- University Children’s Hospital (Skopje, Macedonia)
- Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences (Zagreb, Croatia)
- Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, UKIM (Skopje, Macedonia)
- The University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield, UK)
- Beit Issie Shapiro – Amutat Avi (Ra’anana, Israel)
University Children’s Hospital, Skopje, Macedonia
(Partner 1 (P1) is University Children Hospital. P1 is a tertiary level public health institution (highest level of health care in the country), providing specialized outpatient and inpatient health care for children, at national level for all acute and most difficult chronic illnesses. P1 is employing 68 medical doctors and specialists, 150 medical nurses and 46 technical personal. With its scope of services and qualified staff, Hospital also provides child health services for patients from neighboring countries in the region. This Hospital is highly specialized for intensive and emergency neonatal care (newborn care) and has established a national system of referral and transportation of children born at risk from other regions in the country. The mission of the University Children’s Hospital is to become national and regional pediatric center of excellence, providing health for children with highest available medical standards and in accordance to the up to date medical doctrine. P1 has 14 departments. Within is Department of psychophysiology (DoPh), highly specialized in early diagnostics and treatment of all developmental disorders, with special interest on Autism Spectrum Disorders. DoPh has a trained staff in up to date diagnostic tools and early intervention treatments for autism.
As part of the National Medical University, P1 is also responsible for higher education process, including undergraduate, postgraduate and specialization studies. In the Hospital there are 13 professors, 9 associate professors and 11 professors assistants. Approximately, 500 students per year from all studies are receiving education at the Hospital. P1 has long-lasting experience in project management, both from national and international sources, such as UNICEF, World Bank, Autism Speaks, WHO and European Union funds. Currently, Hospital is undergoing major renovation and reconstruction of its premises, alongside establishment of new emergency health care department to serve the whole country).
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Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences (Zagreb, Croatia)
(Partner 2 (P2) is Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences (ERF), University of Zagreb. The University of Zagreb, founded in 1669, is the oldest and largest university within Croatia. Since its foundation the University has been continuously developing, and it now comprises 33 separate faculties and academies. With over 50,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, the University is both the strongest teaching institution within Croatia and also a strongly research-oriented institution, contributing over 50% of the total research output of the country. P2 is the central and only higher education institution in the Republic of Croatia providing education for professionals who will work with persons who have special needs. The faculty’s mission is to provide education and undertake research founded on scientific knowledge within the fields of special education and rehabilitation, social and educational inclusion, social pedagogy and disability.
Teaching and research activity is undertaken at undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and specialist levels. The faculty includes a rehabilitation centre: this is a clinical unit and teaching base, developed in 199 to support children with developmental disabilities and their families. Since that time the Centre has become a teaching and training base for students and professionals, as well as providing clinical services. A wide range of research and professional projects are undertaken within P2. P2 has a strong track record of participation in a range of national and international projects across the field of disability, including within the field of autism.
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Ss. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering (FCSE), Macedonia
(Partner 3 (P3) is the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering (FCSE) within Ss. Cyril and Methodius University (UKIM) in Skopje. UKIM is the first state University in the Republic of Macedonia, founded in 1949. The University is presently comprised of 22 faculties, 5 research institutes and 11 accompanying members. At the moment, UKIM has around 50.000 enrolled students from the Republic of Macedonia in all cycles of studies, as well as over 700 foreign students. It has more than 2300 teaching and scientific staff and over 300 associates that are engaged in the teaching, educational and scientific processes at the faculties. UKIM has established a long-term bilateral cooperation with 75 foreign universities participating in a very large number of international projects. This University is providing the most significant part of ICT experts for Macedonian labour market. More information about UKIM can be found at: http://www.ukim.edu.mk/en_index.php
P3 is the largest and most prestigious faculty in the field of computer science and technologies in Macedonia, and among the largest faculties in that field in the region. P3 teaching staff consists of 50 professors and 30 associates. These include many “best in field” personnel, such as the most referenced scientists in Macedonia and the most influential professors in the ICT industry in the Republic of Macedonia. Evidence of FCSE leading national position is that its academic staff are members of the National Agency for Accreditation and Evaluation, the National Scientific Council, the National European Integration Council, the National committee for ICT in education, the National committee for Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and members of the MARnet management board. Moreover, P3 staff has always been driving force in establishment, development and support of all activities and projects of the Macedonian National Research and Education Network (MARnet) and leading all the developments related to national e-Infrastructures and their inclusion to theglobal e-Infrastructures.
As a result, only this year 810 students enrolled at 8 different modules (majors) with more than 20 profiles (minors) in the first year of undergraduate studies. The total number of students enrolled at P3 is more than 4000 of these 3500 undergraduate students, more than 400 master students and 100 PhD students. These figures make P3 the largest technical faculty in the Republic of Macedonia. P3 offers a wide range of selective courses to its students, making different profiles capable to cope with different professional challenges. The P3 students are familiar with the English language and the languages of the region as well. Recognizing the need to strengthen educational and research capacities of the P3, in 2012, the Government has started an investment period in new laboratories at the P3 (http://www.finki.ukim.mk/en/studies/finki-labs), including the national High Performance Cluster http://www.finki.ukim.mk/en/studies/national-hpc-at-fcse
This project gives unique opportunity for P3 to ensure synergy between national and regional funding in research and EU funding, creating a truly competitive research environment. These facts, with the combination with HD video conferencing resources that are on the disposal of P3, recently upgraded by a e-Education ChinaAID project, ease intensive collaboration with foreign Universities and companies including the possibility to invite varying highly specialized lecturers when needed. More information about P3 can be found at: http://www.finki.ukim.mk/en/home. P3 Staff has participated as coordinators or participants in more than 200 international projects that cover a majority of scientific fields in ICT. In the last two years, P3 has been involved in 15 international projects financed by the European Union (FP7, TEMPUS, COST, Erasmus, H2020), the United States of America (NSA, Office of naval research, Department of Energy) and bilateral projects with Germany (DAAD program). More details on P3 projects can be found at: http://www.finki.ukim.mk/en/about-faculty/projects
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THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION, UK
(Partner 4 (P4) is University of Hertfordshire (UH). P4 is among the most successful new universities in the UK: innovative, enterprising and business facing, with a truly international student community of 24,500, including more than 3,800 international students from over 100 different countries. We have successfully collaborated with international partners for over two decades. Our student community includes almost 3,800 international students from over 100 different countries. P4 is in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017, which list the world’s best universities that are aged 50 years or under, and is included in the Times Higher Education list of the “200 Most International Universities in the World”. In the most recent assessment of the University’s research (the Research Assessment Framework 2014), 93 per cent of the submitted research was judged to be of international quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
P4 has been awarded the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Badge P4 is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter, demonstrating its commitment to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in higher education and research, and has been awarded the Athena Swan Bronze Institutional Award. Research at the University is organized around six key themes: Food; Global Economy; Health and Wellbeing; Heritage, Cultures and Communities; Information and Security; and Space. It is conducted in Research Centres and Groups located within Schools. P4 is now involved in 16 Horizon 2020 projects, as well as 4 Erasmus+ projects, INTERREG North Sea Region project, EFSA tenders and COST Actions, coordinating Cost Action 16207 “European Network for Problematic Usage of the Internet”.
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Beit Issie Shapiro – Amutat Avi, Israel
(Partner 5 (P5) is Beit Issie Shapiro is a leading organization in Israel, impacting over half a million people annually, providing services for children and adults with disabilities, across the entire range of disabilities. We promote social change using a three-pronged approach: development and provision of cutting edge services, changing attitudes in society and advocating for better legislation, and sharing knowledge, within Israel as well as internationally, through research, consultation and training.
Beit Issie Shapiro has Special Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2012.
P5 has developed a wide global professional network, including the United Nations, international organizations in the field of disabilities, governments, diplomats, municipalities, NGOs and others involving an array of content areas within three core frameworks: global consultation and training services, international research and collaborative projects. P5 has held Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic & Social Council, on the topic of disabilities, since 2012. Part of Beit Issie Shapiro’s vision is to identify unmet needs in the field of disabilities and then to create and provide innovative and effective solutions to meet those needs. As a center of excellence, Beit Issie Shapiro’s programs serve as a model through which we share and leverage our expertise, research and experience and guide the establishment of similar programs worldwide in order to fulfill our vision of an inclusive society, which assures the rights and the opportunities for maximum growth and development of children and adults with diverse abilities. The Technology Center at Beit Issie Shapiro specializes in the use of technology for people with disabilities, and provides consultation and training services to professionals working in the field of disabilities. The Center also serves as a leading hub for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, bringing more accessible and affordable solutions to people with disabilities. The Technology Center at Beit Issie Shapiro serves as a leading hub for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of Assistive Technology, bringing more accessible and affordable solutions to people with disabilities).
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