The strengths are listed below:
- The PPCIC is presented as the first Postgraduate Program stricto sensu of Brazil with the focus on data science. This opens a prominent space of CEFET/RJ in the Brazilian scenario in this domain and, at the same time, brings opportunities to establish several partnerships that potentialize the research and increase the social insertion of Program.
- Partnerships with researchers from other well-recognized national and international institutions increase synergy and enable more robust and promising research.
- Verticalization of teaching: Technical High-school, undergraduate and master courses, is a point to be highlighted, since it awakens the interest in the research activities of the program by students of other levels who, when entering the PPCIC, have already had the opportunity to engage with Studies and projects related to the two research lines.
- The institutional policy of support both administrative and financial contribution to research and postgraduate activities. One example was the implementation of the rules of accreditation and teacher accompaniment-approved by the Research and Postgraduate Council (COPEP) and approved by the Research and Extension Teaching Council (CEPE)-for all graduate programs of Institution. This support has been fundamental and has been reflected in the improvement of the intellectual production of the program. Another example is the annual financial contribution of approximately 2 million to the development of research activities
- The researches developed in the Program are directly aligned with one of the topics considered strategic and priority in the Institutional Plan of Internationalization and in the Internationalization Project of CEFET / RJ. Thus, there will be an increase in institutional support for actions involving the internationalization of PPCIC.
- Program accreditation rules sound and adherent to the needs of the area of computer science.
- Transparency of the program. Minutes, proofs and the operation of the program are available on the program’s website.
- The program starts with good intellectual production and distribution of production.
- Significant strengthening of fundraising in funding agencies such as CNPq (Universal, PQ Scholarships) and FAPERJ (the Support for emerging Programs, APQ-1, APQ-4, and others).
- Coordination of the course has a faculty evaluation committee that has periodic meetings to accompany the indicators and ensure the implementation of the actions of the plan of goals and improvements.
Points to improve
The points to be improved are listed below:
- Efforts are being made to increase, more and more, the quantitative publications in vehicles considered to be better qualified by the area and increase the H factor of the program professors.
- The PPCIC has 25% of the professors with a PQ scholarship. However, it is intended to expand this percentage further.
- As this is a recent programme, despite the many initiatives previously described, it is understood that it would be important to expand further the actions that increase the visibility of the program, so that PPCIC can be better known and recognized by society and the community in the area of computer science. Actions such as becoming the headquarters of Poscomp and organization of national and international events have been held.
- Despite several projects with resources from funding agencies, the PPCIC considers it important to increase the number of resources coming from funding agencies, especially considering that there are bureaucratic difficulties for acquiring material and services. In this sense, there is a movement on the part of the professors of the PPCIC to submit projects and participate in notices of funding agencies such as CNPQ and FAPERJ.
It is worth a comment on the current economic situation, which signals a scarcity of resources from federal and state sources of funding. In this context, the program needs to increase the effort to try to raise the level of production without the same resources, mainly financial, from previous years.