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Report of self-evaluation. Studies program “CHEMICAL ENGINEERING”

Riga Technical University

Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry

Academic doctoral

studies program

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Report

of self-evaluation

Riga - 2004

Content

Index of data requested in appendix N#2 of “Regulations for accreditation of higher education establishments and studies programs”(Cabinet of Ministers, Regulations N#442, 16.10.2001.)

3

Index of appendices

5

Introduction. Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry

6

1.

Academic doctoral studies program

9

1.1. Aims and objectives

9

1.2. Description

9

1.3. Comparing of program with others degree programs of universities in European Union countries

11

2.

Academic staff

13

3.

Research

14

4.

Material and technical provision of studies program “Chemical engineering”

15

5.

Quality assessment and assurance of studies program “Chemical engineering”

17

6.

Perspective evaluation of academic studies program “Chemical engineering”

20

7.

Strategic plan for development of academic studies program “Chemical engineering”

22

8.

Advertisement and popularization of academic studies program “Chemical engineering”

27

9.

Financial bases for academic studies program “Chemical engineering”

28

Conclusions

29

Index of data requested in appendix N#2 of

Regulations for accreditation of higher education establishments and studies programs”(Cabinet of Ministers, Regulations N#442, 16.10.2001.)

N#

Requested data

Chapter; appendix

1.

Decisions of Senate and Council of Faculty concerning establishing of studies program.

App. 1, 16

2.

Licence of studies program, if applicable.

-

3.

Documents approving possibilites for further studies in other program of the same (or other) institution provided by applicant to enrolled students in the case of closing of studies program concerned (financial basis or contract with other accredited educational establishment).

Ch. 9

4.

Description of studies program, courses of lectures, practical courses, seminars, etc. within their framework, which shows volumes and proportions of groups of compulsory, optional and free choice subjects.

Ch. 1; app. 1-4

5.

Advertising and information editions about study possibilities.

Ch. 8; app. 16

6.

Assessment of the prospects of the study program in the context of Latvia's national interests. Criteria for assessment:

Ch. 6

6.1. conformity of studies program to standard of academic education;

Ch. 1, app. 16

6.2. results of questionnaire of employers.

Ch. 5, app. 13

7.

Evaluation of studies program

7.1. aims and tasks of studies program;

Ch. 1.1; app. 1

7.2. organisation of studies program (changes in structure of studies program during corresponding self-evaluation period), conformity of plan of studies program to aims and tasks of structural unit;

Ch. 1.2, 1.3; app. 2; Summary

7.3. practical realisation of studies program (studies methods and forms used, research work of academic staff and influence on studies work, enrollment of students in research projects);

Ch. 3; app. 2, 9-11,12.1,16

7.4. assessment system (motivation of methods used for assessment and analysis of the results);

Ch. 5, app.15

7.5. students:

7.5.1. number of students in program;

Introduction

7.5.2. immatriculated students of 1st studies year;

Introduction

7.5.3. number of graduates;

Introduction

7.5.4. analysis of questionnaire of students;

Ch. 5; app. 13

7.5.5. analysis of questionnaire of graduates;

Ch. 5; app. 13

7.5.6. participation of students in improvement of studies process;

Ch. 5; app. 12.2, 13

7.6. academic staff involved in realisation of studies program:

7.6.1. a list of academic staff showing their academic position and number of persons with degree of doctor or habilitated doctor or master’s degree;

Ch. 2; app. 7, 12.3

7.6.2. conformity of academic staff qualification to realisation of aims and tasks of structural unit (research biographies (curriculum vitae), leadership of projects, research interests and results achieved);

App. 5-9

7.6.3. policy of selection, renewal, training and development of academic personal

Ch. 2, app. 7

7.7. sources of financing and procurement of infrastructure;

Ch. 4, 9; app. 14, 16

7.8. external relations:

7.8.1. relations with employers;

Ch. 5; app. 12.3-12.5, 13

7.8.2. co-operation with similar studies programs within Latvia and abroad;

Ch. 1.3; app. 9

7.8.3. academic personal, which have been employee of foreign educational establishments or have been involved in research work abroad

App. 5, 7

7.8.4. number of visiting professors involved in program;

Ch. 3

7.8.5. students, which have studied abroad in the framework of exchange programs;

Ch. 3, app. 16

7.8.6. number of foreign students within program and length of their studies.

Ch. 3

8.

A studies program development plan.

Ch. 7

Regulations concerning doctoral studies program “Chemical engineering” see in appendix 16, edition “Doctoral studies at RTU, 2002/2003”:

  • “Regulations for opening and realisation of doctoral studies programs” issued by Council of Higher Education (p. 41);

  • “Regulations of principles and criteria of promotion” issued by Cabinet of Ministers (p. 43);

  • Decision of Latvian Science Council (LSC) “Rules for acception of promotional thesis” (p. 45);

  • Decision of Senate of RTU “Regulations of doctoral studies at RTU” (p. 46);

  • “Regulations of awarding doctoral degree at RTU” (p. 52);

  • Staff of Promotional Council of RTU P-02 (p. 63);

  • “Instructions of RTU for design of promotional Thesis and Summary” (p. 85);

  • Example of individual plan of doctoral studies (p. 95).


Index of appendices

Appendix 1

Studies program “Chemical engineering”; previous programs of specialties ĶDL6, ĶDL7, ĶDL9

3

Appendix 2

Studies plan of program “Chemical engineering”

9

Appendix 3

List of courses

12

Appendix 4

Syllabuses of courses

16

Appendix 5

Curriculum vitae of academic staff

48

Appendix 6

List of publications; teaching-methodological materials (1998-2003)

88

Appendix 7*

Qualification, age, fieldwork, further education of academic staff (1998-2003)

154

Appendix 8*

List of all courses provided by academic staff involved in doctoral program (sorted by lecturers’ names)

165

Appendix 9*

Involvement of academic staff and students in research work

9.1. Programs and projects granted by LZP (Latvian Science

Council)

9.2. International collaboration

172

177

Appendix 10

List of defended Doctoral thesis and supervisors (1998-2003)

149

Appendix 11*

Rewards of students’ research works (1998-2003)

182

Appendix 12*

Regulations of Faculty

12.1. Regulations for writing and defence of Doctoral thesis

12.2. Council of Faculty

12.3. RTU Promotional Council P-02

12.4. Convention of Counselors of Faculty

12.5. Regulations of Convention of Counselors of Faculty

185

186

187

188

189

191

Appendix 13*

Questionnaires of students, academic staff, employers and graduates about studies program (2003)

13.1. Questionnaires of academic staff

13.2. Questionnaires of graduates

13.3. Questionnaires of employers

13.4. Questionnaires of doctoral students

193

194

198

200

202

Appendix 14*

Technical provision of studies

14.1. Occupied space and total value of materials

and technical equipment of Departments

14.2. List of most important equipment

14.3. Technical provision for preparation and delivery of

courses

14.4. Demonstration equipment – overhead projectors

14.5. Scanners, printers and copiers

14.6. Provision of licensed software

14.7. Hardware

204

205

205

209

209

209

211

211

Appendix 15*

Examples of doctoral diploma and diploma supplement

214

Appendix 16*

Advertisement and popularization of studies program

217

* Information available in Latvian version of Appendices

Introduction. Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry

Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry was founded in 1862. It has been a part of Riga Polytechnic School (1863-1896), Riga Polytechnical Institute (1896-1919 and 1958-1990), University of Latvia (1919-1944), State University of Latvia (1944-1958) and since 1990 - Riga Technical University.

More than century both chemistry research and chemical production have been situated at high level in Latvia. Several worldwide known chemists – such as Nobel Prize winner Wilhelm Ostvald, Paul Walden (mentioned almost in all textbooks on organic chemistry published throughout the world), a.o. - were founders of scientific traditions of chemistry in Riga, here they made important investigations and discoveries. Taking in account facts, that Latvia does not have abundance of natural resources, but at the same time has qualified specialists and high level of education, USSR built factories, which were not material assuming, but demanded high level research. Specialties of chemistry became very popular during sixties, when students had to pass strong competition to be enrolled in chemistry programs.

Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry (FMSAC) of Riga Technical University is the only one education establishment in Latvia, training engineers in chemistry and chemical technology. In 2003/2004 studies year more then 500 students are studying here; 204 of them are enrolled in chemical engineering: 115 undergraduates, 38 students in professional engineers’ programs, 40 students in graduate programs, 11 postgraduates (scheme of studies programs see in figure 1).

Number of budget-financed positions for doctoral students within program “Chemical engineering” is very restricted (last years it does not exceed 3 postgraduates per year (see table 1)) and does not satisfy demand of educational system, research institutions and industry for specialists of this level. Enrollment is also restricted by the RTU regulation, that any Professor, supervisor of postgraduate, may not have more than 5 doctoral students (in foreign universities this number usually is 10-20).

Table 1. Matriculation in doctoral studies program “Chemical engineering” 1992-2003 years.

1992

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

1

4

3

22

5

1

1

4

2

2

3

Due to the fact that enrollment to postgraduates studies at RTU during last years is competition based, knowledge and potential of candidates has grown up and chances of our graduates for state budget positions have grown up. Unfortunately, small part of enrolled postgraduates defends their thesis because larger salaries and possibilities for career (consistent with their knowledge and skills) are provided them from outside, comparing with University. During last 10 years postgraduate students did not seen possibility to earn at least the same salary working at RTU as their doctoral stipendiums and they loose motivation for further studies. From 38 doctoral students, which finished their studies during 1995 till 2003, 15 students have been discharged for backward, 1 was discharged according own wish; 15 completed only theoretical course and 8 students (21.05%) defended their doctoral thesis (see app. 10).

Years

9

ĶDĶ 3,4

ĶDL 6,7,9

8

MDV 1,4

MDM 9

7

6

ĶML

WGH

5

WMW

MMV

MIV 1,4

ĶVĶ 9

ĶVL 3

4

ĶBĶ

ĶBL

MVV 1,4,6

WCH

3

WBW

MBV

2

1

Chemistry

Chemical TECHNOLOGY

Chemical conformity of environment and products

Complex wood processing

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SCIENCE

Technology of textile and closes

Material technology

and design

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