Development Priorities

Key Areas and Development Priorities 2011 - 2015
A. Quality and Scope of Academic Activities
B. Openness
C. Effectiveness and Management
 
Introduction: Long-term Plan for Education, Scientific, Research, Development and Innovation, Artistic and Other Academic Activities of the University of Pardubice for 2011 – 2015 (further as „Long-term Plan“) is a fundamental strategic document for development of the university, created in accordance with § 21 of the Act no. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on the Amendment and Supplement to Some Other Acts (the Higher Education Act), as amended and consolidated.
 
The basis for the document is the Strategic Plan for Scholarly, Scientific, Research, Development, Innovation, Artistic and Other Creative Activities of Higher Education Institutions for 2011-2015 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (further as “Strategic Plan of MEYS”) and other Czech or European key documents regarding especially the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Research Area (ERA). Participation of the university itself, its leaders as well as other members of the academic community in creating and implementing the Czech tertiary education reform was also of inspiration.
 
The proposed Long-term Plan reflects results achieved during its implementation in 2006 – 2010. Three key areas of university development are elaborated: academic activities – their quality and scope, which is crucial for the qualitative aspect; openness towards its environs and also towards the academic community as one of the basic aspects of the Vision of the University; fulfilling the key roles of a university has to be firmly based in modern and functional material and technical infrastructure, as well as in quality infrastructure of services, therefore effectiveness and management is designated as the third area of development. While the order of the three key areas of development does not express their importance and they are to be considered equal, the order of priorities within the key areas reflects their importance in fulfilling the Vision. For each priority, the objective, strategy and tools are given.
 
Yearly updates to the Long-term Plan will be provided, stressing development tasks for the given year together with the structure of their financial backing.
The Long-term Plan of the university serves also as basis for the creation of long-term plans of individual faculties.
 

Key Areas and Priorities of Development

A. Quality and Scope of Academic Activities
With respect to academic activities, the emphasis lies on optimisation of their scope with a view to enhance the quality of processes, outcomes and result. The principal priorities are: basic and applied research, quality of all types of study programmes with emphasis on enhancing the quality and increasing the requirements of Master and doctoral study programmes.

Priority A1     Development of Basic Research
Objective        Enlarge and enhance research activities in the area of basic research and achieve quality results that would make it possible to develop a research-focused university.

Strategies

  • Development of cooperation with foreign universities and research institutions to strengthen the position of the university within the European research area.
  • Submitting, obtaining and successfully carrying out scientific and research projects, especially by Czech Science Foundation and foundations of individual ministries.
  • Increasing participation in international programmes – EU framework programmes, programmes outside of Europe.
  • Execute joint projects with respected experts and scholars from both the Czech Republic and abroad using the newly built research infrastructure.
  • Accentuating research outcomes that are relevant in terms of the current methodology for evaluation of research and development.
  • Increasing participation of doctoral students and talented students of Master study programmes in research activities.
  • More intensive participation of young researchers in research activities.
  • Applying interdisciplinary aspects in research.

Tools

  • System to stimulate students and young academic and research staff to participate in research activities
  • Internal grant agency and student grant competition
  • Postdoctoral study and research visits
  • Projects within Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation
  • Projects within Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness
  • Projects of national and international grant agencies
  • Projects of EU framework programmes
  • Doctoral and postdoctoral projects within various programmes of grant agencies or other funding systems
  • Investment Programme of the University of Pardubice for years 2011-2015
  • Grant and Scholarship Fund
  • Bilateral and multilateral contracts on cooperation in science and research
  • MIS – management information system, IS VERSO, OBD – personal bibliographic database
  • University web pages
  • Intranet for students, Intranet for employees
  • Regional Information and Contact Centre Pardubice
  • Grant and Scholarship Rules

Priority A2     Quality and Requirements of Doctoral and Master Study Programmes
Objective        To ensure growing quality of education on doctoral and Master level, to maintain the number of students in doctoral and Master programmes in line with the vision of the university, and to systematically interconnect higher education with research, development, innovation and artistic work. 

Strategies

  • Developing systematic work with doctoral students that would lead to their higher participation in research project and also to completing their studies within the standard duration of their programmes.
  • Special attention to talented students of Master study programmes, support for their participation in student grant competitions, specialised field-related competitions and other activities including conferences.
  • Support for cooperation between faculties and universities especially among doctoral students.
  • Innovation of content of studies based on new theoretical findings, new developments in society and on the needs of the labour market.
  • Implementation of the National Qualifications Framework for Tertiary Education – ensuring that the structure and content of education corresponds with the desired profile of graduates of individual Master and doctoral programmes derived from descriptors of the relevant areas of education.
  • Setting the conditions to enter individual levels of study programmes and branches derived from descriptors of the relevant areas of education.
  • Satisfying requirements arising from accreditation and accreditation renewal of study programmes in all parts of the university.
  • Increasing the number of doctoral students.
  • Rigorous application of ECTS in line with the Bologna Process principles, recognition of study records from abroad in compliance with Learning Agreement.
  • Devoting special attention to improving general and professional language skills of students.

Tools

  • Internal grant agency and student grant competition
  • Topical student competitions
  • Rector's awards, Deans' awards
  • Projects within Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation
  • Projects within Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness
  • Projects funded by Higher Education Development Fund (HEDF)
  • Development projects of MEYS (both centralised and decentralised)
  • Grant and Scholarship Fund
  • IS STAG
  • International Mobility Centre
  • Study and Examination Code
  • Grant and Scholarship Rules
  • Directive on recognition of study records from abroad
  • Instructions on ECTS credit allocation
  • National Qualifications Framework for Tertiary Education – area of education descriptions and their respective descriptors of specific knowledge, specific skills and general competencies

Priority A3     Interconnectedness of Applied Research and Innovations
Objective        To expand applied research and interconnect it actively with innovation activities that would support competitiveness of the economy and socio-economic growth.

Strategies

  • Building cooperation with important businesses and institutions of private and public sector in order to apply research outcomes.
  • Submitting, obtaining and carrying out applied research projects especially by Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and grant agencies of individual ministries.
  • Making use of the newly built research infrastructure when executing joint projects with businesses and institutions.
  • Accentuating research outcomes that are relevant in terms of the current methodology for evaluation of research and development.
  • Increasing participation of doctoral students and talented students of Master study programmes in research activities.
  • More intensive participation of young researchers in research activities.
  • Applying interdisciplinary aspects in research.
  • Developing a system of intellectual property protection.
  • Developing a system of commercial use of research outcomes.

Tools

  • System to stimulate students and young academic and research staff to participate in research activities
  • Internal grant agency and student grant competition
  • Projects within Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation
  • Projects within Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness
  • Bilateral and multilateral contracts on cooperation in science and research
  • MIS – management information system, IS VERSO, OBD – personal bibliographic database
  • Regional Information and Contact Centre Pardubice
  • Centre for Technology and Knowledge Transfer
  • Directive on the use of research, development and innovation outcomes
  • Directive on additional activities
     

Priority A4     Quality and Functionality of Bachelor Study Programmes
Objective        To maintain the number of students in the structure of study programmes and study branches which would be in line with the vision of the university, to increase the number of talented students studying at the university and to encourage their active participation in specialist activities, to improve access to higher education reflecting the needs of application in business.

Strategies

  • Innovation of content of studies based on new theoretical findings, new developments in society and on the needs of the labour market.
  • Implementation of the National Qualifications Framework for Tertiary Education – ensuring that the structure and content of education corresponds with the desired profile of graduates of individual Master and doctoral programmes derived from descriptors of the relevant areas of education.
  • Special attention to talented students of Bachelor study programmes, support for their participation in field-related competitions and other specialist activities.
  • Expanding the range of employment prospects of Bachelor study programme students, offering career counseling.
  • Encouraging students to complete their studies within the standard duration of their programmes.
  • Satisfying requirements arising from accreditation and accreditation renewal of study programmes in all parts of the university.
  • Rigorous application of ECTS in line with the Bologna Process principles, recognition of study records from abroad in compliance with Learning Agreement.
  • Improving the system of inter-faculty teaching and joint organisation of selected courses.
  • Developing students' general competencies reflecting the requirements of the labour market.
  • Diversification of study forms and methods of education in line with the profile of the university.

Tools

  • Projects within Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness
  • Projects funded by HEDF
  • Development projects of MEYS (both centralised and decentralised)
  • Grant and Scholarship Fund
  • IS STAG
  • Information and counseling centres of individual faculties
  • International Mobility Centre
  • Study and Examination Code
  • Grant and Scholarship Rules
  • Directive on recognition of study records from abroad
  • Directive on tuition fees
  • Instructions on ECTS credit allocation
  • National Qualifications Framework for Tertiary Education – area of education descriptions and their respective descriptors of specific knowledge, specific skills and general competencies

B. Openness
Openness is a key area of development which relates to the part of the university vision concerning openness towards relevant Czech, European and inter-continental context. It contains priorities aimed at fulfilling the three key roles of the university – education, research and active support for quality socio-cultural life on regional, national and international level.

Priority B1     Promotion of the University and Building Its Good Reputation
Objective        To enhance the positive image of the university, popularise its activities among external and internal target groups and strengthen its position as a centre of knowledge and research as well as a natural cultural centre.

Strategies

  • Innovating and fulfilling the communicative strategy of the university towards selected target groups within or outside the university, using innovative communication and promotion tools.
  • Popularising general science and specific branches studied at the university especially by means of popularisation activities, participation in promotional activities and fairs, involvement in projects aimed at popularisation of science and higher education.
  • Promoting the university abroad, innovating and extending the scope of tools and forms of such promotion, emphasizing especially Master and Doctoral study programmes of the university.
  • Raising awareness of options and attractiveness of studying at the university and enhancing its positive image through the media, professional, sport, cultural and other promotional events or competitions, cooperation with external partners.
  • Cooperation and communication with the media on a regular basis.
  • Developing cooperation with alumni, especially through the Association of Alumni and Friends of the University of Pardubice.
  • Creating a database of successful alumni, friends and benefactors of the university, and developing a system of cooperation.
  • Offering high quality information and counseling services both within and outside the university.

Tools

  • Development projects of MEYS (both centralised and decentralised)
  • Projects aiming at popularisation of science and higher education
  • Contracts and cooperation contracts with external partners, including the area of promotion
  • Unified visual style of the university
  • University web pages
  • Contact centre for the network of regional coordinators of programmes to promote technical and natural science branches
  • Association of Alumni and Friends of the University of Pardubice
  • New tools of viral marketing and Internet communication
  • Financial, technical and organisational provision of various activities in public relations and counseling


Priority B2     Cooperation with Businesses and Institutions in the Region
Objective        To increase the level of cooperation with businesses and institutions, to maximize employment prospects of university graduates and help them become attractive choices for potential employers, to fulfil the role of a centre of education through lifelong learning programmes.

Strategies

  • Cooperating with businesses and institutions on applied research projects.
  • Involving students, especially on Master and doctoral level, in cooperation with businesses and institutions.
  • Preparing conditions to start “spin-off companies”.
  • Systematic development of student internships and work placement opportunities.
  • Involving students in such a cooperation with businesses and institutions they could use for Master or doctoral thesis.
  • Consulting businesses and institutions about innovations in study programmes so that they would be in line with future needs of the employers.
  • Inviting business experts to take part in instruction in ways relevant to individual study programmes.
  • Creating and developing internship possibilities in businesses and institutions for researchers and academic staff.
  • Cooperating with potential employers in the area of student employment prospects.
  • Creating an appropriate marketing strategy towards desired target groups (individuals interested in further education, employers, Labour Offices).
  • Improving preparation, promotion, execution and record keeping of lifelong learning courses.
  • Offering options to supplement and acquire desired knowledge and skills to individuals interested in improving their level of education, as derived from National Qualifications Framework for Tertiary Education its area of education descriptions.
  • Acting as socio-cultural centre of the region.

Tools

  • Projects within Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation
  • Projects within Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness
  • Applied research projects
  • Projects aiming to promote scholarship and learning including University of the Third Age projects and projects to support prospective students with special needs
  • Bilateral cooperation contracts
  • University library
  • University conference centre
  • University gallery
  • University sport facilities
  • Information and counseling centres of individual faculties
  • Regional Information and Contact Centre Pardubice
  • Centre for Technology and Knowledge Transfer
  • Lifelong Learning Study Code
  • Directive on the use of research, development and innovation outcomes
  • Directive on additional activities


Priority B3     Research Cooperation with Foreign Universities and Research Institutions
Objective        To further develop scientific and research cooperation with external institutions in order to expand research activities of young researchers and members of faculty.

Strategies

  • Research cooperation with foreign universities and other research institutions.
  • Involving members of faculty and students of doctoral and Master programmes in international research projects.
  • Inviting international researchers to work at the university.
  • Extending the scope of research internships abroad for members of faculty, young researchers and students of doctoral study programmes.

Tools

  • Projects within Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation
  • Projects within Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness
  • Projects of EU framework programmes
  • Projects of Kontakt, COST, EUREKA and other programmes
  • Projects funded by the Fulbright Program, International Visegrad Fund, Eurocore and others
  • Development projects of MEYS (both centralised and decentralised)
  • Bilateral contracts on cooperation with foreign universities and research institutions


Priority B4     International Cooperation in Higher Education
Objective        To increase the number of international students in accredited study programmes and incoming short-term study visits, as well as the number of outgoing short-term study visits. Improving the quality of such visits by making them more useful and efficient with regard to the required profile of the graduate.

Strategies

  • Widening the scope of study programmes and branches offered in English and improving their quality.
  • Improving the quality of instruction of courses in English and ensuring that these courses are available also to Czech students, improving the quality and increasing the number of study aids for courses taught in English.
  • Participating in EU programmes of cooperation with countries outside Europe.
  • Developing already running cooperation programmes with universities from Japan, USA, Canada.
  • Developing cooperation with partner universities (within already existing framework cooperation contracts).
  • Providing international students with special care to help them overcome possible language or cultural barriers.
  • Devoting special attention to helping international students become a part of the student community.
  • Improving language skills of university employees, especially those who need to communicate with international students as a part of their job.
  • Improving ECTS information system – information on the university, study programmes and branches, individual courses and relevant related information, in order to acquire ECTS label and DS label for 2014 – 2018.
  • Improving organisation, administration and documentation of student mobilities in line with the Bologna Process principles.
  • Increasing the number of bilateral contracts within the LLP Erasmus with partners offering similar study programmes.
  • Concluding new framework cooperation contracts with foreign universities, emphasizing fulfilling and benefits of such contracts.
  • Creating “mobility windows” in selected semesters of individual study branches and requiring the Learning Agreement to be in line with the branch of study in such a way, so that the study visit becomes an integral and organic part of the student's individual study plan.
  • Implementing joint study programmes (“Joint Degree and/or “Double Degree) with foreign universities.

Tools

  • System of recognising study records from another university in the Czech Republic or abroad
  • Regular mobility evaluation, publishing the evaluation results
  • Projects within Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness
  • Development projects of MEYS (both centralised and decentralised)
  • Financial support for LLP Erasmus from EU and MEYS
  • Grant and Scholarship Fund
  • Erasmus University Charter, Erasmus Policy Statement
  • Framework cooperation contracts
  • Bilateral cooperation contracts
  • IS STAG
  • Information and counseling centres of individual Faculties
  • International Mobility Centre
  • Study and Examination Code
  • Grant and Scholarship Rules
  • Directive on recognition of study records from abroad
  • Instructions on ECTS credit allocation

C. Effectiveness and Management
University management based on respecting academic freedom aims to increase the effectiveness (usefulness, economy and efficiency) of academic and supporting activities as its long-term objective. The fundamental precondition for development of the university, its accomplishments and also for increasing its prestige is the human potential the university is endowed with. The priorities set out in this key area reflect main aspects of the the University Vision and are firmly grounded through strategic management. The priorities include not only development of human potential but also quality in strategic management, improving the university campus and technical facilities for the purposes of education and research, and supporting processes for academic activities.

Priority C1    Human Potential and Academic Culture
Objective        To improve qualification and productivity of academic and research staff in line with emphasis placed by the university on research, development and innovation. To cultivate, at the same time, democratic, academic and ethical principles, to spread shared values and develop a climate of solidarity among students and employees so that each individual could grow and the Mission and Vision of the University could be fulfilled.

Strategies

  • Respecting and honoring academic freedom.
  • Creating and supporting positive and creative climate at the university, especially by means of appropriate communication and information channels.
  • Supporting a sense of belonging to the university among students and employees.
  • Supporting academic and research staff in their professional growth and expanding their qualification.
  • Developing ways to encourage academic staff to participate in grant and research projects.
  • Drafting and implementing a system of working with students, especially for students of doctoral study programmes.
  • Participating in ERC CZ (European Research Centre) programme and becoming a host institution.
  • Promoting special-purpose grant and scholarship programmes in cooperation with external partners (businesses, Pardubice Region).
  • Preventing plagiarism by rigorous and systematic promotion of ethical principles.
  • Implementing courses of pedagogy for higher education to help especially young members of faculty in their career growth.
  • Implementing courses focused on effective use of IT (EIZ – electronic information resources, LMS – learning management system).
  • Improving language competencies of employees, with special attention to English.
  • Supporting year-long or semester-long study and research visits of academic staff.
  • Providing free-time infrastructure within the limits of the campus.

Tools:

  • System to stimulate students and young academic and research staff to participate in research activities
  • Internal grant agency and student grant competition
  • Postdoctoral study and research visits
  • Regular evaluation of courses and results achieved by members of faculty
  • System of intensive internal communication, system of crisis communication
  • Projects within Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness
  • Internal Wages Regulation
  • Disciplinary Code and Procedure for students
  • Work Code of the University
  • Code of Ethics for Academic Staff
  • Meetings of individual boards, academic community meetings, formal and informal opportunities for personal meetings
  • Information tools and media through which shared values and examples of activities promoting a sense of belonging to the university can be communicated

Priority C2    Quality in Strategic Management
Objective        To reinforce the system of strategic management which should be focused on evaluating achievements with respect to set objectives and the usefulness of the achievements in implementing tools to fulfil the strategic objectives.

Strategies

  • Attention to adequate financial management of the public higher education institution within strategic management of academic activities and its interconnection with the initial objective of the university development.
  • Creating a university system of internal evaluation of activities and developing its individual features.
  • Ensuring balanced and differentiated roles for individual subjects participating in internal evaluation (university leadership, faculty leadership, academic staff, students) and also in external evaluation (alumni, employers).
  • Rigorous use of internal control systems including internal audits as checks and balances of the management process.
  • Strengthening the role of the Student Council of the University of Pardubice in involving students in the life of the academic community, especially in course evaluation by students.
  • Implementing and developing procedural management principles in order to increase usefulness, economy and efficiency of management.

Tools

  • Internal evaluation system
  • System of human resources development
  • Internal control system
  • Projects within Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness
  • Development projects of MEYS (both centralised and decentralised)
  • MIS – management information system, IS VERSO, OBD – personal bibliographic database
  • Intranet for students, Intranet for employees
  • Internal university regulations, internal faculty regulations
  • Financing and budgeting rules
  • Internal Wages Regulation
  • University and faculty directives

Priority C3    Modernisation of the University Campus, Buildings and Facilities of Individual Faculties, Securing Material and Technical Resources for Research and Instruction
Objective        To improve facilities of individual faculties, to build efficient infrastructure of the university campus and to maintain quality material and technical resources for instruction and research, with special attention to availability and development of ICT.

Strategies

  • Securing adequate equipment for research and instruction.
  • Reconstruction and extension of the Transport Faculty building, including rebuilding of the inner courtyard.
  • Construction of a new auditorium for the Faculty of Health Studies.
  • Securing adequate premises for the Faculty of Restoration in Litomyšl.
  • Reconstruction of Halls of Residence.
  • Centre for Materials Science Pardubice.
  • Education and Research Centre in Transport.
  • University IT for Education and Research project.
  • Multifunction outdoor sport facilities.
  • Completion of FEEI building reconstruction.
  • Construction of new sport facilities.
  • Improving information and communication technologies and infrastructure.
  • To produce a long-term solution to provide for accommodation and social needs of international experts working at the university.

Tools

  • Projects within Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation
  • Projects funded by HEDF
  • Development projects of MEYS (both centralised and decentralised)
  • Financial support from the national budget, MEYS, EU
  • Investment Programme of the University of Pardubice for years 2011-2015
  • Investment Assets Development Fund

Priotity C4     Improving Ancillary Processes for Academic Activities and Services
Objective        To increase effectiveness of ancillary processes and services in order to establish a productive and creative environment in parallel with mutual recognition of defined competencies, powers and responsibilities within academic and non-academic activities.

Strategies

  • Support in coordination and administration of research, educational and other projects.
  • Improving the quality of processing and analysing data on research, development and innovation results.
  • Support for making commercial use of research, development and innovation results.
  • Improving specific elements of the information system with respect to changing demands of the relevant environment and internal data updating.
  • Maintaining a high level of University Library services, maintaining accessibility of information resources for the purposes of research and education.
  • Improving methods of analysis, calculation of costs and budgeting adequately to the needs of the university and to external demands.
  • Improving language and IT skills of non-academic staff.
  • Ensuring that the academic community and non-academic staff are well informed.
  • Developing counseling services for applicants, students (including disadvantaged groups or individuals) and graduates in relation to changing environment.

Tools

  • Projects within Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation
  • Development projects of MEYS (both centralised and decentralised)
  • Unified information system
  • Intranet for students, Intranet for employees
  • Internal university regulations, internal faculty regulations
  • University and faculty directives
  • Measures and orders of the Rector and the Deans
    - programme 6, subprogramme f)
Abbreviations
LL
Lifelong Learning
CR
Czech Republic
JPTF
Jan Perner Transport Faculty
DS label
Diploma Supplement Label
ECTS
European Credit Transfer System
EHEA
European Higher Education Area
ERA
European Research Area
EU
European Union
FEEI
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics
FEA
Faculty of Economics and Administration
FAP
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
FCT
Faculty of Chemical Technology
FR
Faculty of Restoration
HEDF
Higher Education Development Fund
Faculty of Health Studies
FHS
GA
grant agencies
Czech Science Foundation
CSF
ICT
information and communication technologies
IS STAG
study agenda information system
IS VERSO
economic agenda information system
IT
information technologies
LLP
Lifelong Learning Programme
MIS
management information system
MEYS
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport
OBD
personal bibliographic database
SB
branches of study
SP
study programmes
SCUPa
Student Council of the University of Pardubice
TA CR
Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
U3A
University of the Third Age
PU
public university