Strategic partnerships Erasmus+
KI takes part in many different strategic partnerships within Erasmus+. Some of them are presented here.
NordBioMedNet is a collaborative network in the field of Biomedicine between the Universities of Bergen (coordinating, NO), Eastern Finland (FI), KI, Southern Denmark (DK) and Turku (FI). The network started in 2013 with the goal of making the individual biomedical master programmes at these universities even stronger and internationally more competitive by making competences unique to each partner university available to students within all the programmes thereby training them in recent research and in skills/competences required for future employability and successful careers.
Open Educational Resources (OERs) in Computational Biomedicine
Through this collaboration, the network has extended its activities via the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership programme for a project entitled Open Educational Resources (OERs) in Computational Biomedicine. NordBioMedNet is developing a range of OERs (virtual courses) to facilitate the exchange of state-of-the-art expertise in bioinformatics, bioimaging, proteomics and bioethics between the five Nordic universities. At KI we have produced a virtual course – The Ethics of Biomedicine – that is also available at KI edX platform. Within this Erasmus+ project a summer course is also held with students coming from the five partner universities.
The future of education lies, in part, in embracing digital learning technologies and in reaping the benefits that this new educational landscape offers. With the financial support from Erasmus+, our network has been given the means to develop virtual courses and also to identify and tackle new pedagogical and organisational challenges as well as potentially complex administration connecting the participating universities. The application process was very time consuming so take that into consideration if you are thinking about applying.
An orthoptist is a healt professional that works with eye disorders, in children and adults, in cooperation with ophtalmologists. The European Diploma for Orthoptists (EDORTH) runs 2018-2021 and is focused on:
- Uniform orthoptic scope of practise in Europe
- Harmonising orthoptic education in Europe
- Free mobility of orthoptic practitioners in Europe
The consortium consists of eight institutions: KI (coordinating), Orthoptic Academy Heidelberg (DE), University of Applied Sciences Hogeschool Utrecht (NL), Departamento das Ciências e Tecnologias da Reabilitação Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Lisboa (PT), University of Liverpool (UK), Sheffield University (UK), Gothenburg University (SE) and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (AT). So far, the project has mapped and reviewed educational practices, and developed a European competency profile. The ultimate goal is to establish a European Diploma for Orthoptists.
Cooperation has been running smoothly without any major glitches. The work preparing the interrim report was a bit stressful since we got conflicting information regarding what to report, but other than that everything has worked very well.
The aim of the CLILMED project is to strengthen higher education institutions in preparing students to enter the workforce and to help medical universities, schools and faculties train highly-qualified doctors and medical professionals to expand their understanding of internationalization. By building the capacity of academics to harness the diversity present in their classrooms and allow their students to become culturally agile citizens, who can work ethically and responsibly in a globalized world.
The participants, Luminar Foundation (coordinating, PL), Atlantic Language (IE), the Medical University of Warsaw (PL), the Medical University of Gdansk (PL), the Jagiellonian University Medical College (PL), the Semmelweis University (HU), the Medical School at the University of Pecs (HU) and KI, pull together their resources and expertise to prepare our medical teaching staff to leverage the opportunities of the multicultural and multilingual spaces present in our classrooms.
The top most global agenda, the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals, state that quality education is equitable and inclusive. So how do we train our teachers to deliver on this? Education for Sustainable Development, including human rights, global citizenship, gender equality, among others, and the UNESCO have started speaking of ‘sustainability citizens’ in order to highlight the competencies of our graduates for an era of new global challenges. In order to become ‘sustainability citizens’, graduates need a wide set of competences - which begs us as HEIs to question whether we are delivering education that promotes and allows students to develop such competences? So, what happens in the classroom, or in the clinic, in order for the students to practice and develop these qualities? What does that mean for the teacher’s role in such a classroom and teaching situation? And specifically, are our teachers trained for this?