Program description in Serbian


SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Specialist academic study programme

Faculty of Technical Sciences in Kosovska Mitrovica

Study program of specialist academic studies Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Kosovska Mitrovica was developed within the European Commission Erasmus+ capacity building project in the field of higher education entitled „Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments“ (KLABS).

The programme was designed in a way to equip master engineers in architecture, civil, electrical, mechanical, technological and environmental engineering with advanced - specialized knowledge related to sustainability and to resilience of the built environment to climate change, environmental protection of urban and rural areas, utilisation of natural resources in the built environment, assessments of sustainability and resilience, risk assessment, application of integrated engineering measures and management, and to enable mastering the research methodology and the methods of linking research with practical work.

During the studies, through the application of appropriate educational methods and adequate teaching organization, the students grouped in multidisciplinary teams get the opportunity to collaborate, to exchange knowledge from their engineering fields and to acquire new specialized knowledge and skills. The purpose of the programme is to educate specialist engineers who acquire the ability to approach problems related to sustainability and resilience of the built environment in a comprehensive, transdisciplinary way, and understand the complexity of these problems and their cause-and-effect relationships, while retaining at the same time their own engineering profession and acting from the own professional position. Specialist engineers in corresponding scientific area within the technical-technological field (with the indication - sustainability and resilience of the built environment in diploma supplement) are professionally equipped to act in circumstances characterized by complexity, frequent and significant changes, risks and uncertainty.

The structure of the programme was built upon realistic need for specialist engineers who are, by acquiring new interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and competencies in technical-technological field, educated for work on engineering, design and management positions within the enterprises, organizations, institutions, associations, companies, etc. dealing with various aspects of sustainability and resilience of the built environment. Owing to acquired competencies, specialist engineers are in a position to introduce sustainability and resilience of the built environment as a novelty (but also a need) in their working environment.

Having regarded that sustainability and adaptation of the built environment to climate change have gained scientific-educational relevance over the last decade, the earlier generations of engineers have not been educated in accordance with the needs of today's society and profession. From this reason, the study programme Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Kosovska Mitrovica is open both to engineers who have completed the previous level of education just before submitting the enrolment documents, as well as to engineers of relevant profiles who are working and coming back to education to update their knowledge and skills according to the contemporary trends and needs.


Curriculum

The curriculum of specialist study programme Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Kosovska Mitrovica is structured in a way to enable acquisition of knowledge from the fields of architecture (and urbanism), civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, and related disciplines. The education on the programme is organised within mandatory and elective courses, through lectures, exercises, work in the Lab for Sustainability and Resistance of the Built Environment and Lab for Renewable Energy Sources, study research work, work in studio, consultations, professional practice, individual work, etc. Group work in Studio in the second semester gives students the opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge to a concrete, real problem, or to integrate research and mastered theoretical knowledge from various courses with practical work, and thereby qualify for future successful work in practice. The course Professional Practice includes 90-hour professional program in a company and knowledge assessment carried out by responsible teacher during the defence of a written student's work developed in accordance with executed practice. Study research work within the course Specialist Work equips students with the capability to conduct individual research work.

New learning methods, IT and e-learning

Within the Lab for Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment, the study programme foresees utilisation of software for energy simulations and life cycle assessments, as well as of on-line connectivity software for organisation or attendance to the virtual lectures of guest lecturers from other higher education institutions in the country and abroad, that is, the lecturers from commerce and other sectors. The programme also implies the use of an existing electronic platform at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, which will serve to accommodate teaching and learning materials, and will be available to teachers, associates and students. The collection of published material, developed according to the content and needs of the study programme, entitled Reviews of Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment for Education, Research and Design , will be available to students in electronic format through open access.


Learner-centred approach

The programme Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment implements the "learner-centred approach" through the definition of flexible learning paths based on learning outcomes and provided through a large number of elective courses, where the students are offered the possibility to select topics according to their own profession, interests and plans for future career development. The percentage of elective courses in the study program is 85.00%.


Integration of research with education

Specialist academic programme Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment contains course Research Methods and study research work with the course Specialist work which aims to enable students to conduct independent research work, by respecting scientific methodology, processes and procedures. In addition, through the work on specific topics and tasks in other programme courses, the students master the methodology of research and methods of linking research with practical work, thus qualifying them for solving real problems in the professional work or for continuing education at doctoral academic studies in the country or abroad.


Enrolment

The Faculty of Technical Sciences in Kosovska Mitrovica plans to enrol 16 students to the study programme Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment in the academic year 2017/2018.

The access to the study programme is given to a person who has achieved 300 ECTS during the previous education, i.e. a person who has completed five-year or master academic degree in the field of technical-technological sciences and belonging areas corresponding to the character of the specialist academic studies: architecture, civil, mechanical, electrical, technological and environmental engineering.

The admission of candidates will start after public announcement.

Candidates' ranking list for enrolment is formed by evaluation based on the following criteria:

  • Average grade achieved during previous academic studies (max. 55 points ),

  • Average grade from relevant courses in previous academic studies (max. 15 points),

  • Period of time in which previous studies were completed (max. 5 points),

  • Content of the portfolio with academic and professional experience of the candidates, and recommendations (max. 15 points), and

  • Motivational letter in which candidates argue their interest in study program, describe work experience, i.e. previously acquired knowledge, skills and competences, and present career development plan and other relevant facts (max. 10 points).

In the event that several candidates achieve equal number of points during evaluation, the enrolment commission will organize interviews with individual candidates for the final examination of the abilities and the final decision on admission to the studies.

The right to enrol is given to the candidates whose position on the ranking list is within the number defined for enrolment.

Foreign citizens may enrol to the studies Sustainability and Resilience of Built Environment under the same conditions as national citizens, within the total envisaged number of students. The basic requirement for enrolment in the study programme is a proof of adequate knowledge of the Serbian language. The verification of the knowledge of the Serbian language is done by a three-member commission appointed by the Dean of the Faculty.


Competencies

By mastering specialist academic study programme Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment, the students acquire general and subject-specific competencies which are in the function of carrying out the professional and research activities in a good quality manner.

By mastering the study programme, students acquire the following general competencies:

  • Understanding of the most important social, ecological and economic today's challenges,

  • Systemic, critical and self-critical thinking, perception and approach,

  • Ability to respond to real circumstances and conditions in the environment through the application of knowledge, to identify and analyze problems, offer solutions and anticipate the consequences,

  • Ability to identify and apply appropriate methods, procedures and research processes, as well as to independently present research results to different social groups,

  • Ability to use professional specialized terms, carry out two-way professional communication and to develop collaboration with the social environment,

  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, among different social actors and ability to lead teams,

  • Understanding and acting in accordance with the principles of professional philosophy, politics and ethics.

Sustainable development and adaptation to climate change in engineering branches belonging to the technical-technological field relate to the development, analysis and implementation of a wide range of appropriate technical and technological solutions, measures and practices. By mastering the study programme, students gain the following subject-specific competences:

  • Holistic understanding of the concepts of sustainability and resilience and their interconnections in the built environment,

  • Understanding the responsibilities and challenges set in front of the engineers in terms of achieving sustainability and resilience of the built environment,

  • Ability to independently research the sustainability and resilience of the built environment at different levels, to conduct analyzes, experiments, assessments and evaluations, as well as the ability to synthesize and interpret results, formulate conclusions, and present the research in written and oral form,

  • Ability to independently and critically evaluate current engineering practice, identify and formulate relevant problems, and provide optimal, innovative and creative engineering responses, i.e. solutions for achieving sustainability and resilience of the built environment,

  • Ability to provide individual contribution to systemic, integrated solutions,

  • Ability to develop engineering projects and processes for the built environment which sustains good quality and rationally uses natural resources (energy, raw materials, water and land),

  • Ability to systematically manage complex projects and processes for sustainable and climate-resilient development and the ability to cooperate with different actors,

  • Ability to initiate changes in professional environment and to develop new initiatives or establish enterprises, organizations, companies, associations, etc.,

  • Ability to apply acquired knowledge and skills in following the novelties, developing new specialized knowledge, as well as in further education and skills development, and

  • Ability for advanced utilisation of computer technologies and software.

The qualifications which mark the completion of specialist academic studies are acquired by the students who demonstrated:

  • Understanding of the complexity of sustainability and resilience in the built environment and of their interrelations, ability for critical analysis by using different developed approaches, as well as the ability to develop an argumentative discussion related to the issues of sustainability and resilience from the ecological, economic and socio-cultural aspect,

  • Developed systemic, critical thinking and analytical skills, professional language proficiency, developed ability to express own professional attitude and to carry out two-way professional communication,

  • Understanding of professional ethics, role of specialist engineers, importance of personal and collective moral procedures and values, importance of providing individual professional contribution to common solutions, and the importance of management in the context of generally accepted concepts of sustainability and resilience,

  • Ability to apply and link acquired deep knowledge, and understanding and ability to solve objective problems of different degrees of complexity, in relation to specific aspects of sustainability and resilience of the built environment covered by the content of the study programme,

  • Understanding of the research process and mastering the research methods, and ability to carry out independent research, synthesise and interpret results, formulate conclusions and present the research in written and oral form, and

  • Ability to integrate research results with practical professional work, to initiate new research based on the results of practical professional work, i.e. to simultaneously conduct research and engage in solving specific problems in practical professional work.


Compatibility with regulations, standards, guidelines and good practice

The programme Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment is in line with the European and other international standards and higher education trends (Bologna Principles, European Framework for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, guidelines and results of European projects in the fields of lifelong learning and short-cycle programmes, UNESCO Global Action Programme for Education for Sustainable Development, conclusions of the Council of the European Union on education for sustainable development, Goals of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, recommendations for the implementation of education for sustainable development, i.e. general sustainability competences, and other), as well as with the justified areas of specialization for engineers from technical-technological field.

The programme is holistic, comprehensive and harmonized with other programmes at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, which enables the master engineers of different profiles to directly continue the education and acquire new, advanced knowledge, skills and competencies within the seventh level of the European Qualifications Framework.

The structure and content of the study programme are in line with national regulations in the field of higher education, national standards for technical-technological sciences, and the Strategy for the Development of Education by 2020 (which envisages the concept of interdisciplinary education for sustainable development), the Strategy for Sustainable Development, the Strategy for Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Goods, and the National Strategy for Approximation in the Field of Living Environment, as well as with other regulations and guidelines for the development of higher education according to the most important current needs of society.

The National Strategy for the Development of Education by 2020, in the part dealing with the development of higher education, recommends the flexibility of higher education system through the introduction of short-cycle studies (up to 60 ECTS). According to this recommendation, the one-year duration of the programme Sustainability and Resistance of the Built Environment was determined. In line with the Strategy, the elements of research (within a number of courses) and the contents which encourage entrepreneurship (course Management in Context of Sustainability and Resilience) and improve practical skills and competences (the largest number of courses in the programme are by type professional-applicative) have been introduced. New methods, supported by information technologies, were also embodied in the programme, and, through the implementation of the Erasmus + project of the European Commission "Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments", the adequate computer equipment, software and library units were acquired. At the same time, through the electronic platform that exists at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Kosovska Mitrovica, the students are provided with open access to learning material, which further modernizes the education process.

The programme Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment, which represents the outcome of the Erasmus+ project of the European Commission "Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments", is related to the following actions of the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Strategy for the Development of Education by 2020: VO-ZD03; VO-ZD04; VO-ZD06; VO-ZD15; VO-ZD16; VO-ZD18; VO-ZD19; VO-ZD21; VO-ZD22; VO-ZD23; VO-ZD25; VO-ZD29; VO-AS01; VO-AS04; VO-AS06 and VO-AS10.