Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka presently implements the Postgraduate Doctoral Study in the area of Technical Sciences, in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Fundamental Technical Sciences. Studies in the field of Computer Science have been provided at the Faculty of Engineering since 2008 for undergraduate level, and since 2011 for graduate level. In addition to Computer Science teaching activities at the undergraduate and graduate levels, which are carried out in accordance with the Bologna Declaration, the Department of Computer Science is also involved in research projects approved by the National Science Foundation, EU COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), University Support Programmes, and the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovation and Investments (HAMAG BICRO). The proposed study programme is based on the tradition of scientific postgraduate studies at the Faculty (since 1971), as well as on the teaching and research know-how in the field of Computer Science, and, as such, complements the educational and scientific potential within all areas encompassed in the Faculty’s activity scope.
The proposed study programme is aligned with the needs of inherent progress of the Faculty of Engineering and with the strategy of the University of Rijeka (Strategy 2014-2020, University of Rijeka, 2014), seeing that it directly strengthens the visibility of the University in a research context and broadens the base of scientists and researchers in the field of Computer Science. Finally, in accordance with the current advancement of the University of Rijeka, especially in existing IT infrastructure, the proposed programme increases competitiveness and enables following state-of-the-art trends.
The proposed postgraduate study programme in the area of Technical Sciences, in the field of Computer Science, aims to provide Masters of Computer Science graduated at the Faculty of Engineering, and other related institutions in Croatia and abroad, the opportunity to continue the education and further scientific training in order to attain highly educated professionals in the related field.
The initiation of this study will provide larger economic entities, both in the local community and in the broader context, additional training of existing employees, but also employment opportunities for new PhDs. It is also expected that graduate students from the suggested study will further foster innovation and development of new technologies in a number of small and medium enterprises operating in the Computer Science activity specter. Faculty of Engineering, as well as other departments of the University of Rijeka, have been lacking new researchers at the Ph.D. level in the field of Computer Science for many years, and it is expected that a part of the students of the proposed study programme will continue to work at the University of Rijeka.
The Computer Science field is a subsection of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science CROQF sector, which is one of the top-ten sectors that have the greatest positive contribution to employment growth in the Republic of Croatia (Labour market future trends projections, CROQF, The Ministry of Science and Education; http://www.kvalifikacije.hr/fgs.axd?id=1074). Since 2012, the employment within the relevant key activities of the CROQF Computer Science subsector (e.g. Scientific research and development, Managing activities; consulting management, Computer programming, consultancy and related activities) has a constant growth (source: CROQF Portal). The constant demand for highly educated professionals in the field of Computer Science represents the current trend, both in Europe and in the world.
Upon completion of the study, students will have job opportunities in public and private sector, especially in industry entities with whom the Faculty has developed cooperation, but also elsewhere in Croatia and abroad.
When designing and developing the proposed study programme, the current trends in the development of science, research, and technology in the CS field have been primarily taken into account. The programme proposition and the related curriculum draft are the result of collaborative efforts put in by both the Faculty members and the experts from the partner higher education institutions and industry entities (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Montenegro; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Ericsson Nikola Tesla Ltd.). The study programme has been designed by taking into account The ACM Curricula Recommendations in the field of computing, basic guidelines of the European Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), The European Charter for Researchers, The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, The Dublin Descriptors, Croatian Qualification Framework (CROQF), the capacity of the Faculty, as well as the needs of the Faculty, University, and the Croatian society for CS-oriented scientific research resources in general.
Enrolment requirements and student selection procedure
The candidates that have earned a degree in an adequate university graduate study and acquired at least 300 ECTS credits will be admitted to the postgraduate doctoral study in the area of Technical Sciences, field Computer Science. Candidates that acquired qualifications in the earlier study programme, i.e. before 2005, will be admitted to the postgraduate doctoral study if they graduated in an adequate university-level study.
In both cases, the Faculty Council determines which studies will be considered adequate and makes the final decision on the admittance. The Faculty Council has the authority to define additional conditions in certain cases, for example, grades at university level study.
The process of selecting candidates starts with the public announcement of the call for enrolment, followed by the decision on which candidates meet the defined criteria by the Committee for Postgraduate Studies and Science, which proposes the selection of the candidates to the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council, based on the proposed selection of the candidates, makes the final decision. The selection criteria are multiple. Namely, for the admission to the first year of the doctoral study, the candidate has to fill the admission form, enclose two references, give a written statement on reasons for enrolment in the doctoral study, enclose an official transcript of the grades achieved on a university level study, and attend an interview with the Committee for Interviews with the candidates for Postgraduate Doctoral Study, which is appointed by the Faculty Council.
The candidate’s written statement on reasons for enrolment in the doctoral study has to contain a description of their scientific interests, ideas concerning the doctoral study, and reasons why he/she has chosen a particular area of research.
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