International Seminars as a Part of Modern Master Computer Science Education
Marek Milosz, Malgorzata Plechawska-Wójcik, Magdalena Borys, Sergio Luján-Mora
Proceedings of the 6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2012), p. 1494-1500, Valencia (Spain), March 5-7 2012, ISBN: 978-84-615-5563-5.
(INTED'12b2) Congreso internacional / International conference
The article emphasizes the role of regularly carried out international seminars in the education process. Modern education, besides traditional way of teaching based on lectures and laboratories, should be supported by different kind of activities. Interesting examples of them are seminars conducted by experts from foreign academic centres. Participating in such seminars gives students ability not only to extend their theoretical and practical knowledge, but also to get some information about activities and projects conducted at foreign universities. It is also an unique occasion for students to consult their ideas, projects and problems connected with seminars’ topics. Seminars are carefully planned to introduced students to the subjects which are not covered by the regular Master Degree program. That is why such meetings are popular among students and they enable them to broaden their horizons in many aspects. International seminars are a special kind of meetings, which makes students to feel free to take part in discussions and panels. It gives them possibility to check their language skills. Moreover, seminars form the basis for future mobility to foreign universities. Students, encouraged by those meeting, more often decide to take part in programmes such as Erasmus or international internships. International Seminars on Computer Science (ISoCS) are also great opportunity for teaching staff of hosting university. Direct meetings with experts give ability to share newly gained knowledge. They help in breaking barriers between universities from different part of world. Seminars, as a unique opportunity for strengthening cooperation and partnership, give results in establishing new common projects and activities both on personal and organizational level. The seminars described in the article were conducted by the educational project “A graduate of our time” granted by Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The project covers creation of new specialisations for the Computer Science Master Degree program in Lublin University of Technology. The details of the project and conducted ISoCS are presented in the paper, as well as results of students survey made after seminars.