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  1. Competence based education: Latvian approach Asnate Kažoka Academic Information Centre Twinning project «Support to strengthening the higher education system in Azerbaijan» (No AZ/14/ENI/OT/01/17 (AZ/49)), Activity 1.1. Baku, September 2018 This project is funded by the European Union

  2. Doctoral programmes (3-4 years) LQF level 8 Master’s programmes 120 ECTS credits(2 years) LQF level 7 Professional Master’s programmes 60-120 ECTS credits(1-2 years) LQF level 7 Latvian HE system Bachelor’s progr-s 180-240 ECTS credits(3-4 years) LQF level 6 ProfessionalBachelor’s progr-s 240 ECTS credits (4 years) LQF level 6 Professional HE progr-s 60-120 ECTS credits (1-2 years) LQF level 6 Professional HE programmes 240-300 ECTS credits (4-6 years) LQF level 6 College programmes 120-180 ECTS credits (2-3 years) LQF level 5 Source: Academic Information Centre, 2016

  3. Development of study programme content • The authonomy of the higher education institutions • Based on: • State standards • Professional standards (if applicable) • General learning outcomes of the specific European Qualifications Framework Level • Specific learning outcomes (defined by the higher education institution itself) in cooperation with employers (employers council, employers • Independent review of a labour market representative

  4. Developing content of higher education

  5. State higher education standards • Stipulated on the level of Cabinet of Ministers • Three separate standards: • First level professional higher education (short-cycle education) • Academic education • Second level professional higher education • Describe - objectives of programmes, reference to the relevant EQF level, main (compulsory) parts of programmes (including provisions for final exams), volume of programmes and their parts (duration and credits), assessment principles and procedures, further education rights

  6. Occupational standardsorrequirements for professional qualification • Separate standard for each professional title, e.g. Computer Engineer • Developed by the higher education institutions in cooperation with employers (Sectoral Councils of Experts) • Necessary knowledge, skills, competences and attitudes (both general and professional)to perform in a respective profession

  7. Example of developing a study programme • The HEI develops the idea for a new programme • The HEI in cooperation with employers develops a new occupational standard (if needed) • The HEI (in cooperation with employers) develops the content of study programme and aligns it with the state standard and occupational standard • The study programme is approved in the institutional Study programme council which includes employers • The study programme is annually revised in the institutional Study programme council

  8. Revision of the curricula • HEI are free to revise up to 20% curricula (excluding the electives and final exam) in the period between accreditation periods of a study programme without external approval • Revisions to study programmes are always approved internally by the HEI • Signifficant changes are approved externally, but the quality assurance agency

  9. Professional qualifications in the IT sector in Latvia • 6th/7th EQF level – 5th level of professional qualifications (professional bachelor/master studies) • Programming Engineer • System Analyst (Database specialist, Engineer) • Information Technology Project Manager • Robotics Engineering • Telecommunications Engineer • Electronics Engineer • 5th EQF level – 4th level of professional qualifications (first level professional higher education) • Programmer • System Administrator (Computer Networks Administrator, Computer Systems Administrator, Data Bases Administrator) • Computer Systems Test Engineer • Telecommunications Specialist • Electronics Specialist

  10. What skills do the IT graduates lack?

  11. Examples of curricula Professional Master degree in Computer Science (the qualification of a System Analyst or Programming Engineer)

  12. State standard (1) • At least 60 ECTS; length in full time studies from 1 to 2 years (with the pre-condition that the full time for BA and MA studies is at least 5 years) • The content has to comply with the European Qualifications Framework level 7 • At least 30% of the volume in full time study mode is organised in the form of contact hours • Mandatory content – 1) study courses about new developments in the respective area (>7,5 ECTS); 2) scientific work, design and management study courses (> 4,5 ECTS), 3) internship > 39 ECTS; 4) state exam (> 30 ECTS)

  13. State standard (2) • In addition study courses that ensure the development of professional competencies in entrepreneurship: • Innovation • Foundation and organisation of enterprises • Management methods • Basics of project development and management • Record keeping and finance management • Labour law, including the facilitation of a social dialogue in the society

  14. Occupational (professional) standard • Professional competencies necessary for performing the general professional tasks, e.g. Ability to code by creating the user interface • Skills necessary for performing the general professional tasks, e.g. Ability to use algorithms • The knowledge necessary for performing the general professional tasks • On the level of a notion, e.g. the management of sofware development projects • On the level of comprehension, e.g. economics and commercial sciences • On the level of usage, e.g. two foreign languages

  15. Content of the programme (https://stud.rtu.lv/rtu/spr_export/prog_pdf_lv.47 )

  16. A Compulsory study courses 18 CP /27 ECTS A

  17. B Compulsory elective study courses 18.0 CP/ 27.0 ECTSB1 Field-specific study course 16.0 CP / 24.0 ECTS

  18. Applied Computer Sciences Applied Computer System Software

  19. B2 Humanities and social sciences study courses 4.0 CP/ 6.0 ECTS C Free elective study courses 4.0 CP/ 6.0 ECTS E Final examination 20.0 CP/ 30.0 ECTS

  20. Academic master study programme «Computer Systems»

  21. A Compulsory study courses 18 CP /27 ECTS A

  22. B Compulsory elective study courses 20.0 CP/ 30.0 ECTSB1 Field-specific study course 16.0 CP / 24.0 ECTS • Computer System Design

  23. Applied Computer Sciences Applied Computer System Software

  24. B2 Humanities and social sciences study courses 4.0 CP/ 6.0 ECTS C Free elective study courses 4.0 CP/ 6.0 ECTS E Final examination 20.0 CP/ 30.0 ECTS

  25. Academic Information Centre Post address:VaļņuStreet2Rīga LV-1050 Latvia Office address: DzirnavuStreet16 (3rd floor)Rīga, Latvia www.aic.lv