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Update on the Lifelong Learning Programme: Erasmus Multilateral Projects Award

The Faculty of Health Sciences has recently been granted a prestigious Lifelong Learning Programme: Erasmus Multilateral Projects Award to develop a European MSc in Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies. The project, led by Ann-Marie Hughes, started on 1st October 2012 and involves the University's collaboration with 10 other partner Universities across Europe in countries such as France, Italy, Romania, The Netherlands and Finland.

In line with the Bologna and Lisbon processes, the project will involve key stakeholders such as academics, patients, carers, and industry professionals in identifying learning outcomes and competencies to develop an MSc in Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies. The Ambition: to produce leaders who can advance the health and rehabilitation technologies market for clinical, research, technical and commercial purposes.

During November last year, the University of Southampton hosted the first kick-off meeting for the project; all but one of the European partners visited the University to get the project off the ground. The University's own Dr Mary Gobbi provided professional training for the project partners in Masters Level programme design and the structures and regulations behind a collaborative European MSc. Overall the meeting was a great success, and the future of the project was off to an encouraging start. 

With the project now in full swing, the team are set to meet in Bucharest, Romania in late March to begin finalising the learning outcomes and competencies that a graduate of the new MSc may possess. Very soon, the project's key stakeholder groups will be contacted and consulted as to their opinions on what they would like to see from a European MSc. The intention is to design a programme tailored perfectly to the industry that graduates will work in.

For more information about the project and its on-going development, please visit www.rehabtech.soton.ac.uk . You can also follow the project on Twitter via the link on the website or @AdvRehabTech.

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