1. ACADEMIC RULES
Regulations – Part I (ACADEMIC RULES)
Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent - B.Sc. Study Program
This Regulation is a set of rules and requirements for the admission of students to the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) programs offered by the Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent (TPU Tashkent), the organization of examination of the knowledge, the academic progress of students, the credit recognition for students applying to TPU Tashkent from other universities and the graduation.
The Bachelor program (1st cycle university degree) is characterised by both theoretical and applied studies. It provides undergraduate students with adequate knowledge of general scientific principles and mastery of methods as well as specific professional skills. The above 1st cycle university degree consists of 180 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. ECTS credits are a standard means for comparing the volume of learning based on the defined learning outcomes and their associated workload for higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries.
The Regulation is based on the European Educational Standards and Requirements of Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Italy, taking into account the Educational Standards of Uzbekistan.
The B.Sc. Degree is conferred by the TPU Tashkent under the Academic responsibility of POLITO. The Academic curriculum meets the requirements of the Italian law and is integrated with specific subjects in order to complain with local requirements set up by the Republic of Uzbekistan. In force of the agreement between the two universities, TPU and POLITO, students who will be awarded B.Sc. Degree by TPU (Uzbek diploma) will receive a corresponding B.Sc. Degree by POLITO (Italian diploma).
1.2. STRUCTURE OF STUDIES
The current structure of studies consists of a Preparatory Year (PY) followed by the classical three Years (or levels as will be labeled in the following) of the different B.Sc programmes offered at TPU Tashkent. PY serves to establish a common base of knowledge, with emphasis on foundation subjects such as mathematics, chemistry, physics and computer science. The year concludes with “basic” exams in all subjects.
1.3. ADMISSION AND TRANSFER
1.3.1. Admission test
All the Bachelor’s degree programmes offered by TPU Tashkent are based on a “locally programmed admission” scheme. They are capped to a limited number of student places and admit those students who obtain the best scores in the admission test, until the prearranged maximum number of student places is reached. The score obtained in the admission test is valid for enrolment in the next academic year only.
Students which got a very high mark in the admission test are allowed to skip the preliminary Year and are enrolled into the first level of the chosen B.Sc, provided that the language requirement discussed in the Section below is satisfied. The applicant has the right to refuse this opportunity and continue his/her studies from the preparatory year.
Admission to TPU Tashkent is arranged by the Order of the Rector, based on the decision of the Admission Committee coordinated by the Vice-Rector on Academic and Scientific Matters.
1.3.2 Language certificate
The IELTS certificate is required for enrollement in the preparatory year of the bachelor programs at TPU Tashkent.
IELTS 5.0 or higher is mandatory to progress to the first level of the bachelor programs at TPU Tashkent.
The accepted certificates for the English language and cases of exemption are listed in Annex A.
1.3.3 Enrollment of students with either uzbek or foreign diploma
Applicants with a high school uzbek or foreign diploma obtained after 11 years (or more) of education follow the procedure of Sec. 1.3.1.
Applicants who successfully completed the second year of academic lyceum under TPU Tashkent follow the procedure of Sec. 1.3.1 without the possibility to be enrolled into the first level directly. In addition, they must provide a recommendation letter on behalf of the director of the academic lyceum.
Applicants with 10 years of foreign schooling and additional incomplete secondary specialized and/or higher-level education will be evaluated by the Admission Committee, coordinated by the Vice-Rector on Academic and Scientific Matters. Based on their previous career they will have the opportunity to be enrolled in either the preliminary year or the first level of TPU bachelor programmes, provided that the requirement of the admission test is satisfied. A typical example is: candidates with an high school diploma got after 10 years of schooling + having passed ALL the exams scheduled in the first (or first two) academic year at home university are eligible to be enrolled into the preliminary year (first level);
1.3.4 Exemptions from the admission test (for foreign students only)
This Section holds for applicants from foreign countries holding certificates listed in Annex B. A score equal to or higher than a given threshold is set. According to the policy of Sec. 1.3.1, students with very high marks are possibly allowed to skip the preparatory year and enter the first level. The final decision is taken by the Admission Committee coordinated by the Vice-Rector on Academic and Scientific Matters. For Countries where admission test to university is compulsory, it is necessary to attach a certificate attesting that the exam is passed.
Transfer-in means transfer from other Universities to TPU Tashkent and must be arranged before the beginning of each Academic Year. Students must apply in written form to the Rector. The transfer will be arranged by the Order of the Rector, based on the decision of the Vice-Rector on Academic and Scientific Matters. Admission Committee of TPU Tashkent determines the level of enrollment in accordance with the progression requirements detailed below and the Official Academic Transcripts of the student.
Transfer-in students must comply with the requirements in Sec 1.3.1 and Sec. 1.3.2.
Transfer-in students from national universities are evaluated by the Admission Committee based on the certificate of achievement (transcript) provided by the applicants.
1.4. EXAMINATION AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS OF STUDENTS
Examination and evaluation of the academic progress of students are under the responsibility of Italian professors.
An Exam will consist in individual work based on the knowledge of the discipline.
It is mandatory for students to attend lectures, practical and laboratory classes of subjects in order to be admitted to the exams. A maximum of 25% of absence is allowed.
§ Winter session (first call of 1st semester, third call of 2nd semester, second call of 1st semester)
§ Summer session (first call of 2nd semester, third call of 1st semester, second call of 2nd semester)
Before the announced deadline of each session students must register for UP TO SIX (6) SUBJECTS. The list cannot be changed after deadline. Students who do not register before deadline will not be admitted to exams.
The schedule of exams will be announced at the earliest possible date, and at least one working day before the session starts.
It is mandatory for all students to arrive at the Exam venue 15 minutes before the announced exam start time, and respond immediately when their names are called out by invigilators. Students who arrive late or do not respond to the call of invigilators, may not be allowed into the exam room.
Students must have their ID-document ready to show to the invigilators during the identification process, before and after entering the Exam room.
For written examinations, the student name, ID number, the whole work (including calculations, verbal and/or oral, multiple choice answers, etc.) must be written by a ballpoint pen. Information written by pencil will not be considered.
It is forbidden to bring mobile phones and any kind of information (papers, books, notes etc.) into the Exam room, unless explicitly allowed by the Professor.
Students are not allowed to retake again any passed exam. Students have rights to cancel their exam work before the official “Announcement” by the Professor.
Complaints for exam results must be done within one week after result publication and with written motivations.
See Annex C for additional details on grades and assessment criteria.
1.4.2. Academic progress of students
The University has regulations that govern the student's progression through the years. The progression requirements are:
From PY to 1st Level: no more than one failure of the Study Program is allowed for progression. Students who have two failures are not allowed to progress; they may repeat the preparatory year as repeating students, provided that contract requirements are satisfied. Students who have more than two failures are not allowed to progress and they cannot repeat the preparatory year as repeating students. In order to be re-admitted to TPU Tashkent such students must retake the admission test as a new applicant.
Students must comply with the language certificate (see Sec. 1.3.2) before the end of the Academic year in order to continue to study in the University. Otherwise, they will be academically suspended from the first level.
From 1st to 2nd Level: at least 30 credits of the first level and no failures in the preparatory year. Students must repeat the first level if they do not satisfy the above requirement.
From 2nd to 3rd Level: a total amount of 70 credits is required. Students must repeat the second level if they do not satisfy the above requirement.
Students who obtained less than 120 credits at the end of third level must repeat the third level.
Students of TPU Tashkent are awarded B.Sc. Degree after having finished all the exams in their curriculum plan, as well as successfully completed and discussed their final project work in front of the appointed Degree Committee.
1.5.1. “Graduating” status
The so-called Graduating status is given to students who at the end of third level obtained at least 120 credits planned for all the three levels of B.Sc. programs and have no tuition debts;
In addition, during the regular exam sessions, graduating students can apply for any exam they have not passed yet. These exams are authorized on a contract-payment basis and the applicant is admitted to the corresponding exam organized for regular students (see Part II of this regulation).
1.5.2. Final project work
Only graduating students with 140 credits are allowed to apply for the final project work. Students are asked to prepare a report summarizing their final project and to give a presentation.
1. Subjects are defined by professors (supervisors) who oversee the student’s work, as well as undertake the responsibility of the coherence and the substance of the work.
2. The project work has to finish 10 days before the graduation session and the students will have to hand over the relevant form to the Dean office, with the Supervisor's approval. It is the Supervisor responsibility to confirm that the work done by the student has reached a sufficient level.
3. The Degree Committee will be made by 5 Professors (presence by videoconference is admitted).
4. The Degree Committee decides the final score that is determined on a scale from 0 to 3 points, which is added to the weighted average of the exam marks (prorated to a 110 basis). In case the sum exceeds 110, the "cum Laude” (with honor) level of distinction is acknowledged.
The score will be awarded according to the following evaluation criteria:
§ 3 - Very good
§ 2 - Good
§ 1 - Sufficient
§ 0 – Pass
1.6. DISCIPLINARY RULES AND COMMETTEE
Students are expected to behave in an appropriate and respectful way. If they engage in behavior that is not acceptable, this is considered misconduct. Examples are:
§ act in a way that is harmful to either goods or people;
§ aggressive and disrespectful behavior to the professors;
§ intentionally disobey any reasonable directions given by an authorized officer;
§ bring any mobile phone or communication device to the exam, as well as any kind of electronic device not explicitly and preliminarily allowed by the professors;
§ take the exam worksheet out of the room, exchange information with others, cheat or copy material during exams;
§ submit an exam work under a false header. The above is a crime, not only a violation of internal rules of the University;
Critical situations, including but not only limited to the previous items, will be examined by the Disciplinary Committee of the University, which decides on an appropriate course of action and penalty.
1.7. EXCLUSION FROM THE UNIVERSITY
A student will be excluded from the University by order of the Rector in the following cases:
§ by the request of the student him/herself;
§ if tuition fees are not paid within the deadline set up in the Contract;
§ in case such a disciplinary measure is taken against the student.
Students may apply in written form to the Rector for possible re-admission to TPU. Re-admission must be arranged by the order of the Rector before the beginning of each Academic Year.