International Week – Towards a Better Tomorrow Together
Turku UAS International week 2023, organized by the Faculty of Health and Well-being, attracted partners from across Europe and created cross-cultural learning opportunities. This year's event attracted eighteen international participants from nine different countries.
The event took place May 3-5 live on campus, and brought together International partners, staff, students and the community to celebrate health and wellness, and offered a wide range of activities and events. The theme of the international week was Towards a better tomorrow. Current approaches to improving health care and well-being.
This event aims to together both teachers and international staff, giving an opportunity to share their expertise, give a lecture for students and colleagues or to plan and create new initiatives together.
Discover, Learn, Grow
During this week participants were able to take part in a series of activities including seminars, visits and cultural exchanges. Lectures were a key component of the program, with experts discussing a variety of health care and well-being topics. Lectures included discussions on the endocrine system, structure and function of the respiratory and circulatory systems, and technology to help neurological patients walk.
In addition, presentations were made on maternal and child health in Turkey, end-of-life decisions and e-health technologies. International Week focused on the life cycle, with lectures on birth and death. Addressing both ends of the spectrum is critical to understanding and promoting health and well-being across the lifespan.
Moments of exchange and sharing
International Week is an opportunity for Turku UAS to demonstrate its commitment to the Erasmus+ programme and to promote international cooperation among teachers and RDI staff. The event also provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and develop intercultural skills.
The program also included a tour of the Salo IoT campus, and a visit to the Turku UAS mini-hospital and simulation center classrooms. Turku University of Applied Sciences also showed up, displaying its virtual reality training environment and escape room of occupational therapy. Turku UAS recognizes that health and wellness are essential to a fulfilling and successful life. By organizing the International Week, Turku UAS hopes to have made positive changes and fostered a healthier, happier community.
Participants praised the organizers' efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Turku UAS is proud to have hosted such a successful event and hopes that International Week will inspire individuals to prioritize their health and well-being and promote a healthier, happier community and well-being across the lifespan.
Turku UAS thanks all the guests of the week!
In the photo the international lecturers of the first seminar day.
The upper row, from the left:
Christina Athanasopoulou, University of West Attica, Greece
Nicky Hereygers, AP Hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium
Sidika Pelit Aksu, Gazi University, Turkey
Lower row, from the left:
Anita Spisákné Baláz, University of Debrecen, Hungary
Rina Vanden Panhuyzen, AP Hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium
Text and photo: Léa Jacquemoire