Bachelor en master Industriële wetenschappen: nucleaire technologie

Bachelor and master Applied Engineering: nuclear technology

Published by Els Wieers op Wednesday 25 January
© 2018

The bachelor (3 years) and master (1 year) program Applied Engineering: nuclear technology (NT) of XIOS University College participates in the international network CHERNE since 2005. CHERNE stands for Cooperation for Higher Education on Radiological and Nuclear Engineering.

The dynamics within this network acted as catalyst for an international learning pathway throughout the curriculum.

By following this learning pathway our students improve their international and intercultural competences necessary for a career in an international context.

Description

The purpose of the CHERNE network is to exchange expertise, know-how, experiences and facilities. The main focus is on activities for the students. All 17 partners signed the CHERNE declaration which commits them to the participation to the yearly workshop and organise one activity per year.

The activity XIOS organises together with ISIB is XIMER. XIMER is short for XIOS-ISIB measurements on environmental radioactivity. During 2 weeks our own students are mixed with the participating students from the CHERNE partners. They follow seminars and work together on practical exercises, measurements and excursions. One week is organised at XIOS in Diepenbeek, one at ISIB in Brussels.

Secondly XIOS is active in the Erasmus IP SARA. During 2 weeks students from all partners follow seminars and perform experiments on the Safe Application of radiation and radionuclides. They visit large nuclear facilities (which are not accessible on an individual basis). Another important aspect of this program are the round tables where students discuss on ethical aspects in nuclear technology.

For XIOS it was important that these activities are not isolated activities. And together with the dynamics of the bama reform we integrated them in an international learning pathway (see attached presentation). Throughout the 3+1 year program we organise courses on international communication. In the first two years of the bachelor they are linked to the research skills. In the 3th year bachelor and the master they are not coupled anymore.

In the second year bachelor we also organise the international day on ‘working in an international context’. In this way we want to inspire and motivate students to work on their international and intercultural competences and to take part in the international activities.

In the 3th year bachelor the students can include the XIMER activity into their bachelorproject.

Finally in the master year the students have the possibility to take part in the eramus IP SARA as an additional course to the program. And of course they have the possibility to do their internship and master thesis abroad.

We are convinced that by following this international learning pathway the students enhance their language skills and intercultural competences.

Favourable and demonstrable effect on the quality of education

The CHERNE partners are qualitative partners with complementary expertise. Due to the declaration it is a very active network.

During the program all students improve their language skills. The added value for the students who also follow the international activities is that they learn to study/communicate/work in an international context during their studies, a quality highly recommended by the (nuclear) sector. Moreover, during the activities the students have access to international nuclear installation and can work with up-to-date nuclear measuring techniques, which is not possible on an individual level. Participation to the activities is validated by means of a credit certificate.

The active participation in the international activities in particular and in the CHERNE network in general works also inspiring for the teaching staff. During the yearly workshop and during the activities, they learn from each other by exchanging experiences and by mutual reflections.

Constraints or limitations and unique features

An active network with qualitative partners is a must to organise this international learning pathway. The complementary expertise of the different partners is an added value to the activities in particular and to the network in general.
Secondly you need a group of enthusiastic and flexible teachers and of course the support from the management of your institution.

Due to financial and practical aspects, only a limited number of students can participate to the international activities. Therefore we can not make the activities compulsory for all students.

The students who follow the complete international learning pathway improve not only their language skills (which is of course also the case for the students who do not participate to the international activities) but definitely improve their intercultural competences. The work done is validated in a credit certificate.

The teaching staff involved enhance their expertise and their intercultural competences by close co-operation with their CHERNE partners during the activities and the CHERNE workshop.

The CHERNE network has grown out of an erasmus intensive program with 3 partners and has grown in few years time to an active network with almost 20 partners. Due to the demands of the CHERNE declaration (obligation to organise one activity per year and to participate to the CHERNE workshop), the network is very dynamic. This plays a very important role in the success of this practice.
From the moment you have some interesting partners with mutual interests and complementary expertise you should just start to work on it. Let the dynamics do its work!

Exchange characteristics & opportunities

The students who follow the complete international learning pathway improve not only their language skills (which is of course also the case for the students who do not participate to the international activities) but definitely improve their intercultural competences. The work done is validated in a credit certificate.

The teaching staff involved enhance their expertise and their intercultural competences by close co-operation with their CHERNE partners during the activities and the CHERNE workshop. Also the less mobile teachers are active in internationalisation during the activity at home.

The CHERNE network has grown out of an erasmus intensive program with 3 partners and has grown in few years time to an active network with almost 20 partners. Due to the demands of the CHERNE declaration (obligation to organise one activity per year and to participate to the CHERNE workshop), the network is very dynamic. This plays a very important role in the success of this practice.
From the moment you have some interesting partners with mutual interests and complementary expertise you should just start to work on it. Let the dynamics do its work!

Links and supporting documents

25 JAN

Specifications

Level: Master
Orientation: Academic

Standard: Teaching and Learning
Assessment Result:

Type: The programme was NOT assessed against the NVAO framework "BKInt"

Contact information

Contact: Els Wieers
Contact e-mail: els.wieers(plaats the 'at' sign hier)xios.be
Institution: XIOS Hogeschool Limburg
Website: http://www.xios.be/_Rainbow/documents/tiw_nt.pdf
Country: Flanders

References

Erasmus funding and funding from our university college to minimise the costs for both students and docents.

A group of enthusiastic teachers and support from the management to make the organisation of the activities and participation to the network possible and to make the activities qualitative.