Start: 01-10-2018 – End: 30-09-2020
Project Reference: 2018-1-HR01-KA203-047494
Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for higher education

Our teams’ idea is to create a framework, and produce an ideal version of the soft skills curriculum that would be applicable in veterinary higher education throughout Europe.
As it should cover a wide range of life skills to cover all aspects of modern day challenges it will be organized in three sections: 

communication,
entrepreneurship and
digital skills.

The project team will firstly develop a set of recommendations for learning outcomes in life skills, then, a training concept for education of teachers involved in soft skill teaching and finally, carry out a pilot implementation project of selected modules at implementation partners’ institutions. The intellectual outcomes will be developed in coordination with students’ association (IVSA), professional associations of veterinarians and an accreditation authority for veterinary education establishments within Europe (EAEVE) to make sure it responds correctly to the needs of both students and labour market.

All the activities and outputs of this project are designed to have an impact on EU level, especially on EU veterinary higher education. Even though the project consortium is comprised of mainly Central European partners, the presence of EAEVE guarantees an European impact during and after the project is finished. The members of the team also have a large European network of contacts and positions within European veterinary associations. The intellectual outputs are aimed to have a profound effects on the way curricula of veterinary HEI are designed and taught in whole EU.

Internationally, the results of this project should be comparable to similar initiatives in the USA, Canada and Australia and will show the readiness of EU for tackling the challenge  of teaching life skills in veterinary medicine which has been recognized earlier in some non-European countries.

The long term benefits of this project are systemic and include both veterinary HE as well as the veterinary profession at EU level. The innovative way of designing the new “soft skills” curricula in this project aims at setting new standards of teaching, implementation of available IT technologies in the teaching and work based learning.

More details about the project are available at the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/2018-1-HR01-KA203-047494