LAB University of Applied Sciences (LAB) is a multidisciplinary higher education institution (HEI) located in the city of Lahti and Lappeenranta in the southern part of Finland.  LAB is the 6th largest university of applied science in Finland and largest institute of higher education in the Päijät-Häme Region. It offers a variety of high quality Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programmes in business administration, culture and arts, social and health care and engineering. There are 5,300 students and 260 full-time teaching staff.
LAB’s goal is to develop the region’s working life, entrepreneurship, regional learning and innovation environment, and to advance individual and environmental well-being, and finally to support the internationalization of the Lahti Region. LAB’s applied research activities aim at finding, developing and producing new and improved products, production systems, methods and services.
International RDI activities and specialist expertise are targeted at the focus areas: Design; Smart Business; Welfare and Reformative Growth; and Circular Economy Solutions. RDI activities are aimed at developing efficient ways of using the region’s resources and renewable energy solutions in cooperation with businesses and promoting sustainable urban structures.
LAB has offered further education in healthcare logistics since 2013.

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Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS) is one of the major Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. The university is divided into eleven schools, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programmes in seven fields: art, technology, media and information technology, healthcare, behavior and society, education and business. Currently around 30,000 students are working on their professional future, studying at our university. The number of staff is approximately 3000.
The Logistics Management programme is part of The School of Built Environment of RUAS and conducts research on several Healthcare projects since 2007. Over hundred reports and  papers on healthcare logistics, based on practical research mainly,  have been written and published since 2007. A large part of research has been done in cooperation with students. RUAS has initiated a Centre of Practice for Healthcare projects in 2013. The goal of this platform is to bring Dutch Healthcare institutions, researchers, lecturers and students together to discussing common and trending topics on Healthcare logistics.
Since 2008 the faculty offers two different modules (beginners and advance) on Healthcare Logistics for a broad audience of fulltime and part-time students. Usually the students have either a logistics background or healthcare background. These courses are designed and offered by a senior lecturer healthcare logistics.

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Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) is an international centre of excellence for research and education in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, established in partnership with the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL-MIT). ZLC actively engages with industry and the public sector and is directly linked to the development of PLAZA – the largest logistics park in Europe. The MIT Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network was initially formed in 2004, with the opening of the ZLC, and it now spans four continents.
The Spanish Ministry of Education and Science designated ZLC as the National Centre of Excellence for research in the area of logistics and supply chain management – CNC-LOGISTICA– and, finally, ZLC coordinated the efforts to establish the European Technology Platform on Logistics (ALICE) through WINN project.
ZLC has developed 100+ R&D collaborative projects with global industry, focused on logistics and supply chain management. At European level, ZLC has participated in 25 European Union funded projects, being ranked as the Spanish entity with most EU funded projects in the field of logistics. Furthermore, ZLC has a strong knowledge-based background, with 75+ books and international and indexed that appear in the most prestigious international journals.

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Vocational education department of Tallinn Health Care Collage (TTHK) is one partner of the project Healthcare Logistics Education and Learning Pathway – HELP.

TTHK is an internationally recognized state professional higher education institution offering training in the field of health and well-being. Students can choose among the following programmes: Nurse, Midwife, Assistant pharmacist, Optometrist, Dental Technician, Occupational therapist and Health promotion.

Although the College offers higher education, there is also one department on vocational level. Vocational education department is the smallest unit of the college. It has about 400 students learning in school based as well as in work based groups. The trainings take place on the following curricula: Care workers, Emergency Medical technicians, Child minders, Sterilisation technician, Client worker for people with mental health problems and Assistive technology specialist.

In addition to teaching the department is also involved in various programmes and implements different activities. For example besides the HELP project the department is a partner of INTERREG programme „Nurse Education Development (NURED)“. The programme focuses on home care and the use of e-services and e-products in home care. Moreover the department seeks for study quality meaning in multicultural environment. This problem shall be solved in Nordplus programme  „Study quality in terms of multiculturalism in the Baltic Countries“. And of course we send out and receive students within the Erasmus+ mobility programme.

As for different activities which main aim is to popularise vocational education, the most well-known and annual conferences for different target groups according to the programmes the department is offering. For example in the year 2017 there took place conference for child minders and in 2018 there will be conference for client worker for people with mental health.

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Salpaus Further Education organises initial and continuing vocational training and upper secondary level education in the region of Päijät-Häme. Salpaus provides a wide range of initial (32), vocational (53) and specialist (36) qualifications for young and adult students in various fields of vocational education. Salpaus has 5 420 students in initial vocational education, 160 in upper secondary education, 1 349 apprenticeship learners and 11 039 adults in continuous education per year, on behalf of the Lahti Region Educational Consortium. The number of staff is 680.

Salpaus has an active role in local, regional and national VET development in priorities of quality of education, efficiency of processes and the impact of learning. Salpaus has participated in the national level development of vocational upper secondary qualifications and has just reformed all its qualifications in August 2015. Innovation in pedagogical solutions and new learning methods & environments are fostered in multi-player networks including companies, entrepreneurs, regional and national authorities, education and research institutes, teacher training colleges, and NGOs.

In HELP-project social and healthcare and logistics are co-operating in international field at the first time. We both have long term experience in students’ foreign on-the-job-learning placements based on reciprocity with foreign partners.  In past years we have taken also part in Erasmus+ KA2 projects. Our staff has good experience and competence of foreign cooperation both with schools and companies.

In social and healthcare unit students graduate to practical nurses. We have around 1000 young and adult students. As a staff we have 2 education managers,  40 teachers, 3 practical nurses as education assistants and 2 education secretaries. In social and healthcare unit we have extremely innovative international team where belongs teachers of nursing, pediatrics and rehabilitation. In HELP project takes part Tuula Hovilainen –Kilpinen, senior nursing lecture and head of SHC international team and Katja Makkonen, teacher. Tuula has experience of nursing homes, home care and hospitals, Katja from hospitals equipment maintenance.


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KU Leuven

Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) ( is one of Europe’s highest-ranked and most renowned universities. It is dedicated to education and research in nearly all fields divided over 15 faculties which are clustered into three groups: humanities and social sciences, science, engineering and technology (SET), and biomedical sciences. The main campus is located in the city of Leuven in Belgium, but it also has satellite campuses in Kortrijk, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Ostend, Geel, Diepenbeek, Aalst, Sint-Katelijne-Waver and Brussels. Accommodating more than 57,000 students and 11,000 staff members, KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium.

KU Leuven is a research intensive university with a strong inter- and multidisciplinary background and a clear international orientation for both fundamental and applied research. The goal is to obtain research excellence, a contribution to societal and cultural debates and the realization of a real knowledge society.

The Centre for Industrial Management has built up solid expertise in applying operational research concepts and algorithms in the public sector. Current research projects in healthcare logistics engineering focus on inventory and material management, planning and scheduling, lean thinking, and patient flow modeling and simulation.

The KU Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy (LIGB) aims to become one of the best research and educational centres for healthcare management and policy of at Flemish, Belgian and international level. It is structured in five main sections: quality and patient safety, organization and financing, communication, law and ethics. The goal is to support policy work for the government, healthcare organizations, care professionals and other stakeholders, and to be highly involved in the education program. With the Master’s degree in healthcare management and policy, KU Leuven aims to offer students a quality and specialized healthcare training by focusing on academic and professional competences. Graduates will be able to conduct health services research, fulfill management and leadership roles in healthcare.