Regional Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and E-Health(CEBE) Masters of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering program workshop validation; 14th to 15th August 2018, at Nobleza Hotel - Kigali

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The team was composed of the academic staff from UR-CST and UR-CMHS and others experts from biomedical engineering sector who were involved in the development of the module curriculum, other experts from EAC countries; Uganda and Kenya. The Programme leader who is also the Director of the CEBE presented the process of curriculum development, and said indicated that the current is a validation meeting of the developed curriculum.

This program specification was produced to conform to the Rwandan National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education Institutions. The programme was developed after assessing the need of Biomedical Engineers scarcity according to WHO medical device department in East Africa region that includes Rwanda. It points out that the health system is facing a big challenge
of availability of medical devices and this has a serious impact in health service delivery. It highlights the main reasons as:
- There is no local manufacturing of medical device in place includes medical equipment,
implants, consumables and others.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - There no appropriate teaching institution to provide a professional course in medical management                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       -  A shortage of qualified medical device service engineers
- Even Rwanda is moving Digital, But Health Information Software are outsourced and
very expensive

The Masters programme in Biomedical Engineering aims at preparing students for leadership in industry or in academia. It aims at being a highly regarded program at regional and international level for future leadership in biomedical firms or building their own start-ups. Therefore, the programme has the following educational aims:

. To apply knowledge of advanced principles to the Biomedical engineering
. To apply the appropriate industry practices, emerging technologies, state-of-the-art
design techniques, software tools, and research methods of solving Biomedical
Engineering problems.
. To expose students to a wide range of projects in the laboratory related to Biomedical
Engineering
. To develop a broad technical understanding of the Biomedical Engineering technologies
and their application for development & business in a real-world perspective;
.To develop communication, interpersonal, and team building skills.

This Masters (MSc in Biomedical Engineering) could be taken by any professional who has previously graduated with a first-level University degree in the field of Mechatronics,Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electro-Mechanical Engineering others related fields such as Prosthetic and Orthotic and Computer Engineering, on assessment of the curricula went through.

To be admitted to MSc. Degree Programme in Biomedical Engineering, the student must: Have a Bachelor’s degree in the areas mentioned above with at least a second class, upper division; a
Bachelor’s degree in the same areas/specialisations as above, with second class, lower division, with at least a 2-year relevant working experience. All candidates should demonstrate sufficient
ability in English to undertake masters-level work.

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A group photo for participants in the MSc BME curriculum validation workshop.