and design knowledge, based on cutting-edge scientific research expertise present in both VUB and ULB architectural engineering departments.
  • Design studios: students collaborate on increasingly complex design projects during the five consecutive Design Studios. These courses form a common thread throughout the programme. Students are guided by an academic lecturer and assisting staff drawn from active practitioners and research assistants, thus ensuring the integration of academic and practical knowledge and skills. 
  • Solid relation with industry : many lecturers are also active in the professional field and experts are often involved in several courses throughout the programme. This assures that students are exposed to not only an academic perspective, but also an industrial perspective.

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

  • In order to respond to the challenges of sustainability transitions, the programme could draw upon the current expertise present at both universities to develop an internationally oriented strategic vision of the architectural engineering programme.
  • Organising a joint VUB-ULB alumni event will offer opportunities for joint networking and additional input from an even more varied professional field, leading to increased visibility and improvement of the curriculum.

Current developments

  • The programme is monitoring the impact of the changes made to the elective courses. These changes were implemented to meet the students’ request to reduce the workload of the programme.
  • The admission process for students has been improved and includes an interview with prospective students enrolling in 2021-2022. The programme will further monitor the impact of this change.

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 Architectural Engineering programme (see Master en Sciences de l'ingénieur en Architecture)

 

Publication date: 1 February 2021

 

Where does our information come from?

Here are our sources