The University Center of Continuous Training – a quarter of a century after its establishment

The fruitful work of the Continuous Training Center (CFC), recently acknowledged by the TUM Senate, seems to have taken on a new magnitude. After just over a quarter of a century, CFC is on a new path, giving new notions to the continuous training process as part of lifelong learning.

Created by the Decision of Moldova’s Government no.134 of 11.04.1994 “Regarding the system of retraining and re-qualification of teachers”, order of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova no. 156 of 23.05.94, the Senate’s decision and the order of the rector of TUM no. 165-r of 08.07.1994, the Center for Refinement and Re-qualification of Teachers was renamed by the Senate’s decision of 22.04.2008 in the University Center of Continuous Training, presenting themselves over the years as a university subdivision that contributes fully to the progress journey of TUM.

Since its establishment, until the end of 2018, 52606 people have been trained, including 41817 people (79%) – national economy specialists and 10789 (21%) – teachers (vocational schools, colleges, TUM). Last year, 3197 people – 361266 man / hour, including 2550 national economy specialists and 647 teaching and management staff from VET institutions and 70 people – under the Tekwill Academy program, were trained. At the same time, in the first three months of 2019, 1004 people, including 155 from vocational schools, were re-qualified.

During the year 2018, the CFC extended its partnership agreements with important public institutions of the Republic of Moldova – Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (20.10.2018), Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection (02.02.2018), also developing extensive relations with the International Cooperation Agency of Germany, GIZ, the Swiss Fund “Aga Health Service” and, very recently, with the Romanian Welding Association (February 2019).

Considering these partnerships, it is foreseen to re-educate specialists with higher education in the “Exploitation of water supply and sewerage systems” in the period 2018 – May 2020, with funding from prestigious EU bodies: Austrian Development Agency and the Development Agency of Sweden (ACAG Department and PM – FUA). Also, the training of medical device users and bioengineers at the National Center for Biomedical Engineering (MIBM Department – FCIM). And with the support of external partners, continuous training is planned in the field of energy efficiency of public buildings (ACAG Department and PM – FUA); continuous training of Tajikistan specialists in biomedical engineering (MIBM Department – FCIM); but also the training and re-qualification of the welding personnel according to the IWI and EWF requirements; training IWE engineers in an online program organized by the ASR, as well as continuous training of teachers and masters in vocational schools and colleges.

Over the last year, 19 new training programs have been developed within CFC-TUM. Including the MIBM / FCIM formulates, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, some proposals within the legislative framework regarding the in-service training of medical and sanitary staff in the field of medical device management at the National Center for Biomedical Engineering TUM. Similarly, the accreditation of ANACEC, within the TEACH ME project, is emphasized by two programs of continuous teacher training and the preparation for upholding the process of accreditation of the programs of continuous training in the field of psycho-pedagogy of the teachers from the vocational schools .

Requesting to comment on the most important achievements of CFC over time, professor Valentin Amariei, head of the TUM Continuous Training Center, mentioned the undeniable contribution of this subdivision to the formation of a complex training system for all faculties, teachers / departments. The professor mentioned the considerable success achieved by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Mechanical Engineering within FIMIT; The FDA’s ACAG and PM Department, the Department of Oenology and Chemistry, and the Food and Nutrition Department of the FTA, where specialized training centers have been set up, with dedicated teaching staff and qualified specialists of the partner enterprises.

The CFC has great plans for the future and will continue to contribute to the creation of a favorable academic environment for the development of continuous training, with the involvement of teachers, non-teaching staff, departments and faculties of TUM.