A variety of learning methods and activities are used to cater for different kinds of learners. Therefore, research workshops, seminars, project-based work, activity-based learning (‘learning by doing’) and collaborative learning, as well as lectures, are employed.
Emphasis is placed on active, interactive, collaborative and concept-based learning. Lectures are complemented by research activities and/or practical application of the material learnt. Opportunities are to be deliberately provided to exchange ideas with other members of the group, towards clarification and application. These learning strategies are to break the familiar pattern based solely on lectures and readings.
It is envisaged that, by having differing membership of discussion groups during the different parts of the course, students benefit from the insights and contributions of others in addressing the relevant issues.
Assessment methods in each module are varied and frequent so that all students have the opportunity to show their strengths and receive timely feedback from the teacher.
Students’ views are taken very seriously on the courses, and there are formal and informal ways of listening to and exchanging their views and concerns.
Feedback from students into the course is gained in two ways. Firstly, student evaluations of each module are routinely undertaken at the end of each module. This is through a link that Students can find on their MyUSJ Platform where they can send feedback regarding the module and the instructor. Secondly, students are asked to write course evaluations of the whole program for the purpose of monitoring and improving the programs that we offer.
Student representatives from each major are elected/invited to participate in the Pedagogical Council. The functions of the Pedagogical Council are:
1. To improve the quality of teaching, mainly through collecting and reviewing suggestions on the style of teaching and learning and the applicability of the course.
2. To submit proposal in regard to purchasing teaching materials/equipment, books or audiovisual.
3. To provide assistance on organising study plan in order to prevent any loophole or overlapping.
4. To provide suggestion regarding the schedule of class and the arrangement of examination.
5. To draft the internal regulations and submit it to the rector for examination and approval.
According to Article 36 of USJ statutes, students are entitled to the following privileges:
1. Attend the classes, participate in the seminars and submit assignments;
2. Obtain from USJ a human, scientific and technical preparation of quality;
3. Obtain from the faculty members a high-level education and to have their knowledge assessed properly;
4. Exercise the right of representation within the scope of these statutes;
5. Make petitions and complaints to the USJ bodies and its academic units;
6. Appeal to the competent hierarchic superior, or the bodies with powers of supervision;
7. Use the university libraries and the other work instruments;
8. Be entitled to the privileges and funding in accordance with these statutes;
9. Promote activities linked to special interest of university life.
According to Article 37 of USJ statues:
1. Students’ duties include:
A. Students’ duties include:
B. Respect USJ’s founding principles;
C. Try to profit from the teaching provided;
D. Comply with the university regulations, especially those concerning attending classes, performing academic
duties and paying the fees and tuition fees to USJ;
E. Comply with the imposed disciplines, especially refraining from the practice of acts that could disturb the order,
be offensive of the good morals, or show disrespect for the university bodies, the faculty members, the
researchers, the technicians and other USJ personnel;
F. Contribute to maintaining the prestige and the reputation of USJ;
G. Participate in USJ’s ceremonies;
H. Care for USJ’s property;
I. Cooperate with University bodies to achieve USJ’s objectives;
J. Attend the meeting of the collective decision-making body, in which they are members;
K. Inform the Academic Records Office their addresses and comply with the other obligations derived from this
statues and USJ’s internal regulations.
2. Except for the cases provided in the items c) and d) of Paragraph 1 in Article 31 and the possibility of adopting special systems, the teaching provided in USJ is in attendance system.