The Biomedical Engineering Education in Italy
Biomedical Engineering teaching activities in Italy started in the years 1968–69. In 2000, about 150 undergraduate courses in Biomedical Engineering were active at 19 Italian Universities, while PhD Courses in Bioengineering and Postgraduate courses were available in 9 Universities. Accordingly to the reform of the European Higher Education, since 2001, a new educational path was adopted in Italy, consisting of a first level degree (3 years) eventually followed by a second level, specialist degree (2 years) and /or Masters and finally by the PhD. At moment, the Universities of Ancona, Bologna, Genova, Milano, Napoli, Padova, Pavia, Pisa, Roma 1 ‘la Sapienza’, Roma Campus Biomedico, Torino and Trieste offer the first level degree (3 years) in Biomedical Engineering and in the next future will offer the specialist degree (2 years). Other Universities offer specific cur-ricula or some modules of Biomedical Engineering within other engineering degree courses.
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