From December 1 to 3, 2021, the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences (PG) and the International Office (IO) of Fulda University of Applied Sciences jointly organised International Days. The event was the closure of the DAAD-funded project HAWFulda.International. It brought together representatives of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), as well as representatives of partner universities and practice partners from around the world. Students also participated in the event sharing their experiences and perspectives as exchange students supported by the project.
The HAWFulda.International Days were organised in a hybrid format, with presentations and sessions both from participants on site and online. Altogether, over 50 colleagues and students participated online, another 20 were present on campus. The event was attended by experts from different countries, including Albania, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Romania, Switzerland and the USA.
The event was framed by a welcome address of Prof. Dr. Khakzar, president of Fulda University, as well as inputs of representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and of the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) who talked about current developments and workforce needs in global health.
In various workshops, participants together with the project leaders, Prof. Dr. Dr. Jens Holst and Prof. Dr. Kai Michelsen, and the head of the IO, Ms Julia-Sophie Rothmann, drew conclusions, discussed the lessons learned and reflected about the way forward together with their counterparts. Practice partner organisations contributed to the discussion in presenting their activities and projects in the health sector and talking about opportunities for internships in the field.
The presentation of existing EU funding programmes (Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe) for international cooperation in research and education gave further food for thought about possible future joint applications.
The different perspectives and experiences exchanged and discussed during the HAWFulda.International Days were very fruitful for both strengthening the partnerships established so far and for sharing important inputs about improvements and ideas for future collaboration.