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The University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB)

Country: 
Romania

The University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB) is the largest technical university in Romania. UPB has a strong background in project management and has actively participated as coordinator in ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership and H2020 projects.

UPB has a long tradition in information technology education and a strong connection to big ICT companies that contribute to permanent update of the study programs, to ensure specific learning outcomes at European level. UPB was included in the highest category for advanced research and teaching and up to date equipment/laboratories. It organizes bachelor and master study programs, continuous education/LLL and joint master programs with European universities. All study programs were accredited by the National Agency for Quality Assurance in higher Education. The mission of UPB is a mix of education, research and innovation, towards a knowledge-based society. Creating knowledge by scientific research, giving it out by education and professional training, disseminating it by information technologies, as well as the use of technological innovation define the university distinctive profile.

In the Faculty of Engineering teaching is conducted integrally as a subject language using in English, French and German, within two departments: Department of Engineering (taught in Foreign Languages) and Department of Communication (taught in Foreign Languages) with additional foreign language programs in English, French, German, Russian and Romanian. FILS forms multilingual specialists, capable of filling the needs of companies in their international partnerships.

FILS has developed multilateral ties with engineering schools of foreign universities, for exchange of vocational pedagogy and specialized knowledge and of creating conditions for recognition of diplomas. It has implemented several international projects and our teaching staff has expertise in the methodology of pedagogical abilities using modern communicative approaches and ICT and development of curricula and modern teaching materials. DILS is part of the strategic partnership project for a Joint European Academic Competence Framework and Curricula for the Training of Technical Communicators.

Role in project

UPB is the leading and coordinating partner of EXTEND and responsible for project management and overall coordination of the consortium partners. UPB supplies documents and information to the Agency which may be required under the agreement or in the event of audits and holds responsibility for the administration and financial management of the grant involving daily management, coordination and monitoring and including financial guarantees, payment requests and timely payments to the co-beneficiaries. As project manager UPB is responsible to ensure the involvement of all consortium partners and the delivery of a high standard result. UPB plans and leads all PMB meetings, contribute to all QA activities.

Apart from the management, UPB leads the Preparation phase, host introduction training seminar, participates in including tuning of the monitoring methodology of PC universities practices in teaching engineering disciplines. UPB also offers consultations during development of teacher competence descriptors, development of training programs for PhD students and staff, participates in course book preparation, coordinates piloting of training program for PhD students and experienced teachers, contributes to piloting with guest lectures in PC universities.

Coordinator
Elisabeth Lazarou

Elisabeth Lazarou is working as Senior Lecturer of German for Science & Technology as a foreign language in Business German, Cross-cultural Communication, Technical Terminology and Academic Writing at the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB), Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages (FILS). She is member of the board since 2009 and in this project she be responsible for the administration.

Elisabeth Lazarou is the principal coordinator (grant holder) of a Erasmus+ KA2 project, Capacity Building for Higher Education: CATALYST - Communicative Approaches in University Vocational Teaching Methodology Focusing on Improving Educational Yield and Sustainability. She also the coordinator (beneficiary) of the Erasmus+KA2 project, Strategic Partneships: REDESIGN - Redesigning educational curricula and digitally-afforded collaborations to promote multimodal learning experiences.

From October 2009 to September 2014 she was delegated by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) as Senior Lecturer at the UPB.

Her publications include such volumes and articles as German as a Foreign Language for Specific Purposes. In addition she published in the field of testing and audit and also CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) in higher education.

Elisabeth Lazarou has a long experience (about 25 years) in adult education and as teacher trainer especially for the Goethe Institute and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), spezialised in LLL-Programms. Two more domains of her expertise are testing and audit and also implementing ECTS modules in curricula. Furthermore she is author of textbooks in German as a Foreign Language.

She is responsible for international project management (Erasmus +), for cooperation with partner universities abroad and she has an excellent experience as an educator and a university administrator.

Elisabeth Lazarou is since 2012 member of Tekom (German Association for Technical Communication and Information-Development), and a member of numerous scientific associations such as ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe), Linguistics Colloquium (www.linguistisches-kolloquium.de), IDV (International Association of German Teachers), GGR (Society of Romanian Germanists), GfdS (German Association for the German Language) etc.

Her publication list covers over 50 works, concerning education, teacher training, testing and audit, Language for Specific Purposes, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Academic writing, language planing, and cross-cultural communication.

Team members: 
Maria-Iuliana Dascalu

Maria-Iuliana Dascalu is senior lecturer/associate professor for data structures and algorithms, programming languages (Java), semantic web technologies, systems engineering and management information systems within the Department of Engineering in Foreign Languages at University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB) and currently the vice dean of the Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages, UPB.

She is also a researcher in the field of applied computer science. She was a postdoctoral fellow at UPB between May 2014-October 2015, researching on collaborative e-learning on multidisciplinary groups. She defended her PhD thesis on July 2011 in the field of applied computer science (economic informatics), at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (ASE). Her thesis title was „E-Assessment in E-learning Platforms, with Applications to Project Management”. She has a Master Degree in Project Management, from ASE (2008) and a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the Faculty of Computer Science, Alexandru-Ioan Cuza University (UAIC), Iasi, Romania (2006). Before teaching, she also also worked as a software developer in international companies and she is an IPMA Certified Project Management Associate (2008). She conducted a mobility stage at Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel, Belgium and a research stage at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She was a program committee member in more than 40 scientific conferences and she was awarded several national research prizes for papers published in highly relevant journals, as well as an Elsevier Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing in 2015. In 2016 Maria was the recipient of Danubius Young Scientist Award (international award) and in 2017 she obtained an Excellence Award in Informatics at Young Researchers in Science and Technologies Competition – Rada Mihalcea Award (national award). She published 12 books and book chapters and more than 80 scientific papers: see her Google Scholar profile (https://scholar.google.ro/citations?user=VBaTZrMAAAAJ) and website (https://mariaiulianadascalu.com/). In 2019, Maria was General Chair of The 6th European Conference on the Engineering of Computer Based Systems, while in 2019 and 2020 was co-organiser of Workshop on Excellence in Engineering Education through e-Learning and ICT Tools (EXTEND) at The eLearning and Software for Education Conference – eLSE.

Doina Irina SIMION

Doctor in Educational Sciences (2002, University of Bucharest), Master in Educational Management and Institutional Communication, (2009, SNSPA, Bucharest) with interests in teacher development, educational projects, cultural studies and translation. In the 1990-2020 interval and as member of the Department of Communication in Modern Languages (DCLM), UPB: author/main author of three books; co-author of two academic textbooks; coordinator and/or participant in five EU projects and a British Council sponsored national project as a; author of a range of papers in the educational and cultural fields and workshop trainer. In the 1996-2006 interval: part time work as expert with the National Agency for the Leonardo da Vinci Programme and later, ANPCDEFP.