April 06, 2021 12:35
The training of the future - Biomedical Engineer Program

Doctors and engineers? Chalk and cheese? Many people think of them as almost the opposites of each other, even though the latest trends are quite the contrary. Everyone dreams of an advanced, safe, healthy future, and the goal of the Biomedical Engineer Program (BEP) launched by the University of Pécs Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in cooperation with the Medical School is to train professionals who can meet the challenges of the desired future. Engineers and doctors are now crossing the boundaries of their respective disciplines together in the best possible way. The first students can begin their studies in September 2021.

Understanding is the key to solving problems, but our modern present is becoming more and more complicated, therefore the search for solutions can no longer stop at the border of a certain discipline. In the 21st century, taking truly serious scientific and technological steps already requires the close cooperation of several disciplines. The launch of an interdisciplinary training of such depth is an innovation in itself, but it has also been based on very serious research and development activity.

For two years, the two faculties have been working together on long-term research projects combining the knowledge of the most innovative engineering and medical disciplines, looking for new opportunities for medical and technical innovation. The Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Innovation (CBEI) cooperation was a large-scale, highly successful attempt to see what happens when engineers and doctors enter into a research-innovation cooperation to jointly answer scientific questions. The excellent researchers of the two disciplines have united their knowledge in several research groups with the declared goal of creating inventions and medical technology solutions that can be used in practice, potentially utilised, even marketable ones. An important result of this joint thinking is the need for this training and the launch of the program, while the intellectual and infrastructural conditions - laboratories, professional relations, industrial partnerships - have been established, which provide a solid basis for this.

What does a biomedical engineer do? - the legitimate question may arise. The main direction is the medical application of technical and IT solutions and the search for technologies that improve people's quality of life. Customised artificial limbs “taught” with artificial intelligence, exploring the possibilities of three-dimensional imaging and design in medicine, producing living tissue by printing - are just a few to mention but they are all good examples of how wide the range is for people who choose this training. All this in the frame of a very practice-oriented training that prepares the students for real circumstances. Future students can choose from several specific directions, depending on which area they really feel comfortable with: neuro-rehabilitation and human-machine interface (HMI), medical imaging procedures, 3D bioprinting and tissue printing.

For more information about Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Pécs, check out the full article here: https://aok.pte.hu/en/hirek/hir/13417