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International Master in Biomedicine celebrates its first graduates

Université du Luxembourg - 12/03/2021

Launched in 2018 as a tri-national programme with the University of Luxembourg, the University of Strasbourg and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the first graduates from the International Master of Science in Biomedicine are now pursuing their studies or working in the biomedical sector.

With the growing importance of academic and industrial biomedicine laboratories in the region, the International Master of Science in Biomedicine provides students with a strong multidisciplinary education in the fields of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, neurosciences and immunology, and systems biology. They have the opportunity to experience a multidisciplinary research training as well as a multicultural approach of the scientific communities across the borders.

Students spend their first semester at the University of Luxembourg, the second at the University of Strasbourg and the third at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. During the fourth semester, students participate in an internship in the field of biomedical research, either in a research laboratory at a university or with an external partner.

Louise Chomel, Emérentienne Michelin, Laetitia Minniti, Anna Schneider and Amira Slama are the first graduates of this international programme. Louise, Emérentienne and Amira are continuing to study while Laetitia is working in a hospital. They share their experience as former students.

International Master in Biomedicine celebrates its first graduates
From left: Louise, Emérentienne, Laetitia and Amira

Louise: "This Master offers the possibility to have precise and broad scientific knowledge in line with the specialities of each university. Luxembourg has allowed us to obtain a solid foundation in genomics and proteomics, as well as to acquire a methodology and scientific rigour that has been useful throughout the Master. Also, the three diplomas give us better chances of finding a job abroad in the future. What I have appreciated the most during these two years is the great richness and diversity of teaching and the opportunity to interact with our teachers."

Emérentienne: "Being a good scientist means being able to adapt. This tri-national master degree was a perfect way to develop this skill for me. I enjoyed the combination of biology and computer sciences in Luxembourg, as well as the possibility to choose some optional courses in Strasbourg. In Mainz, we had the opportunity to discover neurobiology and immunology in very interactive courses due to the size of our group. During those two years, I had the chance to experience different ways of teaching and to build very good relationships with the teachers because of the small number of students."

Laetitia: "I chose this programme since it was international, taught in English and allowed me to study in three different countries (France, Germany and Luxembourg). Besides, the focus on biomedicine was very rewarding for me. I found it interesting to discover the different ways of teaching in each country since the professors had different knowledge and experience. Thus, it facilitated learning about new ways of thinking in biomedicine."

Amira: "I chose this Master first of all because of the international experience. Travelling around three countries for my studies was a unique and fun adventure! I appreciated the diversity of the learning programme, with each country contributing to a different domain. I liked meeting new people, learning about the different cultures and having many practical projects in different labs."

The International Master of Science in Biomedicine will accept 16 new students to start in autumn 2021. The application period will continue until May 2021 (23 April for non-EU students).

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