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European Mind Project Results

Semknow Project consists of 9 work packages with each having their own objectives and specific deliverables produced. As follows you can read about each work package and its achievements.

(Note: certain deliverables are confidential, but please visit Semknow Documents to view deliverables that are available to download and view.) 

1.Common pedagogical approach and methodology for the PhD programme It was of paramount concern that Semknow partners work with the same tools and develop course content with a strong European focus. Deliverables:
        1.1 Mission Statement
        1.2.Student Benefit Profile
        1.3.Study Programme Structure
        1.4.Admission Criteria for Students
        1.5. Agreement on Pedagogical methods 

2. Common assessment methods and certification process
Agreements were established with Semknow partners to accept ECTS credits gained at each partner university that contribute to a Semknow student’s PhD. Paired with work package one, these efforts helped deliver the framework for the doctoral programme and its implementation. 

3. Integrated study modules that support the PhD programme
The content for individual courses were created or refurbished to allow for international teaching, i.e. instructed in English, and to deliver Semknow’s study curricula such as the study modules and their coursework content. Deliverables:

     3.1 Preparatory courses for non-semiotic students;
     3.2.General semiotic studies, 30 ECTS:
     3.3.Specialised semiotic studies, 30 ECTS;
     3.4.Programme Study Guide for students.

4. The market integration of doctoral research in semiotics
Efforts were done to stimulate the cooperation between university and professional life. Therefore, students entering the PhD programme will be required to conduct their research in close cooperation with companies and/or organizations. 

5. Piloting of the study programme and initiating market integration
Testing of Semknow’s new courses was conducted through a pilot session covering at least part of the PhD programme’s content. This enabled monitoring and evaluation of how the courses will work in practice and provided valuable information for quality control and necessary improvements to ensure high academic standards and practices.

6.Project management
Semknow benefits from quality administration and organization of its work packages as well as financial management and adherence to project cycle management principles. Dissemination and expansion of the project’s partnership and semiotics network have also been ongoing activities. For example, a Facebook page, website, poster and leaflet have been created

7. Quality control as administrative indicators of project success
Quality control is a continuous process which in turn guards the quality of the PhD programme and ensures each Semknow partner delivers materials and teaching that conforms to quality standards. In addition, collection of user feedback from the piloting of Semknow courses will be gathered and allow for quality improvements after the project ends in September 2012.

8. Promotion of semiotics as a field of studies after any master diploma
The first objective centers on advertising and marketing directly to students, showcasing semiotics as a field of studies for promising students of every field, thereby not limiting the PhD programme to students with a background in semiotics. The second objective seeks to increase the size of the partnership and promote the PhD programme to universities with an invitation to participate. Both efforts are somewhat continuous, especially in regards to increasing Semknow’s partnership.

9. Expansion of the semiotic network
The project’s long term goal is at achieving an open European area for semiotic education, which is why the expansion of Semknow’s partnership is a vital activity. We hope to find more interested universities to join the partnership and welcome any interests at adopting the PhD programme created.


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