Teachers in general
In order to sustain further development of the College, only top of the class teachers are contracted or employed. They are engaged in the teaching process on the basis of the full time work or on the basis of contractual agreement if they are permanently employed with another employer and it is not possible to cumulatively employ them, and they are experts in a particular field. In line with the law, all teachers engaged in the teaching process are elected to the educational or scientific-educational titles.
The total number of scientific-educational and educational staff engaged in some form of teaching in the University College is 40. Lecturers are prevalent among the permanently employed staff, totaling to 10 of them (90%), while the University College has only one senior lecturer and 4 assistants. This ratio is the result of a strategic decision on the investment and development of the College’s own (mostly younger) staff which, according to the analysis of questionnaires conducted among the students, achieves better results in terms of teaching than associate teachers. This is also supported by the education of the permanently employed staff, whose PhD, postgraduate and graduate studies are financed on a range of educational institutions.
As a special value are as many as 12 teachers from economy who teaches only at our institution, and beside their selection and the implementation of the election to titles, we have invested and continually invest in their education and training. The total of 20 teachers of the University College work in economy. Due to the nature of business and the type of a work contract, associate teachers are not able to conclude a full-time agreement i.e. work on the basis of employment contract with two or more employers at the same time.
Quality of teaching
Two times during each semester anonymous survey of all students for each course will be organized using available IT infrastructure in order to assess training quality in number of aspects. First survey will be organized after first midterm and second one will be organized prior to final exam. Important part of the survey questionnaire will be questions describing teacher’s quality. If teacher is scored below average during the first survey, Vice Dean responsible for teaching quality will listen to at least one lecture held by stated teacher and will discuss survey results as well as his / hers findings in order to improve quality and avert future problems.
If second survey shows same problems as the first one and if they are confirmed by Vice Dean for teaching quality, new teacher will be contracted / employed for the next year.
It is our strong belief that College cannot grow without most of the teachers being internally employed. In that respect our strategic goal was and still is to employ teachers for all key subjects.
The University College uses the strength of its Economic Council so that through continuous contact with representatives in the field of economy and those of technological companies, our teachers and assistants have the chance to get the newest information on the development of computer technology. Very often, not only our teachers have the chance to attend conferences abroad, but also perform as lecturers and build their own competencies through the cooperation with lecturers within the field. The University College in its early development phase had a goal to ensure necessary institutional prerequisites for the performance of quality teaching, and in the upcoming period it will focus more on additional academic education and development of its relatively young teaching staff. According to information available, it is our estimate that further development methods and resources available to teaching and non-teaching staff are at the level of similar support provided at other higher education institutions.
Total of 50 courses (each lasting one semester) are lectured, out of which 12 are electives. Courses are organized in 6 departments as follows:
- Software engineering dpt. - 15 courses, 8 teachers
- Operating systems dpt. – 6 courses, 4 teachers
- Department for general courses – 12 courses – 11 teachers
- Computer networks dpt. – 5 courses, 3 teachers
- IT security dpt. – 4 courses, 2 teachers
Department for information systems – 8 courses, 10 teachers