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Ing. Radek Štohl, Ph.D.
Cybernetics and Modern Methods of Control
On the basis of good traditional contacts among Network participants a new feature of the project is in a massive support of both phenomenon of contemporary university studies: the ECTS credit transfer and education in English. All participants have experiences enough from other programs (particularly Socrates – Erasmus) and are very good prepared for credit transfer, but in case of English teaching courses there have been made in many cases first steps only. The proposed project has the aim to support and accelerate development of education in English in all participating universities of the Network, particularly in education of control and automation. Many participants have already developed courses in English in form of electronic texts (e-texts). E-text in courses of control and automation area will create the basis for CEEPUS students and teachers for regular one semester term studies (in case of student mobility) and lectures (in case of teacher mobility). E-texts are created in individual partner universities in framework of individual partner or national projects (in the Czech Republic with support of development programs of Ministry of education etc.).
In frame of national Grant Agencies projects, Ph.D. students gets many supplemental knowledge during their stages in foreigners academic workplaces.
- Support of internationalization of study in Control engineering.
- Accelerate the development of education in English in all participating universities of the Network in Control engineering study program.
- Elaboration of electronic texts (e- text).
- Regular one or two semester study in foreign universities with partly harmonized C.V
- Opportunity for students to compare pedagogical and didactic methods of visiting teachers.
- Joint program for multiple MA degree in 7 universities of the Network.
- Organization of periodic Summer schools.
- Brno University of Technology, Department of Control and Instrumentation
- Technical University of Gabrovo, Department of Automation, Information and Control Systems
- Technical University of Sofia Branch in Plovdiv, Department of Control Systems
- Czech Technical University in Prague, Control Engineering Department
- Brno University of Technology, Department of Automation and Information Technology
- University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Machine Engineering and Naval Architecture
- University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology
- Lublin University of Technology, Faculty of Management and Fundamental of Technology
- Kielce University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Department of Automation and Control
- University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University Sts.Cyril and Methodius - Skopje, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering -Skopje, Institute of Production Engineering
University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Planned mobility actions:
- Student mobility
- one semester study on partners university for undergraduate – and graduate students (4 month stays),
- graduate students mobility to prepare diploma work ( 4 month stays),
- doctoral students mobility flows to finished work on doctoral thesis (4 month stay).
Universities of the network will prepare for purposes of such a study English written e-texts. Students will be prepared in English from the home university. Slovak and Czech students will study in Czech universities and vice versa in national language. The same procedure will be applied between Slovenia and Croatia students. Students have to bring minimum 15 ECTS credits for one semester study in a host university. Credits have to be full accepted in the home institution. Diploma thesis will be evaluated by 10 ECTS credits. Doctoral students mobility will be used mostly for individual c.v. in order to enable students from sending universities utilize scientific excellence of partners research laboratories and professors capacity as well as the work in multinational research teams.
- Short student mobility:
There will be planned every year one Summer school in the Network years time table. Topics of Schools will be defined by the Network general assembly in the end of each academic year. In this academic year of the Network will be organized a Summer School in Prague. Methodology, internet oriented laboratories, e-texts in education of control, industrial informatics, measurement and instrumentation for distance study and e-learning. Successful students receive from Schools 6 ECTS credits for optional courses in their own C.V.
- Teacher mobility:
Teacher mobility will be used for purposes of lectures and exercises of lecturers from sending universities to give lectures for students of receiving university. The organization of teachers mobility will be done by corresponding partners on sending and receiving universities. The most appropriate procedure would be to establish corresponding partners and implement lectures and exercises of coming lecturers in compulsory subjects. The minimum teacher load will be 6 hours/week.
Next teacher mobility will be concerned to Summer schools (one teacher month will be used for 2 teachers for 14 days School).
Type of instruction planned:
- assistance with work on a (doctoral) thesis,
- Summer school,
- Student mobility:
Students applying for long term student mobility have to work out appropriate study plan. They have to specify required courses (with credits) in the home university and corresponding courses (with credits) in the hosting university. This study plan have to be signed by the local project coordinator on the basis of decision of the vice dean for education in the home institution. Minimum 15 ECTS credits will be demanded for one semester study abroad. Applying student has to find out that required courses will be open in the term concerned. The study plan has to be signed by the local project coordinator in the host university (acceptance confirmation, realization conformation). In case that required courses will not be open or are not available in English or student is not able to study in the language of host country, the application will be refused. The sending institution will be responsible for quality of language preparation of sending students. The receiving institution will be responsible for good study and working (laboratory work) condition of incoming students.
- Short student mobility:
Short student mobility will be mostly used for participation in Intensive school (Summer schools). The reasons for such mobility are as follows: - intensive education process by teachers from all network member universities - credits for participating students - opportunity for PhD., master and bachelor students to present research and tutorials against international auditorium Students will apply for their participation. The academic board from organizing institution and guests from other partner universities will review their application (papers, motivation letters).
- Teacher mobility:
The task to be solved by particular persons participating on the program exchange should be relevant to the above mentioned objectives. In order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the study periods abroad the tasks enhancing active involvement of both and (or several) participating universities will be preferred. Teachers from all partner universities will apply with lectures and scientific presentations as lectors in Intensive (Summer) Schools.
We plan one regular coordination meeting during intensive (Summer school). Participation of members from all member universities will be so utilized more effectively not only for education and research process but also for coordination, monitoring, management activities of the network. Monitoring of the project will be distributed to single network partners. Responsible person (local CEEPUS coordinator) from receiving university will care about effectiveness of student stays and teachers activities. Local CEEPUS coordinator will provide credit confirmation for receiving students and will organize teaching activities of host teachers. Next forms of monitoring: - credit transfer - evaluation of teaching methods of visiting teachers by students.
Letters of Intent create necessary but not sufficient condition for study recognition. Network members have experiences with such a recognition process from Erasmus – Socrates EU programs. The same procedure can be applied in our proposed CEEPUS network. Each student stay has to be prepared before outgoing students come to target universities. There have to be worked out by outgoing students and signed by vice dean for education from the sending university a cross list of study program in the home university and corresponding study program in the host university. The minimum amount of transferred credits will be 15 credits/term. Vice dean of sending university confirms acceptance of credit transfer into c.v. of the student concerned. Credits for intensive school have to be accepted as well. For that purposes the local CEEPUS coordinators have to inform vice deans for education from their own university and find consensus with them in the credit transfer. In case of PhD students and students working on diploma thesis there are no problems with recognition of the study periods.
The aim of intensive (summer schools) would be
- intensive education process by teachers from all network member universities,
- exchange and comparison of pedagogical ability and methods by teachers from partner schools,
- opportunity for PhD., master and bachelor students to present research and tutorials against international auditorium ,
- credits for participating students.
We plan only one intensive school per academic year. The reason is, that we prefer long term (one semester) student stays. However one intensive summer school per year is very important CEEPUS activity for education and research process, it has a good tradition and supports better coordination of the project. It enables natural meting space for experiences exchange and coordination activities.
As still noted before, an important part of our project will be support of the English teaching process in all partner universities. For purposes of it all member will intensify local work in preparation of English written study materials (particularly in e-text form). Coordination and harmonization of study program of single universities would be more appreciated but not simple process. Anyway Network partners will do the best to support harmonization of study programs in control engineering study program in order to make easier the credit transfer.
Language of instruction planned
Universities of the network will prepare for purposes of such a study English written e-texts. Students will be prepared in English from the home university. Slovak and Czech students will study in Czech universities and vice versa in national language. The same procedure will be applied between Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia students.
- Ing. Radek Štohl, Ph.D.