Fire Master’s Certificate
A Fire Master’s certificate will be granted to students who will have completed the FIRE Honor Master program, once they have completed all the requirements set by their base institution to obtain a Master’s degree.
The FIRE Honor Master Program requires, in terms of coursework, that at least two courses equivalent to a total of 6 credits, are to be credited from another FIRE institution. For the research work, the thesis submitted by the candidates must demonstrate a familiarity with previous work done in the field, at different FIRE Campuses – Guidelines and deadlines are those set by the student’s base institution.
The essential of this honor program is that the candidates have to study for at least one session at another FIRE institution. The program of study of all candidates has to be evaluated by at least two FIRE faculty members from two different campuses.
Fire Doctoral’s Certificate
A Fire Doctoral certificate will be granted to students who will have completed the FIRE Honor Ph.D. Program, once they have completed all the requirements set by their base institution to obtain a Ph.D. degree.
The FIRE Honor Ph.D. Program requires, in terms of coursework, that at least two courses equivalent to 6 credits in total are to be credited from another FIRE institution. For the research work, two sessions (6 to 12 months) must be spent in a foreign institution recognized by FIRE. Students who have obtained a Master’s degree at an approved institution elsewhere, and are pursuing a Ph.D. program, in one of the FIRE institutions, are eligible.
The thesis for the Ph.D. degree must satisfy the requirements set by the base institution and must reflect the contribution which was made while in a different country. The list of examiners must include at least 1 FIRE faculty member from a different FIRE institution.
Ad Hoc Program Certificate
Applicants, duly recommended by FIRE members, who wish to be trained in the broad field of refractory engineering, for a specific program agreed upon by two different faculty members, will be considered.
The application, including courses and the training research program, will only be accepted if the financial aspects are duly approved by all the persons and institutions involved. Such programs are targeted first to refractory company employees with appropriate experience, for whom an international exposure, in a well organized education and research institution, would be beneficial.
Such programs are also targeted towards post doctoral fellows and research assistants from FIRE members, in order to bring together the world-wide most competent people in refractory engineering, from both the academic and industrial institutions.
A FIRE certificate would be granted to recognize the efforts being made. This would not be equivalent to any academic diploma in existence today.
Admission to FIRE programs operate on a rolling basis.
Application for admission
A letter of application must be sent to the Secretariat with a supporting letter from one of the professors listed in section one.
Competency in English and in a Second Foreign Language
All candidates, for whom English is not their mother tongue, must document proof of competency in oral and written English (Tests of English Language Testing Systems, IELTS, are accepted).
- For the second language (French, German, Portuguese or Spanish and Japanese) an attestation from the Foreign Language Department of the FIRE university concerned is needed if that language is not the mother tongue.
Mastery of any third foreign language is not required, but is encouraged.
Admission Requirements for FIRE HONOR Masters and FIRE HONOR Ph.D.
Applicants must ALREADY be duly registered and provide evidence that they are regular students, in good standing with one of the FIRE institutions.
Admission to an Ad Hoc Program
Admission to an Ad Hoc program may be considered at any time. It must be submitted with the support of one supervisor designated from one of the FIRE academic institutions or one of the FIRE members, to the Secretariat, with an outline of the course work needed and/or the training in research to be achieved.
Students who will have duly completed their program of studies, and who will have satisfied the requirements set out under FIRE regulations, will receive a FIRE certificate to sanction their achievements. Convocation to receive such Certificates will take place at their own campus or during a UNITECR meeting, having an accepted papper to present then.
Fees & Expenses
No direct fees for admission shall be charged to the students. However, students are bound by the policies and procedures defined by their base institution.
Since FIRE programs involve travelling to different countries, living on different campuses for different periods of time, students will be entitled to apply for FIRE Fellowships – and will also be encouraged to find sponsors. Students whose extra costs will be paid by an outside agency will have to provide written evidence to that effect.
Graduation and Convocation
When certificates are to be granted at a UNITECR meeting, subsidies will be offered to cover most of the costs for attending. A technical contribution to UNITECR’s meeting will have to be made. Names of candidates who will have completed all the program requirements will be posted on FIRE website and kept on such a list for 3 years. Transcripts of successful candidates will indicate the exact date on which they will receive their certificates. The certificate itself will indicate the date on which the certificate was granted