This new Thematic Network Project ‘The New Generation of Chemists’ has two main general objectives :
- to provide tools and support to Higher Education Institutions to help meet the significant changes taking place as part of the Bologna process ;
- to help provide Europe with more, and better trained, chemists.
The main activities and outputs planned to achieve these ambitious objectives are:
- to play a full part in the second phase of the “Tuning Educational Structures in Europe” project, for which the main objectives are to develop further approaches regarding teaching, learning, assessment and performance and to link up the outcomes with quality assurance; to refine the methodology for measuring student workload; to test ECTS as a tool for curriculum design in chemistry.
- to determine the feasibility of creating an ECTS-based common framework for second-cycle degrees in specific areas of chemistry.
- to increase the interest in and understanding of science amongst schoolchildren by assessing the impact of current practices in links between schools and higher education establishments, and identifying and disseminating good practices and materials in this area.
- to identify best practices in student evaluation of university teachers.
The “Tuning Educational Structures in Europe” group will continue to work in the period October 2003 – September 2004, and in addition 3 new groups have been established. The leaders of these groups were elected at the ECTN plenary meeting held in Prague, CZ, in April 2003 :
- Tuning Educational Structures in Europe – Group Leader:
- Teacher / Teaching Evaluation by Students – Group Leader: Leila BIROLO, Napoli, IT
- Links with Schools – Group Leader: Ingo EILKS, Dortmund, DE
- Newly Appointed University Teaching Staff– Group Leader: Paul YATES, Keele University, UK
These groups now have their own web pages on the ECTN site (click on the WG title to access the appropriate page).