COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Directorate General XXII - Education, Training and Youth
Joint European Project
Final Report and Statement of Expenditure for 1999/2000
UM JEP 13352-98
(JEP contract n°)
The Final Report
and Statement of Expenditure
are to be returned in TWO copies by registered mail
by 15 February 2001 at the latest
(date as per postmark)
One copy to:
One copy to:
Commission of the European Communities
European Training Foundation
Mr. P. Bedewell
Education, Training and Youth
Head of Tempus Department
Mr. G. Massangioli
Viale Settimio Severo, 65
Head of Unit
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This declaration should be completed and signed by the following people:
1. the Coordinator of the Joint European Project;
2. the person who is legally authorised to represent the coordinating institution;
3. the Contractor of the Joint European Project;
4. the person who is legally authorised to represent the contracting institution.
We, the undersigned, certify that we have submitted all the documentation that is required of us, including the documents listed in the checklist in Annex .
Furthermore, we certify that the information given in this Final Report, Statement of Expenditure and Checklist is correct to the best of our knowledge.
We are aware that amendments to them will not be accepted
after 15 February 1
Name of the coordinating institution: BUDAPEST UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS.
Name of the Coordinator: PETER MOSON
Function: associated professor
Done at: .........................................................................................................................
Name of the legal representative: ÁKOS DETREKŐI
Done at: ......................................................................................................................... .........
Date: .................................................................................................................................. .........
Signature: ..................................................................................................................... .........
Name of the contracting institution: BUDAPEST UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS.
Name of the Contractor: PETER MOSON
Function: associated professor
Done at: Budapest
Date: February 14, 2001
Name of the legal representative: ÁKOS DETREKŐI
Done at: Budapest
Date: February 14, 2001
Signature: ..................................................................................................................... .........
This Final Report form applies to the 1999/2000 Joint European Project period. The form consists of two basic parts: a) the Final Report on outputs achieved and activities performed in relation to the project objective stated in the Contract and the approved version of your 1999/2000 Revised Budget and Activity Plan and b) the Statement of Expenditure concerning the grant expenses made.
The Final Report aims first of all at evaluating the achievements of the Joint European Project in 1999/2000 as well as whether the your initial project objective has been reached and is the most valuable source on projects, which have been completed. In this respect, the answers will contribute to a better understanding of the context in which Joint European Projects are operating and the impact which they have generated in the beneficiary institutions, thus guaranteeing a fairer evaluation of the project quality as well as giving an indication on the value of the Tempus Scheme as such.
The most important aim of the evaluation of your project is to assess whether and how you have realised the achievement of your project objective. This is the objective which is indicated in your Contract (Chapter II-Special Provisions). In order to have a clear understanding of how you reached the objective, the outputs and activities, which were performed in 1999/2000, will be compared to your 1999/2000 Revised Budget and Activity Plan. The aim is to evaluate whether the activities and their outputs are coherent with each other, and to which degree they supported the final achievement of the project objective.
The Final Report will also be used to check on whether the activities were in accordance with the contractual rules that apply to the Tempus grant.
The purpose of the Statement of Expenditure is to check the expenditure made in 1999/2000 in order to ensure an adequate financial follow-up. Two aspects will be looked at: on the one hand whether the expenditure is coherent with the outputs and the project objective, and on the other hand whether the contract rules have not been violated and the expenditure is in line with the 1999/2000 Revised Budget and Activity Plan.
These documents should be typewritten, making use of the forms given. These forms should be completed in any EU working language.
Please do not forget to type your JEP number in the box on the cover page.
The Final Report & Statement of Expenditure should be completed jointly by the JEP Coordinator and Contractor. The JEP Coordinator is supposed to report on part A (Final Report on outputs and activities), while the Contractor's main task is to account for the project expenditure under part B (Statement of Expenditure).
All documents related to this report must be included; they will not be accepted if sent by separate mail. Please do not send copies of teaching materials developed within the project with the Final Report. Questions or requests concerning activities or expenditure of running projects will not be considered when included in the Final Report; they need to be submitted to the Commission by separate mail.
This Final Report 1999
For travel flows which have been financed
For each person employed in the project, the Contractor will provide a Convention (see Contract Guidelines for the utilisation of the grant - Annex I/5) together with the Final Report, signed by the person concerned and the central financial service of the institution where this person is normally employed. For fees and salaries paid for language preparation, accounting and translations, also included under staff costs, an invoice is required. Blank Convention forms can also be downloaded from the Web on the ETF homepage (http://www.etf.eu.int).
As explained in the Introduction of this form, an overview of the outputs and activities performed in 1999/2000 is necessary in order to understand how and whether the overall project objective has been reached.
Please summarise the achievement of the project outputs realised in 1999/2000 using the standard form in Annex III/8. This form relates directly to the outputs you described in the approved version of your 1999/2000 Revised Budget and Activity Plan. An example has been provided for your guidance in Annex III/9.
Please indicate in the table the project objective, the outputs achieved during 1999/2000, the related activities and your indicators of achievement. Please also indicate any deviations which have occurred in the implementation of the project (e.g. why an output may have only been partially achieved or postponed, why the definition of an output may have had to be modified by widening or narrowing it, why a deadline was reached earlier or later than foreseen, what influence - if any - these factors have had on the achievement of the other outputs).
Please see Table attached (Annex III/8) on page III/24 and detailed description of activities on pages III/14-21. For more information see the web site of the project: http://tutor.nok.bme.hu/sandwich/general/title.htm (especially Part Timetable).
You will notice in section II of the Final Report, that the focus is placed on the achievements of your project as a whole, i.e. since its start. Each Joint European Project has set its own objective, against which its progress has been monitored. At the end of your project it is, however, important, to take into account the larger environment in which the project has been operating and in which the results should remain to be felt. The questions you are being asked aim at understanding on the one hand, what relevance the implementation of the project has had and still has for the institution in the partner country as well as the “project environment”, i.e. other faculties, institutions and the economy and society at large. On the other hand, it is important that the results of your project will be sustainable, i.e. maintained by the project participants in the partner countries. Please, be therefore as precise as possible when answering the questions in section II of the Final Report, taking into account the totality of the outputs that have been performed.
a) Please describe your objective as set out in your Original Application
Wider objective: to strengthen the links between education and industry by organizing on national level alternative (sandwich type) training of engineers.
Project objective: foundation of an alternating education office (personnel, equipment, basic documentation) Engineer 2000 Hungary located at the Technical University of Budapest and related networks of specialists (university, enterprise) in cooperation with EU experts and Hungarian industrials.
b) Did you achieve your objective ? If yes, please demonstrate. If no, please explain why not.
Wider Objective: The alternating (sandwich) type education has become an integral part of the Hungarian higher education. BUTE shared its methodological, legal, administrative experience (obtained by the help of this project) several times with other Hungarian and Central-European higher educational institutions (discussions, presentation of the results at the Ministry of Education, Hungarian Rectors' Conference, Union of Industrialists, International Conferences, Workshops etc.). The project contributed importantly to the financial realisation of this new educational form as well (modification of the Hungarian law about the professional education tax).
Project objective: The management of Alternating Education on university level is a task of the Department of Studies of Budapest University of Technology and Economics (supervised by vice-rector on education). There is a responsible for alternating education at all 8 faculties. The legal and financial conditions of the enrollment of students, participating companies have been carried out. In the last years about 100 students obtained (obtain) their diplomas by alternating way. In cooperation with EU experts and Hungarian industrialists the International Education Center of BUTE has began the extension, the cooperation with universities of other countries.
Please comment in a free form the following aspects of your project, where relevant.
General remark: According to the plans (both professional and financial) the main activities financed by this TEMPUS project were concentrated in its 1st year. There was an important extension of the alternating education in Year 2000 (financed fully or partly by other sources), but in this summary we will not mention each time the fact of co-financing. So in this report we try to show the present situation of alternating education at BUTE, Hungary and in the CE region.
For UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT JEPs
Reform of university management
a) Describe the area of university management targeted at the beneficiary institution(s) in the project.
One of the main objectives of this project was to create the legal and administrative background for regular alternative training (university - enterprise periods) of engineers on the level of the whole Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE).
The management targeted was the Department of Studies of BUTE (a central university service, where the new Alternating Education Office was located finally), the faculties (where the Faculty Councils accepted the new programs, nominated the persons responsible for the training) and the International Education Centre (the task of which is the dissemination, extension of results).
b) Please comment on the reform process achieved within the project.
Year 1999. A new Alternating Education Office headed by the director of the International Education Centre was organised in Spring. A network of Faculty representatives was created. The general concept of alternating education was accepted by the University Council of Education (head: vice rector, members: vice-deans on education). The success of a new educational form (like alternating training) depends on its national and international acceptance and the exterior conditions as well. That is why at the very beginning of the project one of the main tasks was the extension (to inform other higher educational institutions, Ministry of Education, enterprises, follow the international development etc.).
Year 2000. The Department of Studies (a part of the Rectorate, supervised by a vice-rector) manages the alternating education. The final documentation was created. The International Education Centre preserved the activities related to the project and the International relations of the training.
c) What institutional changes have been introduced?
At the BUTE the industrial placements have become a standard part of the training. However the project objectives were only to organise the long period alternative training, it has impact on other students' industrial placements and on the whole process of university-enterprise relations.
d) Describe the management level at the beneficiary institution(s) on which the reform action has an impact. Which level of university management was targeted (the top level (e.g. rectorate, central university services), the senior management level (e.g. faculty) or the middle management level (e.g. departments)) ?
The alternative education (and in general training containing industrial periods) has impacts on all levels of university management.
The general conditions have been carried out and the new office is on university level. Faculty Councils have accepted the particular programs. The real education (tutorship etc.) is carried out in a co-operation of university departments and enterprises.
e) Please comment on how the reform action built on a strategy within the beneficiary institution(s) ? Was there a consensus within the beneficiary institution(s) on the methodology applied ? Has methodology been modified during the project year and if so, for what reason ?
The strengthening of the co-operation between BUTE and economy is a strategic objective. This aim in general, and particularly the extension of alternating training was included in the university’s Strategic Plan 2000 (prepared related to the integration process in Hungarian higher education - see: http://www.rektori.bme.hu/ ).
The method of the training contains common elements, which characterise this training: close co-operation between university and enterprise in the whole educational process, the basic unit is a triangle (learner, university, enterprise tutors), the training contains at least 2 long />3 months/ industrial periods etc.
In each realisation of the program there are special elements corresponding to the needs of enterprises, university units, and students. At this moment on the faculty level there are some differences (e.g. in the timing of the process, the realisation of the additional management training, evaluation, especially credit points for the industrial period /perhaps this is the most complicated, most discussed part/).
The introduction of new methodological elements (wider use of open and distance learning, foreign placement etc.).is under investigation
a) Describe the achievements on staff training related to the area of university management. Provide details on the target group of university managers / administrators and the skills developed.
The alternative training requires the joint work of university staff (both administrative and academic) and enterprise specialists (human resources, engineers - industrial tutors).
In 2 training workshops in Paris delivered by the French partners (CNAM, Ingénieurs2000) the French and international experience was presented (May, June 1999) to these target groups (approx. 40 persons). In the university group both the highest directors (vice-rectors, deans, vice-deans) and the future faculty responsible persons for alternating training took part. In the enterprise group a wide range of the economy (from the biggest multinational to the representatives of small and medium size enterprises) were presented. The methodology of the "sandwich" education (based on the French experience) and the specialities of the Hungarian adaptation were considered.
There were several workshops, conferences in Hungary (Vasszécsény, November 1999; Visegrad, May, 2000; Seregelyes, June,2000; Bakonybel, January 2001), where on one hand the skills of BUTE UM staff, the documents related were developed further, and on the other hand specialists of other higher educational institutions, enterprises, countries were informed, trained. The total number of participants was about 200 persons.
b) Please give details on how the trainees were selected. Was the output of the retraining as foreseen?
There were 3 points in the selection of BUTE university staff: (i) to present the new form to the highest management of the university, faculties; (ii) to train the administrative responsible persons, (iii) to inform, to train the staff involved directly (professors of common modules, academic tutors). Concerning other Hungarian and foreign higher educational institutions the participants belonged mainly to groups (i-ii).
The enterprise staff trained was partly from the human resources specialists, partly from the future engineer-tutors (at those enterprises, where the introduction of alternating training is more advanced). Both the consortium members and the participants of the training gave a positive evaluation.
c) Please comment on the links with the staff development/training plans of the beneficiary institution(s).
According to my knowledge our university has no such plan at this moment. But Prof. A. Detrekoi, the rector of BUTE formulated in a Needs Analysis document (of March 26, 1998) the importance of trained staff for the management of alternative education. As it was mentioned earlier, the new form has been included in the BUTE Strategic Plan 2000.
d) Please give details as to how the benefits derived from staff training were disseminated to other colleagues within beneficiary faculties /institutions and to other institutions.
The results of the training were disseminated in different ways:
a) Please comment on the appropriateness of any equipment provided and give details of training provided, maintenance procedures and insurance arrangements.
As it is a university management JEP all the equipment purchased (at the start of activities in 1999) is related to office type activities (PC, printer, projector, fax, software etc.). The wide use of modern information technologies in management and PR activities (Internet home page, presentations etc.) has to be underlined. The other questions (training, maintenance etc.) are not relevant to this project.
b) Who uses the equipment within the beneficiary institution(s)?
The main users are the staff of the Alternating Education Office, and the project management.
c) How does the equipment purchased support the other elements of the project ?
There is a need in up-to-date office equipment for all main activities (development of documentation, information systems, every day correspondence, PR activities, conferences - demonstrations etc.) for the Alternating Education Office and the management of the project as well.
a) Please comment on your methodology and approach towards the management of the project.
This project can be considered as the continuation (with objectives to create the relevant university management structure) of the Phare 94-05 L012/32 "SANDWICH" project. The main consortium members (CNAM, Ingénieurs2000, IBISTRA, Dunaferr, BUTE) were the same. The successful project management unit was preserved and the methods worked out in the previous project were applied. This methodology contained "classical" elements (clear decision making process, monitoring etc.) and application of modern communication technology (e.g. communication by email, all /non confidential / information (minutes, reports, documents etc.) can be found on the Internet home page of the alternating education projects - address: http://tutor.nok.bme.hu/sandwich/general/title.htm. New elements were necessary for the permanent joint work with other partners (high management of the university, wide range of enterprises, Ministry of Education etc.).
At the start of the project practically all activities related to the alternating education were carried out by the project management and consortium members. Later (by the end of the project duration) the new structures have been created (Alternative Education Office, faculty representatives etc.) with staff partly independent from the project management. They manage the new educational form, as a part of their permanent work. Now the consortium members and the project management unit concentrate on the extension process mainly.
b) Was this methodology appropriate or did it require changes?
The interest in alternating training increased importantly in this period (because of different reasons). Here we mention only a few of them: economic growth in Hungary; need in well prepared specialists, the changes in the law - partly as a result of the project activity - about the use of vocational education tax). The consortium decided to accelerate the extension process to all directions.
c) Please comment on the transfer of project management skills to beneficiary country institutions.
The activities for the transfer of the content were described above (especially in part "Staff development"). We consider that the homepage, detailed "Timetable" of activities is an original project management skill worked out by this consortium. It is presented at conferences and recommended to managers of other EU projects (e.g. by members of monitoring committees).
a) Describe and demonstrate the key successes of your project in terms of your target group(s) and detail any shortcomings or disappointments.
The key success of this project is its contribution to the fact that the practical placements and the alternating (sandwich) type education increased importantly and become an integral part of the Hungarian higher education.
As in all activities related to education (a large, rather rigid system) there were and are problems (accreditation, financial etc.), which together with the specialities of Hungary, allowed the introduction only of a less uniform system, than the adapted French one.
b) Describe and estimate the impact of the project on the EU partner institutions.
Some elements of the adapted alternative education had effects on the original French methodology (e.g. the start of the training after 4 semesters of basic engineering education, the wider use of ODL, new elements in the evaluation of students).
The French consortium members (CNAM, Ingéniers2000) has decided the transfer of the methodology to other EU (Spain, Portugal) and CE countries (Baltic countries, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Rumania etc.), and is planning to create a network of universities which offer "sandwich" training as well. A further perspective is the organisation of regular foreign industrial placements. This activity is co-financed by the French Ministry if Foreign Affairs.
The German consortium member decided to involve German enterprises in foreign placements, alternation with eastern countries. The first students (Hungarian nationality) start their work this spring. There are plans of extension to the Baltic States and Slovakia as well. This activity is co-financed by EU Leonardo program.
c) Assess the multiplier effect of the project; will the benefits accrue beyond the immediate target group; i.e. both in higher education circles and in the local environment (economic and social)? Please explain and demonstrate.
The activities related to the project proved that the links between higher education and economy could be strengthened with active participation - beyond the main partners - of governmental bodies, local authorities.
The objectives of the Tempus Scheme are:
· to promote the quality and support the development and renewal of higher education in the partner countries;
· to encourage their growing interaction and as balanced a cooperation as possible with partners in the European Union, through joint activities and relevant mobility.
Briefly describe how the achievements of your project contribute to the above programme objectives and orientations and to the needs of the beneficiary country ?
The project gave an important contribution on regional level (CE) in the introduction, renewal of university - enterprise relation corresponding to the new privatised, market economy (especially in the creation of the high quality alternating /sandwich/ education).
However the main beneficiaries of the project were the partner countries. It corresponded to the aims of the EU consortium members (which is proven by their willingness to continue the joint activities even after the project duration, and initialise new fields of co-operation).
Other beneficiaries are the EU enterprises, as they can participate in the training of their future specialists.
a) Will the beneficiary institutions be able to carry on and develop the achievements of the project ? If so, what measures are in place or are foreseen to enable such continuation?
The alternative education is at this moment in all senses (legal, administrative, financial etc.) an additional education form of BUTE. The next measures will be the continuation of publicity of the new training form toward the interested target groups (especially students and involvement of new departments of university, enterprises).
b) In view of the end of your project please outline:
· Details of planned future cooperation with project partners;
The consortium decided (at the final consortium meeting, October 2000) to continue the joint work in alternating education and in related topics. Some details of further cooperation are:
The French partners (CNAM, Ingénieurs2000) are in the process of dissemination toward other European universities and creation of a network of institutions offering alternative training. In this activity the beneficiary (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) served and will serve as a reference place /see e.g. the presentation of sandwich education by the coordinator in Lithuania/).
By the initiative if German partner (IBISTRA) Hungarian students carry out their practical placements in Germany (19 students /of 30 planned for this year/ began the work at German enterprises at these days). It is planned to develop a long term cooperation with Germany in methodologically well prepared student industrial placements (double tutorship, language, communication preparation, regular evaluation, help in the creation of students' own small enterprise etc.).
· How the results of this project will be spread beyond the immediate target group and to other colleagues, departments, faculties, institutions etc.;
At BUTE the alternating training is known, so the project concentrated in the last year on the wider dissemination (in Hungary and other CE countries). A few more details:
3 Hungarian higher educational institutions (University of Szeged, University of Pécs, Dunaújváros Polytechnic) participate in the CNAM network activity cited above.
Another 2 Hungarian institutions (Budapest Polytechnic, Dunaújváros Polytechnic) are involved in the German industrial placements described above.
The Hungarian partners (Dunaferr Danube Ironworks Co., MIKOSZ /Union of Hungarian Industrial Concerns/) develop their cooperation with other Hungarian higher educational institutions /e.g. University of Miskolc, Dunaújváros Polytechnic/ based on the experience of this project.
The project initiated the creation of a committee related to the new alternating educational form. at the Ministry of Education. The head of Department on Higher Education (Mr. J. Réffy) followed and supported our activities.
· What measures were taken to formalise/institutionalise any links with local non-university partners?
Dunaferr Danube Ironworks Co. has a cooperation agreement with BUTE. Among the other objectives of this cooperation (determined yearly) the alternative training of BUTE students at Dunaferr plays an important role.
Were any steps taken to publicise the activities of the project among for instance local authorities and enterprises, and if so, what was the response ?
The activities of the project were publicised by different ways:
a) Please outline how you consider the Tempus Scheme might be improved.
Hungary is no more an eligible country to present a TEMPUS JEP (the possible expert participation is mostly theoretical).
However there is an important interest to the results obtained (e.g. in alternating education) in other Central and Eastern European institutions, the extension can not be carried out inside the TEMPUS scheme. We believe that the revision of the program in this sense (concerning only the dissemination of successful experience) would improve the programme.
Remark: It can be seen from the previous parts of this report, that the consortium works on the dissemination under the current conditions as well, but the results might be better extended inside the TEMPUS scheme.
b) Please comment on the major lessons you have learned from this project and on any aspects of the cooperation between partners which you found gratifying or difficult.
As most of the partners of the consortium have been working together for more than 5 years there is no special difficulties in the cooperation.
As a gratifying element one can mention, that the consortium members reacted quickly to the increasing demand in the alternating education (and practical placements in general) and decided the continuation, extension of activities.
c) What in your view has been the most important achievement of your project?
The most important achievement of this TEMPUS project is its contribution to the creation of favourable conditions (legal, financial, administrative) to the wider use of practical training (at the enterprises) of engineering students at BUTE, in Hungary, and in Central Europe. The results were much better than any earlier our expectation.
PLEASE READ (in case of interest) on the following pages (III/14-21) the description of detailed activities in chronological order.
The TABLE of the "PROJECT OUTPUTS & ACTIVITIES " can be found on page III/24.
ENGINEER 2000, HUNGARY -TEMPUS UM-JEP 13352-98
TIMETABLE of ACTIVITIES
(Prepared by the coordinator and containing mainly activities of the coordination unit. The homepage of the project is http://tutor.nok.bme.hu, the address of this document is: http://tutor.nok.bme.hu/sandwich/general/ttimetable.htm ).
Spring 1998. Organization of the consortium. Preparation, presentation of the application (for details see http://tutor.nok.bme.hu/sandwich/general/Stimetab.htm).
December 1998. Information (non-official) about the acceptation of the project. TEMPUS preliminary meeting (with the participation of the coordinator and financial coordinator). Contacts with the consortium members.
January 4. 1999. Arrival of the official acceptation. Final variant of the contract (Rector’s signature, bank account etc.).
January 6, 1999. Meeting (M. Perger, P. Moson). General discussion of the main tasks. Preparation of the TUB project launching meeting with A. Penninger (director,TUB, International Education Center). Minutes (eml060199).
January, 1999. Preliminary consultations with consortium members (Th. Pfau Jan4; Ch. Sol Jan7, Jan 12; T: Zupko Jan 13, 26; Gy. Szabo Jan 13, 26.)
January 13, 1999. Meeting(PM, MP, PA /informed by phone/). The decisions included in Minutes 060199 has been accepted. Main points:
· proposal for the (3 levels) decision making of the project,
· staff and responsibilities of the project management unit,
· TUB Alternative Education Office.
The date of the Consortium meeting (February 4-6, 1999) has been fixed. Proposal for the program, invited persons. Minutes (eml130199).
January 20-21, 1999. „Technical University 2000” -Conference. The alternative education of engineers was an important part in 1 of the 3 plenary lectures delivered by István Horváth (DUNAFERR, president-director general). Andras Benedek (Ministry of Education, vice secretary of state) presented new financial methods for the training.
January 20-22, 1999. Final variant of the program of „Alternating Education Day /05.02.99/, and Consortium meeting:
Friday, February 5, 1999. Seregélyes, Hungary
· presentation of the experience in „sandwich type education”,
· future of the alternating education,
· objectives and activities of TEMPUS project.
(Thursday - discussions, Saturday - Consortium Meeting).
Preparation and delivery of invitations (Hungarian, French variant).
January 29, 1999. Meeting (PA, MP, G. Halász – vice dean, Faculty of Mechanical engineering). Discussion about the unification of alternative education on faculty level. Involvement of further participants into the project (e.g. J: Lógó /LJ/).
February 3, 1999. Meeting (PA, PM, MP). Final program of Consortium meeting and Alternative education day.
February 4-6, 1999. Consortium meeting and Alternative education day. Invitation, program, TUB experience, discussion topics, agenda of consortium meeting.
February 5. The program of "Alternative Education Day" was carried out successfully. Among the participants there were representatives of Ministry of Education (head of departments: Dr. J. Reffy, Dr. P. Soltesz), enterprises, other higher education institutions (having experience in alternative education: Miskolci Egyetem, Eötvös József Főiskola, Széchenyi István Főiskola, consortium members, international partners. See list of participants, detailed minutes. As a short summary of the meeting it was stated:
· the methodology of alternative education can be adapted to Hungarian circumstances,
· the financial question will be solved soon (by the modification of the law about the use of the vocational education tax). This fact is partly the result of the activities of our consortium members.
· It is the time to create the organizational structure of the alternative education both on university (it is the main objective of this TEMPUS JEP) and national level (in this context it was proposed to inform the minister of education /Mr. Zoltan Pokorni/ about these activities and ask him to organize a National Committee on Alternative Education.
February 6. The consortium (all partners were represented) discussed the whole project and especially in details the activities related to the period (Dec. 98-Oct.99).
The main decisions:
· Documentation (writer; reader): general (PM; DL), faculties (LJ; G. Halász), tutors (PM; Moróné Zupkó Timea, DL), enterprises (PM; Moróné Zupkó Timea, Szabó Gyula), Students (PM; Vámosi András). Reader for the whole documentation (PA). Home style PM. Deadlines: for writers: March 1, March 10; for readers: March 20, March 31. Introduction Jozsef Reffy.
· Trainings, meetings abroad (Paris). For the members of enterprise network (May 14-20), for the members of university network (June 11-17), consortium (Oct. 15). Meetings with German partners are under discussion.
· Extension. On national level (see letter to the minister above), include the Miskolc University (letter to Á. Döbröczöni, vice-rector).
February 11, 1999. (PA, PM, MP) The Rector of TUB (Prof. Ákos Detrekői) was informed about the activities of the project. It was decided to discuss the topics on the March 1 meeting of the Rector's Council (based on a written proposal). Mr. Detrekői's letter to inform the minister of education /Mr. Zoltan Pokorni/ was sent.
February 8-21, 1999. Further activities in the realization of the project (carriyng out the decisions of consortium meeting, preparation of purchase of equipment, of the conventions with colleagues for different tasks /staff; project management; writers, readers of documentation/; dates and programs of training etc.).
March 1, 1999. Meeting of the Rector's Council. The alternative education plans were presented to the members (vice-rectors, deans etc.) by the rector based on a short summary. The council decided to create a Committee headed by vice-rector Ferenc Vörös. Dr. Janos Logo (Alternating Education Office) will be a member of this committee.
March 2, 1999. Dr. G. Halász (vice-dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) has prepared a document on the organization of alternating education on faculty level.
March, 1999. Preparation of basic documentation. Instructions for writers, readers. Visit of M. Perger to Paris (program). Final dates of the meeting of industrial network: Paris, May 15-19. Preliminary list of enterprise representatives.
Hungarian Higher Education Program Development. Application for support of new engineering modules (coordinator: J. Lógó, TUB).
Beginning of the work of Alternating Education Committee of TUB. Opening meeting (April 6) headed by vice-rector F. Vörös (participants: vice deans of the faculties). The unified structure of alternating education was discussed, faculty representatives were nominated.
Preparation (administrative, financial) of the training of enterprise delegation.
Modification of the documentation (see Febr. 4-6.): general (PM; DL), faculties (LJ; PA), industrial tutors (PM; Moróné Zupkó Timea, DL), academic tutors (LJ; Moróné Zupkó Timea, DL), enterprises (PM; Moróné Zupkó Timea, Szabó Gyula), Students (LJ; Vámosi András). Reader for the whole documentation (PA).
Discussion of the state of art of the Hungarian alternating education in Paris (P. Soltesz /Ministry of Education/, Ch. Sol /CNAM/, J-S. Chantome /Ing. 2000/). Proposal for the extension of the list of enterprise delegation.
Spring 1999. International activities related to the project
Conference. Presentation of alternating education at the Ostrava Conference (ICEE 99 / Progress Through Partnerships: Strengthening Alliances with Central and Eastern European Countries). Abstract of the accepted lecture by Ch. Sol, P. Moson. Transparents of the lecture on August 11 (Section S11).
EU Leonardo program. Presentation of a project (March 22, 99) prepared Cl. Maury (CEFI, France): "Methodology for evaluation of student placement in companies abroad". TUB is a participant together with universities of UK, Germany, Portugal, Sweden.
Practical and international placement forms. The new TUB Alternating Education Office is interested in joining to different European initiatives related to university-enterprise educational cooperation. In this context the possibility of cooperation in "EUFORIA" (participation at a plenary meeting in Suze-La-Rousse) and "n+1" (participation at a plenary meeting in London /May 28, 99/, discussion about joint activities, Leonardo project in Paris /June 17, 99/) projects is investigated by the coordinator.
Study of other alternative educational forms (ENSAM, Jun. 17, Ms. Boutillon, Mr. Trotignon; ENPC, Jun. 19, Mr. Colleu)
April 15-16. Visit of the coordinator to Miskolc. The participation of the Miskolc University in the alternating education project was discussed with Dr. Imre Török. The extension of the results to the North-Eastern Hungarian Region and further co-operations were investigated with László Molnár.
April 20. First meeting of the network of faculty representatives. The meeting was chaired by J. Lógó. He presented the plans of TUB and distributed 2 working papers (general presentation of alternating education, the role of university). Peter Moson summarized the history of activities, Maria Perger talked about the enterprise relations. It was decided that in a two weeks time the details would be discussed with all faculties. The names of participants of June training (June 12-16) will be determined in this period as well.
Final list of the participants of enterprise training (May 15-19). Detailed program (in Hungarian). Addresses of meetings, contact persons. Information material distributed to the Hungarian delegation members.
TUB TANOK Alternating Education Office (List of staff, description of activities in final form).
May 7, 1999. 2nd meeting of network of faculty representatives. (12 participants). The 2nd variant about the general conditions on TUB level of the alternative education was discussed. Final list of delegation for Paris training (June 12-16).
May 15-19, 1999. Visit of Enterprise delegation to Paris was delivered successfully. Final program, list of participants.
May June 1999. Further work on documentation. Preparation of the visit of university delegation.
June 12-16, 1999. Visit of University delegation to Paris. Program (in Hungarian, in French), list of participants. The program has been carried out successfully (with some minor changes, eg. the presentation of the French alternative education on June 16 was made by Mr. Villoutreix /chargé de mission, Ministere de l'Education Nationale de la Recherche et de la Technologie/). Mr. Vörös (vice-rector of TUB) declared in his final summarizing speech that TUB would introduce the new alternative educational form in its regular program of engineering training.
July 14, 1999. Revised form of documentation. (in Hungarian). Information materials: general, faculties, tutors, enterprises, students.
Activities planned for the Fall Semester:
- TUB university meetings (University Council, Faculty Representatives, Common modules /communication, management) - August, September 99.
- Experimental use of documentation. Printed variants of information materials.
- Extension on country level (Conference in Vasszécsény, November 11-14, 1999)
- Consortium meeting (October 15, 1999 CANCELLED, it will be held in Vasszécsény on November 11, 99); other international meeting (in Hannover organized by the German partner - December, January 1999-2000)
September 15, 99. Meeting of the TUB Alternating Education Office. (See minutes in Hungarian as well.) Participants: A. Penninger /director/, J. Lógó, P. Moson, M. Perger, I. Varga.
Main topics discussed:
· general evaluation of the alternating education at TUB and the TEMPUS project,
· detailed investigation of Activities 1-4. of the TEMPUS project,
· current issues (preparation for the conference at Vasszécsény: program, invitation etc.)
· further development (extension to other Hungarian universities by informing the Rector's Conference, to other Central European countries, cooperation with EU partners etc.),
· personal and financial decisions.
Summary: The development of the alternating education corresponds to the plans, it is clear that this new educational form will be a standard part of the Hungarian engineering training.
September 20, 99. Visit of Dr. Pfau (IBISTRA) to Budapest. The dates of Hannover meeting has been fixed (January 22-26, Saturday-Wednesday, 2000). The number of participants is about 10. Dr. Pfau will send soon the detailed program. Another cooperation forms in alternating education (concerning students in informatics) were discussed as well).
September 21, 99. Meeting of TUB Alternative Office. (LJ, PM, MP).
J. Lógó informed about the beginning of the current year alternative education. A new letter is proposed to the vice secretary of state Mr. Adam Kiss, who answered the letter sent to the minister of education (Mr. Pokorni) in February.
M. Perger informed about the preparations of the Alternating Conference. This event will be a part of the "FRANKOFORUM" (TU Budapest, October 28, 99). According to the plans the main participants are: Mr. H. Lebreton (counselor of the French Embassy), Mr. G. Malglaive, Mr. A. Penninger (presentation of the French, Hungarian experience), Mr. J-S. Chantome (moderator).
October 99. Preparation of the planned events. Invitation to the Vasszecseny meeting. Dr. Reffy's introduction to the alternating education.
October 28, 99. Francoforum. (Technical University of Budapest). Part of the program: Engineering education- the role of alternative training. The chairman of the program was Mr. H. Lebreton (councillor, Frenh Embassy). Mr. G. Malglaive (Ingenieurs2000) presented the experience of his organization in alternating training. Mr. A. Penninger's contribution was devoted to the Hungarian adaptation, especially to the university management part, Mr. P. Soltesz announced the plans of the Hungarian government. The invited speeches were followed by an active discussion (contribution of large, small enterprises, students participating in the training etc.). The interesting event lasted more than 2 hours, the number of participants exceeded 50.
September-October 1999. Development of the Unified Legal Status of the Alternating Education at TUB Level. The question was discussed several times at the meetings of faculty vice-deans. The main events:
· Sept. 29, 99. Dr. J. Logo presented the proposal prepared by the Alternating Education Office. A 3 member committee (Dr. K. Molnár, dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. J. Topár, responsible for the alternative education of the Faculty of Economical and Social Sciences, Dr. J. Lógó vice-director of Alternative Education Office /TANOK) was asked for the investigation of the educational form after the modification of the law about the professional education tax. The committee will send their proposals in a letter to the Ministry of Education.
· Oct. 20, 99. After a detailed discussion and modifications a final document was accepted about the organization of alternative education on the university level.
November 3, 1999. 2nd, detailed program of the Vasszecseny meeting, which will be probably an important event in the policy making related to alternative education.
November 11-13, 1999. Conference in Vasszécsény (consortium meeting, extension of alternative education mainly to other higher educational institutions). Documentation distributed to the participants: Final program to the invited guests, to the consortium members (in Hungarian), to the foreign guests (in English); Program of the consortium meeting (in Hungarian), activities (in English); Realization of the training on university level (in Hungarian).
The program of the conference was successfully carried out. The number of participants was 37, 5 foreign specialists, 23 representatives from 9 Hungarian higher educational institutions, 6 enterprise specialists, 3 members of the Ministry of Education. According to the plans on Friday morning the opening words of the coordinator were followed by the detailed introduction of the participants (presenting their earlier results and further plans in alternating education). The main event of the morning session was the plenary lecture of Dr. J. Reffy (head of Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education). The Friday afternoon was devoted to the presentation and discussion of the results obtained by the consortium of the TEMPUS project (contributions of all consortium partners). Saturday morning the conference was divide in 2 sessions. In Session 1. the presentation of results was continued (common modules /English and native communication/, contribution of former and recent students). Session 2. was the consortium meeting. The coordinator summarized the activities. The consortium members evaluated positively the work done. The main new propositions (additionally to the activities described by the coordinator) accepted are (deadlines): (i) participation of representatives of TUB Alternating Office at the meeting organized by MIKOSZ about the financial aspects of the training (this year); translation of information materials into French and German languages. Objective: inform the joint enterprises. (February 2000); Preparation of the next meeting in Hannover. Each partner will present a list for the extension to the Eastern-Central European Region (January 22-26, 2000).
December 1999. Regular work of the Committee of Faculty Representatives.
December 17. Meeting of Th. Pfau (IBISTRA) with the coordinator (Budapest). The detailed program of Hannover meeting was discussed. Main elements of the proposed program:
Discussion of the Reports (Year 1, Annual, financial, impact reports).
Extension of the alternative training to the Central-Eastern European Countries (final list of invited institutions for the meeting in May 2000 proposed by the consortium members).
PR activities (in Hungary, French, German materials).
German related activities: cooperation with German enterprises, chambers (presented by IBISTRA); meeting with German academic sector - discussion of the state of art of alternative training; general presentation of IBISTRA; visit to the EXPO 2000.
Probable list of participants (consortium members): Ch. Sol (CNAM, France), J-S. Chantome (Ingénieurs 2000, France), Th. Pfau (IBISTRA), A.K. Szalafayné (Dunaferr), T. Szente (Dunatáj Editing Company), Gy. Szabó (MIKOSZ), F. Vörös /vice-rector/, M. Perger, I. Varga, J. Lógó, P. Moson (TU Budapest).
The preparations of the visit (e.g.) reservation of plane tickets follow the plans.
December 20. Dunaújváros. Meeting organized by MIKOSZ about the financial aspects of alternating education (see Summary of Vasszécsény Conference). Istvan Sum (Head of Department, Ministry of Education) presented the new law, which would permit to enterprises a partly financing of alternating engineering education. (For details see Minutes prepared by the financial coordinator of the project.)
January, 2000. Preparation of the Hannover Meeting (January 22-26, 2000). Final variant of the program. Preliminary (working) variants of information materials in English, French. Program of the meeting (in Hungarian). Presentation of the coordinator.
The name of coordinating institution is different (from January 1, 2000): Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE).
January 22-26, Hannover. Consortium meeting. The meeting was successfully carried out. Final list of participants: Ch. Sol (CNAM, France), J-S. Chantome (Ingénieurs 2000, France), Th. Pfau (IBISTRA), A.K. Szalafayné, G. Füredi (Dunaferr), J. Simon (MIKOSZ), F. Vörös /vice-rector/, M. Perger, I. Varga, J. Lógó, P. Moson (BUTE). The program was according to the plans (see Dec. 17, 1999 in English, Jan. 2000 in Hungarian). The main decisions of the consortium:
Extension to Central-Eastern European Countries. The meeting will be on May 25-28, 2000 at Visegrad (Hungary). The participants (mainly university representatives and their industrial partners) will be invited from the following countries (additionally to the consortium members) Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia. The two steps invitation process will be ended by March 15. The information material about the alternative education will be translated into English as well.
Hannover University. The delegation of the Hannover University (headed by Dr. Liselotte Glade, Vice-president) presented to the consortium members different international and practice oriented activities of the university (e.g. Dr. Hans Schroeder: industrial relations, research catalogue, Leonardo projects; Dr. Herman Reuke /ZEVA/ evaluation, quality assurance activities; Dr. Martina Michel /re/training program "Mit Leibniz zu Bahlsen" ). The activities of the consortium were introduced by F. Vörös (vice-rector, BUTE), more detailed presentations were given by P. Moson and C. Sol. An interest in cooperation was formulated by both sides. It was decided that the University of Hannover will be invited to the May 25-28 meeting.
Projects. Dr. Koch (Global Market, Initiative 21) presented a need in specialists in informatics of the German small and medium side enterprises. The consortium will investigate the creation of a project for these activities. Dr. Koch was invited for a visit to Hungary by BUTE and Dunaferr. Some other projects (related mainly to students' mobility) were discussed as well.
IBISTRA. The participants visited the headquarters of organization whose part is the German consortium member IBISTRA.
February 2000. Final variant of the information material prepared mainly for the foreign enterprises, educational institutions (in French - edited by Ch. Sol) .
February 15, 2000. Report of the 1st year. Revised budget and activity plan.
March, April 2000.
Preparation of the conference at Visegrad (May 25-28). Invitation letter. Main objective: regional extension of the alternating education.
Presentation of the results at the ICEE 2000 (International Conference on Engineering Education). Abstract (accepted) of the paper: "Ch. Sol, P. Moson: Alternative Training of Engineers. Extension."
BUTE: Activities related to the final administrative structure. Preparation of the new modules (beginning: September 2000).
Other related activities.
Presentation of 2 Leonardo projects as the consequence of the decision at the Hannover meeting. Project 1. (mobility) Foreign training of informaticians – prospective small entrepreneurs (INFGERM - MOBILITY). Summary of its objectives. Project 2. (pilot) Alternative training of informaticians – prospective small entrepreneurs in International cooperation (INFGERM). Its summary.
Preparation of the participation of Hungarian students in the "n+1" program (approx. 20 candidates, selection, legal and organizational preparation of the beginning in September 2000).
Contractual period of the Pilot Project Leonardo „ MESIPA ” (Methodology for the evaluation of student industrial placements abroad).
AGORA (meeting organized by the rector of BUTE about the strategic plan of the university. The letter sent by the coordinator).
Preliminary list of participants of the Visegrad Conference (extension to the Central-Eastern European region). Final program.
The role of alternative education in the BUTE Institution development Plan 2000 (first draft).
May 21-23, 2000. MAKING TRANSITION WORKS. Final Conference (program) on the Transition from Initial Education to Working Life. Presentation of the project by the coordinator in Working Group 2. Combining Learning at School and at Work (Chair of the section: Peter Soltész, Rapporteur: János Lógó).
May 25-28, 2000. Visegrad Conference (extension to Central-Eastern Europe). The conference was held according to the program. The consortium members (BUTE, CNAM, Dunaferr, Ibistra) presented their earlier activities and proposed an international cooperation. As a beginning a feasibility study will be carried out, based on a common document. There were representatives of 6 regional countries interested in these activities.
June 16-17, 2000. Seregelyes Conference (extension to Hungarian enterprises). At this event (organized by M. Perger) the alternative education was presented to a large number of interested Hungarian enterprises. Followed the presentation of the participants M. Perger, J. Logo, G. Füredi, L. Dunai contributed on the topic. 7 responsibles of the different faculties of BUTE (Mr. Dunai, Parti, Szőke, Pipek, Árvai, Loványi, Topár) informed about the offer of the university. The participants received the new printed folder of the Alternating Education Office. The presentations were followed by a detailed discussion, especially about the financial aspects. it was decided that the office prepares different variants for the financing. The organized meetings were followed by informal disdussions.
Aug 14-18, 2000. Conference ICEE 2000. On Aug 14, 2000 P. Moson presented the joint paper: "P. Moson, Ch. Sol: Alternative training of engineers. Extension." at the ICEE 2000 (International Conference on Engineering Education) at Taipei, Taiwan. The aim of the paper was to present to the international community the results of the project and to look for new partners to the extension activities. (Because of the copyright agreement unfortunately we can not put here the paper on the Internet. General information about the ICEE conferences can be found on http://ineer.engr.siu.edu/Welcome.htm. The full paper is on the conference CD.)
Spring, Summer 2000. Activities related to the acceptation of the "Financial report of Year 1".
September 2000. Conference - Budapest October 7-9, 2000. Preparation of the part related to the creation of an alternative training network. Preparation of the final consortium meeting (Bordeaux, France October 21- 25).
October 7-9, 2000. Conference - Budapest. "Cooperation for human resources development in the Central and Eastern European countries for the European integration." organized by ETF and the Hungarian Ministry of Education. Participants: representatives of regional NTI and DE networks. Part of the Sunday morning session was dedicated to the alternative training. The consortium members (F. Laulan /CNAM/, J. Lógó, P. Moson /BUTE/) presented different aspects of alternative training and the adaptation of French experience in Hungary. A regional cooperation (creation a network) has been proposed as well.
October 21-25, Bordeaux (F), Final consortium meeting. Main elements of the program: evaluation of the project activities (transparents of the coordinator) , presentation to specialists from Portugal, discussion of the follow up and further cooperation (especially related to the regional activities developed at the Visegrad and Budapest conferences - presented by P. Soltesz, Hungarian Ministry of Education; to the common Leonardo mobility project - presented by Th. Pfau, IBISTRA). Report of J. Lógó on the integration of Alternating education Office into the BUTE Educational Directorate.
October 31, 2000. Extension. According to the decision of the consortium the coordinator sent a document to some Hungarian higher educational institutions involved earlier into the project. They were asked about their intent to participate in an extended activity and to answer some feasibility type questions. Deadline: November 10, 2000.
November 2000. Preparation of final Hungarian meeting , the end of project (Dec. 15, 00).
November 30, 2000. TEMPUS conference, Budapest. (Resources development for the Hungarian Higher Education). The project was presented by Ms. Szalafay Klementz (Dunaferr) and J. Logo (BUTE).
Fall 2000, Fall-Winter 2000-01. Extension to Central-Eastern European Universities (activity organized by CNAM). As a part of this process Ch. Sol (CNAM) and P. Moson (BUTE) visited Vilnius (Lithuania, Dec. 16-19, 2000). P. Moson presented the Hungarian experience to the Gediminas Technical University.
January 19-21, 2001. Bakonybél, Hungary. Final meeting. Participants: BUTE university management staff; representatives of 3 Hungarian higher educational institutions /Dunaújváros, Pécs, Szeged/, who answered the questionnaire mention of October 31, 2000; some consortium members. Program: Summary of the project (P. Moson, J. Logo). Section 1. Final structure of the Alternative Education Unit (K. Molnar, vice-rector on education), Section 2. Network of Alternating Universities (J-S-Chantome, P. Moson).
This document can be found on the Internet.
PROJECT OUTPUTS & ACTIVITIES
Foundation of an alternating education office (personnel, equipment, basic documentation) Engineer 2000 Hungary located at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and related networks of specialists (university, enterprise) in cooperation with EU experts and Hungarian industrials.
Indicators of achievements
Alternating (sandwich type) training of engineers has become (in all senses) a normal way of education at BUTE. The new training form has been introduced at other Hungarian higher educational institutions as well. There is an active dissemination toward other universities in the region.
The cited administrative structures has been created.
1. „Engineer 2000 Hungary” office
2. Documentation about the alternating education (for enterprises, universities, students) available on different media (printed, web etc.)
3. Establishment of 5 networks of trained specialists (faculty, module, common module directors, human resources; international counselors, evaluators)
4. Pilot and regular work of alternative training
1. The new offices with staff, equipment exist and carry out their regular work.
2. The materials developed are available in printed, copied variants and on the web
3. The networks of specialists characteristic to the new education has been formed and trained and begin their regular work (altogether in the pilot phase approx. 50 people)
4. The project management and especially the industrial and foreign partners regularly evaluated the progress.
Activities carried out (based on the application)
1.1. Staff recruitment, equipment purchase
1.2. Consortium meetings, conferences (definition of politics, training the staff, sharing experience, extension)
2. Preparation, pilot use of basic documentation (general information; guide books for enterprises, students; university registration; methodological booklets for academic, industrial tutors)
3. Creating networks and training personnal
4.1. Piloting of system in existing sandwich modules
4.2. Organization of new modules, evaluation, proposals to government
Deviations from plan
The consortium could realise wider activities related to the dissemination, extension of the results to other Hungarian and foreign higher educational institutions (financed by other sources).
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