AUS launches GCC's first Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

  • Tuesday 20, June 2017 in 3:37 PM
Sharjah 24 – WAM: The American University of Sharjah, AUS, has announced the launch of a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering Degree, MSBME, the first such programme in the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, region.

The degree which will commence in the fall semester August 2017, is a dynamic, multidisciplinary programme aimed at meeting an increasing demand for biomedical engineers in the healthcare industry and biomedical research. 

The MSBME, offered by the College of Engineering, CEN, will prepare students for advanced careers and doctoral studies related to biomedical engineering. The university will offer MSBME students teaching and research assistantships, which include stipends and tuition waivers, on a competitive basis. 

AUS Chancellor, Dr. Bjorn Kjerfve, said, "Recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa region, and specifically in the GCC countries, have increased the need for biomedical engineers. The tremendous rate of population growth in the MENA region is accompanied by a concurrent demand for and growth in healthcare services, such as hospitals, clinics, medical colleges, medical technology suppliers and biomedical engineering, which is reported to be one of the fastest growing engineering discipline worldwide."

"The launch of the MSBME programme is aligned with our mandate to become a top research university, as we continue to produce highly qualified graduates who will support and sustain the growing industrial and economic demands and development of the country," he added. 

Dr. Hasan Al Nashash, Director of the AUS MSBME Programme, said, "The MSBME programme will provide an opportunity to conduct advanced biomedical engineering research to support the efforts in combating the region’s specific healthcare challenges, including serious and prevalent diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, perinatal and genetic diseases." 

The AUS MSBME curriculum provides core courses in mathematics, anatomy and physiology, followed by elective courses in several biomedical engineering sub-disciplines. Students can select a number of multidisciplinary areas, including healthcare operations management, planning and risk management, biomedical informatics, instrumentation, signal processing, biomaterials, drug delivery and biomechanics. 

The MSBME programme will accept students from a wide variety of engineering backgrounds, including those who have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering.