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					        RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry




ACADEMIC BACHELOR STUDY
       PROGRAM

   “MATERIALS SCIENCE”


  SELF – EVALUATION REPORT




                  Riga, 2002
                       Bachelor study program “Materials Science”. Self – Evaluation Report




                                   CONTENT

       Index of Appendixes                                                              2
       Introduction.
       Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry                               4
   1. Academic Bachelor study program Materials Science
                                       a                                                8
       1.1. Aims and objectives                                                         8
       1.2. Description of the program                                                  8
       1.3. Comparison of the program with other degree programs of universities
       in European Union countries                                                      12
   2. Academic staff                                                                    14
   3. Research                                                                          17
   4. Material and technical provision of the study program                             18
   5. Quality assessment and assurance of the study program                             20
   6. Perspective evaluation of the study program in connection with other study
      programs of the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry
                                                                                        23
      (FMC)
   7. Strategic plan for development of study programs Materials Science in
      connection with other study program of FMC
                                                                                        27
   8. Advertising and popularization of academic studies programs of                    31
      FMC
   9. Financial base of the study program                                               31
  10. Summary                                                                           32


                               Index of Appendixes

                                       PART I
Appendix 1        Bachelor study program “Materials Science”.
                  Description of the matter and completion of the program
Appendix 2.       Study plan

Appendix 3.       Register of courses

Appendix 4.       Syllabuses of courses




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                                        PART II
    Appendix 5.    Curriculum vitae of academic staff

    Appendix 6.    List of published works and teaching materials prepared by
                   academic staff (1997. – 2001.)

    Appendix 7.    Qualification, age, fieldwork and further education of
                   academic staff (1997. – 2001.)
    Appendix 8.    List of courses (sorted by lecturers’ names)
    Appendix 9.    Involvement of academic staff and students in research work
                   Programs and projects granted by Latvian Science Council
                   International collaboration
                   Promotion Councils of RTU
                   Extract from “National concept of Latvian research progress” concerning
                   research priorities
                   Latvian State Centre of Materials Science
                   Latvian Material Research Society
                   Laboratory of Polymer Materials Testing accredited by Latvian National
                   Accreditation Bureau (LATAK)
                   List of topics of Bachelor works, 2001./2002 school year

    Appendix 10.   List of defended Masters’ thesis, Doctoral thesis, Engineers’
                   projects and supervisors (1996.-2001.)

    Appendix 11.   Awards of students’ research works, materials of student’s
                   conferences held at RTU (1996.-2002.)



                                       PART III
Appendix 12.       Regulations of Faculty
                   Regulations of Bachelor’s thesis
                   Regulations of Master’s thesis
                   Regulations of Doctoral thesis (P-01)
                   Regulations of Doctoral thesis (P-02)
                   Regulations of Engineer’s project – qualification work
                   Regulations of Professional qualification commissions of Engineer’s
                   project defense at RTU
                   Regulations of students practice
                   Rules of students registration for elective courses
                   Council of Faculty
                   RTU Promotional Council P-01
                   RTU Promotional Council P-01
                   Science Council of Faculty
                   Convention of Counselors of Faculty
                   Regulations of Convention of Counselors of Faculty


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Appendix 13.            Questioning of students, academic staff, employers and
                        graduates concerning study program
                        Questionnaires of undergraduates
                        Questionnaires of academic staff
                        Questionnaires of potential employers
                        Comments of experts

Appendix 14.            Technical provision of studies
                        Occupied space and total value of materials and technical equipment
                        List of most important equipment
                        Technical provision for preparation and delivery of courses
                        Demonstration equipment – overhead projectors
                        Printers and copiers
                        Provision of licensed software
                        Hardware

Appendix 15.            Advertising and popularization of study programs
                        Enrolment data (1999. – 2001.)
                        Questioning of enrolled students and candidates (1999 - 2001)
                        Advertisement and informative matter on possibilities of studies

Appendix 16.            Decision of RTU Senate (25.01.1999.) concerning study
                        program “Materials Science” and confirmation of respective
                        bachelor study program
Appendix 17.            Decision of the FMC Council (18.02.2002.) concerning
                        guarantees for “Materials Science” students to continue
                        studies in the study program “Chemical Engineering” in a
                        case of liquidation of the study program “Materials Science”
Appendix 18.            List of enterprises, institutions and establishments in Latvia
                        which may employ materials science specialists
Appendix 19.            Draft of the bachelor’s study program, which is harmonized
                        with Regulations of the State academic education standard
                        Nr.2



                                     Introduction.
                  Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry

     Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry (till 2000 Senate decision of Riga
Technical University – Faculty of Chemical Technology ) was founded in 1862. It functioned
as a part of Riga Polytechnic School (1863-1896), Riga Polytechnic Institute (1896-1919 and
1958-1990), Latvian University (1919-1944), Latvian State University (1944-1958), Riga
Technical University (since 1990).
     More than century fundamental and applied science and respective industrial production
have been situated at comparatively high level in Latvia. Several worldwide known chemists –
such as Nobel Prize winner Wilhelm Ostvald, Paul Walden, as well as experts in chemical
engineering - Kārlis Bišofs, Maksimiliāns Glazenaps, Edgars Bricke, Eižens Rozenšteins,
Jūlijs Eiduks and others were made their research work, including the field of materials
technology. There was always enough developed chemical industry of several practically

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important materials in Latvia. Among them: building materials (cements and binders,
ceramics, roof covering materials, wood and timber, coating materials etc.), fine ceramics
(faience, porcelain), glass, rubber and plastics, textile materials and others.
      Taking into account that Latvia did not have abundance of natural resources, but at the
same time had qualified specialists and high level of education, during sixties and seventies
there were built up, developed and modernized many factories and plants for production of
wide spectra of materials: plastics, synthetic fibbers, cements, glass, ceramics. This
production required high scientific and engineering knowledge. In this time chemical and
chemical engineering specialties and specializations became particularly popular. Students
had to pass strong competition to be enrolled in chemistry and chemical engineering
programs.
      Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry (FMC) has more than 40 years
experience and traditions in preparing chemical engineering specialists in a number of
directions relevant to materials science and very significant for Latvian industry. Most
important of them are: technology of polymer materials and composites, chemistry and
technology of silicates and high temperature materials, technology and chemistry of
biomaterials. These specialists are prepared in a framework of study program “Chemical
Engineering”
   On 1994, by allying of the teaching staff and researcher of the Chair of Silicate Technology
(1947) and Research Laboratory of Glass and Ceramics (1961) the Institute of Silicate
Materials was established. On the same year staff of the Chair of Chemical Technology of
Polymers (1958) and Research Laboratory of Polymer Composite Materials (1967) united
into the Institute of Polymer Materials (IPM). This was done with the aim to raise the creative
efficiency of the joint intellectual and technical potentials for a broader and deeper
introduction of the materials science approach into both the tutorial programs and research
work.
   Beginning with school year 1996./97. teaching staff of IPM organized delivery of the study
subject “Introduction to Materials Science” for all study programs of RTU
   In 1998 director of IPM, Professor M. Kalnins founded the professors group of materials
science, which incorporates associated professors S. Reihmane, M. Dzenis, L. Mālers, docents
V. Tupureina, J. Kajaks, research associates A. Vīksne, J. Zicāns and others.
   Because of rapid development of production and use of various materials important for
Latvian national economy (first of all it refers to wide spectra of building, construction,
finishing and decoration materials), alongside with conventional engineers in the chemical
technology of separate material’s groups, the necessity of experts with theoretical knowledge
and practical skill in materials science Latvia arose.
   Accordingly, beginning with 1999 actual preconditions emerged for opening a new study
program “Materials Science” in RTU, using FMC academic staff and material and technical
provision of FMC as a base. Since school year 1999/2000 RTU started matriculation and
tuition in this program. Thereof the faculty changed its prior title Faculty of Chemical
Technology to the Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry.

    Materials Science traditionally is a multidisciplinary branch of science, which incorporates and mutually
interconnects conventional fundamental sciences (physics, chemistry and others) as well as various engineering
sciences. On the base of theoretical and applied concepts of these sciences, Materials Science explores and
scientifically grounds universal interrelationships between the structure, basic qualities and exploitation
characteristics of dissimilar materials. The objective of the Materials Science is to create and develop the
strategy of design and perfection of materials.

    Materials Science emphasizes universal features, which characterizes dissimilar materials designed for
different purposes, such as:  tight interconnection of making process conditions, created structure and

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properties of the material; possibility to control consciously the process of structure formation on different levels
and, as a result, to obtain materials wit desired properties,  potentiality to convert certain material into particular
thing (article) with definite expected service parameters,  unavoidable change of structure and respective
properties of materials in a course of exploitation – ageing; restricted life time of each materials; probability to
forecast this life time and to control it efficiently for practical needs;  potentiality to restore aged materials and
to recycle time-expired materials

   Materials Science have formed up as well-established independent area of science and engineering rather
recently: just 25 – 30 years ago. However, due to obvious applicability and efficiency, Materials Science
promptly conquered leading position among other engineering areas.

   Materials Science as required specialty occupies now a significant place in study programs
of universities. Most popular study schemes foresee that on the Bachelor level of studies
student gets general knowledge of basic subjects of materials science. On the Master level
student obtains deeper theoretical competence in general basic fields of materials science
studies. At the same student is offered to enter more deeply into certain restricted group of
materials.
   Materials Science study program of RTU was worked out after careful analyze of a variety
of respective study programs of universities in Europe and USA. The actual potentialities of
RTU and needs of Latvian state were taken on account. The basic idea was that Latvian
national economy and science on this moment needs wide profile specialists in materials
science with engineering dominant. Our program does not copy any other study program.

Main features of RTU study program:

       reasonable balance of proportions of different areas of interests of materials
        science:

                                                  properties of
                                                    material

                              production of                   service characteristics
                               material and                     of the material and
                             it’s conversion                    their change during
                              to the certain                        exploitation
                                  article
                                             structure of material




           orientation on engineering subjects with adequate portion of aspects of
            physics and chemistry

           in the study program, besides basic subjects, there are subjects which
            consider materials in the process of exploitation; among them: aging of
            materials, protection of materials, prediction and control of life-time,
            recycling of materials, ecology of materials production and use

           bachelor study programs encompasses subjects, which give basic
            knowledge concerning several basic types of materials: metals and alloys,
            polymer materials, inorganic materials, wood materials, composite
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          materials


     In the process of formation of our study program we informed professional associations,
experts and producers of different profiles about main concepts of the program and collected
their opinions. In such a way we got valuable ideas how to develop the program and as much
as possible to adapt the program to needs and interests of potential employers.
     In the school year 1999/2000, when the first group of applicants in the study program
“Materials Science” was enrolled, the number of students in the MCF was 210 (100 – in
bachelor’s studies, 40 – in master’s studies, 40 – in doctoral studies).
     In 1999 up to 67 applicants were matriculated (among them – 29 in “Materials Science”),
in 2000 respectively 85 (31), in 2001 - 95 (14).
     Long lasting experience of MCF shows that only 30-40% from enrolled students
graduate; the highest student dropout is after first semester of undergraduate studies.
“Materials Science” students are not the exception.
   The main reasons of this are problems with students adaptation at the University, faults of
general secondary education system in Latvia (often there are students, which have not take
chemistry, physics, computer science, at the secondary school), as well as overestimation by
students their knowledge and potentials.
   At the moment 13 “Materials Science” students (enrolled in school year 1999/2000) have
reached sixth (final) semester of their bachelor studies, 16 students (enrolled in school year
2000/2001) – fourth semester. From 15 students matriculated in 2001 thirteen continue
studies.
   Stipendiums are granted to all successful students, but the best can receive special
stipendiums granted by RTU, various foundations, employers; financial prizes are available
for those who participate in competitions and projects.
   At present among 43 “Materials Science” students 11 students receive higher stipendiums,
one student – stipendium of RTU Senate, one student – stipendium of FMC Council.
   Volume of studies program at RTU is evaluated in credit points (CP). Total volume of
credit points for one studies year (2 semesters) in the case of full workload reaches 40 CP. 16
contact hours (lectures and laboratories) correspond to 1 CP. Subjects are divided in
compulsory and elective courses. The last might be elective (from the given list) or free choice
subjects. Before new studies year students must register for elective and free choice subjects;
every semester according nominal plan they have to receive at least 20 CP (for some
semesters the correction ±2 CP is eligible). There is a possibility to study according individual
plan (receiving at least 10 CP per semester).
   Starting from 1993 a lot of changes in studies curriculum have been done by Faculty, in
order to fulfill recommendations of European Federation of Chemical Engineers (EFCE). In
1999/2000, following regulations of Studies Department of RTU, number of contact hours
have been reduced. During last 2 years we switched from oral to written examination forms.
Till this, during classical oral exams students got some (1-3) individual questions, and, being
lucky, could pass exam without knowledge in other course material; the another important
problem was remarkable mental interaction between student and examiner during exam,
which could give rise to subjectivity in evaluation. Transfer to written examinations with the
same questions for all students, which are general and reflect all problems of subject (usually
up to 20 short, well defined and important questions), created conditions for more objective
evaluation of students’ knowledge. Students are evaluated in 10 mark scale, were “4” means
the last successful mark. Backward students may take exams in other subjects, but if they
can’t successfully complete exam in the same subject during 2 semesters, they are discharged.


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                   1. Academic Bachelor study program Materials Science

Bachelor’s study program “Materials Science” was built according to Higher School Law,
Regulations of the State academic education standard, resolutions of RTU Senate and FMC
Council. Study program is confirmed by FMC Council and RTU Senate.


                                  1.1. Aims and objectives

The aim of Bachelor’s studies program is to provide the adoption and mastering of basic
theoretical knowledge and essential skills of research work in the area of materials science as
well as to prepare students for further studies at Master’s degree qualification programs.

Obtainable degree: bachelor in materials science.

Objectives of the program is to give scientific background for professional working and to
develop capability for unaided solving of certain materials science problems

  During studies students should acquire:
      basics of fundamental subjects
      materials science, engineering, technical and un economical subjects
      humanitarian and social subjects

   Students have to obtain certain knowledge, skills and experience for independent work and
for further studies in Master’s study program:
          knowledge in basic subjects, essential ability to search and systematize the
           necessary information, certain skills of experimental work
          knowledge concerning interconnection between composition and structure of
           materials, conditions of processing and treatment of materials, technological and
           exploitation characteristics
          skills of identification, characterization and testing of materials
          basic experience of use of theoretical knowledge for solving certain research
           problems and engineering tasks
          ability to use computers and respective software

Academic primary education provides certain level of culture and intelligence as well.



                               1.2. Description of the program


     There is no similar study program in Latvian universities. Experience of several European
universities, which offer study programs in materials science and engineering, was used.
     Our study program foresees studies of physics, mathematics, general chemistry,
electronics, electrical engineering, mastering of general subjects concerning interconnection of
material’s structure an properties, acquiring of subjects, which consider production, properties
and use of particular groups of materials, processing and treatment of materials, changes of

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materials in a course of exploitation, recycling of materials, as well as economics and
management subjects, foreign languages, humanitarian and social subjects.

    During first year of studies students get RTU compulsory subjects:

          Physics                                                    6P
          Mathematics                                              9 CP
          General chemistry                                        2 CP
          Electricity and magnetism                                2 CP
          Electronics and electrical engineering                   2 CP
          Introduction to materials science                        3 CP
          Mechanics                                                2 CP
          Computer science (basics)                                3 CP
          Models of social evolution                               2 CP
          Basics of rights                                         2 CP
          Drawing geometry and engineering graphics                2 CP
          Economics                                                3 CP
          Civil defense                                            1 CP
          Physical culture                                         0 CP
                                                      Totally:    39 CP


During next years studies of following subjects are offered:

• general compulsory subjects, which concern interconnection of material’s structure an
properties and comprise aspects of physics, chemistry, physical chemistry and
thermodynamics as well:
              Structure of matter                                5 CP
              Structure and properties of materials              6 CP
              Mechanics of deformable materials                  2 CP
              Surface and boundary processes                     3 CP

• compulsory subjects, which treat questions of technology, chemistry, physics etc. of
specified groups of materials
              Metals and alloys                                  3 CP
              Polymer                                            3 CP
              Inorganic materials                                3 CP
              Wood materials                                     3 CP
              Composite materials                                4 CP

• compulsory subjects, which discuss certain transformations of materials in the processes of
formation and exploitation

              Processing and treatment of materials              5 CP
              Ageing of materials                                3 CP
              Recycling and ecology of materials                 3 CP

• as well compulsory subjects, which assesses quality of materials:
              Quality control and certification                  2 CP
              Basics of materials selection                      3 CP


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Several compulsory subjects, which extend the knowledge in applied mathematics,
informatics and organization of management also are offered:
               Mathematical statistic in materials                 2 CP
               science
               Extra chapters in mathematics (for                  2 CP
               materials science)
               Skill of informatics                                2 CP
               Management organization                             2 CP
               Computer science                                    3 CP
               Computer modeling                                   2 CP

A number of subjects, which concerns materials according their areas of application, is
offered as limited choice subjects: (for 6 CP):
               Silicate and polymer materials in civil             3 CP
               engineering
               Electronic materials                                3 CP
               Fiber materials                                     3 CP
               Basics of biomaterials                              3 CP
               Adhesives and coatings                              3 CP
               Lubricants and fuels                                3 CP

Studies duration and volume
Total volume in “Materials Science” is 120 KP and minimal duration is 3 years.

Volume and percentage of subject groups

     Grouping of subject of Bachelor’s study program is shown in Table 1.
     Syllabuses of courses are provided in appendix 4.
     Each syllabus contains information about volume of the subject (in CP), division of hours
between lectures, laboratories, practical work, test form, aims and objectives, content of
lectures laboratories and practical work.

     Table 1. . Volume and proportions of different subject groups in “Materials Science”
                                 Bachelor’s study program



                       Group of the subject                               Type of the    CP      %
                                                                            subject
Physics, electronics, electrical engineering (physics – 6 CP,             compulsory    10 CP   8,3
electricity and magnetism - 2 CP, electronics and electrical
engineering - 2 CP)
Mathematics (mathematics – 9 CP, mathematical statistic in                compulsory    13 CP   10,8
materials science – 2 CP, extra chapters in mathematics for materials
science – 2 CP)
Computer science subjects (computer science - 3 CP, computer              compulsory    7 CP    5,8
modeling – 2 CP, skill of informatics – 2 CP)
Subjects of general engineering sciences (drawing geometry and            compulsory    7 CP    5,8
engineering graphics - 2 CP, mechanics - 2 CP, introduction to
materials science – 3 CP)

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General materials science subjects (general chemistry – 2 CP,
structure of matter - 5 KP, structure and properties of materials - 6
CP, mechanics of deformable materials - 2 CP, surface and boundary
processes - 3 CP, processing and treatment of materials - 5 CP, aging    compulsory    29 CP    24,2
of materials - 3 CP, ecology and recycling of materials - 3 CP)
Special materials science subjects: (metals and alloys - 3 CP,
polymer materials – 3CP, inorganic materials - 3 CP, wood materials
                                                                         compulsory    19 CP
- 3 CP, composite materials - 4 CP, basics of materials selection – 3
CP)
(silicate and polymer materials in civil engineering - 3 CP,              limited
electronic materials - 3 CP, fibre materials - 3 CP, basics of            choice       6 CP
biomaterials - 3 CP, adhesives and coatings - 3 CP, lubricants
and fuels - 3 KP)
                                                                            Totally:   25 CP    20,8

General comprehensive subjects (models of social evolution – 2
CP, basics of rights - 2 CP, civil defense – 1 KP, quality control and   compulsory     7 CP    5,8
certification - 2 CP)
Economic subjects (economics – 3 CP, management of enterprise –          compulsory     5 CP    4,2
2 CP)
Humanitarian subjects                                                      limited      7 CP    5,8
                                                                            choice
Subjects of free choice                                                  free choice    7 CP    5,8
Bachelor theses                                                          compulsory     3 CP    2,5
                                                                            Totally:   120 CP   100

   On this early stage of development of the study program traditional methods and forms are
used. Conspectus of lectures and auxiliary materials (including their electronic forms) are
available for students. Blackboard, overhead projectors, demonstration of video films,
samples, experiments are used. Teachers try to stimulate active creative participation of
students, to keep vigorous dialog.
   Students perform experiments during laboratory classes by use of comparatively poor set of
research and technological equipment. Often, when there is need for somewhat sophisticated
and expensive equipment, demonstration experiments are performed by guidance of
experienced operators. Students receive experimental data for computation and analysis.
Students are requested to work out and defense laboratory report.
   Excursions on various scientific laboratories are practiced.
   Excursions on most important industrial objects also are organized
   Students are enabled to perform their research work (see Chapter 3)


Working out of Bachelor’s thesis

     In order to receive the Bachelor degree student has to complete successfully bachelor’s
theoretical courses, to prepare and to defend bachelor’s thesis (3 CP). Bachelor’s thesis should
be the literature review and information analysis on actual materials science problem. Mostly
this thesis contains certain experimental part. Content, regulations and assessment criteria of
Bachelor’s thesis are ruled by FMC Regulations of Bachelor’s thesis (Appendix 12). Council

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of FMC takes a decision to confer the Bachelor degree Special hours for performing of
bachelor’s thesis are not allotted, but students usually start work on thesis already during 5th
semester. Theme of thesis is defined more exactly and confirmed six month before defense.
      List of topics of bachelor these for the teaching year 2001./2002 comprises comparatively
wide circle of materials science aspects (polymer materials, silicate materials, biomaterials
etc.), see Appendix 9.

    Accordingly to Regulations of the State academic education standard Nr.2 bachelor’s
study program foresee 10 CP for bachelor’s theses.. There is the draft of the bachelor’s study
program, which is harmonized with the Regulations (Appendix 19).


        1.3. Comparison of the program with other degree programs of universities in
                                 European Union countries


     Various universities offer broad spectra of materials science study programs. Great
number of programs envisages specializations in particular group of materials and their
technologies (metals, polymer materials, ceramics and glass, functional materials and so on).
     Latvian national economy and science on this moment needs wide profile specialists in
materials science with engineering dominant. Consequently, to appraise properly the volume
and duration of studies those study programs were compared which to the utmost correspond
to this purpose.
     In most cases the duration of bachelor studies in materials science is 3 years. After
accomplishing full course student get following bachelor’s academic degrees: B.Eng in
Materials Science and Engineering:. (MS & E) or B.Eng. in Materials Engineering (ME)
(see Table 2).

Table 2. Duration of “Materials Science” studies and obtainable degrees in several European
                                       universities.

                   University                      Obtainable          Duration of
                                                    degrees           studies, years
      University of Surrey,
      Dept. of Materials Science and Eng.        BEng MS & E                3
      Brunel University
      Dept. of Materials Technology              BEng MS & E                3
      University of Sheffield                    BEng MS & E                3
      University of Birmingham
      Schooll of Metallurgy and Materials        BEng MS & E                3
      Loughborough University
      Institute of Polymer Technology and
      Materials Eng.                               BEng ME                  3
      University of Liverpool
      Dept. of Materials Science and Eng.          BEng ME                  3
      Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

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      Faculty of Engineering                         BEng ME                   3
      Tallinn Technical University                   BEng ME                   3




   Table 3. Comparison of proportion of subject groups of RTU study program with other
                              programs of EU universities
                 F        M         D       VI     VM     SM       V       E              H

Riga Technical University, Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry
        % 9,1       11,8     6,4      6,4    26,4     22,7    6,4     4,6     6,4

Cambridge University, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
       % 10,6       7,1     0       0      36.9     45,5    0        0                    0

Christian-Albrecht’s-University Kiel, Faculty of Engineering
         % 13,3 17,8        8,9     10,6     30,6    11,1          0               8,9

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Department of Materials
         % 9,6       8,8     2,2    0      38,5     30,3 0         8,8      2,7

University of Surrey, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
         %     0      8,3     0      6,1     36,5     29,0    2,4     2,9                14,5

Brunel University, Department of Materials Technology
        %     0      8,3      0     8,3      33,3   30,5           0      19,4            0

                 F        M         D       VI     VM     SM       V       E              H

    Abbreviation of subject groups:
    Physics, electronics, electrical engineering           F
    Mathematics                                            M
    Computer science subjects                              D
    Subjects of general engineering sciences              VI
    General materials science subjects                    VM
    Special materials science subjects                    SM
    General comprehensive subjects                         V
    Economic subjects                                      E
    Humanitarian subjects                                  H




                 F        M         D       VI     VM     SM       V       E              H

   The division RTU subjects by subject groups (according colours) and by semesters is given
in Table 4 (pages13 – 1 and 13 – 2).

    Characteristic feature of respective programs of European universities is pronounced
emphasis on general and special materials science subjects. These subjects average 50 - 60%
form whole volume. It mostly is done on account of physics, computer science, general


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subjects of engineering sciences and general comprehensive subjects, considering good
background of high school leavers in these subjects.
    In the RTU program, the portion of general and special materials science subjects does
not go above 45%. The reason is necessity to pay more attention to mathematics, physics,
subjects of general engineering sciences and general comprehensive subjects.

   RTU study program offers enough multilateral body of knowledge in pretty wide spectra of
fundamental subjects, general engineering and materials science subjects.

   RTU study program is designed in such a way that combining with following master
program to ensure good readiness of graduates to act in a wide areas of work:
      management of technological processes of manufacturing and processing of materials (plants,
       factories)
      design of materials, development of technology of manufacturing and processing (design
       offices, development teams, technical centres of plants etc.)
      estimation of technological and exploitation characteristics of materials (technical centres of
       plants, divisions of technical control)
      estimation of properties of materials, assessment of adequacy of measured characteristics to
       standards (testing and certificating institutions)
      developing of quality insurance systems, action in the quality insurance services (quality
       insurance services, specialized enterprises of developing quality insurance systems)
      elaboration of methods of materials testing and analysis, working out of standards,
       specifications and marking regulations (services of manufacturing quality, standardization
       offices, departments of ministries)
      investigation of structure and properties of materials, designing of new materials (technical
       centres of plants, design offices, research enterprises)
      evaluation of technical condition of materials in buildings, structures, constructions etc. tml.
       (specialized enterprises, supervisory services)
      action in a field of material’s marketing (materials wholesale trade companies, divisions of
       supply)
      management of technological processes of recycling and reuse of materials (technical centers
       of plants, specialized enterprises)
      working out of technology of recycling and reuse of materials (services of environment
       protection, departments of ministries, plants)
      assessment of materials in the customs offices




2. Academic staff

     Teaching staff and research associates of a number of FMC chairs, institutes and
professor groups are taking part in the implementation of “Materials Science” study program.
Professors of other RTU faculties as well Latvian University partake in this process.

     Structural units, teaching staff partaking in “Materials Science” study program and
respective study subjects (except humanitarian and social ones)
Nr             Name                 Position         Academic                  Delivered subjects
                                                      degree
RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
FACULTY OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY
Institute of Polymer Materials. Professor’s group of Materials Science
      Kalniņš Mārtiņš               professor      Dr. hab. eng.    Introduction to materials science,
                                                                    Structure and properties of materials,
                                                                    Composite materials, Surface and

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                                                              boundary processes
      Dzenis Mārcis               assoc.         Dr. eng.     Aging of materials
                                 professor
      Reihmane Skaidrīte          assoc.         Dr. eng.     Fiber materials
                                 professor
      Kajaks Jānis                docent         Dr. eng.     Wood materials, Processing and
                                                              treatment of materials
      Tupureina Velta              docent        M. eng.      Polymer materials, Basics of materials
                                                              selection
      Mālers Laimonis              assoc.       Dr. chem.     Adhesives and coatings
                                 professor
      Vīksne Armanda             research .      Dr. eng.     Ecology and recycling of materials
                                   assoc.
      Jure Māra                  professor      Dr. chem.     Skill of informatics
Institute of Silicate Materials. Professor’s group of Silicate Materials Technology
       Mežinskis Gundars          profesor    Dr. hab. eng.   Inorganic materials, Silicate and
                                                              polymer materials for civil engineering
Professor’s group of Biomaterials and Biomechanics
       Knēts Ivars               professor    Dr. hab.eng.    Basics of biomaterials
Chair of General and Applied Chemistry
       Kampars Valdis            professor     Dr. hab.eng.   Structure of matter, Lubricants and
                                                              fuels
       Kokars Valdis             professor      Dr. chem.     General chemistry
Chair of General Chemical Engineering
       Dreijers Iljo               docent        Dr. eng.     Computer modeling
OTHER RTU FACULTIES
Chair of Engineering Mathematics
       Biezā Līga                  docent        Dr. mat.     Mathematics, Extra chapters of
                                                              mathematics (in materials science)
Professor’s group of Theory of Chances and Mathematical Statistics
       Carkovs Jevgeņijs         professor    Dr hab. mat.    Mathematical statistics in materials
                                                              science
Chair of Informatics and Programming
       Lavendels Jurijs            docent        Dr. eng.     Computer science
Professor’s group of Radiation Engineering Physics
       Ozols Andris              professor    Dr.hab.phys.    Physics
Professor’s group of Electrical Engineering
       Nadežņikovs Ņikita         assoc.      Dr.phys.        Electronics and electrical engineering
                                 proffesor
Professor’s group of Radionics and Designing
       Jankovskis Jānis          professor    Dr.hab.eng.     Electronic materials, Electricity
                                                              magnetism
Professor’s group of Drawing Geometry and Computer Engineering Graphics
       Auzukalns Jānis            docents        Dr. eng.     Drawing geometry and engineering
                                                              graphics
Professor’s group of Mechanics of Continuous Medium
       Vība Jānis                professor    Dr.hab.eng.     Mechanics
       Gonca Vladimirs            assoc.         Dr. eng.     Mechanics of deformable mechanics
                                 proffesor
Professor’s group of Monitoring of Quality and Reliability of Machines
       Balcers Edgars            professor       Dr. eng.     Quality control and certification
Professor’s group of Civil Defense
       Jemeļjanovs Anatolijs     professor    Dr.hab.eng.     Civil defense
Professor’s group of Macroeconomics
       Gode Natālija               docent     Dr.ekon.        Economics


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Professor’s group of Production and Management
       Survilo Tatjana           docent     Dr.eng.         Management of enterprise
Professor’s group of Entrepreneurship Management
       Ķipsna Jānis              assoc.     Dr.econ.        Basics of rights
                                professor

LATVIAN UNIVERSITY
INSTITUTE OF SOLID STATE
       Muktepavela Faina         docent     Dr.phys.        Metals and alloys



   Delivery of most important subjects concerned to materials science is provided by 18
persons of teaching staff. Their divisions according pedagogical and scientific as well
according the age are following (in italic – overall figures for RTU):

             Division of teaching staff according pedagogical qualification
          Professors        Assoc. professor        Docents          Lecturers
               9                    4                  5                  -
            (50%)                (22%)               (28%)                -
            13,3%                13,8%               39,3%             27,7%

               Division of teaching staff according scientific qualification
                                                                         Without
          Habilitated           Doctors              Masters         academic degree
           doctors
              8                    9                    1                    -
           (44%)                 (50%)                (6%)                   -


                       Division of teaching staff according the age
         40 - 44      45 - 49       50 - 54       55 - 59      60 - 64     65 - 70
            1            2             1             6            5           3
          (6%)        (11%)          (6%)         (33%)        (28%)       (16%)
                (17%)                       (39%)                     (44%)
                18,4%                        33,8                     29,0%

   CV of teaching staff are collected in the Appendix 5. Data concerning qualification, age,
fieldwork and further education are available in the Appendix 7.
   Intensive, creative methodical work jointly with serious world level research work are
characteristic elements of action of the teaching staff (see Appendix 6 ).
   The study program to be accredited is on the very beginning of their progress. Systematic
continual development and mutual harmonization of the content of the subjects, methodical
improvement of the delivery, broadening of the set of laboratory and practical work and
development of their scientific level are necessary
   On this moment prevailing reference object are the first versions of conspectus of lectures,
sets of visual aids as well as electronic form of both. Scrupulous conspectus of lectures and
text books are perspectives of nearest future. Duties of teaching staff are shown in the
Appendix 8. Participation of teaching staff in supervising master and doctoral theses of
chemical engineering are described in Appendix 10.
   The qualification of the academic staff is high (more higher than typically in RTU) At the
same time the average age of academic staff undoubtedly is too great. Low salaries of

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professors (comparing with salaries of clerks) is a serious barrier to the involvement of young
people into study and research work.
   Post-graduate studies at FMC should be an affective source of young teachers and
researchers. On this moment post-doctoral studies at FMC are available in following areas
connected with materials science:
   • technology of polymer materials and composites,
   • chemistry and technology of silicates and high temperature materials
   Mostly graduates of master study program in chemical engineering are affiliated for post-
graduate studies.
   Capable post-doctoral students, however, very often enroll into better paid work, before
completion of their doctoral theses. There is extremely problematical to provide reliable and
stable reserve of teaching staff in such a situation.



3. Research

        Though FMC is one of the smallest Faculties of RTU regarding number of students, it
has the largest number of state-financed projects and grants for realization of scientific
investigations, research projects and programs. Faculty has rich traditions in research and
wide international collaboration (appendix 9). All teachers are involved in research projects,
regularly have publications in internationally recognized journals, and do fieldwork in foreign
companies and universities (Appendixes 5-7).
  Several promotion councils function in RTU. In their meetings materials science related
doctoral theses, which are worked out in RTU post-doctoral studies, are defended (see
Appendix 9).
    Among them:
• Promotion Council "RTU P- 01" Chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry ,
Organic Chemistry, Macromolecular Chemistry and Wood Chemistry
Chairman: Professor Valdis Kampars, Dr.habil.chem.

• Promotion Council "RTU P- 02 " Chemical Engineering: Technology of Inorganic Compounds, Technology of
silicate materials, Technology of Organic Compounds, Technology of Polymer Materials Fiber Materials,
Technology of High Temperature Materials and Technology of Plasma, Technology of Radiation Chemistry and
General Chemical Technology
Chairman: Professor Mārtiņš Kalniņš, Dr.habil.eng.

• Promotion Council "RTU P- 03" Mechanics: Mechanics of Solid State and Biomechanics
Chairman: Professor Ivars Knēts, Dr.habil.eng.

• Promotion Council "RTU P- 04" Mechanics: Mechanics and Resistance of Materials, Theoretical Mechanics
Chairman: Professor Jānis Vība, Dr.habil.eng.

• Promotion Council "RTU P- 06" Civil Engineering Sciences, Building Materials and Building Technology
Chairman: Professor Kārlis Rocēns, Dr.habil.eng.

     In 1994.gadā owing to initiative of teaching staff and researchers of RTU Latvian
Material Research Society (LMRS) was established. This is public independent creative
professional organization which associates about 80 experts in various fields of materials
science and materials engineering. The aim of the society is to join specialists in different
areas of materials for common creative work in materials science and engineering, to organize
cooperation of scientists, producers and customers etc. (see Appendix 9). All professors and
researchers which implement Materials Science study program are active members of LMRS

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     Research work in a field of designing of new materials is included in a list of Latvian
state prior research trends (see Appendix 9).
   A number of structural units of Latvian University and Riga Technical University in 2000
came to the agreement to establish LU and RTU partnership – State Center of Materials
Science (see Appendix 9). Center was designed as a corporation which accomplishes
complex high level research in materials science, promotes interdisciplinary higher education
and supports implementation of research outcomes into the national economy.
   Laboratory of Polymer Materials Testing in RTU (Institute of Polymer Materials) was
accredited by Latvian National Accreditation Bureau (LATAK). A competence of the
laboratory to make testing according requirements of Latvian State Standard LVS EN 45001
in a sphere “testing of physical and mechanical properties of polymer materials and respective
articles” (LATAK registration Nr. LATAK-T -198-00-2001-A) was confirmed, see Appendix
9. The head of the laboratory is Jānis Zicāns, leading research associate of the Institute of
Polymer Materials.

  Students are asked to join the research work beginning with first semesters of studies.
Mostly at this time students choose the topic of bachelor’s work and scientific supervisor (see
Appendix 9).
  Students partake in all research projects, which are accomplished by teaching stuff of
materials science studies. Students annually participate in Student’s Research Conferences of
RTU. Many of them (as well as their supervisors) for their contribution in research are
awarded with awards, premiums, stipendiums etc. by Latvian Academy of Sciences, Latvian
Education Fund and others (see Appendix 11).


4. Material and technical provision of the study program

     “Materials Science” study program essentially is realized in premises of institutes,
professor’s groups and respective chairs of RTU FMC, by use of their equipment, facilities,
hardware, utilities and materials (see Appendix 14)
     Among these structural units are:
              Institute of Polymer materials
              Professor’s group of Materials Science
              Institute of Silicate Materials
              Professor’s group of Technology of Silicate Materials
              Institute of Biomaterials and Biomechanics
              Research laboratory of Biomaterials
              Institute of Technical Physics
              Professor’s group of Physics of Solid State
              Chair of General and Applied Chemistry

    Premises and resource base the Institute of Solid State Physics and the Institute of
Polymer Mechanics of Latvian University also is used to provide materials science studies.

     Structural subunits of RTU, which participate in teaching process are situated at Azenes
Street 14/24. Total occupied territory is 3800 m2, including 600 m2 for auditoriums (appendix
14). This territory is used not only for realization of studies programs “Chemistry”, “Chemical
engineering” and “Materials Science” but also for teaching of subjects “General Chemistry”
and “Fundamentals of Material Science”, which are compulsory for all students of RTU
(about 2000 students per year). Description of material and technical base of all structural
subunits of Faculty (equipment, technical means for studies – overhead projectors, printers,

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copying machines, demonstration equipment , hardware and software) is given in appendix
14.


Library of Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry
Scientific library of RTU (RTU ZB) have moved in 1999 from the very center of Riga to the new building at
Kipsalas Str. 10, neighboring our Faculty, but deposition of textbooks is placed in our building, occupying 655
m2. Chemistry branch of scientific library is situated in 602 m2 and its’ reading rooms have 104 sitting places for
readers. Readers can use 3 computers in reading room of chemistry branch, as well as Internet class with 5 PCs in
neighboring central building of scientific library or our own computer class with 11 workstations, which all are
connected to Internet. Chemistry branch of RTU ZB have 243 887 units (on 01.01.2000), incl. - 90 433 books
and 139 371 periodicals. During restructuring of library funds were reorganized and now books are disseminated
between some branches. Many ancient monographs and handbooks, which have historical and yet scientific
value, are kept in the library. There are 150-200 years old books and journals in archive. One of the oldest books
is Neander G.F. Auszug aus der im Jahr 1804 inr Kurländischen Gouvernement zur allgemeinen Nachachtung
printed in 1805, the oldest journal - Journal der Pharmacei für Ärzte und Apotheker (library has issues from
1794 to 1809). Journals Justus Liebigs Annalen der Chemie (from 1832), Chemisches Zentralblatt (from 1870),
Chemische Berihte (from 1868), Zeitschrift für physikalische Chemie (from 1887) even now have not loose their
importance. Nowadays collection of books is mainly enhanced with donations and compulsory copies of books
and journals issued in Latvia; in 1999 new books printed abroad were bought for budget means first time during
last ten years. Latvian Chemical Society (LĶB) takes care about availability of chemistry periodicals in Latvia.
LĶB acquires reference literature and others most crucial periodicals by exchange, donations or partial charge
and supplies it to Academic Library of Latvia; the next example is presented to our library. Today library of
Faculty subscribes to 7 newspapers; 19 journals in Russian (10 of them – scientific) are ordered for 2000; 3
scientific journals are obtained as compulsory exemplars of Latvia. 7 foreign journals are received in exchange;
other journals are donated. Library receives regular donations of Chemical Abstracts, Journal of American
Chemical Society, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Journal of Physical Chemistry etc.
Library has alphabetical and systematical catalogues; electronic version of catalogues (for last years) is available,
too. Starting from 2000/2001 studies year electronic catalogue of all academic libraries of Latvia will be
available.
Library had 685 readers on 01.01.2000, 17 324 visitors per year, issues - 45 009 units. Readers from different
companies, other educational establishments, research institutes and even other cities of Latvia use library.

Some institutes of FMC possesses individual specialized libraries.
   In the library of the Institute of Polymer Materials the literature in materials science and in
areas close to it is available. These are mostly encyclopedias, hand books and manuals, sets of
standards, text-books, monographs (all together more than 500 units), sets of scientific
journals in English.
   Great portion of this literature was purchased by finances of TEMPUS Project (1992 –
1996).
   Scientific journals basically are donations:
    Mechanics of Composite Materials (from 1985.g), International Journal of Adhesion & Adhesives (no
1996.g), European Coating Journal (from 1997.g), AATC Review International Magazine for Textile Processing
and Testing (from 1992.g), Adhesives Age (from 1985.g), Modern Plastics (from 1992.g), Journal of Adhesion (
1969.g – 1978.g.; 1992.g), Chemical and Eng. News (from 1992.g), Plastics Compounding (1992.g,
1993.g),Proceedings of the American Chemical Society, Division of Polymeric Materials (from 1965.g),
Proceedings of the American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry (from 1965.g), Proceedings of
Adhesion Society (from 1993.g)



     Computer class of Faculty besides literature in computer science and vocabularies has
CD, audio- and video materials in foreign languages concerning chemistry. Students can use
11 workstations in computer class of Faculty and 5 workstations in neighboring building of
scientific library of RTU, as well as computers of all institutes and departments of Faculty –
together there are more then 50 computers in Faculty network connected to Internet
(Appendix 14).

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      Due to administration efforts Faculty has good enough canteen for students and teaching
staff. Students can use physical training facilities at Sports’ Hall of RTU (at the same time this
building is the largest exhibition complex in Baltic), swimming pool “Alex”. University has
dormitories, which are situated in some minute’s walk from Faculty - at Azenes Str. 22 and
22a.


5. Quality assessment and assurance of the study program

    Quality of studies process is controlled by Council of Faculty (members of Council are
listed in appendix 12; they are appointed by Rector of University). All regulations regarding
studies process (Appendix 12), any new program of studies (necessity to launch this program,
it’s content and volume, comparison with analogous programs provided at other institutions),
submission of new subject in the form of syllabus (content and volume of course, conformity
of qualification of teaching staff to the aim of studies program) are established and accepted
by Council. Council awards academic degrees – Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
      Vice dean for education reviews situation in studies process and its’ problems on the
meetings of Council of Faculty generally twice per year.
      Problems related to Materials Science study program are particularly discussed in the
meetings of Council of Institute of Polymer Materials. Professors of other institutes are asked
to participate. Various study process questions (content of subjects, methodology of lectures,
laboratories and practical works) as well problems of progress strategy of the Faculty are
talked about. Documents for confirmation in Faculty Council and RTU Senate meetings are
prepared.
      During preparation of self-report for accreditation we have found need in improvement of
internal quality control and necessity to carry out an annual audit of studies process and
research work including reports on situation. Insufficient attention was paid to reflexive bond
“student-teacher-potential employer-graduate”. Part of these drawbacks has been prevented in
1999, by resuming of regular questionnaires of students, teachers, employers and graduates
(appendix 13). Convention of Counselors has been set in spring, 2000 (appendix 12), which
already actively participates in assessment and discussions on content of studies programs,
takes care for organization of practice in industry, helps to solve some financial problems.


5.1. Estimation of student’s opinion about study program “Materials Science”

      In order to clarify students’ point of view concerning studies programs “Materials
Science” as well as situation with realization of program, questionnaires of students are
carried out regularly (general, regarding studies program – at the end of studies year; regarding
individual subjects – at the end of course). Questionnaires and summaries of student answers
are provided in Appendix 13.
      Mostly students are worrying on:
     bad financial situation (low stipendiums, high expenses of transportation, copying, use of internet),
     poor organization of teaching process (bad territorial planning of classes – too long passages, mostly
     several times per day; inconvenient location of faculties to reach in time)
     lack of good new text-books,
     poor and out-of-date material and technical provision,
     unsatisfactory social life in RTU (non-repaired dormitories and service style of personnel; closing and
     destroying of laboratories because insufficient budget means, bad heating, closing and obliteration of
     wardrobes),
     doubtful job perspectives


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For the improvement of studies process students recommend:
        to ensure that all teachers master state language on sufficient level
        to increase the number of hours for laboratories and practical work; to introduce praxis for bachelors
        to improve information about obtainable profession and job potentialities
        to prolong studies duration for postgraduate programs and to decrease amount of exams,
        to prolong working hours of libraries and laboratories after 5 p.m., in order to provide opportunity for
         students to study in evenings.
        to develop scheduling of classes (to support working students classes should begin at 8.15), to foresee one
         day per week free of classes
        to transfer the subject “physical culture” in a group of free choice subjects

       Academic personal regularly organize the questionnaire of students concerning quality
of presentation of respective subjects, thus getting motion to improvement (see
questionnaire in Appendix 13)
  All student’s proposals and comments are analyzed. Useful ones are realized within limits.
  Applicants also are questioned (see Appendix 15.2).
5.2. Proposals of graduates for the development of the studies organization in faculty.
There are no graduates in “Materials Science” study program yet. Nevertheless it seems to be
constructive to dip into the list of suggestions made by graduates for improvement of study
organization in our faculty:
           amendments of studies programs have to be rarer
           more attention has to be paid to new technologies
           students fieldwork abroad have to be supported
           Faculty have to show more interest on employment and placement of its’ graduates
           more young specialists need to be employed in Faculty
           pupils from last forms of secondary schools have to be welcome for research work
           new equipment for laboratories is highly desirable.

These answers testify that students and graduates appreciate studies programs. Many of
expressed remarks have been already taken into account and mentioned shortcomings will be
eliminated in the nearest future.

5.3 Analysis of questionnaire of teaching staff.
10 persons were involved in the questionnaire (see the form in Appendix 13.2.)
1. Research work during 3 last years.
Research work of the teaching staff may be considered as active and productive. All professors participate in the
research granted by Latvian Science Council (LSC). On average in the period of last three years each professor
have published 11 papers and participated in 9 conferences.
Some other activities are:
        • preparation of Latvian patent applications,
        • preparation of Latvian standards and other normative documents
        • organization of seminars and conferences, participation in organization comities
        • work in editorial boards of international journals,
        • participation in certification of building materials,
        • supervision of international research projects, task works, programs,
        • participation in the group of authors in preparation of 2 books and 2 dictionaries
         • consultation of producers.


2. Published educational literature.
The activity of professors in publication of educational and methodical literature is somewhat low. The reason is
diminished number of students and critical financial situation in RTU. About halve of professors have prepared
none of lecture conspectus.
Other activities:

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      • preparation of study aids,
      • preparation of Latvian – Russian – English dictionary of paint and varnish materials
      • preparation of advertisement materials for mass media,
      • improvement of lectures.

3. Activities besides pedagogical work in RTU.
About 50% of teachers participate in the execution of at least one international research project, 90% participate
in state research programs, 100% in projects granted by LSC. Teachers also perform task works and marketable
research works. These activities are the base for scientific publications, student’s research work, as well supports
aids and appliances of studies.
Other activities:
       • LSC experts (80%),
       • experts of the Center of Certification of Building Materials and Building Articles,
        • members of Promotion Councils of RTU,
       • work in Latvian Academy of Sciences,
       • collaboration with publishing houses Avots, Norden,
       • action in Latvian Society of Chemists, Latvian Material Research Society, The Adhesion Society,
       American Chemical Society and others.

4. Contacts.
The first graduates of student project “Materials Science” will be forwarded in the end of teaching year
2001./2002.
Contacts with potential and existent employers are estimated as good (20%), as very good (10%). 60% of
teachers consider that collaboration with employers can be better, 10% think that there is no contacts.

5. Use of modern teaching methods.
There is high consonance in this question. 70% of teachers are informed about modern teaching methods and try
to use these methods, while 30% point that they basically work in common as before.
6. Mutual relations between teachers.
70% of teachers regard that mutual relations are not only collegiate, but also friendly. 30% appreciate these
relations as collegiate without serious conflicts.

7. Provision of teaching process with technical aids.
80% regards existing provision with technical aids as satisfactory; others consider it as bad.

8. Are you satisfied with results of your pedagogical work?
80% are more satisfied than unsatisfied. However one person vise versa: is more unsatisfied than satisfied. The
reason of the last is low number of students which does not allow accomplishing many contemplations.
9. Are there potentialities of professional growth in RTU during next years?
60% are skeptic, 30% are more optimistic, answering: “more yes than no”. Just one person really see certain
potentialities of professional growth.
10. What is professor’s group “look” in comparison with other structural units of RTU?
 The basic criteria of the judgment are several: number of students and financial state, international collaboration,
performed efforts for improvements, microclimate in the group. Dominating opinion is that group looks about the
same as many others; 40% consider it superior than others.
On the whole the analysis gives picture concerning pedagogical and research work of teaching
staff, collaboration with employers, the regard of teachers on their own work etc.
5.4. Estimation of opinion of potential employers about study program “Materials Science”
   Inquiry of potential employers was made starting enrolment of students in the study
program “Materials Science”. In the letter (see Appendix 13) up to 60 enterprises and
organizations were informed about the new study program. The questionnaire was attached to
the letter (see Appendix 13). Co-operation of addressees was not too high. Just seven of
them filled the form in good faith. However analysis shows interest of enterprises in
fulfillment of the study program (Appendix 13).
   Several enterprises expressed their opinion independently from the inquiry (see Appendix
13)


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     It seems important to take into account the analysis of employer’s inquiry (1998/1999
teaching year) concerning study program “Chemical Engineering”, particularly relating to
readiness of graduates for research and practical work (Appendix 13).
      Training of graduates of Faculty for research and industrial placement is estimated as
good in theoretical field, but for industry insufficient practical skills are mentioned. In some
cases better professional training of last 5 years graduates is noted in comparison with
graduates of previous years. Rather high evaluation is given to sense of responsibility of
graduates, discipline, purposefulness and initiative, thirst for knowledge. Though graduates
gain enough authority between colleagues, their communication skills and social activity are
not so good. Employers would like to have better training of graduates in safety and work
protection, economical legislation, and problem solving skills, knowledge of foreign
languages and practical knacks. Unfortunately, last years employers have not participated in
studies process, have not interested about studies programs, their content and realization,
therefore in most of cases they have to recognize, that employers are not informed on system
of studies organization at RTU. Necessity for prolongation of duration of bachelor’s studies
and including of experimental part in bachelor’s thesis is mentioned; more time is necessary
to devote for practice and excursions to industrial enterprises.
      There are some suggestions:
      contacts between students and employers have to be set during studies,
      employers and university need to exchange information more often,
         payment for supervision of practice has to be established for supervisors from industry.

      Two third year students practiced as volunteers in the Riga Varnish and Paint Plant
during summer holydays 2001 and received positive acknowledgments (Appendix 13).


5.5. Opinion of professional associations concerning materials science study program.
   Two professional associations: Latvian Materials Research Society and Latvian
Association of Building Materials Producers rated         materials science study program
positively (Appendix 13).


 6. Perspective evaluation of the study program in connection with other study programs of the
                Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry (FMC)

   Several features should b pointed out which determine needs of higher qualification
experts in materials science in Latvia:
   • there are sufficient resources of some row materials, which are suitable for production of
materials Among them are: wood, mineral row materials, turf, sapropel, agriculture products
and others.
   • progress of design and production of various materials (building materials, finishing
materials, polymer materials and composites, textile materials, biomaterials etc.) in Latvia
   • due to growth of production and import of different materials in Latvia, there is a
increased accumulation of waste of materials production and used articles (plastics, inorganic
materials; materials science experts are needed for successive solving of management,
processing and recycling of these waste,
   Urgent need for qualified materials science specialists during next years will become more
drastic because the great part of specialists which function in the areas of materials design,
production, testing, marketing and use of materials, reaches pension age.


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   Latvia possesses comparatively large sources of mineral row materials (clay, sand,
limestone, dolomite, rock gypsum, gravel) for production of silicate and other inorganic
materials. These row materials now are processed in about 10 large industrial enterprises
(with number of working people above 100 persons), as many medium enterprises (with
number of working people between 20 and 100 persons) and about 40 small enterprises (with
number of working people less than 20 persons), see Appendix 18.
   There are close to one hundred industrial enterprises which produce wide spectra of
materials and articles from polymers and polymer based composites in Latvia. There is
developed production of textile materials in Latvia (Appendix 18).
   About 20 companies produce and market packaging materials.
   More than two hundred industrial units deal with metal working and production metal
constructions in Latvia.
   Civil engineering is one of the branches which expand in Latvia exceptionally rapidly. This
sphere requires wide variety of building materials, elements and constructions. Besides
specialized constructional companies, there is several hundreds enterprises which produce
these constructions and elements (windows, doors, coverings, electrical installation, water
handling facilities etc.) as well great number of enterprises which supply mentioned
companies with respective necessary materials.
   Production of biomaterials also is perspective and significant in Latvia. This sphere is
energy and materials low capacious; it is oriented on qualified experts, high-tech and great
service level.
   There is broad network of wholesale shops of a range of materials (construction materials,
building materials, finishing materials)
   Extensive network of establishments of certification, inspection and testing of materials
and articles is made in Latvia (Appendix 18).
   Researchers of several faculties, institutes and chairs of RTU, of Latvian University as well
as of certain unattached research institutes deal with design and research of structure of
materials (Appendix 18).
   All mentioned above industrial units, enterprises and institutions require qualified materials
science specialists and experts.

  It is not easy to predict precisely the request of materials science specialists in Latvia.
However even modest prognosis show that 10 – 15 persons will be necessary yearly.

   There are several considerations why materials science experts should be prepared exactly
in FMC of RTU:
          RTU materials science bachelor and subsequent master studies program
           comprise experience of leading European universities; these programs obtained
           appreciatory assessment of several professional associations and potential
           employers; it is planned permanently to develop and update programs

          RTU possesses most essential technical basis to start realization of the program;
           this technical basis is planned permanently to improve

          RTU is an university of polytechnic character; therefore RTU is particularly
           suitable for fulfillment of such a study program as „Materials Science”, which is
           based on a number of dissimilar fields of science

          RTU teaching staff and research associates who have incorporated in fulfillment
           of the materials science study program are highly qualified and have great
           scientific and pedagogical experience.


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               RTU teaching staff and researchers are in tight constructive contacts with
                Latvian materials researchers and producers, who should be recognized as
                potential employers of growing young materials science specialists.




        7. Strategic plan for development of study programs Materials Science in connection
                                   with other study program of FMC


      Results acquired in the process of studies program’s self-assessment are summarized and
 presented as analyses of situation in table 5. Further plan for development of professional
 studies program is connected with termination of drawbacks and is essential part of strategic
 plan (2002-2006) for development of Faculty.


      By analysis and summarizing of the results acquired in the process of studies program’s
 self-assessment it is possible to assess the present situation and to develop strategic plan for
 the development of study program as well foresee termination of drawbacks.


                 Table 5. Analysis of the situation of Materials Science study program


    Factors              Positive (facilitating) features               Negative (hindering) features
                     Sufficiently large number of potential work    Low salaries favor leave of young
 1. Job market
                    places (Appendix 18).                           specialists for job in other branches, or
                                                                    emigration of graduates from Latvia.
                     Appreciative assessment of bachelors
                    knowledge and skills bu potential employers
                    (Appendix 13).
                                                                     Low student’s stipendiums
                     State budget granted studies are available
  2. Finances       for all candidates with necessary level of       There were no budget means of finances
                    knowledge.                                      during all the time of university life for
                                                                    purchase of materials, purchase and
                                                                    renewal of equipment and facilities. These
                                                                    needs were financed just from means
                                                                    obtained from research work (LSC granted
                                                                    projects and others)
                                                                     There were no budget means last ten
                                                                    years for publishing conspectus of lectures,
                                                                    text-books and teaching materials or for
                                                                    their acquisition
                                                                     Budget means are not sufficient for
                                                                    proper payment of teaching and support
                                                                    stuff. This situation does not promote
                                                                    joining of young specialists in university
                                                                    study activities.

                     High qualification and correspondence to       Average age of teachers is high.
3. Academic staff   profile, intensive rising of qualification by   Very small number of younger generation
                    fieldwork abroad.                               teachers.
                     Regular discussions on quality of lectures     Due to low salaries teachers have to have

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                   and other kinds of studies, participation in      additional jobs besides employment at
                   seminars and colloquies.                          university (mainly in specialty).
                    All teachers actively participate in research    It is hard to combine teaching work and
                   projects granted by Latvian or foreign            fieldwork in industry or abroad (up to 1
                   institutions, publish their articles in           year) because high working load in
                   recognized scientific journals.                   teaching (impossible to take a year for
                    Teachers of some specialties work in            academic leave).
                   industry or provide consultations, fulfill
                   orders of industry etc.
                    Microclimate in collective is friendly
                    Teaching staff is dealing with experience.


4. Research work    Traditionally intensive research work of         Insufficient material supply of research
                   the teaching staff and researchers; most of       work (lack of up to date equipment, long-
                   students are involved in the research             standing equipment and utilities etc.)
                   projects..
                                                                      As a consequence – low number of
                                                                     international research projects

                    Program in general corresponds to similar        Insufficient provision of auditoriums with
   5.Studies       degree programs in European universities.         modern appliances and equipment.
                    Classical lectures are the main form of          There is shortage in new foreign
                   teaching; besides that, video materials,          textbooks and journals for some
                   transparencies, collections of samples are        specialties.
                   used, and educational excursions are               Differences in organization of studies
                   organized.                                        process at RTU and foreign universities
                    Regular analyses of students’ wishes and        prevent effective exchange of students
                   suggestions.                                      (there are problems in legislation and
                    Small groups of students allowing               office-work at RTU).
                   individual approach.                               Due to excessive unification and
                    Studies are connected to research; students     regulation of studies’ process realized at
                   have a possibility to participate in scientific   RTU, studies programs are rather rigid, not
                   investigations; most of them start research       taking into account specificity of
                   work from first years of studies.                 specialties and recommendations of branch
                    Laboratory experiments contain elements         specialists.
                   of research work. Courses of lectures reflect      Existing legislation and system of studies
                   results of scientific investigations.             at RTU bother organization of
                    Students can use a range of facilities:         interdisciplinary studies, based on several
                   library of Faculty and central library of         scientific branches and demanding
                   university (as well as several specialized        involvement of academic staff from other
                   libraries), computer class of Faculty, Internet   universities
                   class of central library and computers of
                   professors’ groups.
                    Wide international scientific contacts
                   provide possibility to involve in teaching
                   process academic staff of leading European
                   universities and to realize student exchange
                   with foreign universities within related
                   studies programs.




                    Students have a lot of opportunities for         Low level of knowledge of candidates
   6.Students      leisure time activities: self-government,         and freshmen, due to drawbacks of system
                   sports, amateur artistic work, and research       of secondary education and deficit of
                   work.                                             competition for studies at profile.
                    Students can combine studies with hired          Insufficient number of joint activities for


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                   labor at university or outside.                  teachers and students.
                    Students can establish individual plan and      Weak knowledge of foreign languages or
                   schedule for studies; in the case of necessity   even its’ complete absence (Russian is the
                   they can take academic leave.                    case; most part of textbooks are written in
                    Academic staff is always accessible for        Russian).
                   students.                                         Weak student self-government at Faculty;
                    Information on studies programs is             passivity of students. Weak student self-
                   available for students.                          government at Faculty; passivity of
                    Students can participate in scientific         students.
                   conferences of students at RTU.
                    Many students receive increased
                   stipendiums and grants for good, excellent
                   and outstanding marks and research work.
                   Faculty has started student exchange in the
                   framework of ECTS (European Credit
                   Transfer System).

7. Analysis of      Questions on organization, content and          There is no general analysis of studies
studies process    quality of studies process are discussed at      process at the university level.
                   Council of Faculty and meetings of heads of
                   departments.




  7. Strategic plan for development of study programs Materials Science in connection with
                                other study program of FMC
                                     for years 2002-2006


  Nr                          Measure / activities                             Term             Responsible

Completion and further development of studies programs
   1.     Assessment of content and volume of curriculum according          Regularly,              Dean;
          demands of employers, corrections taking into consideration      once per year         vice deans,
          recommendations following from self-evaluation report,                               responsible for
          internal-audit and external evaluation, suggestions of                                the programs
          Convention of Counselors
   2.     Exploration of the demand for specialists within 6 years           February,         responsible for
          perspective for national economy of Latvia; establishing of        annually            specialties
          new study programs for teaching of demanded specialists
          beforehand
   3.     Assessment of content and volume of study programs and         Regular meetings,     responsible for
          individual subjects by Council of Study Programs;               once per month       study programs
          elimination of defects and improvement of studies programs
   4.     In cooperation with Convention of Counselors taking into        Regularly; once      responsible for
          account strategic plan for development of country to               per year          study programs
          forecast potential job market; according obtained results to
          correct existing and to open new specialties
   5.     Organization of correspondence and partial time (life-long         Till 2002            J.Millers
          learning, post diploma education) studies
   6.     Participation in realization of manpower retraining                2002-2006            J.Millers
          programs
   7.     Participation in fulfillment of integrated study programs at
          RTU and other universities, providing courses of chemistry,        2002-2006         Vice dean for
          chemical and environmental engineering                                                education
   8.     Taking into account small number of students at Faculty, to
          continue unification of study programs, gradually giving up
          narrow specialization. Create a structure of new study             Till 2005              Dean

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         program “Chemical engineering”, which should include
         most important elements of existing programs “Chemistry”
         and “Chemical engineering” and would be a result of their
         further development
   9.    Formation of structural units consisting from several groups
         of professors in order to ensure study programs.                     2002-2006          Dean

   10.   More tight drawing in of teaching staff of the Institute of       2002.-2007.g     M.Kalniņš.
         Technical Physics in realization of Materials Science                              M.Knite
         program
Qualification of academic staff
   11.   Encouragement and support of further education and                   2002-2006        Heads of
         fieldwork of academic staff (at other universities, research                       structural units
         institutes and companies using high technologies)
   12.   Realization of the program for renewal of academic staff          2002.-2007.g        Heads of
                                                                                            structural units
   13.   Awarding of special extra payment from Faculty Council             Starting from
         budget to academic staff younger than 35 years                     2001 once per        Dean
                                                                              semester
   14.   Organization of conferences, workshops and meetings for            Once per year    Vice dean for
         enhancement of qualification of academic staff                                       education
   15.   Extending of state budget granted doctoral studies in order          2002-2006
         to prepare new teachers, ensuring their distribution within                             Dean
         specialties, vital for the development of Faculty and
         industry. To cancel studies’ fee for those external
         postgraduates which are employed as academic staff
Research work
   16.   Extending of investigations by joining to international
         programs. Intensifying of work in state priority
         investigations (organic synthesis, pharmaceutical chemistry,
         material science), applied investigations and innovation             2002-2006      Vice dean for
         field, carrying necessary research for development of                                 research
         industry in country (market oriented investigations,
         utilization of local raw materials, generic syntheses, transfer
         of technologies etc.)
   17.   Further development of collaboration of structural units and         2002-2006
         scientists from different branches, including cooperation                               Dean
         between chemists and physicists, for realization of large
         projects or separate parts of them. To continue active
         participation in system of quality assurance of products and
         environment.
   18.   Establishing of the department “Utilization of Latvian                  2001          U.Cielēns
         mineral wealth” of state importance research center
         “Material science” at Faculty and to strengthen work in
         program “Material science”
   19.   Regular organization of scientific conferences of students as        2000-2006      Vice dean for
         well as financial support of the best students for                                    research
         participation in international student conferences held
         abroad. Awarding (gratuities) and public acknowledgement
         of the most successful students
   20.   Publishing of “Scientific proceedings of RTU”, issue                  Annually      E.Gudriniece
         “Material science and applied chemistry” starting from 2000
Material and technical provision of studies and research work
   21.   Consulting of scientific library of RTU concerning                   2002-2006       I.Dreijers,
         acquisition of textbooks and ordering of scientific literature       Regularly        M.Drille
   22.   Encouragement of preparation of methodological materials,
         textbooks, (in Latvian); financial support for publication of        2002-2006     Deans, heads of
         best materials.                                                      Regularly     structural units


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         Increase of responsibility of structural units for
         methodological provision of subjects, acquisition and
         publication of textbooks and preparation of lecture notes
   23.   Preparation of electronic lecture notes and handouts for all          Till 2006        Responsible
         subjects                                                                               professor of
                                                                                                  subject
   24.   Modernization of studies by means of PCs for data                  Till December,      Responsible
         acquisition and processing in several subjects, such as                 2003           professor of
         physical and analytical chemistry, methods of physico-                                   subject
         chemical investigation
   25.   Fulfillment of network and computer class of Faculty,                2002-2006             Dean,
         optimizing their use for studies and research work                                       Network
                                                                                                   manager
   26.   Replacement of old and out-of-date equipment of                   According granted      Heads of
         laboratories with new                                                  budget         structural units
   27.   Acquisition and use of budget grants and earnings for
         provision of infrastructure necessary for studies and                2002-2006        Dean, supply
         research work. To attain updating of largest classrooms                                manager
         with modern technical appliances
Assurance of reflexive link: teacher-student-employer
   28.   Organization of regular questionnaires and debating of             Once per year,     Vice dean for
         results, review at Council of Faculty; correction of actions           May              research
         according results of questionnaires and discussions
   29.     •      General questionnaires of students concerning             Once per year,      S.Reihmane
                  studies and study programs                                      May
   30.     •       Questionnaires concerning individual subjects           At the middle and    Responsible
                                                                           end of the course    professor of
                                                                                                  subject
   31.           Questionnaires of academic staff                           Once per year,       M.Dzenis
                                                                                 May
   32.           Questionnaires of employers and graduates (one             Once per year,        R.Švinka
                 year after graduation)                                          May
   33.   Formation of data bases concerning specialists’ demand,           Updating once per      Chiefs of
         forecast of demand, graduates further career (by specialties;        year, May          specialties
         data on graduates of last 6 years)
Assurance of study process’ quality
   34.   Annual internal audit and summarizing of materials for self-       Once per year,
         assessment report; review and debating of results at meeting        September           Vice deans
         of Faculty Council; establishing of plan for adjusting
         activities
   35.   Preparation of next self-evaluation report and other                 June, 2006           Person,
         necessary materials for accreditation and presentation to                             responsible for
         office of Ministry of education and science                                            accreditation
Protection of students’ interests
   36.   Strengthening of students’ self-government at Faculty and            2000-2006            Dean,
         stimulation of it’s activities; help to solve problems                                students' self-
         concerning studies’ granting, social credits, studies’ fees for                        government
         indigents, dormitories, services, compensations of fares
   37.   Ensuring of participation of students in collegiate                  2000-2006
         administrative bodies and active opinion exchange                                         Dean;
         concerning organization of studies; improvement of                                      Vice deans
         efficiency of collaboration between students and academic
         staff
   38.   Support of students’ activities                                      2000-2006
                                                                                                    Dean
   39.   Participation in international projects promoting students           2000-2006
         exchange (ECTS)                                                                         Vice deans
Strengthening of Faculty relations with public, employers, schools

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 40.   Organization of interviews (career’s days) for students and   Once per year,   Vice dean for
       employers                                                         May           education
 41.   Preparation of advertisements and informative materials of     2000-2006,       Vice deans
       Faculty                                                         Regularly
 42.   Maintenance of home pages of Faculty and structural units                      Vice dean for
       in Latvian and English, updating of information once per       2000-2006,       education,
       semester                                                        Regularly        Network
                                                                                        manager
 43.   Intensive advertisement of study programs “Chemistry” and
       “Chemical engineering”, successive industrial enterprises                           Dean;
       and institutions of chemistry branch in media, exhibitions     2000-2006         Vice deans;
       and schools. Support of academic staff, employed as                               Heads of
       chemistry teachers in secondary schools; organizing of                         structural units
       chemistry Olympiads (state and international level).
       Encouragement of social activities of academic staff;
       stimulation of participation in popularization of the
       importance of education.
 44.   Involvement of students in establishing cooperation between    2000-2006       Vice dean for
       Faculty and secondary schools                                                   education
 45.   Organization of Alumni                                        Till December,     R.Švinka
                                                                          2001


  Actions have to be carried out during studies year 2002/2003 for the development of
                          study program “Materials Science”:


 to draw out needs of companies for materials science specialists in the nearest and further
future; to concretize the profile of needed specialists; to form the data base of requested
specialists
 to clarify what kind of knowledge and skills are necessary for realization of perspective
development plans of these companies
 to summarize the necessity of retraining and improvement of professional skill of these
companies
 to improve and to renovate the content and material provision of laboratory and practical
works of study program „Material Science”

          8. Advertising and popularization of FMC academic study programs

        Advertisement of degree programs of chemistry profile and materials science is
realized by means of leaflets, which are printed every year and sent to about 350 general and
specialized secondary education establishments of Latvia in February or March. Once per 2-3
years “Studies guide” describing studies plans and possibilities, as well as information on
research projects of our academic staff, is issued. FMC regularly participate in annual
international exhibitions “Education” and “Chemistry” held in Riga, introducing visitors with
FMC studies programs. Faculty maintains home page on WWW (http://www.ktf.rtu.lv). Every
spring FMC organizes Information Day for pupils; posters with information about studies at
FMC are posted in schools and on street’s stands of towns during May and June, information
on possibilities of studies is published in newspapers of Latvia and special annual edition
“Studies guide” of company “Business in Baltic”. Most of these materials are available both
in Latvian and English (appendix 15.3).

       Scientists of FMC do their best to introduce inhabitants of Latvia with potential of
studies at Faculty by the means of popular-science articles and radio reviews (at least 3

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transmissions in period of enrollment), to inform people about role of chemical industry,
materials science and materials industry in modern world and its situation in Latvia; academic
staff provide lectures on the most interesting chemistry and materials science problems at
specialized workshops of secondary school teachers. Together with Latvian Chemical Society
and Latvian Society of Materials Research Faculty award prizes and presents to the best
pupils, who have reached high results in chemistry Olympiads, and to their teachers, as well as
to those ones, which pupils are the best students of Faculty. Annual freshmen questionnaires
give an idea of effectiveness, success and shortcomings of advertising (Appendix 15).

                           9. Financial   base of the study program
    Two kinds of finances are used for provision of programs:
1) state budget subsidies, taking into consideration coefficient of complexity for program
(according RTU Senate decision) in teaching year 2000./2001 were:

                                                 Budget subsidies for one student
                                                 Necessary,      Actually allocated,
                                                 Ls per year          Ls per year
             Undergraduate students                 1009                 575
             Graduate students                      2019                1151
             Postgraduate students                  2726                1553

Actually allocated budget subsidies do not exceed 60% of necessary

2) earned financial resources of Faculty:
a) studies fees from students, whose studies are partially financed from budget (according
RTU Senate decision)
 b) state budget subsidies for research grants, programs, contracts and projects partially cover
expenses for laboratory works and qualification works; these subsidies provide to academic
staff a base for enhancement of qualification. Gross finances make about 120 000 LVL/per
year;
c) financial means of research programs, projects and grants market oriented projects and
contracts are the most significant source which just partially cover expenses for laboratory
works and qualification works; these subsidies provide to academic staff a base for
enhancement of qualification; total volume of this kind of finances in the year 2001 was 177
000 made about Ls/per year
d) financial means of market oriented projects and contracts; total volume of this kind of
finances in the year 2001 was 130 000 made about Ls/per year
e) profit from rent of rooms.

State budget subsidies are used for wages and payment for communal services. Study fees,
grants, programs, contracts, projects, support from ministries and companies will be the main
financial source for acquisition of equipment in next years. 5-7% of deductions from grants,
programs, contracts and projects will be used for maintenance and repairing of premises and
buildings. Finances, being at disposal of Faculty Council, will be used for maintenance of
modern computer class and internal network connected to Internet.




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10. Conclusions



 New academic study program “Materials Science” basically allows reaching of formulated
aims
 The program, which is actually necessary for present needs of Latvian state, is built on the
base of experience of the traditional for FMC study program “Chemical Engineering” by use
of knowledge of other universities.
 The program to the utmost conform to the pedagogical and professional qualification and
research interests of involved teaching staff
 Program should be corrected practically annually; reasons for these alterations are changes
in legislation and decreased level of knowledge provided by secondary education, as well as
necessity to respond to changes in materials design and industry in Latvia and worldwide.

Strengths of study program:
    academic staff have experience of many years and high qualification in providing basic
      subjects of materials science;
    teaching staff and students actively participate in research work concerning various
      materials science problems ;
    close collaboration with state research institutions and industry;
    small number of students per teacher allows individual approach in teaching;
    graduates are highly demanded in job market;
    students and graduates give good references about realization of study programs;
    supply with computers at Faculty corresponds to today’s level.

Weakness of study programs:
   most of teachers are older than 50;
   outdated equipment;
   students are not sufficiently supplied with textbooks (especially in Latvian);
   many students try to combine studies with job; thereby studies are bothered and
     delayed (though in such way additional working experience is obtained).



Studies program “Materials Science” has been discussed and was positively rated by Latvian
Materials Research Society, Latvian Producers of Building Materials and by Convention of
Counselors of Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry.




                 “Self-evaluation report” have been discussed and accepted:

           Committee of accreditation management:
                                            Head:   M.Kalniņš
                                        Members:    V.Kampars
                                                    M.Jure

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                    S.Reihmane
                    V.Tupureina
                    S.Gaidukovs




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                                 Table 4. Division of groups of subjects of study program “Materials Science”

                                                                                                  Semester
             Subject                   1.                     2.                      3.                        4.                      5.             6.
MATHEMATICS                                 MATHEMATICS
PHYSICS                                        PHYSICS
GENERAL CHEMISTRY                                  GEN. CHEMISTRY
COMPUTER SCIENCE                COMPUTER SCI.
DRAWING GEOMETRY AND            Drawing geometry
ENGINEERING GRAPHICS
MECHANICS                                              MECHANICS
MODELS OF SOCIAL EVOLUTION                             Models of social
                                                         evolution
ECONOMICS                         ECONOMICS
ELECTRICITY AND UN MAGNETISMS                         Electr. and magnet.
BASICS OF RIGHTS                 Basics of rights
CIVIL DEFENSE                     Civil defense
ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL                              Electronics and
ENGINEERING                                          electrical engineering
PHYSICAL CULTURE                 Physical culture       Physical culture       Physical culture          Physical culture
INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS                               Introduction to
SCIENCE                                                materials science
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS IN                                                    Mathemat. statistics
MATERIALS SCIENCE                                                                 in mat. sci.
EXTRA CHAPTERS IN MATHEMATICS                                                   Extra chapt. in
FOR MATERIALS SCIENCE                                                            mathematICS
STRUCTURE OF MATTER                                                           Structure of matter
MECHANICS OF DEFORMABLE                                                          Mechanics of
MATERIALS                                                                     deformable mater.
STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF                                                                           Struct. and properties.
MATER.
SKILL OF INFORMATICS                                                                                                            Skill of informatics
METALS AND ALLOYS                                                                                       Metals and alloys
POLYMER MATERIALS                                                                                       Polymer materials
INORGANIC MATERIALS                                                                                    Inorganic materials
WOOD MATERIALS                                                                                                                   Wood materials




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            Subject                 1.         2.              3.                      4.                      5.                      6.
COMPOSITE MATERIALS                                                                                   Compos. mater.
SURFACE AND BOUNDARY PROC.                                                                                              surface and bound. proc.
COMPUTER MODELING                                      Computer modeling
PROCESSING AND TREATMENT OF                                                                              Proc. and
MATERIALS                                                                                             treatm. of mat.
QUALITY CONTROL AND                                    Quality control and
CERTIFICATION                                             certification
BASICS OF MATERIALS SELECTION                                                                                              basics of materials
                                                                                                                                selection
AGING OF MATERIALS                                                                                    aging of mater.
ECOLOGY AND RECYCLING OF                                                                                                Ecology and recycling of
MATERIALS                                                                                                                      materials
MANAGEMENT OF ENTERPRISE                                Management of
                                                          enterprise

SILICATE AND POLYMER                                                         Silic. and polymer                         Silic. and polymer mater.
MATERIALS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING                                               mater. in civil engin.                     in civil engin
ELECTRONIC MATERIALS                                                         Electronic materials                       Electronic materials
FIBER MATERIALS                                                              Fiber materials                            Fiber materials
BASICS OF BIOMATERIALS                                                       Basics of biomaterials                     Basics of biomaterials
ADHESIVES AND COATINGS                                                       Adhesives and coatings                     Adhesives and coatings
LUBRICANTS AND FUELS                                                         Lubricants and fuels                       Lubricants and fuels
LANGUAGE                         Language   Language       Language
SOCIAL SUBJECTS                                          Social subjects         Social subjects
SUBJECTS OF FREE CHOICE                                                                                Free choice            Free choice
BACHELOR THESES                                                                                                             Bachelor theses




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