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Fengming Wang

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The industry characteristic universities are an important component in the field of higher education, which are also the main form for talent cultivation facing the industries and businesses, thereby playing an important role in accelerating the economic and technological development of various countries. Taking the industry characteristic universities as the example, combining the era development tendency, and systematically analyzing and proposing the new thoughts of school-running theory, orientation and talent cultivation of industry universities under the background of education globalization are conducive to giving play to the discipline advantages of industry characteristic universities, accelerating the scientific and technological innovation, and improving the quality of talent cultivation.

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Gabriel Dima

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EU-USR project (http://www.eu-usr.eu) was conceived as a response to the policy priority of the European Commission about the need for a common social responsibility strategy for all European universities. In this context, the EU-USR project creates a European model to enhance social responsibility of universities in a long-term perspective. To this end, the project uses a bottom-up approach by collecting examples of good practice from across Europe and using these to help inform the development, piloting and validation of a set of completely new benchmark standards. These standards are providing a Common Reference Framework for University Social Responsibility across the European Higher Education Area that is consistent with USR being a Core Competence of European universities by covering the following four areas: Research, Teaching, Support for Learning and Public Engagement.

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Uwe Lämmel

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Teaching programming to newbies is still an ongoing challenge. Strongly worded, either students can program when they enter the university or they never learn it. The challenge is to address as many students as possible in such a way that they get an understanding of programming and become able to complete the course successfully. In contrary to traditional structured programming the Objects-First approach starts with classes and objects and introduces data types and programming statements whenever they are necessary to define the structure or behaviour of objects. The author has used the Objects-First approach for more than ten years. Almost the same content has been used all over the years but the way of teaching has changed. For the last two years the author has used elements of just-in-time teaching. The paper reviews the different teaching approaches based on the exams results. The author argues that teaching style has a minor influence. The social atmosphere among the students is a more crucial factor.

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Delia Tănase

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The present article highlights important aspects that need to be considered in the design of the academic linguistic training oriented to develop students’ technical documentation-related writing skills viewed as critical career-boosting skills that influence and condition employees’ promotion and graduates’ hiring chances. Technical documentation is an umbrella term covering different types of technical documents (e.g. technical reports, manufacturing standards, installation guides, quick references cards, troubleshooting guides, release notes, etc.) which, irrespective of usage or function, observe general characteristics and share essential features whose effective recognition and knowledgeability facilitate students’ upward career trajectory. The topic is discussed from the perspective of two teaching priorities - awareness of stylistic features characteristic of technical documentation and awareness of performance standards in terms of technical documentation production - within the ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and BELF (English as Business Lingua Franca) frameworks that prioritize the performative and lingua franca dimensions of the English language use in the currently-emerging globalized workplaces.

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Anca Şipoș and Mariana Liliana Păcală

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Students usually have difficulties to understand abstract concepts of process control. Implementing in teaching process the inquiry-based learning helps students to follow methods and practices similar to those of professional scientists in order to construct knowledge. The paper describes the steps reached in simulation-based learning: from experimental data obtained by the students in their practical method (study and measurement of variables to some fermentation processes) to the simulated the behaviour of the process under a feedback control system. By providing opportunities for students to check their understanding and reflect on their learning process performance is enhanced over a traditional lecture course.

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Sergiu Stefan Nicolaescu and Claudiu Vasile Kifor

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Quality techniques and Design for Six Sigma methodology are complex areas that need to be understood through correlation of theoretical and practical teaching. Universities started to apply different approaches for achieving better results, on building greater knowledge and skills for their students. The paper presents a methodology of teaching quality techniques and DFSS methodology, an approach that is focused on understanding the concepts through technical examples from industry and applying the knowledge within a project. A model is proposed for teaching Design for Six Sigma methodology through a workshop done in the classroom. The students are split into groups and will practically work through the main elements of DFSS methodology, for improving the quality of a chosen product by re-designing it. The objective of research is to analyze the performance of this methodology and to identify the strong points. The measurement is done through feedbacks received from students, that is presented at the end of the paper. The methodologies used during research consist of bibliographic research, observational study on classroom, questionnaire and interview technique.

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Hortensia Gorski, Mircea Fuciu and Luigi Dumitrescu

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The current changes and challenges of the economic and financial environments have created a need for further development in the way higher education, organizations and management systems view the sustainable development and business education. The purpose of this paper is to examine different aspects and approaches regarding sustainability, sustainable development, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the context of business education. The research is based on a literature review, on the experience gained as a result of our participation in various projects and international activities regarding the above-mentioned concepts, and on the results of several qualitative and quantitative marketing researches developed by the authors. Based on these findings we are underlining the fact that the concepts related to CSR and its components are not well known by managers of companies and public institutions and we also point out the fact that the respondents that have knowledge and skills in this field, have acquired most of them outside the formal education system. Furthermore, the paper contributes to the discussion needed to take place in order to understand that universities should make important steps not only for reorienting curriculum, developing programs, and modules, but also in implementing innovative teaching methods in order to integrate such topics in their educational programs.

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Elena Fleacă

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The advent of digital era and the growing competition require higher education providers to equip graduates with the right mix of skills needed for competing in a technology rich environment, delivering value-added to the market and to the economy at large. The responsible education has a pivotal role in addressing current business issues related to professional business conduct, citizenship and equity values, social and civic skills, and sustainable development concerns. The paper aims to investigate the implications of social responsibility concept in the education area and to examine the learning needs of business engineering students with respect to business, environment, and social concerns deeply embedded in the social responsibility framework. The results enable ranking the attitudes and perceptions, knowledge and skills of business engineering students and bring to light their straightforward expectations with respect to better promoting social responsibility strategies and practices, and the need to bring the world of work with toughest social and innovation issues in the world of education. Considering the research findings, the author paid attention to the responsibility of education to fulfill its role in society by adjusting the business engineering education towards sustainable development and by augmenting education through social responsibility teaching and learning components into the improved curriculum.

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Yanfei Cao and Yue He

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The network teaching is no longer a strange noun. However, the level of network teaching in various University is uneven now, the effects obtained from networking teaching construction of many schools are not satisfactory. For digitization of university campuses, the network construction is the foundation, the modern network teaching platforms shall be utilized to organize and manage the teaching, so as to provide better services for students and teachers.

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Iulia C. Muresan, Gabriela O. Chiciudean, Felix H. Arion, Andra Poruțiu and Rezhen Harun

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During the last years many scholars analyzed the development of entrepreneurial education and the factors that affect the entrepreneurial decisions. This paper analysis the entrepreneurial motivation of the students from three engineering undergraduate programs from University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine from Cluj-Napoca. The research method was the survey based on questionnaire. A total number of 208 questionnaires were validated for future investigation. The results reveal that the majority of the students would like to start their own business when they will graduate. The main reasons mentioned were self-assertion, financial independence.