The goal of the programme is an interdisciplinary cooperation across faculties and scientific fields, allowing for the creation of projects that can mark the further development and the new research and development direction of the university.
Thematic Excellence Programme
Multiple interdisciplinary thematic projects have started on the University of Pécs since 2016, funded by tenders:
The Medical School started an all-encompassing development programme of education materials. The Simulation Education Centre (MediSkillsLab) was expanded with new equipment and units (VR lab, cadaver surgery, matrix rooms), and multiple other labs supporting research and education started (Biomechanical Laboratory, Bio-mechatronic Laboratory). The 3D Printing and Visualization Centre was created as an important unit, where nearly 20 experts work on the development of medical equipment and software, serving both internal and external (university) needs. The professional coordination of development and research projects has been an important factor from the beginning; the thematic was provided by the engineering-medical interdisciplinary fields – thanks to the successful cooperation of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology and the Medical School. The project’s all-encompassing name is “Biomedical Engineering Concept”.
In order to further detail and upgrade this, we have started a separate programme within the Thematic Excellence Programme, currently named Centre for Biomedical Engineering & Innovation. There are six large areas for professional directions – based on previous achievements and new infrastructure:
- Biotechnology, Bioprinting and connected Pharmaceutical Technologies
- Healthcare simulation and surgery planning, Operational Health
- Medical material technology
- Healthcare software development, AI, BigData
- Biocybernetics, healthcare robotics
- Neurorehabilitation, human-machine connections
Our professional programme has a place in the University’s strategic directions, especially since we have achieved many successes in scientific work, education and market connections in a relatively short time.
We have started the development of the Biomedical Engineering MSc programme according to the accredited KKK in Hungary, in order to ensure future workforce. We have not indicated any specializations in the course yet, but we have created the following elective thematic course groups:
- Neurorehabilitation, human-machine connections,
- Medical imaging (focused on neuroimaging),
- Bioprinting, tissue engineering.
We are planning to announce specializations based on the experience of the first few years. The programme will be accredited in both English and Hungarian. The development of a BSc programme – as first in Hungary – is in our long-term plans.
The following research- and workgroups are already at work on individual projects:
- Healthcare software development, healthcare AI, BigData
- Simulation education, surgery planning and Operational Medicine
- Medical material technology
- Biocybernetics and Medical Robotics research group
- Neurorehabilitation, movement analysis
- Autonomic systems
- Material and structure analytics
- Well Being Research Incubator
- BIM Skill laboratory
- Intelligent city
- Smart Care
- Big data & real world data
- Emergency Innovation