1. Mission: The mission of the Department of Civil Engineering at Epoka University is the education of the student to their fullness potential and service to the public through professional activities. Through our programs in bachelor, master and doctoral studies we lead our students to become professional engineers and leaders in the civil engineering field. On the other hand, our department gives importance on research in national and international level as an important mean to contribute to humanity and particularly to Albania.
2. Context: We aim to:
- educate the next generation of engineering leaders to formulate and solve complex problems of importance to society, to collaborate as productive team members, to engage in life-long learning, and to act professionally and ethically;
- extend engineering knowledge across the breadth of the discipline and beyond through creative, innovative research ranging from the fundamental to the applied;
- facilitate the understanding and use of new ideas, technologies, and practices for the betterment of society through service and leadership in local, state, national, and international communities.
In summary, we expect our graduates to be fully prepared for life-long learning experiences that will strengthen their abilities to successfully and effectively solve the complex civil engineering problems facing society.
3. Vision: Where the Department wants to be by 2022?
The Department of Civil Engineering aims to advance the state of knowledge and practice in civil engineering and to become a leader in education of civil engineering students so they become competent, dynamic and ethical engineers of the future.
4. Sources: Human, financial and infrastructure instruments for the achievement of the strategy.
To reach our goals, we need to employ new staff in two of the Civil engineering sub-disciplines, such as: Geotechnical Engineering and Traffic and Transportation Engineering. Also the staff should be enriched with new research assistants and technical personnel for the Civil Engineering Laboratory. The civil engineering laboratory time by time should update the infrastructure. The department should have a yearly budget in order to increase the quality and number of the scientific and professional activities that the staff of the department will organize or participate. We aim the increasing of collaboration with other Departments of Civil Engineering and prestigious companies in the field.
5. Achievements from the last period (Since the establishment of Epoka)
Since its establishment the Department of Civil Engineering has shown to be very successful in providing qualitative education in all study cycles. More than 25% of our undergraduate students are following their Master or PhD studies abroad in distinguished universities in Europe and USA. On the other hand, our staff together with the MSc or PhD students has published more than 127 papers in internationally recognized journals and many publications are being published in international journals with impact factor. Additionally, the department has successfully organized three International Conferences during years 2011; 2013 and 2015, one International PhD Student Conference in 2012 and a number of workshops and seminars.
II. Priority Areas – Themes
Theme 1: Provide a high quality environment for teaching and learning.
Our Department is focused to offer qualitative teaching environment with its professional human resources and offering services from its modern infrastructure. We are working to maintain close relationship with national, regional and industrial entities which will offer to our students, possibilities for internships in order to improve their professional skills.
Goal 1.1. Goals that relate to training of academic staff (didactic and research).
Increasing by 20% the number of participation of the faculty in national and international activities such as congress, seminars, etc.
Goal 1.2. Goals that relate to promotion and incentives to increase staff retention.
To have faculty with diverse backgrounds covering all the areas of study supported by adequate assistant staff.
Goal 1.3. Goals that relate to social activities and policies for the integration of the new staff.
Increase the number of activities of the Department together with related students clubs inside and outside our University.
Goal 1.4. Goals that relate to research plans and objectives.
Enhance communication/relation, organizing common activities with other organizations, companies, colleagues, outside our department and institution.
Measures in order to reach mentions goals under Theme 1.
Measure 1.1. Measures to reach Goal 1.1.
Promoting members who participate in national and international projects and teaching activities
Measure 1.2. Increase the Department size by recruiting highly qualified, motivated and diverse academic, assistant and administrative staff.
Measure 1.3. Organization workshops, site trips to promote collaboration between staff members
Measure 1.4. Promote the research of the staff members and support the research opportunities across all disciplines.
Theme 2: Recruit, educate and graduate a high-quality and diverse undergraduate student body.
The number of undergraduate students has a positive trend, growing each year slowly but constantly with the focus of recruiting student with higher grates. Our department is well recognized in engineering education, and in creation of professional knowledge. All the students finishing the three year of bachelor program are employed thanks to the reputation of Epoka University and the Department of Civil Engineering. We will be focused on creating additional opportunities for students on expanding informative sessions, and different social and didactical activities.
To increase the number of enrolled undergraduate student by 30% with above-average quality metrics in the college.
Measure 2.1. Measures to reach Goal 2.1.
Communicating and promoting the fact that students will find an enriching academic experience through internships, interaction with practicing engineers, service learning, and study abroad programs.
Theme 3: Recruit, educate and graduate a high-quality and diverse master student body.
During the years, those students finishing the CE bachelor program with high grades, generally, continue their master studies abroad, such as in Germany, France, Italy, etc. Almost, other students remaining in the country are enrolled in master programs of our Department. In the last years we have had students from other Universities in the country enrolled in master programs. With a variety of profiles (four) in Master of Science and Professional Master Study programs, we aim to provide a wide range of learning opportunities. Also, it can be helpful to work with faculty to ensure that program offerings match emerging student demand.
Specific goals for the Theme 3
Increase our competitiveness for domestic graduate students.
Measure 3.1. Measures to reach Goal 3.1.
Building relationships and communication early to engage prospective students and move them toward applying and enrolling.
Theme 4: Recruit, educate and graduate a high-quality and diverse PhD student body.
Along the eight years of its existence, the Department has graduated one PhD Student, two more students are in process of completion of dissertation, and other two students are recently enrolled. The assistantship is related with the diverse profiles of the staff availability. Our PhD students are expected to achieve a standard of excellence in civil engineering by advancing the knowledge and offering solutions, applied or basic for today challenges.
To ensure a wide range of assistantship within our department.
Measure 4.1. Measures to reach Goal 4.1.
Hiring faculty with diverse backgrounds, maintain and enrich the contacts and communication with other our colleagues.
Theme 5: Provide a high quality environment for research.
The Civil Engineering department aspires to lead in education and research as well, serving society in harmony with our natural resources.
Goal 5.1. Goals that relate to research in the department by academic staff members.
To develop research that impact the national needs.
Measure 5.1. Measures to reach Goal 5.1.
Partnerships with state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the civil engineering industry, continuing to network and maintain professional connections with colleagues at other universities.