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RADIOECOLOGY-Blended Learning in Radiation Protection and RadioEcology

3 - Good health and well-being; Teaching Projects; 2015; 2016; 2017

Programme: Strategic Partnerships. Strategic Partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in the fields of education, training, and youth.

This strategic partnership educational program presented in this document is established between European Universities, National Regulatory Bodies and Research Institutes. Its content fully complies with requirements of modern educational structures, in the field of radiation protection. In our proposal, the access to learning materials for a large group of student and professionals is made easier through the use of e-learning systems. The program is focused on students from partner – or other European – Universities, as well as on employed professionals (such as members of Regulatory Bodies, hospital employees, firms and research centers), concerned by ionizing radiations and willing to improve their skills or to restore their knowledge in the field of radiation protection.

The program consists in 6 intensive courses, and 6 modules on e-learning. The content of each course has been carefully selected. The preparation of educational programs and their later implementation is planned to be a joint effort of all partners. To this end, several working meetings including all European potential partners have already been organized with the purpose of performing an overview of the comprehensive situation in teaching and training radiation protection programs. These meetings have been organized in Mol (Belgium, 17th of February 2014), in Hasselt (Belgium, 25th of February 2014), in Bologna (Italy, 8th of April 2014) and in Thessaloniki (Greece, 27th of May 2014). Another meeting in foreseen in Prague (Czech Republic, 1th of April 2015)

An important part of the project is related to the harmonization of training and teaching programs in different European countries, with the perspective of developing the skills defined in the directive 2013/59/EURATOM (5th of December 2013). These activities aim at ensuring a sustainable development of competences for technological key fields for the future, e.g. nuclear energy (including decommissioning and waste management), health (nuclear medicine, radiation therapy), etc. The first year of the project solution will be mainly dedicated to the preparation of the 24 ECTS program, as well as to the promotion of the program in different Institutions. The program will be divided into three types of teaching activities, plus an internship. The teaching activities will be split in distance learning modules, advanced courses and practical training. The distance learning will be proposed for basic knowledge modules. The expected impact of the strategic partnership will propose many significant improvements for students:  improving the knowledge in nuclear physics, in nuclear chemistry and in radiation protection; improving the range of knowledge in the field of study through discussions with teachers and researchers from different parts of Europe; improving independence in making decision; improving skills from own results presentation in an international group of students; improving skills to stand up for personal opinion; improving experimental skills by using new devices and data processing; creating new friendships with the students from different European countries – new personal contacts for future collaboration; improving students language skills, etc. The teachers will have the opportunity to participate in experiments, which are often not possible in the standard organization of their own universities. They can also have the possibility to exchange information about study programs in different European universities in the field of nuclear engineering, which are the basic step for inter-universities study training.

Project Duration in months: 24
Start Date: 01/09/15 
End Date: 31/08/17 

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