WHICH TYPE OF INTERNET CONNECTION DO I NEED?
Internet connection necessary to connect to all learning material of the postgraduate. Ufora is the umbrella name for the electronic learning environment at Ghent University which will be used for e-learning. Since the online courses will contain audio, graphics and video high speed internet is essential.
CAN I REGISTER FOR ONE COURSE OF THE PROGRAMME?
No, course units cannot be taken via an exam contract.
DO I HAVE TO FOLLOW ALL PRACTICAL TRAININGS?
Yes, attendance at practical exercises is compulsory for all students. Enrolment for the Postgraduate course in Poultry Health Sciences includes compulsory mobility for students to follow the practical trainings and to take the exams. Participation, motivation, dedication and skills of the student during the practical trainings are part of the permanent evaluation. Student who eschew period aligned and/or non-period aligned evaluations for the course units may be failed by the examiner.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO FOLLOW THE FULL PROGRAMME (30 credits) IN ONE YEAR?
No, this will not be possible. The programme of the postgraduate is designed to develop certain competences in the first year which you will need in the second year, and in the second year which you will need in the third year. Furthermore, per region (Europe, Asia, Latin America) only one of the three years of the programme is organized each year.
WHAT IS THE MINIMAL REQUIREMENT TO PASS THE EXAM?
Grades received for practical exercises and the results of written and oral tests during the year may also be taken into account for the final result, as part of a system of permanent evaluation. For each course unit the evaluation/examination method is indicated in the course catalogue, as well as the minimum requirements for awarding credit points. Ghent University uses a grading system of 0–20 with intervals of 1 point. No half points are used.
- 10 to 20 are the passing marks
- 0 to 9 are failing marks.
You can find more information on the academic system in the Education and Examination Code.
WHAT IF I DID NOT PASS THE EXAM FIRST EXAMINATION PERIOD?
If you failed/skipped an exam in the first examination period, you can retake the exam in the second examination period. If you did not pass the exam in first examination period, you are automatically registered for the second chance exam period. However, take into account that the second examination period is only organized in Belgium (Merelbeke). In contrast to the first examination period, students following the programme in Asia or Latin-America have to come to Belgium to take their second chance exam.
IS THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN THE POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME LIMITED?
WHAT IF I DID NOT PASS ALL MY COURSES OF THE STANDARD LEARNING PATH?
Generally you can re-enrol in a course you have previously failed. You will need to check the course specifications to confirm in which region this course is offered in that year, additional mobility of the student might be necessary. When you re-enrol into a course you will mostly need to repeat the whole course and pay for the course again. In that case, a personalized learning path which deviates from the standard learning path can be developed for the student.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME AND CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMMES?
Upon completing your postgraduate programme, you receive a postgraduate certificate. This is not the same as a degree (which you obtain on successful completion of a Bachelor’s or a Master’s programme). It is a real university training though, which on successful completion is honoured with a certificate signed by the Rector of Ghent University. As opposed to a continuing education programmes, postgraduate programmes organized by Ghent University consist of course units for which, upon successful completion, ECTS credits are obtained.