Competition Projects

Saturday, 25 May 2013

MEASURE 4.1 STRENGTHENING AND DEVELOPMENT OF DIDACTIC POTENTIAL OF UNIVERSITIES AND INCREASING THE NUMBER OF GRADUATES FROM FACULTIES OF KEY IMPORTANCE FOR KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY

Objective:

  • building the development potential of universities by enabling them to extend and  enhance the range of their education services,
  • ensuring effective management of the higher education system and adjusting the graduate supply structure to the demands of the economy.

Cross-financing: up to 10% of the project value.

SUB-MEASURE 4.1.1 Strengthening and development of didactic potential of universities - competition projects

Types of projects:

  • preparation, launching and implementation of new undergraduate, postgraduate  and doctoral courses (including interdisciplinary PhD courses) and adjusting the curricula  of existing courses to the needs of the labour market and of the knowledge-based economy,
  • expanding the range of university education services to include optional maths and physics compensatory classes for university students and education programmes for people from outside the academic community (increasing the role of universities in lifelong learning),
  • development of distance learning courses and teaching resources; implementation of teaching programmes using distance learning methods and techniques (undergraduate and postgraduate studies, courses),
  • cooperation between universities and employers in the field of practical training (apprenticeships and student internships) and promoting greater involvement of employers in the implementation of teaching programmes,
  • preparing graduates for entering the labour market, i.a. through support for career offices at universities,
  • improving the teaching skills of academic staff in order to enhance the quality of teaching,
  • improving the skills of university managerial staff (including skills related to financial management and raising funds for development),
  • organizing internships and training courses (including doctoral and postdoctoral internships) for university teachers in leading foreign and Polish academic and research centres, in order to promote skills and knowledge useful in teaching work,
  • fellowship programmes for doctoral students, young postdoctoral researchers and visiting professors, employed by higher education institutions in fields of particular importance for the economy,
  • projects aimed at enabling disabled university students to benefit from the full range of university education services,
  • implementing quality management systems in universities (especially systems developed under system support covered by Sub-measure 4.1.3).

University development programmes may include one or more of these types of projects.

Target groups (people, institutions, social groups who are direct beneficiaries) include i.a. universities (institutions, academic staff), enrolled and non-enrolled students, doctoral students and other people involved in the learning/teaching process.

SUB-MEASURE 4.1.2 Increasing the number of graduates from faculties of key importance for knowledge-based economy - competition projects

Types of projects:

Implementation of the concept of contracted education by improving the attractiveness of university-level engineering, mathematical and natural science courses through projects such as:

  • creation of grant schemes for contracted course students,
  • development and implementation of compensatory programmes for first-year students of contracted courses, in order to develop the skills they need to continue these courses,
  • implementation of new or amended curricula (including curricula developed under  Sub-measure 4.1.3),
  • other forms of teaching proposed by universities in order to improve the attractiveness of contracted courses.

Commissioned courses include control engineering and robotics, biotechnology, building engineering, chemistry, power engineering, physics/ engineering physics, computer science, materials engineering, environmental engineering, mathematics, mechanics and machine design, mechatronics, environmental protection and industrial design.

MEASURE 4.2 DEVELOPING STAFF QUALIFICATIONS IN THE R&D SECTOR AND INCREASING THE AWARENESS OF THE ROLE OF SCIENCE IN ECONOMIC GROWTH

Objective:

·         to improve R&D staff qualifications to a level that will ensure efficient cooperation  between research centres and businesses aimed at using research results in the economy.

Cross-financing: up to 10% of the project value.

Competition projects:

  • projects aimed at improving the skills of R&D staff (e.g. training courses, postgraduate studies) related to management of research and development work and to research commercialization (including questions related to intellectual and industrial property protection),
  • projects aimed at increasing R&D staff’s awareness of: the importance of R&D for the economy, the principles of economy-oriented R&D work and the related needs of the research sector and the economy
  • measures aimed at promoting the achievements of Polish and world science through higher education.

Target groups (people, institutions, social groups who are direct beneficiaries) include i.a. research centres and their staff, R&D businesses and their staff, entities cooperating with the R&D sector (these will only benefit from information activities) and university students.

HC OP eligible expenditure

Eligibility of expenditure under the HC OP is explained in the Guidelines of the Minister of Regional Development concerning eligibility of expenditure under the Human Capital Operational Programme, of 28 December 2009.

The eligibility period begins on 12 December 2006 and ends on 31 December 2015.

The Guidelines are available on the website of the Ministry of Regional Development.

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