Student Exchange Programme
The Bioentrepreneurship Programme at Karolinska Institutet
Student Exchange Agreement
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden – Acting through the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship: Master in Bioentrepreneurship (MBE) and
University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand – Acting through the School of Biological Sciences and Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology: Master in Bioscience Enterprise (MBioEnt)
2014 MBioEnt Exchange Student from Karolinska Institutet
"My exchange semester through MBE (KI) and MBioEnt (UoA) has been a fantastic experience which will stay in my heart for a long time. My role was the first Swedish student to come over to Auckland. I was nervous, but my nervousness quickly disappeared by the kindness shown from the New Zealand people to welcome me.
My deepest gratitude goes to the MBioEnt team who helped me to arrange a place at Douglas Pharmaceutical Ltd where I could write my thesis as part of an internship. The company’s profile focuses on development and manufacturing of generic pharmaceutical products. I acted as an intern in the department of New Product Development, and worked on a project about how design thinking as a new business strategy could help the company grow. The New Product Development family embraced me as a member, and their support during my thesis writing made my stay unforgettable.
The opportunity of working in one of New Zealand’s most powerful pharmaceutical companies has developed me professionally and enriched me as a person with invaluable international experiences to help me succeed in my future paths". – July 2014.
MBioEnt Exchange Student at Karolinska Institutet in 2012
Market Access Writer at Evidera, London
"I was fortunate enough to be involved in the pilot of the Karolinska Institute (KI) student exchange through the MBioEnt programme in 2012. I thoroughly enjoyed the six months I spent in Stockholm and will never forget the experience. I was placed in a Swedish market access consultancy agency where I was welcomed into the workplace as an employee would be; this eased my integration into the Swedish culture and allowed me to make great contacts and friends. I developed a keen interest in the market access industry through this experience and am consequently now employed as a Market Access Writer within a large, global consultancy agency in London.
KI played a crucial role in facilitating our integration into the student life of the University and the Swedish culture. We were signed up for the summer school programme through which we made contacts and partook in typical Swedish activities. We were also given the opportunity to attend the Biotech Builders conference (a highlight), attend Swedish language lessons and were invited to a number of events at KI. The facilities at KI are world-class; we had access to the campus library, gym and our own working space within the Unit for BioEntrepreneurship, as well as subsidised accommodation.
The KI exchange programme contributed immensely to my personal, academic and professional development in many ways. I made life-long friends who I am still in touch with today, I learned a huge amount and produced a piece of research which I was pleased with, and I gained international experience and established contacts that have opened doors for me in my professional life". - July 2014.
LACHLAN HUGHESMBioEnt Exchange Student at Karolinska Institutet in 2013
"The exchange with Karolinska Institute undertaken through the MBioEnt program was an invaluable experience for my personal and professional development. This experience allowed me to take part in many exciting events outside of the prescribed masters program including the Swedish mid-summer festival, biotech conferences, international student events and see some of Europe.
The team at Karolinska did an excellent job arranging an internship that suited my skill set and interests and continued to support me throughout the exchange. I interned at a leading venture capital firm focused on the life sciences, spending half my time in their office and the other half based out of Unit for Bio-Entrepreneurship’s office at Karolinska Institute. This allowed me to build strong industry and academic networks which I still leverage now.
I have found the skills developed through international exchanges to be highly regarded by prospective employers. The MBioEnt program in combination with the exchange has developed my commercial acumen and provided me with a strong understanding of the real world application of commercialisation fundamentals established in the PgDip in an international context. I draw upon these two experiences almost daily in my current role".
The exchange agreement stipulates that MBE students enrolled at Karolinska Institutet (KI) may carry out their thesis research projects in Auckland, and an equal number of MBioEnt students enrolled at the University of Auckland (UoA) may conduct their projects at KI in Stockholm. Each student is placed in 4-6 months internships in bio-industry relevant companies/organisations to carry out business research projects for their Master’s theses. MBE/MBioEnt programme goals, graduate profiles, structure, and mode of tuition are very similar at both universities, making the student exchanges for the final year internships straight forward. Benefits for the exchange students include a wider selection of research topics and internships, a greater international bio-sector perspective and exciting career development opportunities in the global bio-industry.
The Bioentrepreneurship Programme at Karolinska Institutet
The MBE programme was launched in 2008. The programme is of 2 years duration, comprises 120 Swedish higher education credits, and is taught in English. Entry is in semester one (September start) every two years. Class size is 20-30 students. The next entry is in September 2012. Four of the programmes courses are taught at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Year 1 -60 credits (individual courses might be subject to change):
Taught courses: Industrial Management; Project Management: leadership and control; Behavioural Management Control; Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences; Development of Products in the Biomedical Industry; Market Analysis; Business development; Practical placement 1.
Year 2 – 60 credits (individual courses might be subject to change):
Taught courses: Management consulting; Integration of Science, Technology and Business, Practical placement 2.
Master thesis in Bioentrepreneurship (30 points – 20 weeks internship in final semester).
The programme is operated by the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship (UBE) at Karolinska Institutet. Further information about the programme can be obtained from the website: www.ki.se/master/bioentrepreneurship
The Bioscience Enterprise Programme at the University of Auckland
The programme is modular and divided into two qualifications of 120 points each – Postgraduate Diploma Bioscience Enterprise (PGDipBioEnt) after successful completion of year one, and Master in Bioscience Enterprise (MBioEnt) after year two. The PGDipBioEnt was launched in 2006, the MBioEnt in 2007. Entry to PGDipBioEnt is in semester one (starts late February) annually. Class limit is 25 students. Entry to MBioEnt requires completion of PGDipBioEnt with a grade average of B+ or higher across best 6 out of 8 courses. Approx. 20 students progress annually in the MBioEnt year.
Year 1 – 120 points (PGDipBioEnt)
Taught courses: Accounting and finance for Scientists; Marketing for Scientific and Technical Personnel; Frontiers in Biotechnology; Law and Intellectual Property; Research Commercialisation; Commercialisation Project; two electives from life sciences related graduate programmes.
Year 2 – 120 points (MBioEnt)
Taught courses: Science Enterprise Research Methods; Product Development and Regulatory Environments.
Master theses in Bioscience Enterprise (90 points – six months internship).
The programme is taught jointly between the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Business & Economics, the Faculty of Law, and industry practitioners. It is operated by the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB) at the University of Auckland. Further information about the programme can be obtained from the website www.biotech.co.nz
Master Thesis Internships – Modus Operandi
Selection of exchange students:
The partner universities will each promote the exchange programme through their own brochures/web sites. Each university seeks expressions of interest from its students early in the programme and is responsible for the selection of suitable candidates to be sent abroad.
KI students in Auckland:
The KI MBE thesis comprises 30 out of 60 credits in year two KI students complete third semester courses mid-January and then immediately begin their thesis projects which take a whole semester to the end of May. Exchange students could therefore start in Auckland in early February. A special welcome and induction event will be held for the incoming exchange students. They will also take part at the form MBioEnt induction Day later in the month when the first semester starts and where they will meet the local Bioscience Enterprise students and staff.
Internship placements, research topics, and supervisors will be pre-arranged so that KI students can start their internships without delay. Internship duration is approx. 4 months, thesis submission at the end of May.
Each project is supervised locally by an academic supervisor (UoA) and an industry supervisor (internship organisation). In accordance with the KI rules, the students will in addition have a supervisor from KI. Regular liaison with the KI MBE Programme Director will ensure project conformity with KI standards.
KI students remain enrolled at KI which will award the degree. The thesis will be graded under the relevant regulations at Karolinska Institutet taking into consideration a mark recommendation from the academic supervisor at the University of Auckland.
UoA students in Stockholm:
The UoA MBioEnt thesis is proportionally longer – 90 out of 120 points in year two, equating to internships of 5 – 6 months duration from early June to mid-November. A special welcome and induction event will be held for the incoming exchange students.
Internship placements, research topics, and supervisors will be pre-arranged so that UoA students can start their internship without delay. Internship duration is about 5.5 months to early/mid-November. The students will return to Auckland and present their findings with the rest of the class at the Bioscience Enterprise Symposium Day in the second half of November. They submit their thesis like their colleagues by the end of the month.
Each project is supervised locally by an academic supervisor (KI) and an industry supervisor (internship organisation). Regular liaison with the UoA Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme will ensure project conformity with UoA standards.
UoA students remain enrolled at the University of Auckland which will award the degree. The thesis will be graded under the relevant regulations at the University of Auckland taking into consideration a mark recommendation from the academic supervisor at Karolinska Institutet.