Prof. Iacint Manoliu Union of Associations of Civil Engineers of Romania - UAICR ECCE Executive Committee Member Chairman Education Task Force ECCE meeting in Munich 2003 Minutes of the meeting of the Task Force Education The meeting took place at the Hotel Hilton Munchen Park, Munich, on Friday 19th September 2003 and was attended by: Vladimir Gagin, Russian Society of Civil Engineers Nijole Kikutiéné, Lithuanian Association of Civil Engineers Iacint Manoliu, Union of Associations of Civil Engineers of Romania The following agenda was adopted: 1. Presentation on the Socrates-Erasmus Thematic Network Project EUCEET II and of the involvement of ECCE in the Project, by Prof. Iacint Manoliu, Chairman of EUCEET II Management Committee 2. Presentation on Civil Engineering Education in Russia, by Prof. Vladimir Gagin, Moscow State University for Civil Engineering 3. Discussion on the Business Plan of the ECCE Education Task Force for 2004 1. Thematic Network EUCEET II EUCEET II is a Thematic Network Project under the Socrates-Erasmus Programme of the European Commission, which was granted a 3-year contract, starting on 1st October 2002. In the 1st year, to end on 30th September, EUCEET II numbers 126 partners from 29 European countries, among which ECCE and 13 of its members, representing civil engineering professions in Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom. The Thematic Network Project EUCEET II develops around 6 Themes recognised by the promoters to be of major significance for European Civil engineering education, namely: Theme and Coordinator A. Curricula issues and developments in civil engineering (I. Manoliu, Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest) B. Development of the teaching environment in civil engineering education (E. Bratteland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim) C. Promoting the European dimension in civil engineering education (R. Kastner, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées - INSA Lyon) D. Enhancing the attractiveness of civil engineering profession (F.G. Baron, Conseil National des Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France) E. Recognition of academic and professional civil engineering qualifications (L. Boswell, City University London) F. Lifelong learning in civil engineering (P. Latinopoulos, Aristotle University Thessaloniki) With in each theme, 2 to 4 specific projects are defined which differ among them by duration, by character, by objectives and means of execution. There are 6 Specific Projects of long duration (2years) and 6 Specific Projects of short duration (1year). At the First EUCEET II General Assembly held in Athens, on 20-21 February 2003, were launched 4 Specific Projects of long duration (SP.1, SP.5, SP.9, SP.10) and 2 Specific Projects of short duration (SP.2, SP.7). The Specific Projects launched in the first year are (in parenthesis the name of the Chairman of the Working Group): SP. 1 Studies and recommendations on core curricula for various degree programmes (S. Majewski, Silesian University of Technology Gliwice) SP. 2 Practical placements as part of the civil engineering curricula (A. Lovas, Budapest University of Technology and Economics) SP. 5 Problem-oriented, projects-based education in civil engineering (E. Bratteland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim) SP. 7 Harmonisation of European construction codes and regulations (J. Machacek, Czech Technical University Prague) SP. 9 Enhancing the attractiveness of civil engineering profession (F.G. Baron, Conseil National des Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France) SP. 10 Specialised knowledge and abilities of graduates of civil engineering programmes (L. Boswell, City University London) The six Working Groups were formed in Athens. In the time since the General Assembly in Athens, the following meetings of the WGs took place: SP. 1 and SP. 2 on 13th June 2003 in Louvain-la-Neuve SP. 5 on 20th September 2003 in Ciudad Real SP. 9 on 18th July 2003 in Turin SP. 10 on 17th September 2003 in Ciudad Real SP. 7 will meet on 17th October 2003 in Prague ECCE is actively involved in the EUCEET II Projects. At the General Assembly in Athens were present ECCE Vice-President, Prof. Carsten Ahrens and two other members of the Executive Committee: Georges Pilot and Iacint Manoliu. Representatives of the Czech Chamber of Certified Engineers and Technicians, of the Cyprus Council of Civil Engineers and of the Union of Associations of Civil Engineers of Romania also attended the GA. A project of particular interest for ECCE is SP.9 "Enhancing the attractiveness of Civil engineering profession". The meeting of the Working Group in charge with this project, held in Turin on 18th July 2003, was attended by Carsten Ahrens and Iacint Manoliu. As representative of CNISF, Georges Pilot participated in the activity of SP.10 "Specialized knowledge and abilities of graduates of civil engineering programmes". The Second EUCEET II General Assembly will take place on 6-7 May 2004 in Malta. The programme of General Assembly will comprise lectures, meetings of the Working Groups and Task Forces formed at the GA in Athens, presentations in plenary sessions of the preliminary reports prepared for the Specific Projects SP.1, SP.2, SP.5, SP.7, SP.9 and SP.10. At the same time, during the General Assembly will be presented and will start activities the remaining 6 Specific Projects (SP.3, SP.4, SP.6, SP. 8, SP. 11 and SP.12). Since many of ECCE members are partners in the project EUCEET II, it is planned to call also a meeting of the ECCE Task Force on Education during the EUCEET II General Assembly in Malta. On that occasion, representatives of ECCE members will attend the meeting of the Working Group for SP.9, which started to operate after the Athens GA and of the Working Groups for Specific Projects 11 (Academic and professional recognition and mobility of European civil engineers, chairman Carsten Ahrens), and 12 (Lifelong learning in civil engineering, chairman Pericles Latinopoulos), which will be formed and start activity in Malta. 2. Civil Engineering Education in Russia Civil Engineering education is available in special Civil Engineering Universities (some of them are Universities in Civil Engineering and Architecture) and in Polytechnic Universities at Civil Engineering Faculties. In all kinds of Universities the curricula is based on the same "State Standard of Higher (University) Education" Each specialty has its own Standard.These Standards are created by leading Russian Civil Engineering Universities and the Association of Civil Engineering Universities of Russia and CIS Countries under the control of Russian Ministry of Education The Universities are allowed to make some changes in the curricula, but not more than 10% - 15%, in so- called Regional and University components. This provides the common level of Civil Engineering education in all the Universities and, as a result, mutual Diploma recognition. Of course, the level of education differs in different Universities and depends on stall qualification, labs equipment, etc. To have rights in issuing State Diplomas in Civil Engineering each University has to pass the proceedings of State accreditation, certification and licensing each 5 years. It is carried out by the special State Commission with participation of the academicians and professionals from industry There are two types of higher Civil Engineering education: Diploma Engineer and Bachelor - Master Degree. The system is very similar to German Y - system. The duration of all the programmes is 5 Years, except the 291400 - Engineer - Architect programme, which is 5,5 Years. The main educational programme consists of four components: Federal, Regional/University Elective Additional and includes the following blocks: Common Humanitarian and Socal-Economical (H SE) Common Mathematical and Natural Sciences (NS) Common Professional Disciplines (CPD) Special Disciplines, including Disciplines of Specialization (SD) Facultatives (FD). Civil Engineering Education Civil Engineering Education is available in more than 130 specia l Civil Engineering Universities and Civil Engineering Faculties in Polytechnical Universities. Since 1999 a number of Civil Engineering Universities in Russia has been accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of the Institution of Civil Engineers and t he Institution of Structural Engineers (UK). These Universities are: 1. Moscow State University of Civil Engineering 2. Belgorod State University of Technology of Construction Materials 3. Voronezh State University of Architecture & Civil Engineering 4. St.-Petersburg State University of Architecture & Civil Engineering 5. Novosibirsk State University of Architecture & Civil Engineering 6. Tomsk State University of Architecture & Civil Engineering. To the list of main C i vi l Engineering Universities, making policy in Civil Engineering education, can be added: 1. Rostov- on- Don State University of Civil Engineering 2. Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture & Civil Engineering 3. Volgograd State University of Architecture & Civil Engineering 3. Discussion on the business plan of the ECCE Education Task Force for 2004 The central point in the business plan for 2004 of the Task Force is the participation at the activities of the Thematic Network Project EUCEET II. ECCE members which are partners in EUCEET II will be invited to send their representative at the Second EUCEET II General Assembly to be held in Malta, on 6-7 May 2004. The Specific Projects in which the input of ECCE members is of particular relevance are SP.9 ( Enhancing the attractiveness of civil engineering profession), SP.10 (Specialised knowledge and abilities of graduates of civil engineering programmes), SP.11 (Academic and professional recognition and mobility of European civil engineers) and SP.12 (Lifelong learning in civil engineering). The Task Force Education will collect from ECCE members pertinent information on the follow-up of the Bologna process in the respective country. A synthesis will be prepared in that respect, to be included in the materials for the ECCE meeting in Moscow updated for the Zagreb meeting.