Mission and strategy

 THE MISSION OF THE FACULTY OF CYBERNETICS OF THE MILITARY UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

The mission of the Faculty of Cybernetics of the Military University of Technology is to educate versatile and creative specialists to meet the needs of the Polish Armed Forces, including the National Cryptography Centre, a knowledge-based economy, and an information society, as well as to conduct high quality research and R&D in the scope of IT, cryptography, mathematics, management and national security that will contribute to the development of science, military technology, and security, as well as the national economy, in particular in the area of cryptography and counteracting cyberspace threats. The Faculty prepares future engineers and managers by providing knowledge, creating skills, and refining social competences at the highest level, engraining the principles of engineering ethics, at the same time teaching patriotism and national responsibility in accordance with the motto "Omnia Pro Patria". The Faculty provides educational services for the entire University in the scope of IT, mathematics, social sciences, management, and security in all fields of study available at MUT.
The mission of the Faculty of Cybernetics is closely related to that of the MUT. In the pursuit of its mission, the Faculty contributes to the pursuit of the mission of the entire University.

 

THE DEPLOYMENT STRATEGY OF THE FACULTY OF CYBERNETICS OF THE MILITARY UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
FOR THE ACADEMIC YEARS 2012/2013 – 2019/2020
 
INTRODUCTION

The development strategy of the Faculty of Cybernetics of the Military University of Technology, hereinafter called the “Faculty” for academic years 2012/2013 - 2019/2020 is compatible with the Development Strategy of the Jarosław Dąbrowski Military University of Technology for 2011-2020 adopted by way of a Resolution of the Academic Senate of the Jarosław Dąbrowski Military University of Technology no. 147/III/2011 of 31 March 2011 on adopting the Development Strategy for the Jarosław Dąbrowski Military University of Technology for 2011-2020.
The process of identifying areas of scientific-didactic activity of the Faculty for the needs of the developed strategy takes account of the motions and recommendations in the scope of strategic directions of education and research, included in the basic diagnostic-analytical documents for the Armed Forces and the State, including: “Strategic Review of National Security”, “Strategic Defence Review”, and the “Vision for the Polish Armed Forces - 2030”.
The Faculty Strategy development process also includes the results of social consultations participated both by internal stakeholders, mainly students and university teachers at the Faculty, and external ones, especially employers and representatives of the socio-economic setting of the Faculty.
The strategy determines the basic course of action for the Faculty to be deemed as fully modernised. Because it functions in an ever-changing environment, the present Strategy is not a normative, unchangeable act that was set in stone, but instead is highly flexible. It is assumed that as a result of the changing conditions of the Faculty’s functioning, including the emerging new needs or possibilities, the Strategy will be subject to modification.

 

PART I
 
THE MISSION OF THE FACULTY

The mission of the Faculty of Cybernetics of the Military University of Technology is to educate versatile and creative specialists to meet the needs of the Polish Armed Forces, including the National Cryptography Centre, a knowledge-based economy, and an information society, as well as to conduct high quality research and R&D in the scope of IT, cryptography, mathematics, management and national security that will contribute to the development of science, military technology, and security, as well as the national economy, in particular in the area of cryptography and counteracting cyberspace threats. The Faculty prepares future engineers and managers by providing knowledge, creating skills, and refining social competences at the highest level, engraining the principles of engineering ethics, at the same time teaching patriotism and national responsibility in accordance with the motto "Omnia Pro Patria". The Faculty provides educational services for the entire University in the scope of IT, mathematics, social sciences, management, and security in all fields of study available at MUT.
The mission of the Faculty of Cybernetics is closely related to that of the MUT. In the pursuit of its mission, the Faculty contributes to the pursuit of the mission of the entire University.

 

PART II
 
THE STRATEGIC GOALS OF THE FACULTY

The basic strategic goals of the Faculty’s operations in the 2020 perspective listed below concern the following areas: education, scientific research, staff potential, and didactic-scientific development of the staff, cooperation with foreign scientific-didactic centres, Faculty management and administration, didactic-scientific infrastructure, as well as promoting and marketing the Faculty.
The development of the Faculty of Cybernetics of the Military University of Technology in academic years 2012/2013 - 2019/2020 should be targeted at achieving the following strategic goals:

Goal 1. Ensuring constant raising of the quality of education and carrying out the process of education at the highest substantial and methodological level, and constantly increasing the attractiveness of studying at the Faculty by modifying and expanding the educational offer of the Faculty, so that it fully satisfies the expectations of undergraduates, doctoral and postgraduate students, and has its alumni fully meet the requirements of the Armed Forces and job market. The Faculty gaining the position of a leading pillar of higher military education in the scope of teaching specialised and command staff for the Ministry of National Defence in the fields of IT, management, and national security.

Goal 2. Obtaining and maintaining the highest scientific category of the Faculty, increasing the number of science-research projects carried out at the Faculty and financed from external sources, in particular in cooperation with domestic and foreign science-didactic centres, and ensuring effective commercialisation of the achieved results. The Faculty obtaining the lead position within the scientific-research infrastructure of the Ministry of National Defence and other ministries in the scope of application of IT methods and measures in modern military technology, including in security and emergency management technologies, by conducting intensive scientific research and expert operations in these fields.

Goal 3. Constant growth of staff potential to guarantee meeting all the requirements in regards to authorisations resulting from the conducted didactic operations and the authorisations of the Faculty Council in the scope of education and development of the science staff.

Goal 4. Improving Faculty administration and refining administrative services for students and employees of the Faculty to allow for a higher degree of satisfaction of employees and students in regards to Faculty structure functioning.

Goal 5. Constant development and modernisation of didactic and scientific infrastructure, as well as perfecting its application, bearing in mind creation of favourable conditions for achieving the strategic goals in the Faculty development.

Goal 6. Development of cooperation with domestic and foreign scientific-research and scientific-didactic centres to be used to create more favourable conditions to conduct didactic and scientific-research operations.

Goal 7. Increasing effectiveness of actions for promoting the Faculty both domestically and internationally.

 

PART III
 
INTRODUCTIONS FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Goal 1. Ensuring constant raising of the quality of education and carrying out the process of education at the highest substantial and methodological level, and constant increasing the attractiveness of studying at the Faculty by modifying and expanding the educational offer of the Faculty, so that it fully satisfies the expectations of undergraduates, doctoral and postgraduate students, and have its alumni fully meet the requirements of the Armed Forces and job market. The Faculty gaining the position of a leading pillar of higher military education in the scope of teaching specialised and command staff for the Ministry of National Defence in the fields of IT, management, and national security.

1.    Improving and expanding the didactic offer:
1) improving, modifying, and expanding the educational offer in the area of disciplines of doctoral studies, as well as fields and specialisations of tertiary education, including the creation of a new field of “cryptography” and a new specialisation for systems engineers at second-cycle studies in the field of “computer science”;
2) systematic conduct of periodic analyses and evaluations in regards to meeting the assumed education results during doctoral studies and tertiary education;
3) conducting periodical evaluations in regards to adjusting the educational offer in the scope of tertiary education, doctoral and postgraduate studies to the demands of the job market;
4) expanding and intensifying actions aimed at organising and launching postgraduate studies and courses adapted to the needs of the Polish Armed Forces and the job market;
5) preparing the principles of organising distance learning and implementing such a system.

2.    Consistent implementation of the National Qualification Framework for Tertiary Education:
1) constant modernisation of the assumed directional education effects;
2) constant modernisation of the module/course-related effects of education and syllabuses of modules/courses;
3) constant improvement of the system to verify the assumed educational results;
4) implementation of mechanisms and procedures of procuring the opinions of internal and external stakeholders for the purpose of improving educational programmes in the scope of the conducted didactic operations.

3.    Improving the internal education quality assurance system:
1) cooperation with management and other MUT faculties in improving the University System for Education Quality Assurance;
2) improving the Faculty System for Education Quality Assurance;
3) taking actions for obtaining domestic and international education quality certificates;
4) improving procedures and mechanisms used to monitor the education quality level in the scope of conducted didactic activities in the field of undergraduate, doctoral, and postgraduate studies;
5) improving the system for canvassing undergraduate, doctoral, and postgraduate students for the purpose of education quality assessment;
6) improving the class visitation system and its influence on education quality;
7) improving the degree awarding process;
8) developing the system for planning, organising, and implementing control and scoring internships for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students.

4.    Standardisation of the system to verify whether the assumed effects of undergraduate, doctoral, and postgraduate studies have been met:
1) improving the principles of scoring individual types and forms of classes under individual modules/courses;
2) harmonisation of the principles of scoring individual types and forms of classes under thematically similar modules/courses, including those conducted by different institutes;
3) standardisation of requirements for degree dissertations (bachelor’s and master’s) under individual fields of study;

5.    Conducting activities to limit the drop-out rate amongst undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, and course attendees:
1) analysing and identifying the causes for resigning from studies;
2) organising compensatory classes for 1st year students, including in the field of mathematics and physics;
3) conducting activities to identify and remove potential difficulties and obstacles in the learning process of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, and course attendees, including the improvement of the sequence of subjects in the curriculum with a view to increase the perception capacity of the class contents communicated in individual modules/curses, improving the distribution of the exam burden during individual semesters, improving the organisation of exam sessions etc.

6.    Conducting activities to adjust the assumed effects of undergraduate, doctoral, and postgraduate studies to the demands of the job market:
1) developing and modifying the effects of education and programmes taking account of opinions and suggestions of employers and professional organisations;
2) developing permanent forms of cooperation between the Faculty and representatives of the socio-economic setting, including the appointment of the Faculty of Cybernetics Alumni Qualification Council;
3) increasing the socio-economic setting representative participation in the conducted didactic process;
4) including the issues of Faculty partners from the socio-economic setting in the topics of students’ degree dissertations and research projects.

7.    Systematic actions aimed at meeting the expectations of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students in connection with the education process conducted at the Faculty:
1) improving the principles and criteria for qualifying students for specialisations launched under individual fields of study;
2) increasing the influence of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students on the assumed course and class education effects and curriculums;
3) improving the degree awarding procedure in the area of selecting supervisors and degree dissertation topics;
4) improving the didactic-scientific support of the learning process of undergraduate, doctoral, and postgraduate students;
5) ensuring organisational conditions for developing the scientific interests of students as part of student scientific associations and works of scientific-research teams at the Faculty.
 
8.    Conducting activities for developing the self-regulation of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students:
1) improving the system of providing information on the activities of Student Self-Government and Doctoral Student Self-Government;
2) improving the partnership system in contact between the Faculty and institute administration and the Student Self-Government and Doctoral Student Self-Government;
3) providing effective support to the Student Self-Government and Doctoral Student Self-Government in their activities for the benefit of the student, doctoral student, and university teacher bodies at the Faculty and University.

9.    Improving the system for recruiting candidates for undergraduate, doctoral, and postgraduate courses:
1) improving the educational offer of the Faculty and its connection with promoting the Faculty;
2) intensifying activities aimed at establishing direct contact between the Faculty and secondary schools in the region as well as intensifying activities aimed at recruiting candidates from the selected schools cooperating with the Faculty;
3) researching the expectations of candidates for studies at the Faculty and using the relevant information to improve the educational offer of the Faculty.

10. Conducting activities for internationalisation of education:
1) systematic expansion of the subject offer under individual modules/courses conducted in English;
2) creating proper conditions for international students (including military personnel) to take classes under any of the courses available at the Faculty;
3) creating conditions for teachers from foreign universities to undergo didactic and scientific internships at the Faculty;
4) including undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, and university staff in scientific works conducted at the Faculty under international programmes, including international research projects;
5) conducting activities to increase awareness of university teachers, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students in the scope of possibilities to participate in international didactic and scientific programmes;
6) conducting activities towards increasing participation of employees, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students in international cooperation programmes in the scope of tertiary education, financed with public funds (including EU funds).
 
Goal 2. Obtaining and maintaining the highest scientific category of the Faculty, increasing the number of science-research projects carried out at the Faculty and financed from external sources, in particular in cooperation with domestic and foreign science-didactic centres, and ensuring effective commercialisation of the achieved results. The Faculty obtaining the lead position within the scientific-research infrastructure of the Ministry of National Defence and other ministries in the scope of application of IT methods and measures in modern military technology, including in security and emergency management technologies, by conducting intensive scientific research and expert operations in these fields.

1.    Expanding the scope and scale of scientific and R&D works conducted at the Faculty while maintaining a high level thereof:
1) supporting scientific research in the areas representative for the Faculty at the domestic and international level;
2) increasing the scientific activity of Faculty employees and scientific teams;
3) effectively supporting and creating favourable conditions for activities aimed at gathering funds for research;
4) increasing the activity of Faculty employees in scientific organisations and editorial committees of periodicals of domestic and international range;
5) creating a Faculty organisation unit for supporting and coordinating applications for funds for domestic and international research projects;
6) engaging employees and doctoral students in applying for research project funding;
7) conducting activities for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship;
8) intensifying activities to increase scientific recognition and image of the Faculty;
9) supporting the creation and development of modern research laboratories.
 
2.    Conducting activities to connect the results of scientific activity with the conducted courses.

3.    Creating organisational structures to disseminate the results of research, creating international cooperation, and the widely understood scientific marketing.

4.    Improving the process of cooperating with representatives of the socio-economic setting of the Faculty in the scope of expanding the market research offer and scientific development of the Faculty.

5.    Improving and developing international cooperation in the scope of science and research.

6.    Strengthening the scientific position of the Faculty among the leading faculties of technical universities in Poland and internationally.

7.    Conducting activities to develop and strengthen the position of scientific periodicals affiliated with the Faculty.

8.    Increasing the number of scientific publications by the Faculty’s employees, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, with special focus on publications in periodicals form the A and B lists of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

9.    Increasing participation of the Faculty’s science teams, employees and doctoral students in domestic and international science competitions;

10.  Increasing the number of scientific publications by and with participation of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students;

11.  Commercialisation of results of R&D works conducted at the Faculty.

12.  Improving the principles for granting funds to Faculty institutes for research, science conferences, equipment etc.

Goal 3. Obtaining and maintaining personnel potential to guarantee meeting all requirements in the scope of authorisations resulting from the conducted didactic activities and the authorisation of the Faculty Council in the scope of science staff education and development.

1.    Supporting scientific development of Faculty employees:
1) engaging the staff and creating favourable conditions to publish scientific-research achievements in respected scientific journals, patenting solutions with implementation potential, and implementing the obtained results in practice;
2) implementing a clear system to support teachers working with the Faculty in achieving subsequent degrees and academic titles.

2.    Strengthening the position of the Faculty Council in the scope of its authority to award academic titles:
1) maintaining current full authority of the Faculty Council to award academic degrees and titles in the scope of “Computer Science”;
2) obtaining the authority to award an academic title of doctor in the fields of “Security Sciences” and “Management Sciences”.

3.    Improving the Faculty’s staff policy:
1) taking action to optimise staff policy with a view of implementing the goals for Faculty operations;
2) connecting the employment situation with forecasts on potential numbers of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students;
3) regarding full time doctoral studies at the Faculty as the basic source to satisfy the needs of the Faculty in regards to teaching staff.

4.    Improving the functioning of the assessment, motivational, and advancement system for staff:
1) adjusting the academic teacher assessment criteria binding at the University to the specificity and needs of the Faculty;
2) implementing a system for periodical assessment of staff members who execute priority activities in the scope of science or didactics;
3) improving the criteria for granting awards, distinctions, medals, and other forms of awarding and motivating the staff.
4) conducting periodical analyses of staff burden with work in the field of science and development, and introducing principles of sustainable use of human resources in this respect.

Goal 4. Improving Faculty management and administrative services for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, and Faculty employees allowing a higher degree of satisfaction with the functioning of Faculty structures.

1.    Improving the Faculty’s organisation system and applying modern management methods;
1) systematic adjustment of the organisational structure to the executed tasks and undertakings;
2) systematic improvement of the system for informing employees about existing procedures, intentions, and activities pursued at the Faculty;
3) rational use of existing objects, economical management of funds intended to maintain and use them, and maintaining the Faculty buildings’ good technical condition and aesthetic look;
4) systematic improvement of the Faculty employee motivation system;
5) developing the principles and increasing the transparency of the Faculty financial system;
6) conducting periodical analyses of existing documents and procedures concerning the documentation system (including reports) with a view on their redundancy and optimisation possibilities;
7) increasing Faculty participation in using indirect costs of research works;
8) systematic Faculty employee and student satisfaction survey;
9) developing and improving the Faculty computerisation processes.

2.    Improving the tender processes and procedures.
 
3.    Developing and improving Faculty operations financing system:
1) ongoing improvement of the Faculty income division principles between Faculty organisational units, taking account of the division algorithm for the budgetary subsidy for didactic operations and the budgetary subsidy for scientific activity;
2) intensifying activities aimed at searching and obtaining new sources of financing for Faculty operations;
3) increasing the share of revenues from projects financed by external sources;
4) increasing revenues from non-subsidised didactic activities (postgraduate studies, courses);
5) increasing revenues from non-subsidised didactic activities (postgraduate studies, courses);
6) developing a reward system for individuals and teams that procure additional funds;
7) developing a reward system for employees with outstanding achievements in their group;
8) rationalising the costs of Faculty administration activities;
9) developing cooperation with external stakeholders in the field of financing scientific-research works;
10) conducting periodical Faculty financial effectiveness analyses.

4.    Systematic improvement of the Faculty management system.

5.    Commercialisation of results of R&D works conducted at the Faculty.

6.    Systematic improvement of administrative employee competencies.

7.    Systematic improvement of the principles of rewarding and motivating all the Faculty employees under existing financial possibilities and informing employees about the same on an ongoing basis.

8.    Periodical assessments of the state of didactic infrastructure, developing applications and taking appropriate actions to improve it.

9.    Improving the organisational culture and Faculty functioning.
 
Goal 5. Constant development and modernisation of didactic and scientific infrastructure, as well as perfecting its application, bearing in mind creation of favourable conditions for achieving the strategic goals in the Faculty development.

1.    Development of modern scientific-research and didactic activities:
1) reconstructing building no. 65 for the purposes of the Systems Engineering Advanced Studies Centre, including setting up and equipping nine specialised laboratories: Basic Computer Technology, Microcontroller, and Embedded Systems Laboratory, Advanced Computer Graphics Technology and Biometry Laboratory, Computer Network and IP Telephony Laboratory, Multimedia Technology Laboratory, Robotics Laboratory, Telemetric Laboratory, Cryptography Laboratory, Large Format Imaging and Expanded Simulation Laboratory, and Crisis Management Laboratory;
2) further computerisation of the Faculty (building no. 65, e-Deanery, POLON, USOS, Egeria);
3) ongoing modernisation of classrooms with a view of increasing the capacity to use modern didactical methods and audio-visual techniques;
4) equipping specialised classrooms with thematic teaching aids (object models, wall charts, display cases with models of real objects etc.);
5) further modernisation of teaching and science-research laboratory equipment;
6) collecting and analysing the suggestions of lecturers, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students in the scope of lecture hall, classroom, and laboratory equipment;

2.    Development of state-of-the-art research laboratories:
1) coordinating actions in the scope of creating a system of state-of-the-art laboratories at the Faculty;
2) increasing the number of accredited research laboratories.

Goal 6. Development of cooperation with domestic and foreign scientific-research and scientific-didactic centres to be used to create more favourable conditions to conduct didactic and scientific-research operations.

1.    Developing and improving forms of cooperation with enterprises from the Faculty’s economic setting in the scope of improving curricula and the quality of education.

2.    Conducting activities for intensifying cooperation with foreign didactic and scientific centres, including military universities as well as NATO and EU organisations in the scope of didactic and scientific operations of the Faculty.

3.    Inviting foreign university teachers of recognised scientific authority to participate in the didactic process implemented by the Faculty.

4.    Systematic research among employers concerning their needs, preferences, requirements, and expectations in regards to graduates from the Faculty as future employees.

5.    Systematic tracking of the careers and fates of Faculty graduates and tightening relations with them via the monitoring system. Conducting activities aimed at rousing the interest of graduates in cooperating with the Faculty after their graduation.

6.    Increasing the scope of cooperation with the teaching staff of upper secondary schools in order to recruit students especially gifted in the fields of study pursued by the Faculty.

7.    Facilitating candidate access to information on the possibility for studies to be funded from the state budget, EU funds, by institutions and foundations.

8.    Active Faculty participation in organising job fairs in the region.

9.    Organising cyclical workshops, conferences, scientific seminars participated by industry representatives.

10.  Signing contracts of cooperation and exchange of experiences with domestic and foreign didactic and scientific centres for an indefinite period.

11.  Signing contracts with enterprises concerning scholarships for the best students.

12.  Intensifying cooperation with domestic and foreign scientific societies in the field of the scientific and didactic issues pursued by the Faculty.
 
Goal 7. Increasing effectiveness of actions for promoting the Faculty both domestically and internationally.

1.    Making the Faculty and institute websites more modern and attractive.

2.    Creating an English version of the Faculty’s website.

3.    Assigning a Dean’s representative for promotion and marketing.

4.   Promoting and popularising the achievements of the employees, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students of the Faculty, both domestic and foreign, in various fields.

5.   Using modern, high-quality reference materials, both paper and electronic, in the advertising-marketing activities of the Faculty.