Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology Research in Medicine
The novel characteristics of the Bachelor’s Degree
The historical turning point of the introduction of biotechnological approaches in biomedical research caught the university system largely unprepared and it has very often attempted to satisfy these new demands simply by revising existing curricula. By contrast, our Biotechnology Research in Medicine course sets itself the ambitious target of providing a learning programme able to fully meet the needs expressed by the most advanced international research sector, by preparing graduates with the cultural preparation required to enter the higher cycles of university education.
The Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology Research in Medicine is not merely another course similar to many others available in Italy, rather its strives to offer unique features through the guidelines provided below.
Providing teaching structures that are fully appropriate to individual academic development
The number of students admitted is in line with the number of workstations available in the student research laboratory and compatible with the possibilities of using the extensive facilities of the laboratories that serve the Department of Biotechnologies (DIBIT).
Guaranteeing an optimum teacher-student ratio
The limited number of students makes it possible to adopt innovative approaches to teaching (such as problem-based learning and role-play) and to perform learning activities in small groups, under the tutorage of the teaching staff.
Involving students in the design of the teaching programme
The teaching programme, which is based on the experience of San Raffaele researchers and feedback from the world of employment, is periodically reviewed based primarily on the opinions and judgements expressed by students.
Guaranteeing individual support
A student career monitoring system provides indicators that can help identify any difficulties experienced in class or during the teaching programme and provides the foundations for tutoring and counselling initiatives, in step with the scheduled teaching work.
The decision to offer a limited number of places reflects our conviction that educational objectives can only be achieved by keeping the focus on our students, which is essential to satisfying the requirements set forth below.
The explosive growth of biological databases, driven by the completion of the Human Genome Project and similar projects regarding other species of interest, has prompted a gradual transformation of areas of Biology and Genetics into “sciences of biological information” with profound and revolutionary implications for basic science and biomedicine. These developments suggest the need to train researchers able to deal with the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of the issues of modern biomedical research. A modern university cannot simply transfer passive concepts and knowledge to its students, it must provide them with the insight needed to locate and manage knowledge and information in real time and in an interactive manner. This digital aid makes it possible to enhance conventional teaching with multimedial teaching materials and practical programmes but, above all, its allows students to acquire the skills they need in order to independently process the information made available by databases, by applying it to lab work using specific software programmes.
The Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology Research in Medicine aims to connect the academic world and industry, with a view to satisfying the biotechnological research sector’s ever-greater demands for new graduates with highly-specialised know-how. In this context, DIBIT – the Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele Department of Biotechnologies that, in the space of just ten years, has consolidated a position as a centre of excellence in both the national and international scenarios - provides the ideal strategical and operational basis for this Bachelor’s degree, on account of its characteristics of excellence and the coexistence of:
• basic and clinical research laboratories;
• diagnostic research laboratories;
• companies belonging to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
The direct involvement of both a centre of academic excellence and the most highly-qualified industrial research has allowed us to devise a shared project strategy, as well as providing the know-how and professional expertise required to establish specific courses and, ultimately, achieve the targets set. The close relationship with the world of employment, in the various areas of biomedical research also makes it possible to offer internships, in order to favour students’ subsequent recruitment.