The strengthening of internationalisation is one of the five strategic priorities of  Kaunas University of Applied Sciences Integrated Development Strategy 2020.

Effective international exchange of students and staff, joint international projects/applied research activities, attraction of foreign lecturers, development of cross-cultural competences serve for the implementation of the following strategic objectives:

  • to improve the international openness of higher education;
  • to seek for the international significance of applied research;
  • to ensure constant professional development of academic staff.

Our main focus of international activities is on the following internationalization areas:

  • international exchange of students and staff
  • Attraction of foreign lecturers,
  • Internationalization of study programmes at “home”
  • Participation in international projects and applied research.

Every year more than 300 students from our institution participate in the exchange programmes or other mobility activities and over 200  foreign students are coming to us.

We focus on

  • creating a favourable environment for internationalization,
  • developing the competencies of academic staff and other staff required to work in a multicultural environment,
  • preparation of study programmes and courses in English.

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences has been awarded  with an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020.

By signing the Charter, the Institution undertakes to contribute to the European Union’s modernisation and internationalisation agenda in higher education, which includes 5 priorities:

  • Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs;
  • Improving the quality and relevance of higher education;
  • Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation;
  • Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development;
  • Improving governance and funding.

The Kaunas University of Applied Sciences  Erasmus Policy Statement 2014-2020 sets out the institution’s overall Erasmus co-operation plan in coherence with the strategy defined in the mission statement of the institution and specifies the measures and actions we  intend to introduce in order to fulfil the requirements of the Charter.

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is represented in various international associations and networks:

  • EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education);
  • EAIE (European Association for International Education);
  • BUSINET (Network for the Development of Business Education Programmes);
  • ICEIGATM (International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic  Arts: Technology and Management);
  • ENPHE (European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education);
  • EFRS  (The European Federation of Radiographer Societies)
  • UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT (a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment  and anti-corruption).

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is an active participant of various NordPlus networks comprising  institutions from Nordic and  Baltic countries:

  • EkoTekNord (Nordic – Baltic network, promoting cooperation in the fields business, information technology, engineering, logistics and media);
  • WELLTOUR (Nordic – Baltic network promoting wellness tourism);
  • NEWELRA (Nordic – Baltic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas);
  • Nordejordemodern (Nordic – Baltic network  promoting  cooperation  in midwifery).

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences has over 200 “Erasmus+” Inter Institutional agreements  with HEIs  in 37 countries.

The bilateral cooperation agreements are signed with HEIS  in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

The main functions  of the International Relations Services are :

  • Developement of the  international partnership;
  • Organisation and administration of student and staff international exchanges;
  • Coordination of the implementation of „Erasmus+“ programme
  • Recruitment of the international students

Enhancing Capacity of Universities to Initiate and to Participate in Clusters Development

Project number: 609944-EPP-1-2019-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Period: 15.01.2020 – 14.01.2023
Project website: Under development
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technology
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Daiva Ribikauskienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Project partners: Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland), Hochschule fur Agrar – und Umweltpadagogik
Bundesanstalt fur Agrarwirtschaft (Austria), Universidad of Valladolid (Spain), University of Debrecen (Hungary), Centro Internazionale di Altistudi Agronomici Mediterranei (Italy), Scientific and Methodological Center of Higher and Pre-higher Vocational Education (Ukraine), Association “Ukrainian Food Valley“ (Ukraine), Central Ukrainian National Technical University (Ukraine), Kirovograd State Agricultural  (Ukraine), Experimental Station of the Nati (Ukraine), Poltava State Agrarian Academy (Ukraine), Farm enterprise “Dobro-Kraft”, Lviv National Agrarian University (Ukraine), Yavoriv National Nature Park (Ukraine), Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University (Ukraine), Comrat State University (Moldova), Fabrica “Oloi Pak” (Moldova), State Agrirain University of Moldova (Moldova), SC Terafix SRL (Moldova), Azerbaijan State Agriculture University (Azerbaijan), Suliddinoglu Agricultural Farm (Azerbaijan),  Azerbaijan Technical University (Azerbaijan).
Project summary: Aim of the project:  Development of the potential of universities as an integral part of agro-industrial clusters by the creation of expertise centres as pre-conditions for the development and successful functioning of agro-industrial clusters.
These objectives will be achieved through the following activities:

  • Organization of workshops, consultations, round-tables in order to present the concept of clusters and to share ideas concerning creation of expertise centres supposed to be transformed into the cluster;
  • Training of HEIs and enterprises staff by workshops and study tours;
  • Development of legal framework for expertise centres creation: Statutes of expertise centres, post cards, work regulations. Amendments will be done in development strategies of participating HEIs and enterprises;
  • Creation expertise centres on following areas: water management and aquaculture, new technologies (IT) in machinery, rural tourism, milk production and processing with the focus on traditional local products, biotechnologies in poultry farming;
  • Development and launching of new modules for Master and PhD students as added value;
  • Launching of pilot projects: the projects will be defined according to enterprises needs and universities possibilities for scientific elaborations and their application on practice;
  • The students’ mobility will be organized in two ways from partner countries to EU and from EU to partner countries;
  • In addition to traditional dissemination activities the project foresees the information and promotion campaign among stakeholder to disseminate the EU experience of clusters activity.

Expected impacts:
creation of sustainable relations between HEIs and enterprises based on win-win principles, enhancing of practical value of researches; creation of conditions for better integration of innovations into production on the sustainability principles; development of  entrepreneurial capacities of HEIs, contribution to the development of local area.

E-DESIGN – European Digital Education and Global Neighborhood

Project number: 604451-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN
Period: 31.12.2018 – 30.12.2021
Project website: https://www.e-designproject.eu/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technology
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:

Irma Spūdytė

Project coordinating institution: Zentrum FUR Arbeit und Umwelt gGmbH (Germany)
Project partners: Kauno kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences (Lithuamia),  CodeDoor (Germany), A Escola Profissional de Espinho CEPROF (Portugal), The European Institute for Local Development (EILD) (Greece), C.I.P. Citizens In Power (CIP) organization (Cyprus), The Centre for Creative Development “Danilo Dolci”, CSC, (Italy).
Project summary: The purpose of the project “E-DESIGN – European Digital Education for Social Inclusion and Global Neighbourhood” is to contribute to promoting social inclusion and combating social inequalities among disadvantaged groups, especially migrants and refugees, through strengthening their digital competences in order to enhance their labour market opportunities and social participation according to the objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights and ET 2020.
The main goals of the project:
•  Creation of learning offers and activities that lead digital education to rural areas, thereby promoting the importance and impact of digital skills for the future of Industry 4.0;
•  Increase social inclusion of individuals that come from disadvantaged backgrounds, including not only residents from rural areas, but also refugees and migrants;
•  Increase awareness on the importance of digital education and the opportunities that stem from it.

Personal Safety of Medical Personnel in Difficult Professional Situations (SAFEMEDIC)

Project number: 2018-1-PL01-KA203-050652
Period: 01.10.2018 –30.09.2020
Project website: https://www.safemedic.eu/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Wyzsza Szkola Ekonomii, Prawa i Nauk Medycznych im. prof. Edwarda Lipinskiego w Kielcach, Poland
Project partners: Institute of Technology Tralee (Ireland), Vysoka Skola Zdravotnicka (Czech Republic),
Alma Mater Europaea-Evropski Center (Slovenia), Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), International Network for Health Workforce Education (Spain).
Project summary: The International Labour Organization ranked medical professions as the second most vulnerable to violence in the workplace. This view is supported by the consortium’s pre-project research which saw a questionnaire disseminated to key stakeholders and received over 1000 responses. Results showed that only 5.9% respondents with previous patient contact said that they had never been verbally assaulted by patients and 62.5% were victims of physical assault by patients at least once.
The chief goal of the project is to improve the workplace safety of healthcare professionals by increasing their skills and competences in dealing with difficult situations. To achieve this the project consortium will design and develop a complex multi-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary course for healthcare students, predominantly focused at paramedics and nurses. The didactic materials and project’s intellectual outputs will also be accessible to the rest of the health workforce such as physicians and physiotherapists.

Skills for Baltic Wood Industry – European Quality in Vocational Education and Training

Project number: 601123-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA2-SSA
Period: 01.11.2018- 31.10.2021
Project website: https://www.skilled-up.eu/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Technology
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:

Vytautas Čapas

Project coordinating institution: The Deutsch-Baltische-Handelskammer in Estland, Lettland, Litauen e.V (Germany)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Latvian Association of Woodprocessing Enterpreneurs and Export (Latvia), The Association of Wood Producers and Exporters of West Lithuania (Lithuania), Furniture Cluster of South-East Estonia (Estonia), Lehrinstitut Rosenheim e.V. (Germany), Latvia University of Agriculture (Latvia), Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia (Estonia), AS Latvijas Finieris (Latvia).
Project summary: The wood processing sector is one of the main economy drivers and exporting industries in the Baltics with high growth potential but it is facing a lack of workforce with skills relevant to the current industry development – digital, green and other skills and qualifications recognized internationally.
During recent years the development of work-based learning (WBL) has been a priority of vocational education and training (VET) policy in the Baltic States and Europe. However, the main activities and improvements are focused on secondary level VET and there are minimal elements of WBL and quality assurance (EQAVET) in the next stages, including EQF level 5 VET.
These challenges will be addressed by creating a sector skills alliance and developing a European quality VET training programme that aims to improve the skills of the labour force in the wood processing sector in the Baltic States.

Interactive Digital Content Platform to Share, Reuse, and Innovative in the Classroom (INDIE)

Project number: 2018-1-ES01-KA201-050924
Period: 01.09.2018-31.08.2021
Project website: http://indie.upct.es

Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education/Language Centre
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena (Italy).
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Dirección General de Atención a la Diversidad y Calidad Educativa (Spain), Miguel de Cervantez Murcia (Spain), IES Infanta Elena (Spain), IES Valle de Leiva (Spain), University of Cartagena (Spain),  2nd Primary School in Levadia (Greece), Directorate of Secondary Education (Geece), 1 st General Lyceium in Lavadia (Greece), 7th primary school in Lavadia (Greece), Hellenic Education Society of STEM (Greece)
Project summary:
The INDIE project aims at boosting the use of digital instructional contents for education in both primary and secondary schools by 1) providing a tool to help teachers to become authors of rich digital learning units 2) creating repositories on a regional level where authors publish their learning units and other teachers can become “consumers” of this material for their own classes.
The objective is to empower teachers so that they can deliver high quality teaching and help them adopting new learning methodologies: flipped classroom, blended learning, adaptive learning, etc…, which are student centred and seek to ensure that learners are engaged and drive their individual learning experience. As an output of the project, a number of teachers/authors will have created digital contents, used them in class, and published them in the repository for others teachers to use.

The eMedication Passport – Cultural Adaptation of Learning Tool for Ensuring the Development of Medication Competence of Graduate Nurses

Project No.: 2017-1-EE01-KA203-034884
Period: 1.09.2017 – 31.08.2020
Project website: https://emedpassport.wordpress.com/
https://www.laakehoitopassi.fi/pages/home/lan:eng/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine

Project coordinating institution: Tartu Health Care College (Estonia)
Project partners: Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland), P.Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia);  Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project summary: The ultimate goal of eMed-PASS project is to increase patient and medication safety by developing the educational preparation of nurses. The aim of this project is to modify, implement, and evaluate the feasibility of electronic Medication Passport for ensuring the medication competence and adequate working life skills of the graduating nurses.
eMed-PASS project aim is to improve the quality and relevance of higher education in bachelor level nurse education cross-borders in EU-level in the Baltic countries and Finland. The project supports objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and EU Health Strategy Together for Health, by responding to the medication and patient safety challenges faced by member countries through strengthening the cooperation and coordination among universities and registering of nurses’ medication competence development during undergraduate education. The need for developing common education and nursing competence is evident in each of the partner countries.
During the project innovative e-learning tool for supporting and ensuring the development of the required medication competence of nurse graduates will be developed in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian language. The tool will be interoperable – so that other countries can also integrate it into its teaching process in the future.
The expected impact is improvement on nursing students’ medication competence and increased collaboration among education institution and clinical practice placements.

Villages on Move Go (VOMGO)

Villages on the Move Network (VOMGO)

Project number: 613004-FI-SCP
Period: 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019
Project website: http://www.villagesonmove.com/project-villages-on-move-network/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Lijana Navickienė

Project coordinating institution: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Project partners: South-Savo Sports Federation (Finland), Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), IP Leiria (Portugal), University College Leuven Limburg UCLL (Netherlands)
Project summary: Project is activating people to give ideas to promote everyday physical activity. Collected ideas are developed by means of culture of experimentation. In the new Villages on Move Network project we collect stories of the “fire souls” in rural villages promoting active lifestyle. Our goal is to activate inhabitants in rural areas to have more movement and more joy of sports.

Preventing Stress in the Teaching Profession – Stress Free Teachers

Project number: 2017-1-PT01-KA201-035812
Period: 01.10.2017- 30.09.2019
Project website: http://moodle.stressfreeteachers.eu/moodle/
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Dr. Lijana Navickienė

Project coordinating institution: SMART IDEA Igor Razbornik s.p., AEREFORM D.O.O. (Slovenia)
Project partners: Agrupamento de Escolas n.o 1 de Gondomar (Portugal), JU OS Aleksa Santic Sarajevo (Bosnia Herzegovina), KONYA IL MILLI EGITIM MUDURLUGU (Turkey), Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project summary: The Stress-free teachers’ project aims to build a stress management programme for teaching profession through a structured digital training platform based on the Moodle system.
The purpose of the project is to set up innovative e-learning courses based on the results of pan-European analysis of good practices in stress management in Europe and a manual of good practices of prevention of stress.
The training courses focus on the following content:

  • Introduction to Moodle (HOW TO USE STRESS-FREE TEACHERS);
  • Organizational methods that include social support methods provided at the school level for promoting proper organizational microclimate, relationships, open communication and support (ORGANIZING THE WAY YOU WORK IN SCHOOL);
  • Rational methods to cope with stress (ORGANIZING DAILY LIFE);
  • Relaxation methods (LEARN METHODS TO RELAX);
  • Suggestions for the improvement of personal competences to cope better with stress (IMPROVE PERSONAL COMPETENCE);

The Stress-free teachers’ courses, available in 6 languages, use the project based and the problem-based learning approaches, promoting proper organizational microclimate, relationships, open communication, and support.

Social Mobility for Disadvantage Learners

Project number: 2019-1-UK01-KA201-061434
Period: 01.10.2019-30.09.2021
Project website: https://www.canva.com/design/DAD2NyTsNuY/_FVQeb28HCWaXGZasKNUFg/view?

Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education/Language Centre
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:

Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: Carmel College (United Kingdom)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Associazione Professionale Universo CLIL (Coaching Lifelong Innovative Learning) (Italy), Directorate of Primary Education of Western Thessaloniki (Greece), Liceu Tehnologic de Industrie Alimentara (Romania), Charlottenlund ungdomsskole (Norway).
Project summary:
The lack of social mobility is a key issue for Europe. Research highlights that socioeconomic factors and family backgrounds are major barriers to social mobility and that gaps between both access to educational opportunities and achievement continue to rise. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds often lack positive role models or family support. They are not always aware of their options or their potential. They may be subject to negative influence in their own communities. This project aims to address this by focusing on a range of interventions including coaching and mentoring using young people who are just a few years older than themselves. Research shows that such role models are most likely to be a positive influence on young people. This project brings together 6 partners from 6 countries, all of which have challenges with social mobility. It is inspired by the experience of Carmel College in the UK, which undertook an exercise in assessing the impact of poverty on the daily lives of disadvantaged pupils, to identify those pupils who were most disadvantaged and therefore less likely to benefit from social mobility. This has led to the school adopting a menu of intervention strategies to ensure equality of opportunity and to provide support to the target groups in order to raise aspiration and improve educational opportunity. The project will provide students and older pupils with proper coaching competences will support them to work with disadvantaged students with confidence. External strategies include individualised careers work, visits to FE and HE, mentoring and visits to and by local business and parental engagement. Each partner will train up to 10 young coaches and mentors and match them with targeted pupils. In total the project expects to reach around 150 disadvantaged pupils, to support them, track them and impact on their future career paths. This project addresses the Horizontal Priorities of:
• supporting individuals in acquiring forward-looking skills to foster employability and socio-educational and personal development
• developing social inclusion by promoting equality and non-discrimination
This project addresses the Horizon Erasmus+ School Priorities of:
• strengthening the profile of the teaching profession by enhancing professional development,
facilitating teacher mobility and developing innovative teaching methods
• tackling early school leaving and disadvantage by strengthening collaboration within school and with external stakeholders and improving evaluation and quality assurance
The objectives of the project are to:
• analyse and share existing strategies and resources for improving social mobility to ensure equality of opportunity for all
• identify common areas of strength and priorities for development
• undertake a study visit to Carmel College to investigate the policies and practice of poverty protection
• use the outcomes of the study visit to develop a generic tool for identifying those in need of and would benefit from intervention strategies
• develop a holistic model to address disadvantage using coaching and mentoring, individualised
career plans, visits and short term placements/work shadowing
• produce an impact report incorporating a series of case studies
• disseminate the outcomes widely
The specific outputs will be:
• A project website hosting the resources, impact report and case studies
• A tool for identifying disadvantage and those who would benefit most from support and interventions
• A coaching training guide for young people and students
• An impact report incorporating recommendations for school policy
• dissemination strategy including examples of best practice, online materials and events in 6 countries.

Archive

2017/10/01 – 2019/09/30

Villages on Move Baltic (project No. 579678-EPP-1-2016-2-FI-SPO-SCP)

2017/01/01 – 2018/12/31

Integrated Football the new Frontier of Sport for All (project No. 2016-1004/001-001)

2016/04/04 –2017/10/03

Coaching Schools to Face Change Ahead (project No. 2015-1-IT02-KA201-014883)

2015/09/01-2017/08/31

EXPEDUCOM Experiential Education Competence (project No. 2014-1-LT01-KA200-000368)

2014/09/01 – 2016/08/31


Multilingualism as a Key to Enhance Students‘ Employability

Project number: NPLA-2019/10035
Period: 2019/09/01-2021/09/31
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania)
Project partners: Haaga Helia University of Applied Siences  (Finland).
Project summary: With the globalisation and internationalisation flow in Europe the natural demand for learning other languages than English evokes. One of the EU’s multilingualism goals is for every European to speak 2 languages in addition to their mother tongue. To answer the above mentioned goals, a Language Centre of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences was established in 2018. The major goals of the centre are to develop students’ and teachers’ language skills and offer a wide variety of foreign languages to answer the market demand. There is a tendency in Lithuania and other Baltic states of establishing Nordic businesses and companies in the Baltic states. Young people find working in an international/ Scandinavian company more attractive as there are wider career ladder opportunities. The same challenges of globalisation prevail in Finland with a demand to the neighbouring languages and for the newly arrived population, including university students with non-Finnish background, to learn the national languages (Finnish and Swedish). Skills in the national language of Finland are a benefit when seeking employment after graduation in Finland.
The aim of the project is to create an online A1 level (5 ECTS, 150 hr) course of Swedish and Finnish, which will be offered as an elective subject in the curricula of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, we see it as great possibility to promote the spread of the Nordic languages in Lithuania and among immigrant population in Finland and to enhance students’ employability chances. We believe that better language skills enable people to study and/or work abroad, and improve their job prospects, speaking other languages helps people from different cultures understand one another – essential in a multilingual, multicultural Europe as well as it will improve the students’ digital skills as most of the course will be digitalised . According to the https://europa.eu/european-union/topics/multilingualism_ento trade effectively across Europe, businesses need multilingual staff the language industry – translation and interpretation, language teaching, language technologies, etc. – is among the fastest growing areas of the economy. The 2012 Eurobarometer survey on Europeans and their languages revealed very positive attitudes to multilingualism: 98% say mastering foreign languages will benefit their children, 88% think that knowing languages other than their mother tongue is very useful, 72% agree with the EU goal of at least 2 foreign languages for everyone, 77% say improving language skills should be a policy priority.

Aesthetic Expressions and Cultural Heritage as a Tool for the Pre-schoolers' Language Development, Communication and Integration

Project number: NPHE-2019/10135
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2020/10/01
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Arts and Education
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Ieva Brazauskaitė-Zubavičienė

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania)
Project partners: Mid Sweden University Sundsvall (Sweden), Abo Academy University (Finland), University College Lillebaelt (Denmark), University College of Northern Jutland (Denmark), Nord University (Norway)
Project summary: The Nordplus network “Sustainable Development in an Inclusive Society” currently unites 6 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in 5 Baltic-Nordic countries. Partners are committed to jointly provide students and teachers the possibility to experience innovations, differences and similarities in Pre-school and Pre-primary education and Nordic-Baltic cultures.
This pre-school education network intends to continue working on the topic of sustainable child’s development in an inclusive society dealing with the fundamental issues of pre-schoolers’ education in the conditions of globalization and change. The overall goal and objectives of the network activities include:
– strengthen Nordic-Baltic cooperation in the area of pre-school education with the focus on the development of pre-school education study programs in partner institutions;
– promote innovative processes and products in education via the systematic exchange of experiences and good practice;
– contribute to the development of quality innovative education in the face of modern world challenges such as globalization, sustainability, digitalisation.

Network Welltour/ 2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10152
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2020/10/01
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania)
Project partners: Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), SAVONIA University of Applied Sciences (Finland),
P.Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia).
Project summary: Wellness tourism is not only one of fastest growing sectors in Scandinavia and Baltics, but also second among revenue growth leaders among ten global wellness markets (6,5% from 2015-2017). According to Global Wellness Institute statistics, The global wellness industry grew 12.8% from 2015-2017, from a $3.7 trillion to a $4.2 trillion market. Global Wellness Tourism Economy report defines wellness as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. So wellness tourism consists of medical services (health care, treatment, rehabilitation services) and wellness (SPA services, beauty procedures, physical fitness, balanced nutrition, stress management, etc). Because of this broad composition, it is very important to educate flexible and open minded wellness tourism specialist. The comparison of curriculum of wellness related study programmes in project partner institutions showed, that in most cases some important competencies when targeting wellness area are missing. Health care areas students get almost no knowledge about business processes, business & tourism programmes usually have no courses about treatment, beauty and therapy procedures.
“Welltour” network was created in 2014, because the project partners strongly believe that better understanding of related fields of occupation would enhance development of wellness tourism field and support team work for benefits of clients and staff. Project network exists for six consecutive years and consists of four HEI: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania) -coordinator, Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), Savonia UAS (Finland), P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia) as partners.
The main area of the network activities is promotion and development of wellness tourism in Baltics and Scandinavia as well as development of study subjects related to the field. Network aimed to promote cooperation between fields: wellness tourism, physiotherapy, beauty care, oral health, nutrition. Network goal for 2019 is to integrate Latvia as a new partner and to organize an IP week on topic- “Wellness back to the nature: from virtuality to nature’ality”.

Nordejordemodern network

Project number: NPHE-2019/10160
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2020/10/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania),  Metropol University College (Denmark), Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), University of Iceland (Iceland), Riga 1st Medical College (Latvia), University of Boras (Sweden), Lunds University (Sweden), Alands hospital (Aland Islands), Hospital in Thorshavn (Faroe Island), Dronning Ingrids Hospital (Greenland), Western Norway University University of Applied Sviences (Norway), Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), Rigas Stradina University RSU (Latvia), Novia University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
Project summary: Nordejordemodern (Midwife of the North) is a network of higher education within the midwifery profession and was established in the middle of the 1990s. The network Nordejordemodern consists of 15 partners of which 12 are educational institutions and 3 are public hospitals, including Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo and Bergen (Norway), Reykjavik (Island), Helsingfors and Vasa (Finland), Lund and Borås (Sweden), Tartu (Estonia), two in Riga (Latvia) and Kaunas (Lithuania) and also the public hospitals in Nuuk (Greenland), Torshavn (Faroe Island) and Mariehamn (Åland).
The network aims to provide students, teachers, and tutor exchange, intensive programs, curriculum development activities and projects within midwifery care and development. The main purpose of the network is to contribute to the growth of midwifery as an independent profession and science and to support the development of highly motivated and well-educated midwifery students with international skills. Acknowledging differences between countries, we are aware that we have a lot to learn from each other by facing different perspective of midwifery. Participation of representatives from public hospitals is essential as they bring real clinical situations to discussions and support with practical views on theoretical questions.
To strengthen Nordic-Baltic collaboration in midwifery education, sharing and developing evidence-based midwifery practices and understanding the differences and similarities in the maternity services in collaborating partner countries.
Our goals are:
To improve the transcultural competence of students and teachers and to disseminate cultural understanding by sharing experiences and knowledge within midwifery.
To develop and strengthen the management of the new global situation and its impact on midwifery – facing the challenge within the current immigration situation in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Network Healing Greenery/2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10257
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2020/10/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania)
Project partners: Laane-Viru College (Estonia), Savonia University of Applied Sciences  (Finland), Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia).
Project summary: The health and social care sectors need alternatives to traditional treatment, therapy, rehabilitation and work training. Traditional therapies should be suplemented with innovative elements taking in conssideration tumultuous social environment. Partnership came to agreement that green care concept should be explored more and introduced into learning process at our institutions as one of innovative and atractive approaches. Green care is the use of agricultural farms and the biotic and abiotic elements of nature for health and therapy-promoting interventions as a base for promoting human mental and physical health, as well as quality of life.
Overall aim of the network is to educate flexible and open minded specialist who may be involved in development, promotion and use of green care concept.
The network is dedicated amendments of developed study module, integration into existing educational structures at partner institutions and for the development of further aims of the network. We are planning to have Intensive course and mobility during third year too as mobility within network is seen as mean to assure internationalization of institutions and to widen competence of participants.

Patient centered care in multicultural society and its ethical implications

Project number: NPHE-2019/10129.
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2020/10/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia).
Project partners: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Metropolitan University College (Denmark), University of Tartu (Estonia), Novia University of Applied Sciences (Finland),University of Iceland (Iceland).
Project summary: The network NordPCC was established in Riga on 2018 based on the effective collaboration between partners trough previous Nordplus projects and health care professional visits during last years. The partnership will promote regional between six partner institutions in Latvia, Denmark, Lithuania, Finland, Estonia and Iceland. The countries participating in the network have different experiences, guidelines and cultural conceptions when training health care specialists.
The common goal of the network is to prepare professionals to retain an equal and ethical capability within the health-care systems including PCC in education highlight trends worldwide – according to which, the experiences of the patients have become central components in the discourse of the health-care system. Thus, the patient in the center has become the mainstay as a result of social changes in the care and therapeutic relationship, on the one hand, and public awareness to patient rights, on the other, with emphases on transparency and cooperation regarding a diversity of cultures, patient safety and accessibility. That requires the training of students and health care providers in educational programs that support cultural competence and creating policies that accommodate cultural diversity to achieve positive health outcomes. Organizing academic and student mobility, intensive curse is a necessary means to share ideas, experiences and expert knowledge as well as to develop relationships and common understanding between Nordic and Baltic countries.

Empowering Puppetry

Project number: NPHE-2019/10244.
Period: 15/05/2019-01/10/2020.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Povilas Beseckas

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project partners: P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia (Latvia), HAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Tartu Health Care College (Estonia), New Generation of Women‘s Initiatives (Lithuania).
Project summary: Professionals need to be creative and flexible to reach people and to support them in their needs of self-realization, development of useful skills and changing destructive behaviour. Network believes that therapeutic puppetry is one of approaches that should be used wider and more often. The diverse way in which puppets can be used in empowering activities is quite unique and it is one of the main advantages. Puppetry is a very playful method that can tempt introvert clients out of isolation. The indirect work with puppets creates a safe space for self-exploration, lessening its eventual threatening impact.
Overall aim of the network is to educate very flexible and open minded specialist who may be involved in therapeutic puppetry development and use. Project is planned for 3 years with various activities: First year we plan to create long lasting network of HEIs and organizations from all eligible countries. Network development will be followed by intensive course. The aim of the intensive course is to enhance cooperation between different study fields – from technologies to arts and social sciences in order to develop creative thinking, entrepreneurial competences and to provide better opportunities in labour market through encouragement of team work, interdisciplinary approach and international cooperation. In addition to networking and Intensive course we plan to have mobility activity as mobility within network is seen as mean to assure internationalization of institutions and to widen competence of participants.
Second and third year will follow the same project structure with addition of development project – development of joined multidisciplinary programme.

NEWELRA 2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10358.
Period: 2019/05/15-2020/10/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business.
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
W. L.Tchasse S.

Project coordinating institution: Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project partners: Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University of Tartu (Estonia), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia).
Project summary: Baltic-Nordic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (NEWELRA) currently has five participating
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Partners are committed to jointly facilitate the socioeconomic development of rural areas by encouraging and supporting rural entrepreneurship in agriculture, tourism, fine art, food, woodworking, etc.
The overall goal of the network is to create a synergy of HEIs for facilitating social and economic development of rural areas by supporting the existing and creating new earning logics in the regions. The specific objectives of the network include:

  • Increase students’ and teachers’ mobility. The most important aim of the network is to advance students and teachers’ exchange among partner institutions both for learning and research development and innovation (RDI) for gathering and sharing best practices of rural entrepreneurship in Baltic and Nordic countries;
  • implementing innovative ways of teaching to support rural entrepreneurs and to provide entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and competences to students;
  • In the long term, writing and publishing (with contribution from all partner institutions) a handbook of rural entrepreneurship in Baltic and Nordic countries.

EkoTekNord 2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10053.
Period: 2019/05/15 – 2020/10/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business.
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
W. L.Tchasse S.

Project coordinating institution: Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
Project partners: TK University of Applied Sciences (Estonia), Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland), HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Åland University of Applied Sciences (Aland Islands), University of Akureyri (Iceland), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia), Westerdals (Norway), University of Dalarna (Sweden), Högskolan i Skövde (Sweden), Jönköping University/University Services (Sweden), Copenhagen Business Academy (Cphbusiness) (Denmark), Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), University College of Southeast Norway (Norway), UCL University College (Denmark).
Project summary: The aims of the network are:

  • Increasing mobility and cooperation between Nordic and Baltic countries through the promotion and support of student and teacher exchanges within business, technology, communication & media as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. With close links to the industry this network provides possibilities and funding for internships. Additionally, express mobility is funded within this network since it might be the only option for some students (students with families, low-income etc.).
  • Implementing intensive programmes. In an intensive programme students and teachers from different partner institutions come together to work on a common theme. This work usually leads to further cooperation.
  • Development projects. The network examines current trends to find cooperation opportunities in areas such as collaboration with the industry, HRM etc.

The interest towards sharing best practices and gaining new experiences has increased. Study or/and work abroad is now compulsory in many of the network partner institutions. Students have adapted a global mindset to gain and aim for more international experiences. Furthermore, teacher exchange offers a variety of possibilities: exchanging ideas and developing material, finding ideas for projects, teaching and pedagogical aspects, and extending institutional cooperation. The network uses advanced web-based tools to provide materials and information for network members. The updated budget is always available online for members to help in planning prospective mobility activities. This provides visibility, equality and trust inside the network, as well as activates cooperation by making it simpler to access all the necessary information.

Student Express Mobility for Tourism Students 2019

Project number: NPHE-2019/10127.
Period: 2019/05/15-2020/10/01.
Responsible department at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Faculty of Business.
Coordinating person at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences:
Jolanta Valiaugienė.

Project coordinating institution: Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia).
Project partners: Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Tallinn University of Technology Estonian Maritime Academy Centre for Blue Economy (Estonia), Kaunas kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania).
Project summary: The aim of the express mobility for tourism students is to gain additional experience in international study environment and supplement their theoretic and practical knowledge of tourism management and to support teacher cooperation and internationalization at sending and partner institutions. One week express mobility visits are integrated into the regular curriculum of students and fully recognized in the study programme by 3 ECTS. Before the mobility students carry out an assignment involving research on the tourism of the host country. During the mobility students visit host institutions and learn about various tourism aspects through lectures, workshops, field trips to companies and sights. Sending institution will support assistance to lecturers during mobility activities. Host institution will provide their expertise on the tourism products of the host country in form of the lecture/workshop. After the mobility students write a report on their conclusions.
The partnership has shown successful implementation of the project and result activity. The previous students’ reports show that express mobility develops their intercultural skills as well as gives a valuable profesional skills in international environment and promote the internationalization of the curriculum, especially if students can’t participate in other long-term mobilities.

Archive

Sustainable Development In an Inclusive Society (project No. NPHE-2018/10245)

2018/06/15 – 2019/10/01

Welltour/2018 (project No. NPHE-2018/10230)

2018/06/15 – 2019/10/01

Healing Greenery/2018 (project No. NPHE-2018/10257)

2018/06/15 – 2019/10/01

NEWELRA 2018 (project No. NPHE-2018/10022)

2018/06/01 – 2019/09/30

Nordejordemodern network (project No. NPHE-2018/10129)

2018/06/15 – 2019/10/01

EkoTekNord 2018-CX (project No. NPHE-2018/10093)

2018/06/01-2019/09/30

Express Mobility for Tourism Students (project No. NPHE-2018/10117)

2018/05/15 – 2019/05/30

NEWELRA – Baltic-Nordic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (project No. ID NPHE-2017/10246)

2017/06/15 – 2018/10/01

Welltour 2017 (project No. NPHE- 2017/10264)

2017/06 /15 – 2018/10/01

Healing Greenery (project No. NPHE-2017/10330)

2017/06/15 – 2018/10/01

NEWELRA – Baltic-Nordic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (project No. ID NPHE-2017/10246)

2017/06/15 – 2018/09/30

STRANGERS: The own kind and the other in Art and Social Sciences (project No. NPHE-2017/10372)

2017/09/01 – 2018/09/30

Sustainable Development In an Inclusive Society (project No. NPHE-2017/10129)

2017/09/01 – 2018/09/30

Nordejordemodern 2017 (project No. NPHE-2017/10215)

2017/06 /15 – 2018/10/01

EkotekNord (project No. ID NPHE-2017/10129)

2017/06/15 – 2018/09/30

NOBANET: E-business models for international SMEs /2017 (project No. ID:NPHE-2017/10159)

2017/06/01- 2018/09/30

 

NEWELRA – Baltic-Nordic Network for Creating New Earning Logics in Rural Areas (project No. ID NPHE-2016/10061)

2016/06/15 – 2017/10/01

Welltour 2016 (project No. NPHE-2016/10402)

2016/06/15 – 2017/10/01

Nordejordemodern 2015 (project No. NPHE-2015/10159)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30

Development of clinical dental technicians training concept (project No. NPHE-2015/10295)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30

Network Welltour/2015 (project No. NPHE-2015/10160)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30

NOBANET: Nordic-Baltic Network for Internationalisation of SMEs/2014 (project No. ID NPHE-2015/10239)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30

Ekoteknord IP „Lean Canvas“ (project No. ID HE-2015/10129)

2015/06/15 – 2016/09/30