The most recent project in where DTI Foundation together with the University of Barcelona are the main coordinators is the KeTLOD project; “Knowledge transfer and leadership in Organ Donation, from Europe to China” cofounded by European Commission under the program “Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education”.
The main objective of KeTLOD project is to design and implement a postgraduate program in organ donation, customized to the needs of the Chinese health care professionals and adapted to the characteristics of the High Education system in China. This post-graduation program will be implemented in seven universities; crucial in terms of educational background and education capacity and their geographical position covering the main regions of mainland China. The KeTLOD curriculum is conceived as blended training program, in accordance with European Space for Higher Education guidelines and will offer knowledge and experience in clinical approach, management and dissemination strategies in Organ Donation and it consists in a 625 hours’ program that will lead to 25 ETCS.
KeTLOD curriculum, translated in Chinese language, will empower professional competences of the health care professionals in China; enhance the detection and referral of potential donors and through the dissemination of knowledge and information will encourage a positive attitude towards donation in the society.
Additionally, within this project, through organizing joint activities for higher education organizations, the partners are committed to build a knowledge network between European Universities and Chinese Universities
The consortium of the project is based on the work of a set of key actors in training in organ donation, University of Barcelona and DTI foundation along with two other Universities with extensive experience in trainings and who have previously worked in communication, dissemination and awareness in organ donation, University of Bologna and University of Nice. To assure a correct working plan and quality protocols DINAMIA will play an important role. Meanwhile to support the dissemination activities in China the Shenzhen XinGeRuiLa Culture Communication Co. Ltd. (XGRL) is added as partner to the KeTLOD consortium.
The project will be implemented in the following universities in China:
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) – Renji Hospital
- Hospital Capital Medical University (CCMU)
- Kunming University (KU)
- Wuhan University (WHU)
- Second Military Medical University Shanghai (SMMU)
- Nanchang University (UN)
- Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) – Transplant institute of medicine Nanning
This consortium will create a knowledge society foreseen as a starting point of further collaboration between China and Europe in education; training, health (more concretely organ donation) and culture exchange.
The KeTLOD project will have a duration of 2 years and as main outcome will be 14 Chinese experts in Training on Organ Donation and 140 healthcare students issued with a postgraduate diploma in Organ Donation.
After closing successfully, the first phase of Training the Trainers in where 22 Chinese experts were specialized in teaching organ donation at a university program level; the Chinese universities have selected their students and launched the postgraduate KeTLOD in their respective teaching program. A total of 144 students were selected following the selection criteria established by the consortium and enrolled in the KeTLOD program.
These students will be the first generation that will receive a KeTLOD diploma in Organ Donation issued from the Chinese Universities, equivalent to 25 ECTS and recognized by the European consortium universities.
Each university successfully launched their courses and organized an official opening ceremony in where representatives from the national authorities and from the Spanish embassy joined. The vice president of the respective universities together with the Dean of the partners hospitals were also among the ceremony guests. Messages of dedicated support to the project implementation were delivered by these authorities.
As part of the postgraduate implementation action local seminars were performed by each university with their respective students. The Chinese trainers led successfully the seminars and the skills they have previously acquired were successfully put into action during the seminars. Introduction and basic knowledge in the field of organ donation were explain to the students. Moreover, practical workshops were performed and open discussions between the students and the trainers were done during the whole seminar.
Up to date the six universities have performed their local seminars in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanchang, Kunming, Wuhan, Guangxi.
With a great satisfaction of accomplishment, we all look forward to the next step of the KeTLOD implementation!