to the Letter of Agreement between University of Jyväskylä and Kharkov State Technical University of Radioelectronics

Cooperation regarding Masterís Programmes in the field of Information Technology

This is an Appendix to the Letter of Agreement between University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and Kharkov State Technical University of Radioelectronics, Ukraine. This Appendix is made and entered into by the Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Jyväskylä (hereinafter ĎIT-UJí) and the Department of Artificial Intelligence at Kharkov State Technical University of Radioelectronics (hereinafter ĎKhtureí) for the purpose of instituting the cooperation regarding the Masterís programmes in the field of information technology. The parties to this Appendix agree that it is to their mutual benefit and interest to expand and intensify the existing cooperation between the two institutions.

The parties have agreed upon the following:

1. The Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Jyväskylä agrees to accept up to 20 students from KhTURE yearly to participate in the Masterís programmes of the Faculty. The incoming students from KhTURE shall study at the University of Jyväskylä for two semesters completing the studies leading to Master of Science -degree and writing their Masterís Thesis. Incoming students who have successfully completed the required studies will be awarded the appropriate degree certificate.

2. The Liaison Officer in KhTURE will nominate candidates for the M.Sc. -programme arranged by IT-UJ. The nominated candidates are expected to have

- good academic performance in their prior studies

- eight to ten semesters of studies in KhTURE in the appropriate field

- evidence on good command of English (TOEFL test is recommended; the requested minimum score is 550 in paper-based and 213 in computer-based test).

KhTURE will submit the selected applications to IT-UJ in electronic form by the end of May.

3. IT-UJ will make the final decision on the admission of KhTURE-students and will admit students to participate in the Masterís programme. Admission is based on the pre-selection performed by KhTURE, on the application documents of the candidates and - whenever possible - on interviews by a representative of IT-UJ. The admitted students will, as a rule, start their studies by participating in the Jyväskylä Summer School in August and will then study in the Faculty of Information Technology in the M.Sc. -programme for one academic year. The study programme will include courses, seminars, writing of the Masterís Thesis and a practical training period.

4. Both institutions shall designate a liaison officer to coordinate the specific activities agreed upon.

5. During the spring term preceding the study abroad period KhTURE will arrange a preparatory teaching programme for the candidates. The preparatory programme will include information technology -courses in English, designed in accordance with the requirements of M.Sc. -curriculum at the University of Jyväskylä, and English language preparation. The aim of this programme is to guarantee the best possible concordance between the curricula of the two institutions and to prepare students for the requirements of the M.Sc. -programme in Jyväskylä.

6. To facilitate credit transfer between the two institutions, the teaching curriculum in KhTURE in the field of artificial intelligence and information technology - including the contents of the preparatory programme organised for the candidates - should be agreed upon between the two parties, after which the principles of the credit transfer and mutual recognition of studies should be specified in an official document validated by both parties. In the case of major changes in the curriculum, the document should be updated.

7. IT-UJ will endeavour to find financial support to KhTURE to cover the agreed expenses of the preparatory programme organised for the M.Sc. -candidates. The amount of this support will be agreed upon by the two parties on a case by case basis yearly in autumn.

8. KhTURE will provide the basic computer facilities, access to the internet and distance education facilities for the M.Sc. Ėcandidates. Furthermore, KhTURE will assist the students selected to the M.Sc. -programme with practical arrangements for the study abroad period, such as application for visa/residence permit and other required permits, medical insurance and travel arrangements.

9. IT-UJ will send the letters of admission for the selected M.Sc. students to KhTURE and to the Finnish Embassy in Ukraine and provide the students with relevant information. Admitted M.Sc. students shall have the rights and responsibilities at the host institution that the institution establishes for its own full-time students.

10. If needed, members of staff from KhTURE can be invited to IT-UJ as visiting lecturers for the purpose of providing additional supervision for the Ukrainian students. These cases shall be mutually agreed upon between the parties to this Appendix. The Liaison Officer of KhTURE will nominate the staff members for such visits and negotiate the timetable and arrangements for the visits with IT-UJ.

11. IT-UJ will endeavour to find scholarships and training placements for KhTURE students.

12. With the scholarship the KhTURE students are expected to pay for their personal living expenses, including local transportation, meals, accommodation, clothing, books and social activities.

The students must cover themselves any expenses not covered by the home or host institution. Students will be responsible for

- transportation to and from the host institution

- medical insurance (recommended to be acquired in the home country)

- obtaining and paying for the necessary visas and permits

- miscellaneous local charges

- all debts incurred during the exchange period

IT-UJ will reserve accommodation for the incoming M.Sc. students in student dormitories.

13. Both parties will endeavour to strengthen the cooperation with local companies in the related fields.

14. The parties shall conclude yearly more detailed supplements about the following matters:

15. This Appendix will come into effect with the appropriate signatures of each institution and will remain in force for a period of three years. The Appendix may be terminated by either party giving six months written notice to the other party. Amendments to the Appendix can be made by mutual written consent of the two parties.

For the Faculty of Information Technology
at the University of Jyväskylä
Professor Kalle Lyytinen

Leena Kirkkomäki
Faculty Secretary

For the Department of Artificial Intelligence
at Kharkov State Technical University of Radioelectronics
Professor Vagan Terziyan
Head of the Department