5th International Congress of Quality Management in Systems of Education and Training (CIMQUSEF'2008)
|Event Date/Time: Apr 22, 2008||End Date/Time: Apr 24, 2008|
|Registration Date: Apr 04, 2008|
|Early Registration Date: Sep 04, 2007|
|Abstract Submission Date: Oct 26, 2007|
|Paper Submission Date: Jan 31, 2008|
The higher education plays an increasingly dominating role in a society where the knowledge is the engine of the economy. The future is with that which manages to generate new knowledge and to exploit it in new productions. The university which has always been considered as an inevitable source of knowledge is more than ever concerned. It has to modernize its working methods, to revolutionize its methods of teaching, to improve its governance and to reform its institutions of research. Diffusing knowledge is not enough for it, it must also create knowledge, which places research among the major concerns of the persons in charge for the higher education. However this one is confronted with new challenges which interest not only the questions of access, equity, funding and quality, but also those of national sovereignty and cultural diversity . We attend an uncontrolled increase in the number of students accompanied by a limited offer by Public higher education and at the same time we are witness an amplified development of the offer of the cross-border higher education which obeys the market economy. This generates a real problem of equity, teaching for the poor and teaching for the rich person, and obliges the authorities to diversify the sources of financing and to regulate the market of the higher education. What puts them in front of a dilemma to be solved: to finance the creation of universities able to diffuse, under good conditions, knowledge with a growing number of students, or to encourage the production of knowledge by subsidizing the research institutions. It is clear that the developing countries do not have the financial capacity to carry out correctly these two tasks. What to choose? To reinforce the role of teaching of the university at the point to give up its mission of research, what would raise the problem of quality. Or to finance the research programs suitably at the risk of restricting the access of the students to the universities, thus raising the problem of equity?
Beyond the financial problem, research is confronted with several problems in connection with its organization, its management, its institutionalization, its utility, its practices and its socio-economic impact. Be it financed by public or private silent partners, it must satisfy the needs for the society under the best conditions of cost and time, which raises the question of its quality.
The congress proposes to examine the question of the Quality of Research in the university. Can we apprehend the Quality of the Research in the same way as we do it for an industrial product?
Research is a complex process requiring higher mental faculties making innovation and creativity their principal working tools. Any research project is in theory single and it is always in search of original results which, if they are likely to be defined at the beginning of the activity of research, their reach therefore is not guaranteed in advance. Sometimes researchers’ founding are not those expected at the beginning and it is to the researcher to extract the maximum of scientific and technological profit from it. The way of the researcher is strewn with risks which he can manage suitably, or at least to attenuate the impact of it, if he manages to control the planning and the implementation of his research project and to assure its quality.
The congress will be interested in the various quality steps which the researcher could use to control the quality of his research projects.
It will be the occasion for the participants to try to answer the following questions:
* Is the quality control which consists in evaluating downstream the research tasks to decide on their validity, sufficient to establish the quality in the field of research?
* Shouldn't we think to act upstream by setting up procedures of good practices to anticipate the problems and to solve them before they occur?
* Doesn't this way of making allow to control the processes of research, to ensure the traceability of the methods used and to improve the practices by determining the critical points and the anomalies and by setting up preventive actions?
* Isn't it, by its procedural aspect, too constraining for the researcher and risk to undermine its creative spirit?
* Shouldn't we give whole freedom to the researcher to lead his project its own way on condition of respecting terms of reference recognized by the community of research like guarantors of quality?
* In this case how can the quality of the research product be evaluated? by comparing to the respect of these terms of reference, or by the satisfaction degree of its customers? and how can we define what a “customer of research product” is? Do we mean results of research user, the sleeping partner, society or Humanity?
* And what about quality when the scientific or technological value of research is not the one expected at the start?
* Shouldn't the research institution establish its quality policy setting objectives and orientations of the research?
* Shouldn't it draw up its reference of activities and competences determining at the same time the corpus of the actions, the procedures and the methods of research used and necessary skills in the researchers and any other personnel of the institution?
* Which tools and methods to use for the management of research project?
* How to control the risks related to a research project?
* How to define, set up and to exploit the indicators of quality of research?
* How to evaluate the quality of the research products and to exploit the results of this evaluation to improve processes of the research institutions?
* How to implement internal and external audits of the research organizations?
* How to manage nonconformities, anomalies, noted complaints, and exemptions?
* How to define a system of organization and management of documentation?
* How to evaluate the budgets necessary to the implementation and the follow-up of the quality system?
* Are the professors of university who have the title of teacher-researchers really researchers?
* Do they have the possibility of being it? In which field they do have the possibility of being it? which are the fields which it would be necessary to privilege according to the resources available?
* Which methodological training to organize so that the researchers can undertake a research which is recognized by the international scientific community?
* Which policy of scientific publication to organize so that the researchers of the South, undertaking a search for quality, can have access to the publications recognized at the international level?
* Which stimulations the State has to be able to implement so that the "teacher-researchers" are encouraged to make a research of internationally recognized quality?
* Which international agreements is it necessary to promote to develop a Research for great quality?
The abstracts (1000 to 1500 words) reporting an experiment or presenting a research work are to be sent before the 26 October 2007.
The proposals for abstracts in format pdf (and a copy in Word format) are to be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org (with a copy to: email@example.com)
They will contain the following information:
Name and first name of (of) the author.
Title, function, institution of (of) the author
Co-ordinates (addresses, Tel., e-mail) (of) author.