Study visit to Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Development of curricula which include practical teaching and which are accorded with the defined learning outcomes, as well as implementation of such programmes, comparison of model of studies 3+2+3 with 4+1+3 model were subject of presentation and discussions during the second study visit to the Koruska University of Applied Studies organised within the Devcore project. The visit participants were representatives of three Montenegrin universities and the Employment Agency of Montenegro. The visit gave the opportunity to see practice of colleagues from Austria, as well as to present our own practice and plans regarding the reform of curricula of studies which would be oriented to giving practical competences through different forms of cooperation with business and wider social community. Since the Koruska University of Applied Studies is practice-oriented in its curricula, teams for curricula development are obligated to engage professionals with practical experience. All curricula are made in close cooperation with representatives of industry, commerce, health, administration etc. In order to conduct objective assessment of labour market needs and to make the university competitive in its curricula offer, the independent foreign agency is hired. Labour market requirements are taken into consideration in order to accomplish the university mission which is that graduated students are successful as much as possible at labour market. Representatives of Montenegrin institutions worked in small groups on model proposal in order to adjust it to their goals, needs of Montenegrin society and business community. There was presentation of practice of the Koruska University of Applied Studies which includes professional engagement with wide range of practical experience into teaching, conditions and ways of their engagement. In curricula of undergraduate studies, the practice is an obligatory part of teaching process, where students have mentors in companies where they perform their practice being assessed by the mentors. Also, there was presentation on how the university shows its work and results to a wider community as well as the way how the sense of being part of the university is built and how they create team and community spirit. 

On the second day of visit, focus was on criteria which should be considered when selecting model of studies 3+2+3 or 4+1+3 such as international comparability, labour market inputs, employability of graduated students, international standards and current preferences of potential employers, but also particularities of specific study area, enrolment policy, study modules and lifelong learning and importance of some of these criteria.