ODISSeA – Organ Donation Innovative Strategies for Southeast Asia is an Erasmus+ project funded by the European Commission under the program “Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education”. The main objective is to design and implement an academic postgraduate program on organ donation in 8 universities from Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand (SeA countries) in accordance with the European Space for Higher Education guidelines. The project is the result of the cooperation of fourteen institutions from Southeast Asia (SeA) and the European Union. From the European side, the University of Barcelona is the leader and organizer of the project, together with the University of Bologna, Italy, University of Zagreb Medical University, Croatia, DTI Foundation, Spain, and Dinamia S. Coop., Spain.
The origin of the project comes from the need for a specialized training program that builds adequate knowledge, skills and attitude in organ donation to improve the number of well-trained specialists that will efficiently coordinate the process of organ donation in the SeA countries.
The postgraduate academic program to be developed and implemented will provide a common framework where Universities from 3 European countries and 8 Universities from SeA countries to develop a student-centered lifelong learning strategy corresponding to highly specialized knowledge in organ donation, with specific problem-solving skills and the responsibility of managing and transforming organ donation through strategic approaches. Upon successful completion, an accomplishment diploma validated and accredited by SeA universities will be issued (750 hours or 30 ECTS). Upon completion of the project, the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will have implement a suitable adapted postgraduate program on organ donation curricula, according to the stipulations and requirements established in each partner SeA University and validated by local and EU experts, which will respond to the educational needs identified during the project.