Higher Education Minister Claude Meisch and Health Minister Paulette Lenert meet with Rector Dr Prof. Stéphane Pallage and students at the launch; Credit: University of Luxembourg / Michel Brumat

The University of Luxembourg launched three new specialisation courses in Medicine this week.

At a ceremony bringing together more than 70 people on the Belval campus on Monday, the University of Luxembourg welcomed students entering their second year of the Bachelor in Medicine and launched the new medical specialisation courses.

The first part of the ceremony was dedicated to the first students to enter the second year of the Bachelor in Medicine, which launched in September 2020. Teachers and partners awarded the cohort of fourteen students a practical learning guide for clinical examinations, a stethoscope and a gown personalised with their name. A gesture much appreciated by those who have decided to continue their studies in Luxembourg. “It has always been my dream to become a doctor and it means a lot to me to be here. It shows the importance that Luxembourg places on future caregivers”, commented one second-year student, Martin Smejkal.

Last September, the cohort began their first year in the context of the COVID-10 pandemic and hybrid learning. 

Moderated by Prof. Gilbert Massard, Director of Medical Studies at the University of Luxembourg, the second part of the ceremony was dedicated to the launch of three new medical specialisation courses. Luxembourg's Minister of Higher Education and Research, Claude Meisch, and the Minister of Health, Paulette Lenert, delivered the welcome speech.

Minister Claude Meisch stressed the need to assess the existing training in order to prepare for the future of medical training in Luxembourg. He expressed his gratitude to the medical students, who took up the challenge of pursuing a long degree which will lead to a trying but rewarding profession in the service of others. He promised that the Luxembourg government would do everything in its power to support them.

Minister Paulette Lenert supported the prospect of training health professionals and ultimately having a wide range of medical training courses, not only for Luxembourgers, but also for all those who wish to study and work here. She added that providing a health system that is accessible to all, efficient and sustainable will make graduates want to live and work in the Grand Duhcy.

The various institutional partners involved in the Bachelor and the specialisation courses then took turns speaking. Notably, Marc Braun, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Nancy and Christian Debry, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Strasbourg, highlighted the many existing and future collaborations in the field of medicine between Luxembourg and the Grand-Est region in France.