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ATHENA Research Book, Volume 1

Abstract: The ATHENA European University is an alliance of nine Higher Education Institutions with the mission of fostering excellence in research and innovation by facilitating international cooperation. The ATHENA acronym stands for Advanced Technologies in Higher Education Alliance. The partner institutions are from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, and Slovenia: the University of Orléans, the University of Siegen, the Hellenic Mediterranean University, the Niccolò Cusano University, the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, and the University of Maribor. In 2022 institutions from Poland and Spain joined the alliance: the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University and the University of Vigo. This research book presents a selection of the ATHENA university partners' research activities. It incorporates peer-reviewed original articles, reprints and student contributions. The ATHENA Research Book provides a platform that promotes joint and interdisciplinary research projects of both advanced and early-career researchers.
Keywords: ATHENA European University, Erasmus+, research, interdisciplinarity, co-operation
Published in DKUM: 25.11.2022; Views: 258; Downloads: 44
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Transformation of »university of corridors« - renovation of Technical Faculties in Maribor : magistrsko delo
Yuliia Vashchenko, 2020, master's thesis

Abstract: The University of Maribor is one of the main educational institutions in Slovenia. It strives for development, transfer of knowledge, interconnection among studying and research programs, faculties in Slovenia and abroad. The renovation of Technical Faculties in Maribor, located on Smetanova street, is one of the key points in the university’s development strategy. The first part of the thesis provides an analysis of the location at macro-, meso- and micro- levels: climate, urban context, transport and accessibility, green areas, and open spaces. Having analyzed the history of the University of Maribor and Technical Faculties from the beginning of the operation, their current condition and strategy for further development, we determined advantages and disadvantages. One of the main design problems appears to be the lack of common spaces and places for student’s work. Consequently, we can observe the absence of functions vital for a productive educational process and modern university life. The practical part of the thesis proposes the concept of systematic renovation of Technical Faculties in Maribor. It focuses on designing a solution that would incorporate missing functions and spaces into an existing operating complex of buildings. The concept involves the demolition of particular buildings or elements such as attics, connecting part F, which has lost its load-bearing capacity, and non-load-bearing elements of buildina A’s north façade. Building A has been extended to the Smetanova street with a newly-designed volume functioning as a common space, exhibition area, and transition to other parts of the complex. The library, located at the underground floor of building A, has been extended to the courtyard. The height difference among buildings is regulated with the help of the new multi-level common space. It connects the extended library to the dining room located on the ground floor of building H and main gathering space in front of Borut Pečenko’s lecture hall. Newly-designed building E with two levels of the underground garage and 4-floors-high complex of lecture rooms has been constructed instead of the demolished lecture rooms in front of Borut Pečenko lecture hall. The proposed renovation solution provides students, employees, and visitors of the Technical Faculties with a high-quality working environment, which meets modern thermal, acoustic, and visual comfort requirements and sticks to the principles of accessibility of public buildings.
Keywords: University of Maribor, Technical Faculties in Maribor, renovation, university common spaces
Published in DKUM: 29.09.2020; Views: 617; Downloads: 110
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Coexistence of different social groups around one of the campuses of the University of Pécs
Bernadett Makkai, Judit Gyüre, 2012, original scientific article

Abstract: In the process of urban transformation and renewal, large numbers of immigrants are expected in connection with the existence of prosperous branches of industry. It is assumed that in an environment where higher education is one of the most important economic factors, there will be conflicts in the everyday coexistence of social groups. The aim of this study is to investigate, in a city quarter which was forced to transform due to economic structural changes, and which has a bold mixture of ageing people and temporary university residents, how the coexistence of different groups of the society influences the quality of life in the quarter, and how the situation is perceived by the affected people themselves. Furthermore, we want to see what kinds of tension arise from the interactions between these groups with dissimilar/different background, and what possible solutions can be found to resolve such tension.
Keywords: university, urban transformation, studentification, housing estate
Published in DKUM: 10.04.2018; Views: 728; Downloads: 64
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Knowledge base of the region - role of the universities in regional innovation : the case of south Transdanubia
Zoltán Gál, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: The economic attraction and competitiveness of the regions depends on the spatially balanced network-based co-operation of different research bases and firms involved in innovation development. The utilisation of the regional knowledge base, innovation potential and co- operation between businesses and universities & research institutions continues to play an increasing role in regard to business success and the competitive economic performance of the regions. Innovation is considered as an interactive and system-like process depending on traditions with definite spatial forms and it is manifested in the form of “networks” among the companies and universities, and among the different transfer organisations, which can stimulate university-industry linkages. The paper presents the findings of the “ERAWATCH regional benchmarking surveys – in which the South Transdanubian region participated in – on innovation potential and investment into research” surveys concentrating on the role of innovation networks, within them highlighting the special role of regional universities in the collaborative research networks. The introduction is followed by a demonstration highlighting the role of universities in national and regional knowledge transfer emphasizing the fact that the spatial (regional) structure of innovation is very much determined by the transformation of potential universities and their widening innovative functions during the economic transition in Hungary. The next section provides an overview of findings of the ERAWATCH survey (2006) on the role of universities in regional network building and discusses those factors that are necessary for the establishment of a research university model. The last section assesses the efficiency and coherence of the Regional Innovation System with regard to the needs and capacities of the regional economies and the extent of matching or mismatching between the knowledge and economic specialization.
Keywords: regional innovation, knowledge base, ERAWATCH Survey, university-firm links, knowledge and economic specialization
Published in DKUM: 14.03.2018; Views: 883; Downloads: 85
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Teaching Scrum in cooperation with a software development company
Viljan Mahnič, Strahil Georgiev, Tomo Jarc, 2010, original scientific article

Abstract: The increasing use of agile methods for software development creates the need for these methods to become part of the education of future computer and information science engineers. On the other hand, teaching these methods gives us an opportunity to verify individual agile concepts and their effectiveness. For that reason, project work is an appropriate and frequently used form of teaching that enables students to get acquainted with agile methods and, at the same time, provides case studies for evaluating individual agile concepts. We describe our approach to teaching the Scrum agile method, within the software technology course, in cooperation with a software development company. Students were taught through work on a real project for which a list of requirements was submitted by the company. A co-worker of this company participated throughout the teaching period playing the role of customer's representative. During their work, students consistently used the Scrum method and at the end of each iteration they evaluated their experience by means of a questionnaire. In the article, the Scrum method is presented first, then a description of work on the project is given and finally the results of the survey are described.
Keywords: agile methods, Scrum, software development, computer engineering education, university industry cooperation
Published in DKUM: 22.01.2018; Views: 919; Downloads: 370
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Teaching information system technology in partnership with IT companies
Viljan Mahnič, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: We describe an example of partnership between a university and some major IT companies - IBM and Microsoft - to teach a course on information systems technology. The course is taught in the fifth (final) year of the university undergraduate program when students have already mastered the basic theoretical knowledge of information system development. For this reason, the course content was restructured to pay more attention to practical experience and the learning opportunities available within the environment of professional industry. During the course, students get acquainted with IBM and Microsoft products and the tools that support the development of online information systems. Special attention is devoted to group project work, which is not just intended for the improvement of technical skills, but also for the aqusition of transferrable skills such as teamwork, management/leadership, planning and organizing, presentation and documentation, searching for information, etc. We describe our experience from teaching the course in the academic years 2005/06 and 2006/07. A description of the course content is given and the results of a survey among the students are presented. Students responded favourably to the new approach and found the course very useful and interesting.
Keywords: computer engineering education, university-industry co-operation, group project work, information systems technology
Published in DKUM: 22.01.2018; Views: 838; Downloads: 354
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Predictors of users' satisfaction with E-payment system : a case study of staff at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Adeyinka Tella, Abdulmumin Isah, 2015, original scientific article

Abstract: Background and Purpose: Many organisations are using the e-payment system; however, its effectiveness has not been determined particularly in the Nigeria context. The University of Ilorin as educational organisation started using e-payment system in 2010 and up till now there has been limited or no study conducted to examine whether or not workers are satisfied with the new payment system together with other related ones they are familiar with. It is in the light of this that this study examined users’ satisfaction with the e-payment system at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Design/Methodology/Approach: A sample of 260 academic and non-academic staff was taken from six out 12 faculties that made up the university. Using a survey research approach data was collected with a modified questionnaire. Five research questions were developed to guide the study. Results: The results revealed that, respondents (93.5%) were adequately satisfied, satisfied and moderately satisfied, while, only (6.5%) of the respondents were less satisfied and dissatisfied. Perceived speed was identified as the characteristics users mostly satisfied with, followed by system security, traceability, and convenience. Moreover, there is significant correlation among the entire e-payment characteristics/factors (perceived speed, security, anonymity, traceability, perceived ease of payment, and convenience); and that all the six factors jointly predict users’ satisfaction with the e-payment system. In order of magnitude of the prediction/contribution to e-payment, users’ satisfaction, perceived speed made the most significant prediction/contribution. Conclusion: Based on the findings, the study concluded a considerable percentage of the respondents (93.5%) are satisfied with the e-payment system at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. In lieu of this therefore, there is need to improve the e-payment system so that all and sundry could be satisfied.
Keywords: users' satisfaction, e-commerce, electronic payment system (EPS), salary, University of Ilorin
Published in DKUM: 10.01.2018; Views: 28970; Downloads: 169
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Changes in responsibilities and tasks of universities in regional innovation ecosystems
Zoltán Birkner, Tivadar Máhr, Nora Berkes Rodek, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: Innovation process research is changing. In addition to the former territorial approach (examining countries or regions), the description of innovation cooperation in local areas is becoming more and more accepted. Instead of the innovation ability of the traditional large enterprises, research has begun to study the role of small and medium-sized enterprises, non-governmental organizations, local governments, and educational institutions (especially universities), which foreshadows the development of a new innovation system. In 2015, we conducted a study focusing on the civil and corporate relations of a major university. We tried to determine the new directions based on the economic and social cooperation as well as to search for the practical implementation of the theoretical helixes in these interactions. We came to the conclusion that universities not only are determinative according to the triple helix model but also have a prominent role in the creation of new innovation ecosystems, particularly in a well-defined geographical area.
Keywords: helix models, innovation, social innovation, university relations
Published in DKUM: 13.11.2017; Views: 795; Downloads: 340
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The Bologna reform of subject teacher education in the newly founded states in the territory of the former Yugoslavia
Edvard Protner, Zdenko Medveš, Štefka Batinić, Suzana Miovska Spaseva, Igor Radeka, Vera Spasenović, Snježana Šušnjara, Vučina Zorić, Nataša Vujisić Živković, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: The article provides an overview of carrying out the principles of the Bologna reform in the education of subject teachers in the newly founded states in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Drawing upon official documents, particularly laws and by-laws, study programmes and constituent documents of individual universities, the comparative analysis of the reform processes between 2004 and 2013 is made within a relatively homogeneous area in teacher education that existed before the break-up of the former joint state. Positive effects and weak points of the reform activities are observed and detected. The analysis has shown that by implementing the Bologna process the differences in the training of subject teachers among the states and universities, and even among individual universities, increased significantly compared to the previous state of education. This is evident not only in the simultaneous implementation of different models (i. e., the duration of studies (3+2, 4+1, 5+0), but also in concurrent application of simultaneous and successive forms of acquiring teacher competences, different academic titles, and particularly in the greatest issue - different levels of education at which teachers acquire teaching competences for the same teacher profile.
Keywords: Bologna reform, university studies, teacher education, comparative studies
Published in DKUM: 07.08.2017; Views: 1108; Downloads: 371
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