Strategic partnerships Erasmus+
KI takes part in many different strategic partnerships within Erasmus+. Some of them are presented here.
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?
The project collects experiences from refugee practices in different European countries and creates transfer of these experiences to regular psychosocial support practice, to education and to research. Due to the complexity of practice and research a multi-perspective approach and thematic exchange between disciplines in education and training, in research and in practice is applied in this project.
The three main objectives are:
- to transfer results and experiences gained from refugee projects in different European countries to regular psychosocial support practice, teaching and research
- to foster interdisciplinary cooperation in teaching, psychosocial practice and research
- to create international cooperation and exchange of experiences.
"To collaborate with professionals and students from Greece, Germany and Spain regarding the situation of refugees has been an insightful and humbling experience. There are still so many challenges to face from a health care perspective, our students have so much to learn about how to encounter people that have been through traumatic experiences and are in search for a new life in Europe. The enthusiasm, motivation and engagement of the participating students in the two learning events has been an injection of hope for me as the partner, to see that this knowledge is needed and appreciated is important and necessary to develop our curriculum, create guidelines and policy recommendations. Global migration will continue and we should be well prepared to welcome people in distress."
Margarita Mondaca, project coordinator
DATAETHICS – Changing Landscapes in the Health and Life Sciences: Ethical Challenges of Big Data
The Eurolife Consortium, in which Karolinska Institutet is one of 9 institutional partners, has been awarded an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership grant towards its transnational project aiming at updating the conceptual and ethical considerations that arise from Biomedical Big Data (BBD) collection and use. The project is coordinated by the University Medical Center Göttingen, University of Göttingen, which is currently also coordinating Eurolife.
DATAETHICS enables a shared understanding and a common vision on BBD across Europe through testing and implementation of an innovative on-line training package developed through activities based on value and knowledge education and with actions of cooperation with interdisciplinary expertise and industry. The e-courses will be engaging through the mix spurts of text, audio, webinars, discussion boards and hands-on exercises and will actualize the content to mirror the technological advancements incorporating cultural, legal and social differences.
Within DATAETHICS, the consortium will develop a novel Open Education Resources: a learning environment via an interactive e-platform and an on-line training package of courses, through which we will address the identified challenges with respect to curation, interpretation and analysis of accumulating biomedical datasets. With the novel practical tools, content and guidelines offered here, the project brings improved and durable availability of training with real-life examples, which will allow acquisition of the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge that students and teachers currently need in the life sciences. Furthermore, it facilitates unification of learning criteria and opens a window of opportunity for continuous improvement in the delivery of quality teaching in Higher Education.
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.