With the goal to improve the quality of teaching-learning methodologies and study programs, the Technical University of Moldova is always open for the implementation of new models in the concept of organizing and conducting studies.
An eloquent example is the re-design, from September 1st, 2017, together with 5 other universities in the Republic of Moldova, of the most requested study programs, within a large Erasmus+ project “Introducing problem-based learning in Moldova: to strengthen competitiveness and student employment opportunities” (PBLMD). For this purpose, at UTM, the program “Software Engineering” (Anglophone Branch, FCIM) was selected. At the end of the project, in October 2019, it was found that admission to the given program attracted in time a triple number of students. The figure increased from 25-30 in previous years to 88 students in the current year, and more than 300 remained, unfortunately, in the queue.
In total, through various projects, 3 Bachelor programs were redesigned at UTM: “Software Engineering” and “Informatics” at FCIM and “Industrial Design / Product Design Engineering” at FIMIT and 4 Master programs: one at FTP – “Product Design and Development” and three others at FIEB – “Economy of Real Estate Business”, “Business Administration” with 120 ECTS and a similar program with 90 ECTS.
Students benefited from mobilities at EU partner universities, such as the University of Gloucestershire, part of the consortium of European universities, along with Aalborg Universitet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Universität Siegen, etc.
The change meant not only trainings and modifications of programs and content, but also adequate infrastructure, teachers and students requesting the extension of renovations in the study spaces – a very effective lever to motivate them to accept and promote change, new content and modern methods of learning. Today, UTM has more than 10 modernized rooms – collaborative spaces for various study programs.