The University of Luxembourg has announced that it is launching a new Bachelor in Medicine for the upcoming winter 2020-21 semester.

At its meeting on 27 March 2020, held via video conference due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Board of Governors of the University of Luxembourg approved both the 2019 accounts and the launch of this new medical degree.

In addition to discussing the impact of the current pandemic on the university' activities and measures to be implemented, the Rectorate presented to the Board the 2019 accounts of the University of Luxembourg, audited by Grant Thornton and ultimately approved by the Board. The 2019 financial year ended with a positive result of €5 million, an amount that the Board unanimously decided to allocate to the reserve.

At this same meeting, the Board approved the launch of the Bachelor in Medicine. The creation of this degree forms part of the university's contribution strategy to the sustainability of the supply of doctors in Luxembourg adopted by the Board on 10 December 2016. The Bachelor will be open at the start of the winter 2020-21 semester. At the end of the first year, and after a classifying exam, students will be able to choose either to continue their training at the University of Luxembourg or to join a partner university in France, Belgium or Germany.

Referring in particular to the current context, the Board welcomed this significant development in the university's activities. The next step will be the establishment of specialisations in neurology and oncology.