About the project
The project answers to the need to develop digital rehabilitation in Eastern Africa through transnational cooperation in higher education focusing on the capacity building of teachers and professionals to enhance the competence development of students and the working life.
Higher Education Institutions (HEI) has import role to facilitate this transformation through research and development, including competence development (Murtonen et al. 2021). Action is a joint effort of the following higher education institutions: JAMK University of Applied Sciences, JAMK (Finland), Hochschule für Gesundheit University of Applied Sciences, HS G (Germany), and six HEIs from Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Eastern Africa partners include Moi University (MU), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), University of Rwanda (UR), The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), The Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), State University of Zanzibar (SUZA). The project is led by JAMK University in Finland and the overall coordinator is Kari Perkka.
In the context of this action, partners answer to the need to strategically leverage digital tools, technologies, and services in rehabilitation through educational development for sustainability. Sustainability is reached through local ownership of the competencies developed with the ongoing transfer of developed practices in the partner countries. The primary target groups of this project include partner HEIs (AU countries) teachers and professionals, students, and working life. Other target groups include various professionals in social and health care, the business sector, rehabilitation clients, and society at large. The overall objective of this project is to contribute towards the increased capacity of higher education to support and scale digital transformation in Eastern Africa, with the aim to ensure rehabilitation services for all.
- Strengthened role of higher education in the promotion of rehabilitation in society, including innovation and business ecosystems
- Enhanced pedagogical opportunities and increased quality of education in Eastern Africa in digital rehabilitation for the social, health, and education sectors
Outcomes of the projects:
1) Established Eastern Africa digital rehabilitation Innovation Community (IC),
2) Enhanced pedagogical competence/skills and increased knowledge of teachers and students related to digital rehabilitation
3) Renewed curricula on multidisciplinary digital rehabilitation for the working life,
4) Increased awareness and understanding of digital rehabilitation among key stakeholders in Eastern Africa.