The SavingHearts project includes three organizations which have not been part of Erasmus projects. As such it will develop international collaboration and will allow these institutions and their stakeholders to join the lifelong learning process.
The composition of the consortium was based on the correspondence between the tasks to be completed and the partners’ expertise. All the project partners involved in the project have been selected according to their expertise in the field of cardiology and to their capacity of providing professional training to the target group of students to whom the project addresses, as well as their technical and financial capacity of dealing with previous projects in which they were involved.
The participating organization involved in the project bring, through their profile and experience, procure the necessary knowledge and skills to be acquired, so that the project is carried out with highly prepared resources. All the European partner universities have considerable experience in external academic cooperation, including student and staff mobility.
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu’s internationalization strategy focuses on providing support for a sustainable development in study programs and research. Pursuant to the credo that innovative teaching content and methods result from cutting-edge research LBUS sees a very close connection between the two. The mission of LBUS is to provide students with a qualitative higher education that would correspond to the international requirements. LBUS’s experience in LLP Projects brings relevance to the consortium composition and shows the capacity of good management skills. LBUS has coordinated a previous intensive programs and it is partner in several Erasmus Mundus projects, being the first Romanian university involved in such kind of cooperation projects. The Faculty of Medicine of LBUS continues this international policy and seeks to comply with the national and European academic requirements, trying to adapt the curricula to the new demands of the labor field in order to respond to the the acute need of preparing professional experts in the field of cardiology. This can be done only by following a policy that focuses on innovation, rigor and quality in education. LBUS is aware of the fact that, in order to respond to the needs of labor market, the students need to develop a mix of skills, so that their profiles of expertise fit with ideal profiles of future experts the labor market needs.
Internationalization is one of Lund University’s strategies as well, as it seeks to be a world-class university. As a part of this strategy Lund University cooperates with universities all over the world through bilateral agreements, educational and research programs, networks and partnerships as well as research collaboration. An important aim is prioritizing long-term relationships. In choosing the partners, the expertise that Lund University will provide in pediatric cardiology was the main reason for involving it in the project. The Division of Paediatric Cardiology is part of the Department of Paediatrics at the Lund University, with a large number of ongoing national and international projects in various fields of pediatric cardiology. Research projects at the Pediatric Department at Lund University include, among others the study of disorders in newborn infants (neonatology), especially diagnostics and treatment of heart diseases (pediatric cardiology). Lund University hosted a large number of national and international workshops in paediatric cardiology. Through the proposed intensive program for learners, all participants will acknowledge the expertise of Dr. Petru Liuba, associate professor and senior lecturer, head of paediatric cardiac catheterization in Lund and scientific adviser in several clinical projects.
The Western Vascular Institute is actively involved in vascular and endovascular research and training pertaining to new cutting edge technologies and their implementation. This ensures physicians gain new skills while maintain and progressing existing skills, permitting effective treatment of patients using the most state of the art technologies available.
Mr. Sherif Sultan, founder and Chairman of the Western Vascular Institute, is also clinical lecturer at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), being heavily involved in teaching Medical and Bio-engineering Students. As well as giving regular Lectures and tutorials, Mr. Sultan Sherif was one of the writing committee for the cardiovascular module for undergraduate education in Faculty of Medicine in NUIG.
Polisano hospital, as industry partner will contribute by providing the necessary equipment and most modern medical tools used in the field of cardiology, facilitating access to noninvasive techniques. Polisano will facilitate the daily practical applications, where students will assist in a supervised system to imagistic investigation, cardiac surgery and minimal-invasive interventions. Courses will be designed in an interactive manner with systems of telemedicine provided for all stages of the practical applications. On the other hand, Polisano will involve itself in research in this topic.