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Valorisation of an MSc Programme.

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marin Marinov, Dr Anna Fraszczyk


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Background: valorisation includes exploitation and implementation of results and products and as such takes an important part in every process of Msc programme development and design. Purpose of Study: For applied sciences such as rail freight and logistics it is of interest to valorise: Involvement of Industry to ensure collaborative learning process; Innovative learning means such as: Distance "open"/E-/Blended learning and their implementation for the purposes of the project; Implementation of curricula into practice (approval processes, mobility patterns and agreements); Possibilities for establishing joint degrees/ programmes. Sources of Evidence: Industries nowadays are not seen to operate within strict fixed boundaries. Instead industries are encouraged to employ trans-boundary mechanisms to learn from each other, identify avenues for collaborations, work together and hence be more reliable and efficient. The involvement of rail professionals and stakeholders in MSc programme design and development is needed to make sure that the programme curriculum is in line with the industry current needs and expectations. Main Argument & Conclusions: studies on industry needs for rail higher education are needed to tune our programme curricula and guarantee our graduates are equipped with the necessary skills for career development in the sector. In addition innovative means of teaching and learning have to be employed to guarantee that the most recent developments and technologies are incorporated in MSc programmes (applied to other University programmes) keeping students updated with current trends, achievements and technological progress. Mobility patterns of staff and students have to be encouraged and further intensified to promote knowledge sharing in multicultural environments for applied sciences such as rail freight and logistics. We paved the way to a joint MSc in rail freight and logistics (to be discussed in the paper) employing an innovative research-based approach facilitated by one-directional mobility pattern and technical memorandum.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Marinov M, Fraszczyk A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 4th World Conference on Learning Teaching and Educational Leadership (WCLTA-2013)

Year of Conference: 2013

Online publication date: 25/08/2014