Would you like to improve healthcare by developing and applying new technologies? To decrease the number of patients through preventive technology? Or to find safer solutions to treat patients?
To realize future health care, biomedical engineers that are trained on the crossroad of engineering and medical and biological sciences are required. As a student, you will be trained to work in multidisciplinary teams, to have a broad overview, to create innovative devices and to perform research that forms a basis for better and more sustainable healthcare (in terms of costs and manpower). You will be both researcher and designer, the best basis for an academic professional.
You will study topics in the field of imaging techniques (like MRI, PET,CT), robot design, prosthetics and orthotics, implants and artificial organs, tissue engineering and biomaterials, as well as aspects of medical ethics. During the programme, you will work on real-life problems, such as designing artificial heart valves that last longer, studying the process of joint implant ingrowth by bone, automatic analysis of MRI images to check for abnormalities.
You will learn to communicate and collaborate with engineers, physicians, biologists and biochemists, all with different backgrounds. This is necessary for research and design of new diagnostic and therapeutic devices and techniques that are required in healthcare. In addition, you will also learn to focus on preventive devices and techniques to allow older citizens a healthy ageing; stay healthy as long as possible.
Please note: This programme starts in 2020-2021. However, the programme is not completely new: it exists already as a major in Life Science and Technology for many years and has experienced lecturers and an optimal programme.
Use your own creativity
The thing that I like most about this degree programme is that it's possible to use your own creativity in different course units and projects: in the course unit on methodical design, for example, you learn how to design a biomedical product within the field of your interest.
We have one design-based course unit every year and it’s a good way to apply the things that we learned in other course units. I’m really interested in how to improve treatment for patients with prosthetics, because there are so many different aspects that you need to keep in mind! Therefore, after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree, I want to do the Master’s degree programme in Biomedical Engineering in Groningen.
I also play football, I work four hours a week and I’m a committee member of the study association G.L.V. Idun. I have enough time to do these things in addition to my study. I started all these activities at the same time as starting my studies. In this way, I got to know many people and Groningen soon felt like home.
An opportunity to develop myself
As a student in Groningen, there are lots of opportunities to become active in your student life by joining one of the many committees that exist for all types of associations or within the University. I became active within GLV Idun, the study association for Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Life Science and Technology.
Over the years, I have been a member of several committees, where I organized fun activities for the association and learnt a lot about teamwork and planning. I am currently the chair of the association’s board. I not only became a board member to have a fun year, but I considered it an opportunity to develop myself and learn more about the structural organization of study associations and the University. I am able to work closely with my fellow board members and learn more about leadership, teamwork and communicative skills.
I can definitely recommend students doing something beside their studies. During your student life, you will have enough freedom to do whatever you want. It is not only a great way of meeting new people; you are also able to learn one or two things that can be quite useful in your future career. Whether you become active at a study association, student association or a student sports association, it will be a great experience.