Innovation at University Medical Center Utrecht
The University Medical Center Utrecht, affiliated with Utrecht University, is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the main hospital of the city of Utrecht. A research and academic hospital with roots going back to 1636, the center has notable neurosurgery, pediatric oncology, and trauma units. It also includes the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital. More than 60,000 students call Utrecht home, and the city has the welcoming feel of a university campus.
With more than 10,000 people employed at the UMC Utrecht, the large hospital has led recent research breakthroughs in heart medicine, arthritis, and radiology including the installation of a new 1.5 Tesla MRI machine. Most recently, a UN worker who contracted the ebola virus in Liberia was cured at the hospital’s state-of-the-art emergency unit.
With medical research at the forefront of the University Medical Center Utrecht, an emphasis on life sciences education is key. Bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs are all available, with the PhD taught in English. The bachelor’s in biomedicine sciences consists of both courses and research. Students can also apply for semester exchanges. UMC Utrecht participates in Science without Borders and offers six different research programs, with placement depending on student specialty.