CHAP 7 INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND THE PROGRAM

FACULTY TNW

The study programs of the UT are the responsibility of one of its faculties. Each faculty has a Dean as chairman. The BME program is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW). The Dean of TNW is Prof.dr.ir. A. Bliek. The position of executive director is vacant. An organisational chart of TNW can be found in appendix 8. The (managing) staff of the BME program will be discussed in the next chapter.

Faculty TNW

The Faculty Science and Technology comprises various Bachelor’s programs (in Dutch):

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Advanced Technology (AT)

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Biomedische Technologie (BMT)

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Chemische Technologie (CT)

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Technische Geneeskunde (TG)

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Technische Natuurkunde (TN)

And various Master’s programs (in English):

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Applied Physics (APH)

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Biomedical Engineering (BME)

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Chemical Engineering (CE)

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Nano Technology (NT)

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Technical Medicine (TM)

Related Faculties

Nevertheless, due to its multidisciplinary character, a substantial number of courses within the BME program are provided by lecturers of:

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the Faculty of Engineering Technology (CTW)

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the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (Dutch: EWI, English: EEMCS

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The Faculty of Management en Bestuur (MB)

COMMITTEES AND BOARDS CONCERNING THE STUDY PROGRAM

Several committees are essential for the functioning of the study program. Within the faculty TNW (next chapter), these comprise the Program Committee, the BM Department and the Board of Examiners (see next chapter). The Faculty Council can be considered as the higher main committee and the University Council fullfills this role at a higher hierarchical level. These committees are discussed in the following paragraphs.

The Committee for Program Quality evaluates the quality of the study program based on student experiences and opinions. Furthermore are students are very welkom to give suggestions and comments concerning the study program at any time.

UNIVERSITY COUNCIL

The University Council (UR) consists of nine elected staff representatives and nine elected student representatives. The Executive Board of the UT requires the approval of the UR for a number of issues, including the strategic plan and administrative agenda for the years to come: The establishment or termination of program courses, regulations establishing the rights of students and policy impacting the quality of education.

FACULTY COUNCIL

The Faculty Council (FR) of TNW consists of an equal number of staff representatives and students and advices the Dean on all management aspects (financial, personnel, education, research) and is the highest participation body within the faculty. The Faculty Council has the right of veto on several subjects, like reorganisation and the Student’s Charter. The difference with the Program Committee, next paragraph, is that the latter can only influence matters concerning a specific education program and that this is bound to the right of advice. The Faculty Council, however, operates at a higher level of abstraction.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (OLC)

The Program Committee (OLC) of BME consists of (an even number of) students and staff members/co-workers. This committee considers the regulations for examination, the study program and the execution of it. Lawfully, this committee has the right to advice (at request or unsolicited) the Program Director and the Dean. These advices are binding for the concerning persons unless they have well-grounded reasons to handle otherwise. This is the official way in which students can influence the study program. At the moment, the Program Committee consists of the following members:

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Dr. Ir. T. Heida (Chairman)

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Prof. Dr. J. Feijen

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Dr. Ir. D. van de Belt

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Dr. Ir. W. Steenbergen

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Dr. R.P.H. Kooyman (temporary)

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M.J. van Gendt

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S.T. Boerema

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B. Koopman

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I.C.Staal

THE BM DEPARTMENT

The BM Department (SG) of the program consists of the professors of the research groups that are involved in the BME study program, see chapter 9. Chairman of the department is prof.dr. C.A. van Blitterswijk. The department advices the Dean and Program Director on strategic and management matters of the BME study programs.

COMMITTEE FOR PROGRAM QUALITY (OKC)

For the quality of a study program, it is of main interest to know the opinions of students regarding the contents, the chosen type of lectures and the place in the curriculum schedule of all courses. To systematically monitor these opinions, BME encounters a structured quarter-based evaluation system with the Committee for Program Quality as central working group. The committee consists of students and tutors and is responsible for the course and track evaluation of the programs. Each quarter, the committee introduces online course evaluation forms and a discussion with a set panel of students to discuss each course and quarter as a whole. The course-specific information will be presented to the tutors for comments afterwards.

The course evaluation forms, panel discussions, comments of the tutor, “grades” (graduation percentages) and results and measures of previous years are processed by the OKC to finally result in a semesterly evaluation report, including recommendations. This report is presented to the students and handed to the Program Committee, who advices the Program Director after deliberation. At the moment, the OKC consists of the following student members:

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Irene Arkesteijn

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Bram Koopman

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Dieuwke Loenen

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Tim Schwarte

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Luc de Leeuw

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Sabine Beijen

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Merije Florijn

and the following tutors:

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dr. R.P.H. Kooyman

The quality coordinator of the faculty, Drs. H.J. van den Hengel, acts as advisor. Dr. ir. B.H.L. Betlem acts as chairman.

STUDENT INFLUENCE ON STUDY PROGRAMS

Besides students in the Program Committee, Faculty Council and the Committee for Program Quality, all students are of importance to monitor and improve the quality of education. All suggestions and comments concerning the study program and other related educational affairs are welcome! For these cases, several persons are available: tutors, mentors, the study adviser, program coordinator and program director. Moreover, the BME program knows a structural system of evaluation, based on course evaluation forms and group interviews. Like the other committees, this system can only exist on behalf of student’s contributions.