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The Launch of the partnership project Leonardo da Vinci 2012 titled „Architecture Vocational Learning Network” at the Wroclaw University of Technology

On 24th of October 2012 at the Faculty of Architecture at Wroclaw University of Technology there was held the meeting inaugurating the partnership project Leonardo da Vinci 2012 titled ‘Architectural Vocational Leaning Network’. The programme consisted of interesting presentation and merit discussion, that was carried on between eminent University’s visitors, representatives of municipal and regional departments and the managers of architecture and construction offices. The meeting was launched by Bogusław Wowrzeczka, PhD, Eng (Arch) Vice Dean of Studies who greeted gathered people and invited to cooperate. On behalf of Vice-Rector for Development Cezary Madryas, Prof, Eng the congratulations were made by Ewa Mroczek, MSc, the Head of International Office, that emphasized the importance of such activities at the Wroclaw University of Technology.

Heated discussion was carried on by turns with presentations. The initial presentation was made by Bogusław Wowrzeczka, PhD, Eng (Arch). He introduced to audience the Faculty of Architecture at Wroclaw University of Technology showing numbers, specializations and learning programmes, the profiles of graduates, and the principals of required students internships. Successively Joanna Jabłońska, PhD, Eng (Arch), the faculty coordinator of the project, introduced the general guidelines of the programme Leonardo da Vinci that has the aim of improving the vocational education in European Union. Whereas the partner operations that are the part of the project, are concentrated on the local activities taking into consideration the experience from foreign institutions. Maciej Hawrylak, PhD Eng (Arch), the representative of Faculty of Architecture and the Polish Association of Architects, Wroclaw Department, kept on the discussion of vocational internships, having emphasized the legitimacy of the six months long internship after the bachelor degree as it is required at the Silesian University of Technology. He stresses also that unlike the other EU Universities, the Wroclaw University of Technology does not make any criteria of credit the apprenticeship by the student staying on the international exchange.

Izabela Mironowicz, PhD, Eng (Arch), General Secretary for Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), President of Society of Polish Town Planners), Wroclaw Department and plenipotentiary of the Dean of Faculty of Architecture in affair of Spatial Planning specialization joined in the conversation. She indicated that the specify of urban planner profession should be presented in high schools. She stressed that is is noticeable the lack of compendium designed for employers concerning the vocational trainings students and graduates and that there is necessity for courses and trainings for working people which would allow to expand knowledge in various fields. The discussion was also attended by Zbigniew Maćków, the owner of the Wroclaw architecture office and the chairman of Lower Silesia Regional Chamber of Architects, who indicated the need to improve the system of internship among them: the duration, the number of students taken for an internships in proportion to the number of employees, funding methods, workplace’s organization, the need to monitor the course, the need for syllabus and a proper assessment. With the same importance there was his presentation on the activities of Polish Chamber of Architects in comparison to similar organizations in other European countries. A breath of optimism to the conversation was brought by the statement of Paweł Buck, PhD Eng (Arch), representing the Faculty of Architecture and the position of the employer which focused on the positive aspects of the presence of trainees in the design studio. That is the only place where students can acquaint with the reality of the profession. The issue in the academic environment however can be brought by the creation or the interdisciplinary, inter-faculties teams to develop students’ tasks, as it was indicated by Leszek Łękawa, also the owner of Wroclaw architecture office.

In the discussion Andrzej Poniewierka, PhD, Eng (Arch), Vice-President of Lower Silesia Regional Chamber of Architects and the member of team for Committee for Education Programs Issuing Opinions of Polish Chamber of Architects, took also part and his statement focused on the insufficient number of placements, that does not allow on the regular performing the student internships and what is more it impedes the obtainment of the professional qualifications. The meeting was also attended by Mr Przemysław Malczewski, Vice Director for Monitoring in the Regional Office of Urban Planning, who emphasized that the short period of internship makes impossible to know the practices of the office and all stages of the design process. Although the organization employs about fifty people it is difficult to create new work places for the trainees. Artur Harc, Head of the Department of Planning and Regional Development Programming at the Lowe Silesian Marshal Office also expressed his opinion, having paid particular attention to the already developed by the office strategies and goals which can be valuable knowledge in the preparation of projects related to higher education. He also pointed to the need to strengthen strategic thinking in spatial planning. There was also very important the presentation of Dariusz Piasecki, Head of the Careers Office, Wroclaw University of Technology, discussing a range of tools and initiatives to support graduates in the labour market, both in search of employment and improvement of self-presentation or raise the qualifications.

The meeting, launching the project activity titled ‘Architecture Vocational Learning Network’ at the Wroclaw University of Technology run by the Faculty of Architecture brought many valuable comments and suggestions to the objectives of the programme. Diagnosing problems and already undertaken attempts of solutions during the discussion promise a positive effect on the future cooperation between the university and regional government units, associations and organizations involved in both academic issues, the development of the region and Wroclaw and employers. The next step is to formalize the preliminary findings of the Convention which creation was proposed by Boguslaw Wowrzeczka, PhD Eng (Arch), Vice Dean of the Faculty of Architecture as the end of the meeting while saying goodbye to the distinguished guests.

Ewa Pol, MSc, Eng (Arch)

PhD student at Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology

Joanna Jabłońska, PhD, Eng (Arch)

Marek Skorupski, PhD, Eng (Arch)

Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology

Photographs: Joanna Krajewska

The PhD student at Wroclaw University of Technology

The translation from Polish version was made with assist of Katarzyna Dudycz, MSc, Eng (Arch)

The PhD student at Wroclaw University of Technology

Project: partnership Leonardo da Vinci 2012

Project Number: 2012-1-GB2-LEO04-08241 5
Title of the project: Architecture Vocational Learning Network
Information about the project:

Members:

Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment – an educational and cultural organisation in Birmingham, UK – coordinator
Faculty of Architecture – Universite Libre de Bruxelles – partner
Colaborativa – cultural organization in Cordoba, Spain – partner
Vuste-Envis – a training organisation in Prague, Czech Republic – partner
Faculty of Architecture, Wroclaw University of Technology – partner

The goals of the projects:

–        To develop close relationships between vocational education and apprenticeship and professional environment in the area of urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture and other construction professions;
–        To develop a common approach to vocational training;
–        To support graduates in the labour market;
–        To cooperate in order to develop links between formal and informal vocational training in conjunction with the urban context with aim of increasing the quality of life;
–        To establish tips and advices for teachers of high schools;
–        To develop the programme improving qualifications for teachers of vocational trainings in conjunction with construction classes
–        To study the possibility of creating placements in the partner’s countries with particular emphasis on the project with low carbon dioxide emissions;
–        To develop a European architecture network for the cooperation in the field of vocational training and other issues in the future;

Taken Actions:

– education,
– researches;
– meetings with foreigner partners;
– meeting with experts in the country and abroad;
– study visits;
– thematic publications;

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme.
This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The article was published in: „Pryzmat. Magazyn Politechniki Wrocławskiej” no. 259 grudzień 2012/styczeń 2013, pp. 67-68, publication with acceptance from publication office

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Il. 1. The meeting was launched by Bogusław Wowrzeczka, PhD, Eng (Arch) Vice Dean of Studies

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Il. 2. Maciej Hawrylak, representative of Faculty of Architecture WUT and Association of Polish Architects in Wroclaw during discussion

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Il. 3. Discussion

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Il. 4. Joanna Jabłońska – coordinator during presentation

Background information

Wrocław University of Technology is a public higher education institution founded in 1945. Our position in the research and teaching field places us among the top technical universities in Poland. The educational standards offered at the university are closely connected with our dynamic scientific work and industrial experience. Research and education are strongl influenced by international cooperation with over 430 partner universities all over the world. There are over 33,000 students at WrUT enrolled in a wide range of fields including Architecture and Civil Engineering.

Our role in the project will be taking part in all the partner seminars and blog with our staff/trainers/learners, using the learning in our future programmes, helping with articles in journals and websites, and contributing to any other relevant activity. We will host the final seminar, in Wroclaw, to show partners activities in the university (as well as the architecture and culture of this historic city). The Faculty already runs occasional study visits for students to other member states, and we anticipate this Leonardo Partnership project will allow us to develop relationships with more organisations for additional study visits and for our students and graduates to take part in future mobilities.

Social context: in the last election, turn-out was less than 50 per cent. Better knowledge by citizens about urban context could help foster greater public participation and encourage people to get involved in local problems.

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Convent – Social Council

of Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology

In order to increase integration of educational program with demands of labor market we propose an initiative of appointing Convent – Social Council of Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology. It is recommended that Convent will be formed by representatives of employers related to architects and city planners profession and representatives of other institutions curial for performing professional responsibilities, among others members of Trade Chambers.

The key objectives of the Convent – Social Council are:
– Consultation with its members of educational programs developed by the Faculty of Architecture in order to meet the current needs of the labor market,
– Cooperation in the development of apprenticeship programs for Faculty of Architecture’s students and their implementation,
– Cooperation in the field of international student exchange programs in order to implement the apprenticeship,
– Involvement in the diploma evaluation as a professional environmental consultants and institutions interested in the topic of theses,
– Participation in the monitoring process of the Faculty of Architecture graduate’s careers.

The creation of the Convention for the Faculty of Architecture is a priority with the aim of improving the quality of education for students and graduates to help launch their careers. That is why we turn to you with a request to support the initiative to create the Convention and the acceptance of proposal of active participation.

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