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“I would like to study Bioengineering because …”

Bioengineering is the Department that creates a correlation between basic medical sciences and engineering sciences. Departmental studies increase community’s quality of life by providing services and improving the systems in the field of production. Bioengineering, one of the rapidly developing professions, is appropriate for students who enjoy research. Bioengineers work in every field of the ‘bio’ or ‘life’ and are essential parts in the key sectors such as medicine, genetic, nutrition, agriculture, environment and energy. I know, bioengineers have the biggest part in biological innovations from decoding the source of life to synthesising cells and I would like to follow these developments closely and take a part in these developments. The significance of bioengineers has been increasing recently allowing us to talk about a country’s Bio-Economy.

Programme Content

The bioengineering graduate programme aims to develop new technologies by benefiting from biological systems and processes. Throughout the four years of  study, a correlation is created between major and applied sciences by students taking major science courses such as  physics, chemistry, biology, maths, materials science; major engineering courses such as thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics; genetic, molecular biology, metabolism, cell physiology and biochemistry, bioprocess engineering, neurobiology and immunology.

What are my job opportunities?

Some of the careers that people who complete the degree programme in the Department of Bioengineering can enjoy are genetic analysis, cytological biological toxicity tests, biological production processes, suitable reactor and separation/purification equipment selection and the design, development and production of biological material testing and production of diagnostic kits.

People who complete the Bioengineering Undergraduate Programme will be able to enjoy job opportunities in a wide industrial area including the Pharmaceutical Sector and the Environment Sector, in Hospitals and Clinics, institutions with legal obligations such as Hifsi Sihha and TSE. Careers are open in the areas of genetic diagnosis and treatment centres, vaccine production facilities, in military institutions, in the various departments in companies such as AR-GE that produce various foods, beverages, energy sources (hydrogen, ethanol, biogas), drugs (antibiotics, vitamins, hormones) and biochemical materials (proteins and amino acids, enzymes, organic acids and solvents, pesticides and various polymers).

Bioengineering in Brief

Bioengineering has developed in the last thirty-five years because of the rapid progress in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, cell metabolism, basic engineering and materials science. It has emerged as a new branch of science used when biological techniques and engineering principles are applied on living systems and their problems. Graduates of this programme are bioengineers.

The Bioengineering Undergraduate Programme aims to develop new technologies by using biological systems and processes. Students need to grasp the guiding principles of engineering and to learn to examine biological mechanisms and facts from an engineers’ perspective achieved through internships. By following the postgraduate course assigned to each student in their fourth year, our students are able to reinforce the knowledge and take part in studies where they will be able to find solutions to current problems.

Research and Application

Bioengineering, like other disciplines of engineering, is a practice-based department. Course applications, projects and research are carried out in chemistry, biology, tissue culture, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics and bioprocessing. These take place in modern laboratories where students learn the skills required to use a variety of scientific equipment.  Included are microscopes, ovens, incubators, autoclaves, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), lyophilisators [dry freezers], fluorescence microscopy, homogenisator, CO2 incubator, fermenters, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrofotometers (FTIR), gas chromatography-mass spectrophotometers (GC-MS), Online Solid Phase Extraction Devices (Online SPE), UV-Visible spectrophotometer, electrophoresis system, security cabinets, centrifuges and agitators. Laboratories of the Faculty of Engineering are used for applications within the computer courses in accordance with the programmes prepared by the world’s most distinguished scholars. Students have the opportunity to work in oncology, microbiology and environmental problems in the University’s distinguished Biotechnology Research Centre.

Quotations…

Asst. Assoc.  Dr. Hatice Atacag, Assistant Professor

The employment opportunities of the fastest growing scientific field of bioengineering are on the increase worldwide resulting in a growing demand for bioengineers meeting the criteria of the new century engineering. The Bioengineering Programme in theCyprusInternationalUniversitytrains bioengineers with a solid professional basis who are wide in perspective, are sensitive to local and global issues, and to ethical values and social responsibilities. We give students an education based in engineering and basic sciences and guide them in running high quality basic and applied research, equip them with problem solving techniques and team building skills necessary for a career in bioengineering.

Aylin Özge MERİÇ, Department Student

The reason why I chose Bioengineering is that it includes genetics, medical and biological technologies, both fields that are becoming popular in my country. After graduating I will work in a wide field.

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