Project Progress Roadmap
1) Participation in an International Tempus Conference
Dr Muhammad Abu-Khaizaran attended an International Conference organized by the "Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency" in Brussels Belgium, 10-11 February 2014, as a representative of the South Mediterranean partners of the selected ‘Joint Master in Electrical Engineering Proposal’ in Tempus IV sixth Call. The Conference was intended to address the overall management issues of Tempus projects.
2) Participation in the Kickoff Meeting at University of Salford-UK
BZU (Dr. Muhammad Abu-Khaizaran and Dr. Mohammad Jubran) participated in the kickoff meeting held at University of Salford on 13 and 14 February 2014. The meeting was intended to establish the needed atmosphere for the project success. The meeting educated project partners about the logistics, finance, and reporting requirements. This meeting involved presenting detailed planning for the first six months activities and an overall planning for activities throughout the project. The meeting was an opportunity for project partners to exploit the learning, teaching and research practices in the UK.
3) Organizing Industry Vision of JMEE ILOs Workshop
BZU, in collaboration with all project partners, had organized and hosted a workshop to address and investigate the industry vision of the needs and qualifications required in JMEE graduates. The workshop was held on 23 April 2014 at BZU Campus. All project partners and representatives of industry sector and representatives of particular Ministries in Palestine attended the workshop. The outcome of the workshop had lead to designing the programme structure and defining the Intended learning Outcomes of JMEE degree.
4) Preparing Academic Regulations
BZU, in collaboration with PPU, had prepared and set out academic regulations for JMEE. These regulations set out rules for a successful implementation of the programme and enrolment of students. These regulations were attached to the program accreditation application submitted to the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
5) Preparing a Memorandum of Understanding
BZU and PPU had agreed on and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the collaborative management and run of the programme. The MoU was attached to the program accreditation application submitted to the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education, this is to support the accreditation application for the joint master program.
6) Visiting EU Partner Institutions
BZU (Dr. Muhammad Abu-Khaizaran and Dr. Mohammad Jubran) participated in visiting the EU partner institutions during the period 14th to 26th September 2014. The visit provided us with an insight into EU graduate teaching facilities, research centres and training centres, and to experience EU graduate programmes. Also, it was an opportunity to discussions and share experience of the EU model of cooperation between academia, industry, professional institutes and government.
7) Programme Structure and Courses Specifications
BZU is the lead to the work package dedicated for developing specifications, description, ILOs and Syllabi of courses. The programme had been structured to meet the industry vision based on the workshop outcomes. Courses specifications had been phased and specified. Also, courses prerequisites had been determined. Each course was assigned a leader and at least one partner; either from EU or PS. The course partners consult each other for setting all the courses developed. The programme structure had been specified and two tracks were adopted; Power Track and Communication Track. This structure and courses were approved by various councils at BZU and PPU. The programme structure is shown in Appendix A.
8) Application for Accreditation
BZU had prepared the Application for Accreditation, in collaboration with PPU, and also prepared all necessary documents. The application was prepared in both languages; English and Arabic. A market study and feasibility study had been conducted and accompanied the application. The application had been submitted to the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Commission (AQAC)- Ministry of Higher Education for approval on 15 January 2015. The submission was delayed a bit, because the start of the whole project had been delayed including the visit to EU partners, and due to some logistic procedures in the universities.
9) Plan of Delivery of Courses
The courses will be delivered face-to-face, with the possibility of having EU partners participating in delivering some courses through video conferencing facilities or via intensive courses in summer schools.
10) Expected Date for Starting the Programme
The expected start date is September 2015, based on the Accreditation application outcomes. Hopefully before June 2015, a positive definite decision regarding the programme accreditation will be announced.
11) Defining a List of Needed Equipment Based on Courses Specifications
A list of needed equipment and software had been prepared and compiled by BZU, based on the courses specifications and needs. The list was sent to purchasing equipment work package lead (TUC) for approval and to follow up Tempus regulations in purchasing equipment.
12) Project Dissemination
BZU had participated in all dissemination activities, such as providing information about BZU to be published on project main website, preparing brochures, designing a webpage for the project within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department-BZU web site. BZU, in collaboration with all project partners, will organize and host a dissemination workshop on 6th April 2015, in order to disseminate the programme and to investigate stimulating industry involvement in research projects. Preparations for the workshop have been started.
13) Students Enrolment in June 2015
Upon a positive feedback from AQAC regarding the programme accreditation, the students enrolment is expected to start in June 2015.