Ελληνικά Erasmus at ATEITH









Intensive Programs (IP)

Powering the Future with Zero Emission and Human Powered Vehicles
Academic years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13

Coordinator
ATEITH, Vehicle Technology Department, Assistant Professor Theodoros Kosmanis.

Participants
Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Greece, KdG University College, Antwerp, Belgium, University of Rousse “Angel Kantchev”, Bulgaria, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland, University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, Technical University of Radom, Poland, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, University of Bradford, UK, Kasimir Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Poland, Politecnico di Torino, Italy (guest).

Description
The Intensive Programme (IP) entitled "Powering the Future with Zero Emission and Human Powered Vehicles" is an effort to bring the academic and industrial communities together to discuss with and report to undergraduate students the most recent developments concerning Human Powered Vehicles, electrically assisted or not, and their Supporting Technology. To the purpose of meeting the goals proposed for this IP, the consortium develops a joint program, presented and laboured during ten working days. For two active weeks, students from 9 partner European Academic Institutions get together with international teachers for lecturing sessions, discussions, exercise problems, laboratory measurements, company visits etc. around electrically assisted human powered vehicles (velomobiles - HPVs).
The single seated electrical motor-bicycle is moved by human power through a mechanical transmission system similar to the one of a typical bicycle. Additionally, electrical power can be used through the corresponding drivetrain, consisting of batteries, power electronics and electric motor.
Students participating in the IP during the first two years have worked in multidisciplinary groups towards the design of a realistic HPV prototype meeting predefined specifications. During the third year of the IP, students worked, measured and raced twice realistic HPVs built from partner Institutions. Cultural activities are also a significant part of the IP as to promote the European culture and citizenship. The program was funded by the Erasmus LLP through the Greek National Agency for Erasmus LLPs, State Scholarships Foundation (funding contracts: 2010-1-GR1-ERA10-04393, 2011-1-GR1-ERA10-06828). During the three years, 133 students and 50 teachers participated in the program (1st year: 49 students-17 teachers, 2nd year: 44 students-18 teachers, 3rd year: 50 students-15 teachers), among whom 28 ATEI students and 6 teachers.

Web site: www.ip-zev.gr


Older People in Europe: New Needs
Acronym: OPEN-N

Role: ΑΤΕΙ is the coordinator

Academic years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13

Funding body
The program was funded by the Erasmus LLP through the Greek National Agency for Erasmus LLPs, State Scholarships Foundation- IKY

Grant agreement reference number
OPEN-N 1: 2010-1-GR1-ERA10-04389
OPEN-N 2: 2011-1-GR1-ERA10-06816

ECTS awarded: 5

Coordinator
ATEITH, Nursing Department, Clinical Lecturer: Dimitrios Theofanidis.

Participants
Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Greece, plus 7 partner institutions from abroad, i.e.: Coimbra University (Portugal), Ankona University (Italy), University of Central Lancashire (UK), University of Ulster (UK) Yrkeshögskolan Novia, (Finland), Cork University (Ireland), and Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen, (Belgium).

Description
Objectives
This project on the care of the Elderly, started off on best practices regarding care delivery (OPENN-1) moved on to evidence based findings and practice (OPENN-2) and is now going to finalize with moral issues, ethical dilemmas and cross-cultural recommendations on Elderly care and Wellbeing in contemporary Europe (OPENN-3). The new and final objectives include to:
1. Continue with our innovative forums for students and staff to finalize suggestions for improvement and maintenance of the health status of elderly European citizens.
2. Report on further exchanges of ideas and consolidation of innovative ideas concerning wellbeing and independence of the elderly.
3. Demonstrate the ability to complete a cross cultural study with all partners cooperating/contributing.
Target groups
The primarily target group of this educational intervention remains the undergraduate student nurses from Italy, Portugal, Ireland, UK and Greece who are going to partake to the third and final study phase of the OPEN-N IP. These students range from 1st to final year of study, will be various ages and will have a quota of male participation of at least 20%. All must share a common interest in the field of geriatric care and show enthusiasm for studying in a multicultural environment.
Main activities
Educational activities for the project implementation include the following:
1. At least three study circles within the home institution in order for the students to be more prepared at the commencement of the IP.
2. Uploading relevant material to the project’s website, before, during and after the IP commences.
3. Use of IT and evidence based resources such as the Cochrane collaboration, NICE and the Joanna Briggs Institute to finalize our search for solutions concerning ethical decision making in care delivery for the Elderly.
Learning outcomes
On completion of OPENN-3, students should be able to:
1. Critically discuss ethical issues of particular concern to old people’s care.
2. Identify nursing ethical theories influencing elder care and well-being.
3. Describe the moral dilemmas faced by practitioners when delivering physical, mental, social, cultural and spiritual/psychic care for the elderly.
4. Explain the health and wellbeing needs of the elderly from a broad perspective within the participating countries’ health care systems.

Participants
During the three years, 76 students and 19 teachers participated in the program, i.e.
1st year: 24 students and 6 teachers, 4th - 17th April 2011
2nd year: 20 students and 6 teachers, 28th May-8th June 2012
3rd year: 20 students and 6 teachers, 20th May-1st June 2013
Also, 12 ATEI students and 1 teacher participated as well.

Web site: http://www.nursingip.eu/


Evidence Based Practice: Clinical Implications in Nursing Education & Management
Acronym: EBN:CINEMa

Role: ΑΤΕΙ is the coordinator

Academic years: 2012-13, 2013-14

Funding body
The program was funded by the Erasmus LLP through the Greek National Agency for Erasmus LLPs, State Scholarships Foundation- IKY

ECTS awarded: 5

Coordinator
ATEITH, Nursing Department, Clinical Lecturer: Dimitrios Theofanidis.

Participants
Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Greece, plus 2 partner institutions from abroad, i.e.: Kingston University (UK), Coimbra University (Portugal), and University of Klaipedos (Lithuania).

Description
Objectives
1) To stimulate an interest in nurses to partake actively in readily updating their nursing knowledge by partaking spontaneously in Evidence Based Practice
2) To create a stimulating learning environment for staff and students in order to uncover EBP solutions to improve nursing care.
3) To encourage change not only at a multinational level but in a truly cross-cultural environment.
Target groups
All levels of undergraduate nurse students currently studying at the participating institutions. Staff will also be targeted in order to reach a wider audience.
Main activities
These will mainly include:
1) e-learning facilities will be implemented throughout the preliminary phase (before the actual IP commences)
2) To teach the students: how to frame a good clinical question; ways of finding the evidence; skills in assessing the evidence; and finally enabling them to make wise and informed clinical decisions.
Learning outcomes
On completion, students should have attained the following skills:
1) To identify areas that require improvement in nursing practice.
2) To describe the lack of evidence in routine clinical tasks.
3) To discuss critically the rigor of the evidence found.
4) To explain implications for nursing practice.
Expected outputs
To enlighten student nurses on how to approach EBP as part of their future vocation. Staff will broaden their teaching of EBP including the subject areas of Research Methodology and Epidemiology which are currently taught in all the participating institutions. On completion of the IP, each multinational group will present their ideas and workload in the form of a semi-formal presentation.

Participants
During the two years of the IP, 32 students and 7 teachers participated in the program:
1nd year: 12 students and 3 teachers, 6th May-19th May 2013
2rd year: 12 students and 3 teachers, 11th May-22nd May 2014
Also, 8 ATEI students and 1 teacher participated as well

Web site: http://www.nursingip.eu/cinema/index.html


Well, MAN? Men’s wellbeing and Health in a European Perspective
Acronym: WELL MAN?

Role: ΑΤΕΙ is a partner

Academic years: 2010-11, 2011-12

Funding body
The program was funded by the Erasmus LLP through the Belgian National Agency for Erasmus LLPs

ECTS awarded: 5

Coordinator
Nursing Department, Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen, Belgium.

Participants
Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki (Greece), Cadiz University (Spain), Tallinna Tervishoiu Kõrgkool (Estonia), University of Klaipeda (Lithuania), Yrkeshögskolan Novia, (Finland).

Description
Men’s health and wellbeing have effects on the individual and his family as well as on the national economy e.g. in the form of lower productivity and higher health care costs. We know that men are less healthy, have more social problems and die on the average 5,3 years earlier than women in Europe. This is due to differences in ways of living, a decline in socio-economic position and to the changing role of men in the family, working life and society as a whole. Even if this is a well known fact the topic has been neglected in public discussion, research and in social and health care. Moreover, the economic recession in Europe means that less money will be spent on preventive social and health care the following years which leads to an even more difficult situation for men in need.

The project focuses on a big and multifaceted group –working age men. We want to know what the state of health of the European man is, the factors that affect his health and wellbeing in different countries and how the social and health care system is organized with a view on men. We are not only interested in men’s illness and crisis, quite the contrary we focus at least as much on health promoting and preventive work.

The aim of the IP is also to give the students tools for their future work:
- by comparing the systems in health and social care in different parts of Europe the students get concrete examples, ideas and models that they can use in their own work (for example peer groups for men, reception for men at health care centers etc).
- an insight into the way men think and look at themselves in order to be able to meet them professionally and with credibility (understand the importance of social roles, cultural factors, age etc). Understanding of men is needed both regarding patient/client situations as well as in different social situations (for example men as parents of small children).
- strengthen the professional attitude of the students when meeting men to ensure that mεn are making their own decisions in matters related their own health.

Participants
During the three years, 76 students and 19 teachers participated in the program, i.e.:
1st year: 40 students and 10 teachers, 3th - 14th May 2010, Turku, Finland.
2nd year: 40 students and 10 teachers, 28th May-8th June 2011, Lier, Belgium.
Also, 8 ATEI students and 1 teacher participated as well.
Well Tour 2- «Promotion of wellness tourism - focus on elderly»
Academic years: 2011-12 and 2012-13

Coordinator
Kauno kolegija / Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania.

Participants
Kauno kolegija / Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania, Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Greece, Tartu Health Care College, Estonia, College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Czech Republic, School of Economics and Law (WSEiP), Kielce, Poland.

Description
The Intensive Program entitled «Promotion of wellness tourism - focus on elderly» includes 5 higher education institutes in 5 European countries, which represent the disparity of Europe from the point of socio-cultural and economic development as well geographical diversity. The universities involved have already cooperated within the IP-Erasmus entitled «Welltour» in 2011-12. Students then participated in the program, aimed to design and simulate units of wellness tourism, which is commonly associated with youth. Ads where the elderly are the main factor in the promotion of wellness services are rare. According to Eurostat, the population of older people is increasing every year and in the next years 25% of the population of most European countries will be over 60 years old. Besides, in 2012 was the European Year dedicated to Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.

The IP was a 5 ECTS course which included preparatory work, theoretical and practical studies and project work during two weeks (10 days of work, 2 days of social programme and 2 days of arrival/departure). During that time, students attended lectures given by teachers from the participating institutes, researchers at the host institution and social partners from SPAs’ on ageing population and health issues in Europe, special SPA treatments and rehabilitation services for elderly, marketing of wellness tourism for elderly population, establishment of small and medium enterprises for wellness services and next to that study visits were planned to local organizations (elderly care homes) and rehabilitation and SPA centers. They were organized into multiprofessional and multinational groups and prepared presentations on relevant topics at the end of the course. During workshops and groups work they observed how premises of these centers were adapted for elderly, prepared business plans and presented them at the last day of IP in simulation of fair. Thus they prepared reports on the state of the SPA (with focus on the elderly), legal regulation, resources, services, changes in services, prices for treatments and other related topics. Generally this IP attempted to connect higher education students, with providers and users of these services.

The cooperation between higher education institutes and enterprises was one of the key elements of this IP in order for students to develop their business skills and to encourage teamwork, interdisciplinary approach and international cooperation in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment. Significant part of the IP was also cultural activities as to promote the European culture and citizenship.

During the two years, 14 students and 1 teacher from the department of Aesthetics and Cosmetology of the Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki participated in the program.