Development Priorities

Key Areas and Development Priorities 
A. Quality and Scope of Academic Activities
B. Openness
C. Effectiveness and Management

Introduction: The Long-term Plan for Education, Scientific, Research, Development and Innovation, Artistic and Other Academic Activities of the University of Pardubice (hereafter „Long-term Plan“) is a fundamental strategic document for the development of the University, created in accordance with § 21 of the Act no. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and 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 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (hereafter “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.

Three key areas of the University's development are elaborated upon: 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.

Annual updates of 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 also serves 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 is 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's and Doctoral study programmes.

Priority A1 Development of Basic Research

Objective

To 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

  • Developing 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 the Czech Science Foundation and foundations of individual ministries.
  • Increasing participation in international programmes – EU framework programmes, programmes outside of Europe.
  • Executing 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's study programmes in research activities.
  • Encouraging more intensive participation of young researchers in research activities.
  • Applying interdisciplinary aspects in research.

Priority A2 Quality and Requirements of Doctoral and Master's Study Programmes

Objective

To ensure growing quality of education at Master's and Doctoral level, to maintain the number of students in Master's and Doctoral 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 further participation in research projects and also to their completing their studies within the standard duration of their programmes.
  • Giving special attention to talented students in Master's study programmes, supporting their participation in student grant competitions, specialised field-related competitions and other activities including conferences.
  • Supporting cooperation between faculties and universities, especially among Doctoral students.
  • Innovating content of studies based on new theoretical findings, new developments in society and on the needs of the labour market.
  • Implementing 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's 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.
  • Ensuring rigorous application of ECTS in line with the Bologna Process principles, recognising study records from abroad in compliance with Learning Agreement.
  • Devoting special attention to improving general and professional language skills of students.

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 in the private and public sector in order to apply research outcomes.
  • Submitting, obtaining and carrying out applied research projects, especially by the 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 in Master's study programmes in research activities.
  • Promoting 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.

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 that 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

  • Innovating content of studies based on new theoretical findings, new developments in society and on the needs of the labour market.
  • Implementing 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's and Doctoral programmes derived from descriptors of the relevant areas of education.
  • Giving special attention to talented students of Bachelor's study programmes, support for their participation in field-related competitions and other specialist activities.
  • Expanding the range of employment prospects of Bachelor's study programme students, offering career counselling.
  • 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.
  • Ensuring rigorous application of ECTS in line with the Bologna Process principles, recognising 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.
  • Diversifying study forms and methods of education in line with the profile of the University.

B. Openness
Openness is a key area of development which relates to the part of the University Vision concerning openness towards the 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 at 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 popularising science and higher education.
  • Promoting the University abroad, innovating and extending the scope of tools and forms of such promotion, emphasising especially Master's 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, in cooperation with external partners.
  • Cooperating and communicating 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 counselling services both within and outside the university.


Priority B2 Cooperation with Businesses and Institutions in the Region

Objective

To increase the level of cooperation with businesses and institutions, to maximise 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 at Master's and Doctoral level, in cooperation with businesses and institutions.
  • Preparing conditions to start “spin-off companies”.
  • Systematically developing student internships and work placement opportunities.
  • Involving students in such a cooperation with businesses and institutions, which they could use for a Master's or Doctoral thesis.
  • Consulting businesses and institutions about innovations in study programmes so that they would be in line with future needs of 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 aimed towards desired target groups (individuals interested in further education, employers, Labour Offices).
  • Improving the preparation, promotion, execution and record keeping of lifelong learning courses.
  • Offering options to supplement and acquire the desired knowledge and skills to individuals interested in improving their level of education, as derived from National Qualifications Framework for Tertiary Education's area of education descriptions.
  • Acting as socio-cultural centre of the region.


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 the research activities of young researchers and members of faculty.

Strategies

  • Establishing research cooperation with foreign universities and other research institutions.
  • Involving members of faculty and students of Master's and Doctoral 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.


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. To improve the quality of such visits by making them more useful and effective 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 existing cooperation programmes with universities from Japan, USA, and 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 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 the ECTS information system – information on the university, study programmes and branches, individual courses and relevant related information, in order to acquire the ECTS label and DS label for 2014-2018.
  • Improving the 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, emphasising the fulfilment 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, 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.

C. Effectiveness and Management

Based on respect for academic freedom, the University management aims to increase the effectiveness (usefulness, economy and efficiency) of academic and supporting activities as its long-term objective. The fundamental precondition for the 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 the 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 the 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 honouring academic freedom.
  • Creating and supporting a 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 qualifications.
  • 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) programmes and becoming a host institution.
  • Promoting special-purpose grant and scholarship programmes in cooperation with external partners (businesses, Pardubice Region).
  • Preventing plagiarism through the rigorous and systematic promotion of ethical principles.
  • Implementing courses in 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.

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

  • Giving 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's 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).
  • Rigorously using 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.

Priority C3 Modernization of the University Campus, Buildings and Facilities of Individual Faculties, Securing Material and Technical Resources for Research and Instruction

Objective

To improve the facilities of individual faculties, to build effective infrastructure for the University campus and to maintain quality material and technical resources for instruction and research, with special attention to the availability and development of ICT.

Strategies

  • Securing adequate equipment for research and instruction.
  • Reconstructing and extending the Transport Faculty building, including rebuilding of the inner courtyard.
  • Constructing a new auditorium for the Faculty of Health Studies.
  • Securing adequate premises for the Faculty of Restoration in Litomyšl.
  • Renovating the Halls of Residence.
  • Establishing a Centre for Materials Science Pardubice.
  • Establishing an Education and Research Centre in Transport.
  • Establishing a University IT for Education and Research project.
  • Building multifunction outdoor sport facilities.
  • Completing FEEI building reconstruction.
  • Constructing new sport facilities.
  • Improving information and communication technologies and infrastructure.
  • Producing a long-term solution to provide for accommodation and social needs of international experts working at the University.

Priority 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

  • Supporting the coordination and administration of research, educational and other projects.
  • Improving the quality of processing and analysing data on research, development and innovation results.
  • Supporting the 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 counselling services for applicants, students (including disadvantaged groups or individuals) and graduates in relation to changing environments.

 

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

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