MAASTRICHT. The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) gave the go-ahead for two new science master’s programmes during the summer: Biobased Materials and Systems Biology. The minister had already given approval in January. The masters fit in well with the UM strategy to boost science education.
The study programme of Biobased Materials will be run on Chemelot, in the new Centre Court building. This master’s programme focuses on the question how to create materials and products from biological raw materials. Eventually, the aim is to have an annual influx of 25 students, but by now six students have been selected. “This is a consequence of the late approval of the NVAO”, says Thomas Cleij, dean of the Science Program.
The master’s programme of Systems Biology is based on the Maastricht Health Campus. Systems Biology is a new interdisciplinary field, in which traditional biology and life sciences are combined with computer science and mathematics. It is the first independent master’s programme in this field in the Netherlands, says the press release. The first batch consists of only three students. Here too, an annual influx of 25 students is expected in the future.