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Published on Wednesday, 08 March 2017
The Minister for Higher Education and Research, Marc Hansen, presented the results of the external evaluation of the University of Luxembourg at a press conference on Monday, 28 February 2017 in the presence of international expert-evaluators. This evaluation is the third major evaluation of the University since its inception and covers the activities from 2012 to 2015.
About the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), the report states that the experts are highly impressed by the fast growing and very well developing interdisciplinary centre. In their assessment, the LCSB has become one of the principal scientific flagships of the University of Luxembourg, representing both innovation and research excellence.
“The external evaluation confirms that our interdisciplinary research strategy and strong focus on neurodegenerative diseases and biomedical informatics is paying off”, says LCSB Director Prof. Rudi Balling, who according to the experts has been highly successful in establishing an internationally visible and recognized research centre with a clear and distinguishable profile. The experts praise the centre’s output in both quantity and quality, and that the outcome and impact are impressive.
But for Rudi Balling these results give no reason to become complacent: “We are extremely happy with the results, but this is no time to rest on our laurels. We have big plans for the years to come that will build on the expertise we have established in recent years. We will continue to work hard to give back to the country and its patients.”
In addition to the in-depth evaluation of research activities, institutional aspects such as governance, quality control and education were also assessed. The experts agreed that for the centre’s continued success, full support should be given, which includes among others additional space allocation and the career development of both researchers and administrative personnel.
Overall, nine out of the 13 research units and interdisciplinary research centres of the university had very good results in the external evaluation or even achieved excellence.