European Virtual Campus for
Biomedical Engineering, EVICAB
The European Commission has decided to fund the application "European Virtual Campus for Biomedical Engineering, EVICAB" coordinated by the Ragnar Granit Institute. The project director is Professor Jaakko Malmivuo. The project is under the Commission's e-Learning Programme, European virtual campuses.
The objective of the proposal is to develop, build up and evaluate sustainable, dynamical solutions for virtual mobility and e-learning that, according to the Bologna process,
(i) mutually support the harmonization of the European higher education programmes,
(ii) improve the quality of and comparability between the programmes, and
(iii) advance the post-graduate studies, qualification and certification. These practices will be developed, piloted and evaluated in the field of biomedical engineering and medical physics.
The partners of the project are:
- Mediamaisteri Group, Tampere, Finland
- Biomedical Engineering Centre, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
- Biomedical Engineering Institute, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania
- Department of Biomedical Engineering, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
- Department of Biomedical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic.
Because biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary science, no university, especially the smaller ones, is able to alone provide a full up-to-date education program. The Internet gives a unique opportunity to unite the competence of the European universities and to produce a high quality and wide education program.
Earlier, the geographical distances have limited the students' access to different sources of information and sites of studies. Now, at the time of the Internet, every student and every university is equally close to the worldwide information sources.
The project lasts for two years, 2006-07.
International Education Program
in Biomedical Engineering
Since 1991 the Ragnar Granit Institute has given all the biomedical engineering education in English. We were one of the first institutes in Finland to do so.
The number of our international students has continuously increased, bringing the number to about 50 in 2004. The students come from all parts of the world. The largest number come from the European Union. The number of students from Asia is also large.
The education system in the Finnish universities is now changing to follow the European Bologna process. This means that the studies will be divided to Bachelor and Master studies. At the Ragnar Granit Institute the biomedical engineering studies are mainly given in the Master of Science studies.
The European biomedical engineering education is under strong development under the BIOMEDEA project directed by the University of Stuttgart. The target of this project is the harmonization of the education and accreditation of the education programs. This will facilitate the mobility of the students and the teachers in this field.
Ragnar Granit Institute is actively participating the BIOMEDEA project and supporting it in order to develop our education according to the European standards.
The EVICAB project, the BIOMEDEA project and the international education in biomedical engineering at the Ragnar Granit Institute strongly support each other.