Student-centred learning

The Bologna Process calls for the introduction of a three-cycle system (often called bachelor, master, doctorate). This means more than cutting traditional study programmes in two or three parts. It is an invitation to re-think the content of learning, to make pedagogy more student-centred and to consider whether a given programme of study adequately addresses the needs of graduates; as well as to consider whether graduates will acquire the knowledge, skills and competences they need to succeed in an ever-changing labour market.

Universities have begun to describe their modules and study programmes not only in terms of inputs, such as teaching hours or text books, but also in terms of outputs, i.e. learning outcomes: what students know, understand and can do after a process of learning. For this, universities find references in National Qualifications Frameworks, which describe the learning outcomes expected at each level. National Qualifications Frameworks are in turn linked to the overarching European frameworks: the Framework for Qualifications in the European Higher Education Area of Bologna (three cycles) and the EU European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF), which encompasses eight levels, ranging from basic skills to advanced research competences.

The new language of learning outcomes is gradually being introduced across the entire life cycle of learning, from curriculum development to teaching, learning, assessment, recognition and quality assurance.

At the subject area level, universities may draw inspiration from the Erasmus project ‘Tuning Educational Structures in Europe’, a university initiative which defines learning outcomes and competences at different levels for a series of disciplines and cross-disciplinary fields, such as history, mathematics or European studies. The Tuning descriptors may help to define Sectoral Qualifications Frameworks in the years ahead.

So far, hundreds of universities across Europe have set up partnerships to carry out Erasmus Curriculum Development projects, often resulting in joint or double degree programmes, for example the European Joint Master Programme in Human Rights and Genocide studies.

Dozens of Erasmus Networks function as ‘think tanks’ for a given discipline or theme, defining quality standards and translating societal needs into recommendations for curricular innovation. These aim in particular to ensure that teaching standards reflect cutting edge research.

The University-Business Forum, established by the Commission in 2008, provides a platform for dialogue on curriculum reform, continuing education, mobility, entrepreneurship, knowledge and governance. The most innovative ideas in these fields may be supported as Erasmus University-Enterprise Cooperation Projects.

The Commission supports university action to modernise doctoral programmes, involving stakeholders from the industry. Growing numbers of mobile researchers, and in particular doctoral candidates, receive support under the Marie Curie Actions, Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

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March 28, 2017 09:23

The Summer University on Hungarian Language and Culture at Eötvös Loránd University prepared a present for Spring to those who are interested in Hungarian language and culture.

March 13, 2017 13:52
Semmelweis University is among the best according to the QS world rankings

Semmelweis University has been ranked as 262nd according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking list, on the basis of which our university has achieved the best result in the field of life sciences and medicine among Hungarian higher-education institutions. The ranking position of Semmelweis University is better with 54 ranking places this year as opposed to last year’s ranking result. In the field of medical education Semmelweis University is ranked among the best 200 institutions, and it is among the best 150 in the area of pharmaceutical education according to the QS 2017 ranking.

In the field of life sciences and medicine altogether three Hungarian universities are listed: Semmelweis University is ranked as 262nd, Debrecen University is ranked as 401-450 and the University of Szeged is ranked as 451-500. Regarding the area of medical education: Semmelweis University is ranked as 151-200, Debrecen University is ranked as 201-250, the University of Pécs is ranked as 251-300 and the University of Szeged is ranked as 301-350. The rankings in the category of pharmaceutical education are as follows: Semmelweis University is ranked as 101-150, Debrecen University is ranked as 151-200 and the University of Szeged is ranked as 201-250.

This international ranking list was prepared with the consideration of four aspects: the reputation of the university in the scientific world, assessment of the employees, the frequency of the citation of the university’s scientific works and h-index citations.

Eszter Keresztes
Photo: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University
Translated by: Katalin Romhányi

March 13, 2017 13:51
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokyo Medical University

The delegation of Tokyo Medical University visited Semmelweis University on February 24-25, 2017, in the framework of which the collaboration has been reinforced on three different levels between the two institutions. Besides the Memorandum of Understanding a Sister Agreement as well as a Student Exchange Agreement were also signed by the representatives of both universities.

The members of the Japanese delegation, led by Dr. Mamoru Suzuki, President of Tokyo Medical University, were Dr. Miki Izumi, Professor of Medical Education, Ms. Aya Nagata, Coordinator of the Student Exchange Program and Dr. Mária Mernyei, Professor, who provided a lot of support in the organization of the delegation’s visit. The representatives of Tokyo Medical University were welcomed at Semmelweis University by Dr. Ágoston Szél, Rector, Dr. Miklós Molnár, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. József Sándor, Scientific Advisor of the Department of Surgical Research and Techniques, Dr. Marcel Pop, Director of International Relations and Dr. Judit Vadlövő, Project Coordinator of the Directorate of International Relations.

After a warm welcome Rector Szél said that he considers this visit very important, since the agreements signed during the discussion provide an opportunity for both Japanese and Hungarian students to study abroad in the framework of a training programme. Rector Szél expressed his gratitude to H.E. Dr. Kosuge Junichi, Ambassador of Japan in Hungary, who participated in the official discussion and the signing process together with Ms. Yoshiko Okamoto, Second Secretary of Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Hungary. As Rector Szél pointed out, the presence of His Excellency at the discussion unquestionably proved the high level of Japanese-Hungarian relations.

Dr. Kosuge Junichi talked about the undergoing process of the reinforcement of Japanese-Hungarian political and economic relations, and he expressed his appreciation that this is also manifested in the academic relations.

Dr. Mamoru Suzuki, President of Tokyo Medical University, also highlighted the significance of the signing of these agreements: according to him the collaboration now has become official between the two institutions.

Dr. Miklós Molnár talked about the fact that more and more Japanese students study at Semmelweis University and he expressed his hope that Hungarian students will soon also have an opportunity to study in Japan. Dr. Molnár also said that our institution will be pleased to have Japanese professors as lecturers at Semmelweis University.

Dr. József Sándor emphasized among other things that both institutions have the same principles and purposes: a well-operating patient care system.

At the end of the discussion the leaders of both universities officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding, a Sister Agreement as well as a Student Exchange Agreement. These agreements contain regulations regarding the mutual student-, researcher- and staff exchange programme, the exchange of information between the two institutions as well as the organization of common lectures and seminars. The agreement related to the exchange of medical students provides the opportunity for the following: both universities to send and receive 2-2 graduating students for clinical training during one academic year, for maximum 8 weeks per student.

After the discussion and the official signing of the agreements the Japanese delegation visited the 1st Department of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research, where Dr. András Matolcsy, Director, welcomed the representatives of Tokyo Medical University. The delegation also visited the Heart and Vascular Centre, where they were welcomed by Dr. György Bárczi, Senior Lecturer. Dr. Bárczi introduced the facilities and the daily work of the Centre to our Japanese guests in details.

Pálma Dobozi
Source: Directorate of International Relations
Photo: Gábor Ancsin
Translated by: Katalin Romhányi