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Meeting in Tartu, Estonia


Today, 1.4.2014, starts the 2nd Kick off meeting of the Soulbus consortium in Tartu Health Care College, located in Tartu, Estonia. Partner representatives are joined with USA partners from San Jose University who will be providing their valuable support in designing a Multicultural coaching programme for our European colleagues for the benefit of our students and future professionals in the fields of education, rehabilitation, health and social care. This programme should help teachers and mentors relate better to students coming from other countries and cultures when teaching academia and mentoring in practical placement.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on the 1st and 2nd of April where partners will discuss the activities so far as well as provide further insight to other partners regarding action plans for work packages that follow. Also, the case study repository will be analysed in a panel discussion with every partner contributing their thoughts on what content should be emphasized in the online coaching programme. We are one step closer to our ultimate goal, providing multiculutural competencies to teachers and mentors for the benefit of our students and future professionals. It’s no joke! (regarding April fool’s day!)

Tartu Health Care College, Estonia


Tartu Health Care College is our 11th partner and started as a midwifery school founded at the beginning of the 19th century. Today it boasts the reputation of being a leading health care education provided in Estonia. Today education and training is extended into the fields of nursing, radiography, bio-medical science, physiotherapy and environmental health. Furthermore, vocational training is offered for care worker, emergency medical technical and babysitter. Along with the Croatia FERS, THCC participates in Erasmus programme. Since taking part in 2004./05. foreign students have had the benefit of doing practical training in THCC while the college sent 134 students out to foreign exchange. THCC reports most of their students use the programme for doing practical training and the experience they bring to the table will provide useful suggestions to make Soulbus beneficial to all of us.

Read in more detail in their institution description by clicking the following link: P11_THCC_institution_info

Tartu University Hospital, Estonia


Tartu University Hospital (TUH) is the 12th partner of the Soulbus project and a leading academic medical centre for the past 2 centuries. It is also the largest provider of medical care in Estonia and the leading authority in kidney, bone marrow and liver transplants as well as congenital heart disease surgery. It consists of more than a dozen clinics with almost a thousand beds. Almost 2650 staff are medically trained (doctors, nurses and assistant nurses) and serve to provide inpatient, outpatient and community-based services ensuring a continuous development of medicine through high-level integrated medical treatment, training and research. The hospital serves the medical faculty of Tartu University as well as those of the Tartu Health Care College and provides for 360 THCC students having their practical placement in the hospital. Each year sees an increase in the number of foreign students in practical placement since THCC participates in different international mobility programmes. This experience will provide guidance towards making Soulbus effective.

Read in more detail in their institution description by clicking the following link: P12_TUH_Institution info