BYLAWS OF THE PROFESSIONAL MASTER’S PROGRAM IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FOR INNOVATION (PROFNIT) – FOCAL POINT: UNIVERSIDADEFEDERAL DE SANTA CATARINA – FLORIANÓPOLIS
Art. 1 The Professional Master’s Program in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for Innovation (PROFNIT) at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) – Florianópolis Focal Point is organized within a National Network Program.
NATURE AND OBJECTIVES
Art. 2 These Bylaws govern the organization and operation of the PROFNIT National Network Professional Master’s Degree Program.
Sole Paragraph: PROFNIT offers a Professional Master’s Degree Program destined to the training of multiplying agents and researchers in the area of Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Technological Innovation, in a way that is relevant and articulated with the work of Technological Innovation Centers in organizations.
Art. 3 PROFNIT is a nationally-offered, on-campus Master’s degree-awarding program coordinated by the National Forum of Innovation and Technology Transfer Managers (FORTEC) Association and composed of Focal Points and Associated Institutions.
3.1 Focal Point is a Higher Education Institution (HEI) responsible for the students’ academic activities and for the issuance of the Master’s diploma.
3.2 Headquarters Institution is the HEI chosen from among the Focal Points to house the National Academic Committee and the Management Council.
3.3 Associated Institution is a collaborating institution that integrates the PROFNIT National Network and works together with a Focal Point, providing permanent or collaborating faculty members and infrastructure for the program.
3.4 The continuity of each Associated Institution in the PROFNIT network is subject to an annual evaluation by the Management Council, based on the following main parameters: effective execution of the national PROFNIT educational project, in line with the objectives of the program; technical and scientific improvement of its graduates; quality of the scientific and technological production of its faculty; and adequacy of its physical and material infrastructure.
Art. 4 The general objectives of PROFNIT are:
I – To train qualified personnel to carry out research, technological outreach and higher education teaching, which are considered inseparable in the field of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for Technological Innovation, in order to meet the responsibilities of the Technological Innovation Centers and other innovation-promoting environments.
II – To encourage research in the area of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for Technological Innovation, from an interdisciplinary perspective, in order to exercise the competences of the Technological Innovation Centers and innovation promoters.
III – To produce, disseminate and apply knowledge related to Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for Technological Innovation aiming at local, regional and national development.
Art. 5 The PROFNIT professional master’s program is organized as an integrated set of courses and activities, aiming to develop and deepen the training acquired by the student, preparing them for research, innovation management and technological outreach in a specific field of knowledge.
Single paragraph. The main features of the program are:
I – on-campus program;
II – annual admission;
III – credit system;
IV – curriculum structure composed of required and elective courses, interdisciplinary activities, seminars and other activities such as individualized studies, paper presentations, publications and supervised research;
V – enrollment by courses or supervised academic activities;
VI –academic achievement evaluation and final paper requirement;
VII – foreign language requirement (reading comprehension of scientific and technical texts recommended by the program), to be proven by the end of the first academic year.
Art. 6 PROFNIT’s technical and administrative activities are linked to the Department of Accounting Sciences, School of Socioeconomic Sciences, Florianópolis campus.
Art. 7 PROFNIT’s educational coordination is assigned to the following bodies:
I – National Academic Committee;
II – Institutional Academic Commission – CAI.
Art. 8 The National Academic Committee is an executive committee subordinated to the Management Council and composed of the following members:
- a) National Academic Coordinator;
- b) Chairs of the National Technical Coordinations;
- c) Two faculty representatives, elected by the Institutional Academic Coordinators for a two-year term (reelection permitted);
- d) CAI Coordinator at the Headquarters Institution;
- e) A student representative, elected at a National Meeting for a one-year term (reelection not permitted);
- f) FORTEC representative, appointed by the FORTEC Directory.
8.1 The National Academic Committee is chaired by the National Academic Coordinator, who has the casting vote.
8.2 The Management Council is a deliberative committee, subordinated to the FORTEC Directory.
Art. 9 The responsibilities of the National Academic Committee are to:
- a) organize the National Meetings of Coordinators;
- b) organize the formal processes of student admission;
- c) oversee the proper execution of teaching and research activities within the PROFNIT;
- d) elaborate and update the Academic Rules, the Curriculum Matrix, the Course Catalog and the respective course descriptions;
- e) coordinate the elaboration and application of the PROFNIT National Admission Exams and required course evaluations;
- f) coordinate the elaboration of the national educational material and the creation and use of computer tools for distance education and communication, as reference contents;
- g) elaborate the annual calendar and the course programs, respecting the specificities of each Focal Point;
- h) accredit and dismiss the PROFNIT faculty members in the Associated Institutions, upon proposal of the corresponding Institutional Academic Committee;
- i) keep all the documentation related to PROFNIT up to date, including its website;
- j) prepare and submit to the Management Council the PROFNIT Annual Activity Report;
- k) approve in the CAPES systems the information on the implementation of PROFNIT at the national level, with a view to the periodic evaluation of the program.
- l) approve in the CAPES systems the indication of scholarship students made by the CAIs;
- m) certify the fulfillment of the national requirements for the conclusion of the program, referred to in Article 26 of the National ProfNIT Bylaws.
- n) support the implementation of complementary activities, such as events, lectures and mini-courses, in the Associated Institutions;
Sole Paragraph – The National Academic Coordinator is responsible for the proper performance of all the duties of the National Academic Committee, supervising the work of the national technical coordinators.
The program’s Council and its composition
Art. 10 The program’s Council, also called the Institutional Academic Committee, is the coordinating and educational/scientific decision-making body of the PROFNIT professional master’s program, and will have the following composition:
I – all permanent faculty members accredited in the program;
II – representatives of the student body, elected by the regular students, in the proportion of a fifth of the total of faculty members in the Council, discarding the fraction;
III – Head of the department or equivalent Administrative Unit that houses the largest number of permanent faculty members accredited in the program.
Single paragraph. Student representatives are chosen by its peers for a one-year term, and may be reelected, together with their alternates.
Art. 11. The coordinator and the deputy coordinator of the program will be the Council chair and vice-chair respectively.
Art. 12. The operation of the Council will follow the provisions of the General Bylaws of the University.
Single paragraph. The participation of faculty in the council meetings through real-time audio and video interaction system is allowed and will be considered for the quorum of the meeting.
Responsibilities of the program’s Council
Art. 13 The PROFNIT council is responsible for:
I – approving the program’s Bylaws and their amendments, submitting them for further approval by the Graduate Studies Council;
II –establishing the general guidelines of the program;
III – approving changes in the curriculum of the program and submitting them for further approval by the Graduate Studies Council;
IV – electing the coordinator and the deputy coordinator of the program, observing the provisions of the Normative Resolution No. 95/CUn/2017 and the rules herein;
V – establishing the specific criteria for accreditation and reaccreditation of faculty members, in compliance with the provisions of Normative Resolution No. 95/CUn/2017, and submitting them for further approval by the Graduate Studies Council;
VI – judging the decisions of the coordinator in appeals, to be filed within ten days from the acknowledgement of the decision;
VII – expressing opinions, whenever requested, on issues of interest to the graduate school;
VIII – reviewing the annual reports on academic activities and the allocation of resources;
IX –approving the creation, extinction or alteration of concentration areas, submitting them for further approval by the Graduate Studies Council;
X – proposing the necessary measures for the integration of graduate education with undergraduate education and, when possible, with basic education;
XI – giving advice to the program’s coordinator, aiming at the proper functioning of the program;
XII – approving the regular schedule and proposing dates and events for the PROFNIT’s academic calendar according to the graduate academic calendar defined by UFSC;
XIII – establishing the number of places for admission according to faculty availability and appointing supervisors for the admitted students;
XIV – proposing the creation or redefinition of the program’s areas of concentration and lines of research or of scientific production;
XV – approving changes in the curriculum and periodically reviewing its development in the program, introducing the modifications that are necessary for its permanent updating, in accordance with the UFSC regulation on graduate programs;
XVI – approving the initial accreditation and re-accreditation of faculty members for further approval by the Graduate Studies Council;
XVII – approving the appointment of co-supervisors (who must be faculty members holding a doctoral degree) for the final paper;
XVIII – deciding on requests to terminate supervision and to change supervisor;
XIX – approving the names of faculty members and students who will compose the Scholarship Committee;
XX – examining, in appeals, the decisions of the Scholarship Committee;
XXI – approving the admission of foreign students;
XXII – approving examination committees for qualifying exams and final papers;
XXIII – approving activities carried out in other institutions in the country and abroad;
XXIV – evaluating the performance of students in teaching, research and outreach activities with the purpose of granting credits and grades for these activities.
XXV – deciding on the acceptance of credits obtained by students in other graduate programs, in compliance with the provisions of the Normative Resolution No. 5/CUn/2010;
XXVI – deciding on requests for extension of time to complete degree, in compliance with the provisions of the Normative Resolution No. 95/CUn/2017;
XXVII – deliberating on other academic matters provided for in the Normative Resolution No. 95/CUn/2017 and in these Rules;
XXVIII – deliberating on student transfer and dismissal processes;
XXIX – designating commissions for specific studies;
XXX – establishing criteria for the allocation of scholarships awarded by the program, observing the rules of the funding agencies;
XXXI – examining requests for grade review;
XXII – proposing agreements of interest to the activities of the program, which will follow the institution’s procedures;
XXIII – ensuring compliance with the Normative Resolution No. 95/CUn/2017 and these Bylaws.
XXIV – organizing and inserting in the CAPES systems the information regarding the implementation of PROFNIT at UFSC within the established deadlines, under penalty of sanctions defined by the National Academic Committee or the Management Council.
Art. 14 The Council shall be convened by the chair or at the request of at least 1/3 (one third) of its members, mentioning the subject that will be discussed, unless it is considered a secret, at the chair’s discretion.
- The call for the meeting must be made at least eight days in advance.
- The ordinary meetings shall be held quarterly.
- Extraordinary meetings shall be convened at any time, whenever there is urgency.
Art. 15 The Council meetings, whether ordinary or extraordinary, shall always be held with the presence of the majority of its members.
- The decisions of the Council shall be taken by a majority vote of the members present, except as otherwise provided.
- Voting shall be symbolic, roll-call or secret, with the first form being adopted whenever one of the other two is neither required nor expressly provided for.
- In addition to the common vote, in cases of tie votes, the Chair shall have the casting vote.
- In case of vacancy, the position of a full member shall be replaced by the alternate.
Art. 16 The Institutional Academic Coordination will be exercised by a coordinator and a deputy coordinator, members of the active staff of the University elected from among the permanent faculty members of the program for a two-year term of two years.
Paragraph 1. The coordinator and the deputy coordinator may only be re-elected for another two-year term.
Paragraph 2. If a vacancy occurs before the first half of the term, a new deputy coordinator will be elected, as provided in these Bylaws, following the term of the coordinator.
Paragraph 3. If a vacancy occurs after the first half of the term, the program’s Council will appoint a pro tempore deputy coordinator to complete the term.
Article 17 The coordinator shall:
I – monitor and coordinate all work related to the program;
II – work together with the program’s faculty aiming at the composition of the teaching staff and the organization of the course schedule each semester;
III – call and chair the meetings of the program’s Council, with voting rights, including casting vote;
IV – superintend the program’s administrative office;
V – sign the Statements of Commitment between the student and the assigning company for non-compulsory internship, when these are provided for in the curriculum structure of the program, pursuant to Law no. 11.788, of 25 September 2008;
VI – execute the decisions of the program’s Council;
VII – make arrangements to promote the program;
VIII – represent the program’s Council in higher bodies;
IX – call elections for the program’s Collegiate;
X – decide on students’ requests, when they involve routine administrative matters;
XI – prepare the PROFNIT schedules, following the academic calendar and submitting them for approval by the program’s Council;
XII – prepare the resource allocation plan, submitting it for approval by the program’s Council;
XIII – prepare the annual reports of academic activities and allocation of resources, submitting them for approval by the program’s Council;
XIV – submit for approval by the program’s Council the names of the faculty members who will be part of:
- a) the selection committee for admission of students to the program;
- b) the scholarship committee;
- c) the faculty accreditation and reaccreditation committee;
- d) the examination committees for qualifying exams and final papers, as suggested by the supervisors.
XV – establish, in agreement with the departments involved, the distribution of the didactic activities of the program;
XVI – make decisions ad referendum in cases of urgency and when there is no quorum to convene the program’s Council, submitting the decision to the Council within thirty days;
XVII – Monitor, execute and evaluate the activities of the program jointly with the Prorectorate for Graduate Studies;
XVIII – represent the program, internally and externally to the University, in the situations related to its competence;
XIX – delegate competence to carry out specific tasks;
XX – request the release of funds for the acquisition of materials and payment of personnel previously approved by the program’s Council;
XXI – ensure compliance with the Normative Resolution No. 95/CUn/2017 and these Bylaws.
Single paragraph. With respect to XVI, if the lack of quorum for a new meeting convened for the same purpose persists, the decision shall be deemed ratified.
Art. 18 It is the responsibility of the deputy coordinator to:
I – replace the coordinator in his absences or impediments;
II – assist the coordinator in planning and preparing the annual report;
III – monitor and coordinate the development of the teaching programs and assessments of the courses taught.
Single paragraph. In the vacancy of the position of coordinator or deputy coordinator, the current legislation of UFSC will be applied.
Art. 19 The program’s administrative office is responsible for:
I – supervising the routine services of the program and others assigned by the coordinator;
II – keeping updated the academic and personal records of students and faculty;
III – receiving and processing admission applications and enrollment requests;
IV – publishing and processing the frequency and grades obtained by the students, forwarding them to the competent bodies;
V – distributing and archiving the documents related to the academic, scientific and administrative activities of the program;
VI – keeping updated the collection of laws, decrees, ordinances, circulars, resolutions and other norms that regulate UFSC’s graduate programs;
VII – maintaining updated the equipment and material inventory of the program;
VIII – preparing documents related to the students’ academic records, signing them jointly with the program’s Coordinator;
IX – organizing the meetings of the program’s Council and the sessions destined to the public presentations of the final papers, drawing up their respective minutes;
X – ensuring the control and conservation of its equipment and materials;
XI – serving the public during office hours;
XII – sending to the faculty members and students, in a timely manner, the calls for meetings and the routine notices;
XIII – carrying out routine administrative activities and other tasks assigned by the coordinator;
XIV – keeping updated the balances of resources coming from the funding agencies, for institutional support purposes;
XV – implementing scholarships as well as keeping the records updated for the preparation of the program’s reports for the funding agencies;
XVI – preparing reports with information on the faculty and students and the general operation of the program, to be sent periodically to the funding agencies and to the higher administrative bodies responsible for research and graduate studies at UFSC.
Art. 20 The faculty of the PROFNIT National Network is composed of:
I – Members of the faculty of each of the Associated Institutions, as defined in Article 12 of the National Bylaws of PROFNIT;
II – Members of the National Academic Committee, as defined in Article 7 of the National Bylaws of PROFNIT;
III – Faculty members of non-associated institutions with adequate academic background and professional experience in aspects of Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, Technological Innovation, Technological Innovation Centers (NIT) Management or Local Innovation Systems Management, accredited by the Institutional Academic Committee and authorized by their respective Institutions.