SICT adequately supports faculty professional development by allowing and funding faculty participation in activities such as seminars, workshops, continuous education courses, abroad professional trainings and exhibitions.
The planning process for budget allocation considers the typical faculty attendance to those faculty professional development activities. The budget of the academic departments has an account for the professional development of the faculty. The funds are used to cover costs for attending seminars, workshops, continuous education courses, trainings, or any other professional development activity, as requested by the faculty members and after being approved by the department head, the institutional administration. For example, expenditures of 100.0 M Tugrug in 2014 year, 105.9 M Tugrug in 2015 year and 100.0 M Tugrug in 2016 year are projected in the budgets to finance the faculty professional development activities and performance of these expenditures are 72.1 M Tugrug in 2014 year, 87.4 M Tugrug in 2015 year and 98.9.0 M Tugrug in 2016 year, respectively.
During last three academic years, 154 faculties participated in the short and long term training courses organized in Italia, French, Korea, Japan, Russia, China and India, more than 50 faculties participated in the research conference and seminars held in abroad and more than 10 faculties participated in the 9 months training course regarding satellite communications technology, which organized in India. Furthermore, 168 faculties participated in the trainings, research conference and seminars held in Mongolia.
Faculty professional development situation is shown in the Table 8.5 as in last three academic years.
Table 8.7. Number of faculty who participated in professional development activities
In order to support the faculty professional development, the reasonable workload standard is adhered in the MUST. According to this standard, the faculty’s work load percentage in one academic year is as follows:
|No ||Development activities |
|2012-2013 ||2013-2014 ||2014-2015 ||2015-2016 |
|1 ||Doctoral training ||1 ||9 ||6 ||5 |
|2 ||Defense for doctoral degree ||3 ||4 ||2 ||- |
|3 ||Professional development training in local ||66 ||37 ||31 ||40 |
|4 ||Professional development training in abroad ||24 ||35 ||29 ||5 |
|5 ||Training to get teaching right ||2 ||3 ||5 ||- |
|6 ||Short term training ||66 ||37 ||31 ||32 |
|7 ||Study in international university ||1 ||1 ||2 ||2 |
|N ||Title of faculty ||Teaching hour ||Research and Innovation ||Service |
|1 ||Department head ||40% ||30% ||30% |
|2 ||Professor ||50% ||30% ||20% |
|3 ||Associate professor ||60% ||30% ||10% |
|4 ||Senior faculty ||70% ||20% ||10% |
|5 ||Faculty ||80% ||10% ||10% |
Any faculty receive at least 10% time for the professional development of their research careers. In order to maintain research and teaching expertise, faculty members must continuously update their knowledge of engineering concepts and applications. The institution and department especially encourages the faculty to address major research issues that are important to the region and the country as a whole.
In order to meet with the rapid growth of the Information and Communication Technology, the SICT pays attention exclusively to enhance the professional development of faculty members.
The professional development activity carried out in following two field.
- To enhance the teaching competence of faculty members
- To develop the professional competence of faculty members
To enhance the teaching capability of faculty members: Since new faculty members has little or no prior teaching experience or who are graduated from a university by the engineering and technology program, the special courses on teaching methodologies are offered by the Faculty Development Center of MUST and the Higher Education Study Center to the new faculty members and then, the teaching certificate is issued.
In addition, with respect to the introduction of CDIO initiative of international engineering education in MUST from 2014, the serial training courses about new standards and methodologies related to the higher education. For instance, under collaborating activity between TEMASEK foundations of Singapore, Poly-technical School of Singapore and Education and Cultural Science Ministry of Mongolia, 5 serial trainings offered for above 160 faculties of MUST, MNU and MULS. 5 faculties of our department is participated in this trainings, and enhanced their knowledge and teaching abilities. These 5 faculty members are organized the more than 10 trainings about the outcome based education and CDIO methodology among our departments and school faculties. Moreover, our faculty members actively working regarding to write the research paper and discuss in conference of education for the distributing the new experience to introducing in learning activity and learning each other.
To develop the professional capability of faculty members: In order to gain research experiences and promote to the higher ranks, faculty members with MSc degree in department are studying for doctor degree in MUST and foreign university, and conducting research works. As of 2017 year, 8 and 2 faculty members of our department admitted in doctoral study in MUST and Japan, respectively, while 4 faculty members were defended their doctoral degree in Korea.
Faculty of WCET program is co-working on cooperative projects “Development of Mobile IPTV” and “A study on radio resource management and sensing network topology for railway sensing network” with Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI), Korea and the results of research work is published on IEEE journal and scientific indexed journal. It is increasingly contributing to professional development of faculty.
Faculties have participated in international projects and training courses for developing their professional practices and experiences. For instance, ten (10) faculty members participated 9 months post graduate courses in “Satellite communication” and “Navigation and Satellite Positioning System” in SAC, ISRO of India.
Figure 1. CDIO works for faculty development activities