Kalkara, Maastricht, March 5th, 2020: EDU, Europe’s first digital Institution of Higher Education, and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University will be working together in the future to ensure the quality of teaching Medicine. Both educational institutions have recently signed a partnership agreement stating that experts from the Netherlands will continuously evaluate and supervise the curriculum of EDU’s Medicine study programme.
EDU will give the staff at Maastricht University a detailed insight into their digital teaching and learning platform – the Digital Campus – and all related systems for the design, creation and management of the curriculum. Planned visits to EDU locations are also part of the cooperation. The evaluation is intended to comment on the quality of teaching concerning meaningful, relevant and measurable learning objectives, and to assure the level of knowledge of EDU students is comparable to that of students at other institutions.
“We are pleased to have formed this partnership with such an innovative educational institution of international standing like Maastricht University,” says Dr. Jürgen Laartz, EDU’s designated founding director. “We are sure that we will benefit from the expertise and exchange with Maastricht University, including their experience with the concept of problem-based learning, which is part of our curriculum as well.”
“We look forward to working together and learning from EDU’s innovative approach, the digital environment and early clinical contacts,” says Professor Dr. Albert Scherpbier, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and Vice Chairman of Maastricht University.
The quality standards laid out in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC are the basis of this assessment. Both partners guarantee the protection of personal data.
EDU. A degree smarter is an Institution of Higher Education and a brand of Digital Education Holdings Limited (DEH) based in Kalkara, Malta. As the first educational institution of its kind in Europe, EDU has been offering an interactive, digital bachelor and master’s programme in Medicine since November 2018. Accreditation for both programmes has been granted by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) of the Republic of Malta. The programme consists of a three-year bachelor’s degree (B. Med.) and a two-and-a-half-year master’s degree (M. Med.). At the Digital Campus and in hands-on clinical phases at hospitals in Germany from week 10, students learn the scientific and practical basics of medicine. The study programme meets the standards of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and has a digital catalogue of learning objectives. EDU on the Internet: Click here
Maastricht University is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 18,000 students and 4,400 employees, is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative educational model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education. Maastricht University is coordinator of YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe). The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences is home to over 5,163 students and 2,550 staff, of which almost 40 % comes from abroad. FHML is part of Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) and has built up a large international partner network.
EDU is a European Institution of Higher Education. EDU is operated by Digital Education Holdings Limited (DEH) based in Kalkara, Malta. As the first educational institution of its kind in Europe, EDU offers an interactive, digital study of human medicine. The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (superseded by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority as of January 2021) of the Republic of Malta has granted accreditation for the Degree in Medicine. From the first trimester, students at EDU learn the scientific and practical foundations of human medicine in a digital campus and in practice at teaching hospitals.
EDU supports the Digital Education Action Plan of the European Commission and the United Nations in realizing the third and fourth goal for sustainable development (“Good Health and Well- Being”, “Education for All”).