Summary of the Final narrative report for REM-MTF project

The objective of the project was the reform of the curricula at three study programs of the Faculty with the aim to obtain updated, flexible, adaptable education based on innovative approach and practical training. The focus is on the creation of modern engineering study programmes in the field of Metallurgy and Materials, Technologies and Environmental protection in accordance with the trends in EHEA as well as flexible labour market.

The strategic approach of the Faculty is to turn the focus toward the modern materials based on the local and regional raw materials with real contribution to the local development to boost the local commerce. The same idea was the basis for the turn over the organic technologies with real impact to the local economy.

To fulfill the strategic objectives the analysis of needs was envisaged. The starting point should be the evaluation of study programs based on predetermined performance indicators (achievement of learning outcomes, the ratio of the number of enrolled students and students who have completed their studies, exam results, student satisfaction, employment of graduates, alumni career tracking etc.). The Project has also envisaged the revision of the courses content, to align them with the learning outcomes as it is the trend in higher education.

Within the few months period the working group at the Faculty was involved in preparation of new curricula according to the needs analysis and the new Law on Higher Education. Project plan envisaged the expert help in this activity, especially in the domain of course content. Three regional experts were engaged in six-month period (June 2016-November 2016) to facilitate the process, to make an in-depth analysis and give recommendations about the final solutions.

Results of the project are entirely based on the mentioned commitments, as follows:

  • The curricula have been clearly defined along with the learning outcomes which are of utmost importance for the modern higher education. Curricula with ECTS catalogue have been published for the bachelor and master level studies. They are available on the Faculty web page (www.ucg.ac.me/mtf/HERIC/REM_MTF. The accreditation process of all three study levels at the academic study programmes and two levels of study at applied study programme of Environmental protection was successfully finished in May/June 2017. After the adoption of the new Law on Higher Education by Parliament of Montenegro, we are in the process of enrollment of the first generation of students in line with the reformed model of studies and new curricula.
  • The cooperation and consultation plan with the relevant external partners has been established. The group of MTF teachers has been in a study visit to NTF, University of Ljubljana and their research institute, making the good conditions for long-lasting cooperation and exchange of teachers and students.
  • The established cooperation with international institutions has been formalized through two-way exchange of teachers and students. Bilateral agreements with TMF University of Belgrade and NTF, University of Ljubljana have been signed.
  • By procurement and installation of IT, office equipment and educational tools (computers printer for diplomas, photo copy device, smart board), as well and work on installation that has been included in the offer, we have create the conditions for the complete equipage of another IT classroom. The procurement and delivery of the books has taken much more time then envisaged, due to the delivery period for the foreign literature. At the end of the second phase of the project all the books were delivered to the Faculty.

The implementation of all the project activities will ultimately have a great impact on education of the new class of engineers with the wider range of competencies on overcoming of negative public opinion about the real influence of these profiles on the strategic national orientation, as well as on the awareness about the labor market needs for these professionals.