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Improvement of master-level education in the field of physical sciences in Belorussian universities

PHYSICS

General information

Project results

About the project

The project “Improvement of Master's Education in Physical Sciences at Universities of Belarus” is the first in Belarus, which provides for the transition from the existing education system “5 plus 1” to the system “4 plus 2” in the field of physics. The project will be completed in autumn 2018.

Objective of the project:

  • modernize curricula at four universities in Belarus in line with the Bologna practice in physical science in the field of electronic technology;
  • improve the quality and relevance of education through modernization of curricula, active use of ICT, and through cooperation to meet the needs of the labor market.


Project objectives:

  • develop modern curricula for undergraduates in the field of functional nanomaterials, photonics and applied physics, taking into account the principles of the Bologna process, and implement them in
  • four Belarusian universities;
  • to develop and modernize courses and teaching materials for two master's curricula in the specialties "Functional nanomaterials" and "Photonics";
  • improve the qualifications and skills of teachers;
  • improve the level of English proficiency of teachers / students;
  • to strengthen the competence of Belarusian teachers when teaching courses in English;
  • apply modern technical infrastructure for training;
  • develop a learning and teaching environment based on innovative ICTs;
  • to bring higher educational institutions of Belarus closer to the needs of the labor market;
  • to bring higher educational institutions (HEIs) of Belarus closer to the principles of the Bologna system;
  • to introduce ICT experience in the faculty to facilitate the path of graduates into industry and research institutions.

Implementation period: 36 months

Project consortium:

The project is being implemented by a consortium of partners from the EU and CIS countries, consisting of 7 universities, one ministry, two non-governmental organizations, as well as two associated partners. The project coordinator is the Riga Technical University (Latvia).

On the part of Belarus, the project is attended by:

  • Belarusian State University
  • Grodno State University named after I. Kupala
  • Gomel State University named after F. Skaryna
  • Belarusian State Technological University
  • Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus
  • Belarusian Physical Society
  • Republican Association of Nanoindustry

Associated partners:

Brief project rationale:

The project corresponds to the priority directions of the development of higher education in the Republic of Belarus in terms of introducing the key elements of the European Higher Education Area into the national education system in accordance with the provisions of the Roadmap for the Development of the Higher Education System for the Republic of Belarus, adopted at the Conference of Ministers of Education of the Member States of the European Higher Education Area ( Yerevan, May 15, 2015) and by the order of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus dated July 30, 2015 No. 628 "On taking measures to introduce instruments of the European Higher Education Area into the national education system for the period 2015-2018."

The implementation of the project will contribute to increasing the competitiveness of higher education of the Republic of Belarus in the field of physics in the global educational space and the further development of international cooperation with educational and scientific institutions of foreign states.

Website: www.physics.rtu.lv

Project results and activities

1. Professional development of BSU employees (participation in international conferences, seminars, trainings, etc.)

BSU teachers took part in the following international workshops and seminars:

  • Briefing meeting at the Audiovisual Agency (27.01-28.01.2016, Brussels, Belgium)
  • Workshop and seminar at the Catholic University of Leuven on the topic "E-learning environment and preparation of e-books" (01-30.10.2016, Leuven, Belgium).
  • Workshop and seminar at the Leuven Catholic University on the topic "E-learning environment and multimedia learning tools" (04/19/22/04/2017, Leuven, Belgium).
  • Workshop and seminar at the University of Cyprus on the topic "Using innovative methods and e-learning environments" (29-30.06.2017, Nicosia, Cyprus).
  • Information session of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus (meeting with teachers and a round table with employers), 20.09.2017, Minsk, Belarus.
  • Workshop and seminar at the Riga Technical University on the topic "Development and testing of programs" (30.11-01.12.2017, Riga, Latvia).
  • Workshop and seminar on the modernization of curricula for undergraduates (June 27 - 28, 2018, Nicosia, Cyprus);
  • Workshop and seminar at the Belarusian State Technological University on the topic "Development of electronic books" (01.2017, Minsk, Belarus)
  • Final conference on the results of the project (September 12, 2018, BSTU, Minsk);
  • Management workshop and seminar on the further development of the project and the application of its results (September 26 - 27, 2018, Nicosia, Cyprus);

BSU teachers took part in the following trainings:

  • Training for teachers at the Riga Technical University on the topic "Information and communication technologies in education" (05.02-09.02. 2018, Riga, Latvia);
  • Training at the Catholic University of Leuven on the topic "Practical English" (06-10.02. 2017, Ostend, Belgium).
  • Training at the Riga Technical University on the topic "Applied Physics" (24.09-07.10.2017, Riga, Latvia).
  • Training at the University of Cyprus on the topic "Program Development" (26-27.09.2018, Nicosia, Cyprus).

BSU students and undergraduates took part in the following internships and trainings:

  • Training at the Riga Technical University on the topic "Applied Physics" (15.09-06.10.2017, Riga, Latvia).
  • Training at the Catholic University of Leuven on the topic "Practical use of the virtual learning environment" (06-10.02.2017, Ostend, Belgium).
  • At the University of Cyprus on the topic "Measuring equipment and software in renewable energy" (02-17.02.2018 (Nicosia, Cyprus).

The BSU held 9 briefing meetings for the members of the Belarusian consortium (04/06/2016, 06/07/2016, 09/07/2016, 11/10/2016, 12/07/2016, 03/01/2017, 06/21/2017, 09/07/2017, 11/10/2017).

On September 20, 2017, an information session of the Ministry of Education on the development of education at the universities of Belarus was held at BSU.

3 reports were made and 3 articles published in the proceedings of three international scientific and methodological conferences.

2. Improvement of educational / scientific / management activities (development of new and modernization of existing ones: educational programs, methodological support for them, local regulatory legal acts, etc., implementation of best practices in the educational process / management system, etc.)

  • 4 e-books have been developed in English and Russian: "Photonics", "Functional Nanomaterials", "Applied Informatics" and "Applied Physics".
  • Developed 2 standard master's programs for the specialties "Functional nanomaterials" and "Photonics" for undergraduate students with a two-year cycle of study;
  • Curricula have been developed for 15 lecture courses for the specialties "Functional nanomaterials" and "Photonics" for students and undergraduates;
  • Curricula have been developed for 4 laboratory workshops for the specialties "Functional nanomaterials" and "Photonics" for students and undergraduates;
  • The curriculum for 2 lecture courses for the specialties "Functional nanomaterials" and "Photonics" for students and undergraduates was modernized;
  • Testing of the developed and approved standard curricula for the specialties of higher education of the second stage (magistracy) "Functional materials" and "Photonics" for a period of study of 1-2 years was carried out.

3. Development of scientific and educational infrastructure (creation of educational and auxiliary structures: centers (laboratories) of creativity, specialized classrooms, etc., the acquisition of educational, scientific, office equipment).

Together with partner universities, a distance learning system has been developed, aimed at using modern information and communication technologies in the preparation of master students in the specialties "Functional materials" and "Photonics" for training periods of 1-2 years

Laboratory workshops for a two-year master's degree in Photonics and Functional Nanomaterials have been developed based on the following equipment purchased under the project:

  • Hardware and software complex for distance education;
  • Argon laser with optical elements;
  • Helium-neon laser;
  • Digital camera;
  • Scanning probe microscope.
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