The EPBS Academic Network is a network of universities, colleges and schools that teach Biomedical Science across Europe.The EPBS Academic Network was founded in 2011 by the EPBS, European Assciation for Professions in Biomedical Science, and it is right now about to be built up. In the meantime all Biomedical Science educational institutionsin Europe were contacted to become members of the EPBS Academic Network.A member of the EPBS Academic Network will have access to relevant information on Biomedical Science,the opportunity to participate in European projects, develop new bachelor, master and PhD programs in Biomedical Science.
The Degree Programme in Biomedical Laboratory Science joined the EPBS Academic Network in 2015 with the purpose to broaden and strengthen our international partnerships. We participate in Erasmus teacher, student and staff exchanges. Through the Erasmus student exchange programme, students have the possibility to complete 3-month practical trainings in other countries. We do research cooperation with our BIONord partners but we would like to widen our cooperation in Europe. We will organise our first international week together with the Degree Programme in Laboratory Engineering in February 2016. Lecturers worldwide from Tampere University of Applied Sciences partner universities are invited to participate.
We believe that the EPBS Academic Network can offer a platform for finding new exchange contacts and partners. In particular, it can offer a platform for exchanging ideas in the field of education. Could we European educators call together a symposium to discuss current issues?
The biomedical laboratory science programme at Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University decided to join the EANBMS in the year 2011. During the past 4 years the biomedical laboratory science programme in Gothenburg has worked intensively with internationalization, with the purpose to build long-term and qualitative international networks. We have established several new partners in Europe as well as in other parts of the world and we have fruitful collaboration with both student- and teacher exchange as well as some research collaboration. We believe that the EANBMS network can be a platform for exchanging contacts and find new partners. Also, it can develop to a platform for exchanging ideas in the field of education. For example it would be interesting to discuss how clinical training is handled throughout Europe?
The Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Austria was one of the first institutions to join the EPBS Academic Network. Internationalisation forms an important aspect in Salzburg in a number of ways.
First if all, through the Erasmus student exchange, students have the possibility to perform internships in other countries for the duration of 2 to 3 months. In addition, we receive international students on a regular basis. This exchange adds value to the education and widens the horizons of the students and supervisors involved. Students from Salzburg have been present at the EPBS meetings several times, an event that is a great experience.
In addition, we are involved as teachers in two programs that allow for a vivid teacher and staff exchange. An international journal club exists between Salzburg and Kuopio (Finland), in which students from both countries work together on the analysis and validation of scientific publications. In addition, we are currently involved in an English health literacy study in collaboration with Coimbra (Portugal), to determine differences in English skills between the students of both countries. The data will be used for the international Master degree studies in Biomedical Sciences.
The EPBS Academic Network could be an important platform to widen these collaborations and to enhance the exchange. It could also be of great use for the implementation of an international Master in Biomedical Sciences. International consortia could be formed through the EPBS Academic Network and (EU-) projects that further the development of our profession could be initiated. There are many open questions and differences in the education of biomedical sciences in Europe and it is about time to answer some of these in order to allow an easier exchange and improved understanding.