Second meeting of all Partner institutions participating in Joint Tempus project “Restructuring of Study Programme in Architecture to Long-cycle Integrated Master in line with EU standards” was held in Rectorate building in Podgorica, Montengro, on 21st and 22nd of March 2013.
The subjects of the meeting were: Analysis and revision of existing study programme and Analysis of proposed programme for Integrated 5 year Master studies.
Meeting was organized by our Coordinators from Podgorica.
TEMPUS meeting, 22nd of March 2013, Podgorica
Following participants were present on the Meeting: Dr Predrag Miranović (Rector of University of Montengro), Dr Dragan Komatina, Dr Goran Radović, Ema Alihodžić, Irena Rajković and Sanja Paunović (Podgorica Tempus Team, Faculty of Architecture), Dr Ioannis Kiousopoulos (Institute of Technology, Athens), Dr Ugis Bratuskins (Technical University, Riga), Dr Peter Gabrijeličič, Dr Alenka Fikfak, Mojca Kogovšek Potočnik, Renata Stella (Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana), Dr Velimir Dutina, dr Saja Kosanović and Branislav Folić (Faculty of Technical Sciences, Kosovska Mitrovica), Ljubo Slijepčević (representative of Engineers Chamber of Montenegro), Nebojša Adžić (Association of Architects of Montengro), Ranko Lazović (Tempus office in Podgorica) and professors from Faculty of Architecture in Podgorica.
Meeting was opened by Rector of University of Montenegro, Dr Miranović. Then, Dr Komatina, coordinator for our project for Podgorica, gave a presentation on significance of Tempus project and expounded content of work packages, giving special attention to work package 1.
Dr Goran Radović presented 10 years of work of Faculty of Architecture in Podgorica. He also expounded an analysis and revision of their current study programme. Finally, Dr Radović presented first draft version of new study programme of Integrated master studies of Architecture, made for Faculty of Architecture in Podgorica. Main characteristics of this draft are: 5 years of continuous education for future architects, existence of modules in last, 5th year and graduation-master work in last, 10th semester. Radović explained the main target in new program creation, which is the organizational concept based on grouping the subjects in several disciplines.
Next presentation was given by Professor Velimir Dutina from our Faculty of Technical Sciences. Dr Dutina gave a very comprehensive presentation about the history of University of Pristina, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Technical Sciences. All important dates for formation of different study programmes were mentioned, as well as cooperation with many other, national and international institutions. Dr Dutina also spoke about the statistical data on teaching staff and students. On the end, he put an accent to current study programmes fro Bachelor and Master studies of Architecture on our Faculty.
Branislav Folić continued with the next presentation on analysis and revision of current study programmes of architecture on our Faculty, where the main characteristics of both bachelor and master programmes were considered. Special value of this presentation, which drew a lot of attention from all participants on the meeting, was the exposure of qualitative and quantitative comparison between our and study programmes of our Tempus partners from Riga and Ljubljana. Such an analysis has the crucial importance in balanced distribution of scientific and art disciplines through the new curriculum. Branislav also emphasized in his presentation the significance of Tempus project for Faculty of Technical sciences in Kosovska Mitrovica.
Dr Saja Kosanović presented constraints and opportunities of new plan and programme of Master studies in architecture at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Kosovska Mitrovica. The targets of new programme creation were emphasized: achieving the required level of quality and providing path for its constant enhancement, achieving conditions for National accreditation, recognition of diplomas across EU countries, providing mobility and cooperation, creation of programme that will enable gaining contemporary knowledge in architecture, creation of programme that will be harmonized with the conditions on the market, therefore that will enable suitable qualifications for employment and creation of a programme the will be harmonized with local conditions: staff capacity, staff profile, average predicted number of students, spatial conditions etc. Dr Kosanović analyzed EU legislations and derived fields which must be taken into consideration while creating new study programme. It was concluded that our new programme must introduce some new fields (engineering, green, social, economy) which currently do not exist or to emphasize them if they are not present enough. Some features of new programme in the form of objectives were given in the final part of the presentation.
Ema Alihodžić from Tempus team in Podgorica presented common project web site http://www.resarch.me. She marked that the site represents the form of project dissemination and that it enables transparency and exposure to public.
The cycle of presentations from European partner institutions started with the presentation by Dr Ugis Bratuskins. Dr Bratuskins presented the study programme currently existing in Riga and its main characteristics (3,5 years of Bachelor + 2 years of Master + 4 years of Doctorate). It was emphasized as very important fact that the students should decide as early as possible weather if they want to work in practice or to dedicate themselves to scientific and research work. Dr Bratuskins concludes that the essential objective is to empower students through studies for future work in practice, for team work, mobility and for permanent specialization. He indicated EU legislation, especially 11 points from the Directive on professional regulation. Dr Bratuskins suggests that the new programme should respond to esthetical and ethical standards of profession; all subjects should be grouped into several disciplines, which must be interconnected, and surely not independent, since the over present division does not bring good results. It is therefore important that at least 50% of subjects in the programme are based on architectural design. Professor Bratuskins finished his presentation with the suggestions on introducing students practice into programme.
Dr Ioannis Kiousopoulos presented Technological Institute in Athens: historical and statistical data, programme qualities, frequent innovations, rich research curriculum, high percent of mobility of students and teaching staff. Dr Kiousopoulos set several recommendations for new programme creation , where the most important is to define profile of future architect, connected with local needs and market demands.
Dr Alenka Fikfak presented Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana: historical and statistical data on students and teaching staff and actual study programme in detail. Integrated master study programme of Architecture on Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana lasts 5 years (10 semesters). Basic idea embodied in the programme is to train students for future work on planning and design, while all other knowledge can be gained on different courses on doctoral studies. Programme is consisted of several disciplines interconnected horizontally and vertically to form one whole. Different architectural workshops took special place in study programme in Ljubljana; they are designed with the objective to contribute in the best way to the development of students thought on space problems and of team work sense. Dr Fikfak ended her presentation with the opinion on proposed Podgorica programme, stating that it has potentials, but needs to be adapted to European standards.
Dr Peter Gabrijelčič, Dean at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana, had a very specific presentation “Design like a game”, which drew a lot of attention. Dr Gabrijeličič stated his exposure with the stand that the most important is knowledge, therefore the student of architecture must be given knowledge, technical and about life. He formulated future architect as an intellectual – synthesis of design, theory and practice, since the architecture is a specific field where the partial knowledge cannot be held. Dr Gabrijelčič noted that the biggest potential of present time lies in young generation, therefore they should be given atmosphere without borders. Architecture is a creative process with phases: innovation, fun, creativity, change. From all of this, Dr Gabrijelčič thinks it is impossible to follow blindly regulations and directives. On contrary, the creation of new programme requires a lot of attention, in order not to lose the identity of profession. He also spoke about the significance of good teaching staff and about the level of freedom which must be given to students in order to enhance their creativity, usually through team work.
After both cycles of presentations, present participants were discussing about topics from the meeting, EU legislation, programme compatibility, limits of students’ mobility…. It is concluded that the main starting point for new programme creation should be the desired profile of future architect. The meeting was closed by Dr Dragan Komatina, who thanked everyone for presence and activities on the meeting. He introduced new activities and obligations about the project, first of all creation of new study plan and programme on faculties in Podgorica and Kosovska Mitrovica, with the assistance from EU partners.