CASO Caring Society: Building Communities, Social Inclusion and Health Development

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Developing Social and Health Care Curricula together - Caring Society (CASO): Building Communities, Social Inclusion and Health Development

European and South African universities team up for large international project

Three European universities of applied sciences and three South African research universities have established an international partnership in the fields of healthcare and welfare. This partnership, named the Caring Society 3.0 consortium, has received a grant of more than €800,000 from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education programme to help them achieve their goals.

Caring Society 3.0 consortium:
- Avans University of Applied Sciences (NL)
- Lahti University of Applied Sciences (FI)
- Karel de Grote Hogeschool (BE)
- University of Cape Town (SA)
- University of the Western Cape (SA)
- Cape Peninsula University of Technology (SA).

The project will be carried out in South Africa 2017-2019. It joins forces with the three participating research universities based in this country and improves South African social and healthcare through knowledge exchange and curriculum devleopment. To realize this, the consortium also collaborates with (local) associated partners from the work field. These NGO’s, companies and other organizations support the project by providing e.g. their expertise, platforms or networks.
Project period
Project state
Project area
Project funding
Erasmus 2014-2020 KA2
LAMK role
Faculty of Social and Health Care
Project focus area
Well-being and regenerative growth
Project programmes :

1. Patient Partner Programme involves patients directly in the learning process. As part of this programme, professionals are taught how to consider things from a patient’s perspective. This allows patients, in turn, to contribute to the community.

2. Health and Lifestyle Programme promotes a physically active lifestyle among young people. More physical activity during classes, prevention and learning how to make healthy lifestyle choices are the focus areas of this programme.

3. Care for the Caregiver Programme provides social and healthcare professionals with further training and multidisciplinary professionalisation opportunities related to screening and rehabilitation of discharged hospital patients in their own homes.

The final outcome of the tree programmes is a 45 ECTS MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) for current and future social- and health care professionals. The project partners will collaborate closely on this, with each of them contributing their own expertise. The consortium also creates opportunities for student and teacher mobility and for work placements abroad and aims at sustainable partnerships between the universities.
Project managers
Annamaija Id-Korhonen
Senior Lecturer
annamaija [dot] id-korhonenatlamk [dot] fi