ISAB evaluated for the first time research and doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine in October last year. The panel of experts from various disciplines met with the faculty management, heads of departments and supervisors of PhD programs over three days.
The evaluation of PhD programs was part of the evaluation process. ISAB members discussed various aspects of PhD programs together with program directors and students representatives. The outcome of discussions were evaluation reports that provided a direct feedback from the experts in the field assessing the current state of programs as well as giving proposals on how things could be improved.
The evaluators ranked our Biomedical Sciences PhD program with the highest possible rating and indicated it as a best practice example among the existing PhD programs at the Faculty of Medicine of MU. Some comments of the evaluation report included the following:
- The study program, with its focus and study goals, effectively follows the research strategy of the department(s).
- The process of admission is transparent and the selected criteria are a prerequisite for the selection of top candidates. It is open to international candidates and sufficient conditions have been created to enable international candidates to apply for admission to the program.
- The research outputs of doctoral students are adequate to the research outputs of the departments providing the degree program.
- A system providing feedback to doctoral students is in place.
- The number and qualifying structure of supervisors within the evaluated degree program ensures quality supervision of students.