co-creating welfare:
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University College Lillebaelt offers higher education programmes, characterized as first cycle studies within the European Quality Framework, level 6.  The university college trains social educators, teachers, nurses, radiographers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, biomedical laboratory scientists, public administrators and social workers and the graduates are rewarded with a professional bachelor degree.

The main language of instruction is Danish and all full degree bachelor programs are taught in Danish, however, some departments offer courses and semesters taught in English as well as practice placements with supervision in English.

University College Lillebaelt is one of seven university colleges in Denmark established 1 January 2008. Geographically, University College Lillebaelt covers part of the Southern Region of Denmark and has approximately 7,000 students and 700 employees.

In addition, University College Lillebaelt offers Continuing Professional Development, from one-day seminars tailored to specific organisations and professionals to Diplomas at the BA-level. The Educational Resource Centre serves the University College as well as teachers at all levels in the region, offering an unsurpassed collection of teaching materials and a highly professional staff of consultants.

University College Lillebaelt aims to train tomorrow’s professionals to be highly respected key players in the welfare state, in which generating, spreading and utilising knowledge contribute to sustainable welfare development. University College Lillebaelt has welfare technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship and student involvement and guidance as focus areas.

At the webpage you can read more about University College Lillebaelt.

Evaluation and quality assessment

Higher education in Denmark is regulated by the state, and all public institutions are subject to continuous approval and evaluation processes. The regulations define the national standards for Danish higher education and ensure that all students obtain an education of the highest quality.

A nationally established – fully independent – accreditation agency assures the quality and the relevance of higher education programmes. The institutions have a high degree of autonomy, but they are required to follow the national regulations for e.g. teacher qualifications, degree structures and examinations, including a system of external examiners.

Ultimately, in order to be accredited, every institution must measure up to standards set by the Danish Ministry of Education, which approves all programmes and institutions regularly. All bachelor programmes follow UNESCO/OECD guidelines on ‘Quality provision in cross-border higher education’.

University College Lillebaelt abides by the Bologna process and its goals; the use of the Diploma Supplement and the ECTS is integrated at all academic departments. The university college holds an extended Erasmus University Charter.

Organising and implementing the Co-creation Welfare project at University College Lillebaelt

University College Lillebaelt has together with The Southern Denmark European Office the overall project management.

The project management is anchored in the CPD, Health, Social and Management Studies. The department has extended experience in working with European projects, among others being EVARS – Elderly as a Resource for Society, Healthy Children in Healthy Families and ALTAS.

The CPD, Health, Social and Management Studies is working systematically and research based to provide the welfare professionals with relevant competences to co-create, co-design og co-produce new welfare solutions. The department has established a development and research center for co-production, and is working closely together with the local authorities in these processes.

At the web page the activities, reports and consultancy services from the center can be found.

South Denmark European Office (SDEO) was established in 2007 as a non-for profit partnership institution, and is a co-operation between the Region of South Denmark, the University of Southern Denmark and the 22 municipalities in the region, employing a total of 13 people.

The main development priorities for the Region of Southern Denmark are 1) Clean Energy and climate change and 2) Welfare innovation, focusing on both the health care sector and the social sector.

SDEO’s main objective is to create local and regional networks/partnerships and broad regional cooperation in order to develop and implement European projects, benefitting the citizens, the enterprises and other local and/or regional actors, in areas such as labour market development, regional development, competence development, enterprise networks and clusters, regional framework conditions, energy, environment and RTD.

SDEO has substantial experience in developing and managing European projects in close collaboration with partners from the South Denmark Region and has managed more than 20 projects in this way since its establishment in 2007.

Project management and co-ordination

SDEO participates in the project in the project management team together with University College Lillebaelt, and will be responsible for the international co-ordination of the project, which includes the internal communication with the partners, setting up of the internal communication structures, the day-to-day monitoring of the project deliverables and the liaison with the European Commission in relation to the technical and financial reporting.

SDEO and UCL have already carried out several EU projects together in joint project management such as the Healthy Children project (Health Programme), the EVARS Project (LLP, Grundtvig) and the YEDAC Project (CIP), and have very good experiences with this joint management model as it gathers substantial professional knowledge about the subject area and substantial knowledge about EU project management and relevant EU policy areas.

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Founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists as the Coventry College of Design in 1843, Coventry University has a tradition of teaching excellence, research with impact, bold international initiatives and transformational partnerships with business.

Coventry University’s momentum and impact has grown dramatically in recent years. From the home in the heart of England, they were the first provincial university to open a London campus and the first to offer “life-shaped learning” to students wanting something different from the typical full-day, three-year, higher education experience.

Coventry University partnered with industry to create the UK’s first “faculty on the factory floor” and has continually broken the mould through innovative joint-initiatives overseas. The university has climbed the university league tables and are committed to being world-leading in all that they do.

In 2015 Coventry University was awarded UK “University of the Year” (Times Higher) and were named “Modern University of the Year” three-years’ running (The Times and Sunday Times).The university was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2015. Coventry is one of the top four UK universities for student satisfaction and teaching (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

Coventry University offers academic and professional learning across a range of disciplines including health, design, social science, engineering, performing arts, media, business and computing. Their Research Centres influence decision-making across the world and push forward near-market innovation in industry.

The University’s Group also includes companies and social enterprises. Working across the University, they provide a platform for new ideas, further engagement with the communities that Coventry University work with, and professional services and consultancy.

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Claude Bernard Lyon 1 is a university that provides teaching for 40,000 students a year in the fields of science and technology, health and sport. Claude Bernard Lyon 1 is part of Université de Lyon, the most important French University site outside the Paris Region.

Lyon 1 employs 2900 researchers and teachers, of which 700 are also hospital practitioners as well as a technical and administrative staff of 1800. Lyon 1 became an autonomous establishment on 1. January 2009 and with a total budget of 405 m€ Lyon 1 is one of the largest employers in the region.

Lyon 1’s student population is of nearly 40.000. 54% of this population is female and 18% receive a student’s grant. Lyon 1 is also proud to count a large proportion of foreign students (10,5% of its students, of 134 nationalities). Nearly 80% of students opt for vocational Programmes: Lyon 1 produces no less than 9250 graduates per year:

The study Programmes that are offered in the health science faculties give access to the entirety of the medical professions (doctor of medicine, pharmacist, dentist, midwife) and paramedical professions (audioprosthesist, ergotherapist, physiotherapist, speech therapist, orthoptist, physiotherapist specialised in psychomotor integration).

Lyon 1’s science sector also offers a vast choice of subjects: the DUT diploma provides training in 17 areas of expertise for future technical managers. 57 vocational bachelor’s degrees prepare students for middle management jobs. 111 master’s degrees (vocational, reasearch or combined vocational and reasearch) prepare students for senior management jobs or for work in research and development. Lyon 1 also offers a very high standard of specialized vocational training in engineering (Polytech Lyon) and actuarial sciences (ISFA).

– The ESPE, the teacher training establishment specialized in the vocational preparation of primary and secondary teachers (of all subjects).

The University is committed to more than 80 European Union projects and participates actively in The Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).

The international status of Lyon 1 as a center of excellence for research has recently been demonstrated.

A team of 4 people is involved in the Co-Creating Welfare project. The Lyon team is in charge of the Needs Analysis Work Package. They will also test the training in 4 pilot institutions which they have selected: Atelier Canopé 42, the Unirès Network, The Department of Education at the University of Lyon, and Globe 42.

The Lyon team has engaged in a constructive partnership with the Atelier Canopé 42 for the Co-Creating Welfare project.

Atelier Canopé 42

The “Atelier Canopé 42” is one of the hundred workshop teams dedicated to education, within the Canopé Network, which covers the whole of France. Based in Saint-Etienne, near Lyon, the team yet has a singular focus: for several years, the Atelier 42 proposes a multitude of resources and activities, which connect the fields of both Education and Design. The Atelier Canopé 42 leads a national initiative, the PREAC (resources center for Education and cultural goals), which is one of a kind in France. Its main partners are La Cité du Design and the School of Arts and Design in Saint-Etienne. It can be noted that the City of St Etienne obtained the Unesco City of Design label, along with 20 others Cities around the world.

This year, the Atelier Canopé 42 has published a new book called: “Bringing innovation to schools through the use of Design”. This book endeavours to discuss the emerging issues relating to teaching and teachers’ practice. The role and the position of teachers have completely been transformed up to today: one relevant question is how Design, in all its dimensions, could help the institution to rethink the following key items:

  • Rethinking classrooms (architecture, furniture)
  • Rethinking the relationship to knowledge
  • Rethinking the relationship between stakeholders in the educating community (stakeholders whether decision makers, teachers, parents…)
  • Reflecting on questions relating to evaluation, to enhance teaching methods


The University of Minho (UMinho), founded in 1973, began its academic activity in 1975/76. UMinho is renowned for the quality of its teaching, the quality of its students, the public recognition given to its Alumni, and for its intervention and strong links with the local community and the surrounding region.

It is located in the Minho region of Northern Portugal, a region with an extremely strong tradition of vibrant enterprise, essentially of small and medium-sized businesses.

UMinho has two campi located 20 km apart: one in Braga and the other in Guimarães.

Throughout the years UMinho has achieved a high reputation as an institution of learning and leadership, combining strategic vision with a capacity to innovate, and rigorous scientific, academic, administrative and financial management. Today, UMinho has 21 research cent centres which are financed by the FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology). One of them is the Research Centre on Child Studies (CIEC – “Centro de Investigação em Estudos da Criança”) which is involved in this “Co-creation Wellfare” project.

Among other fields of research, CIEC-UMinho) has been involved in Health Education and Health Promotion, particularly at kindergarten, primary and secondary school levels. This CIEC team has been involved in several European projects, being the most relevant the large BIOHEAD-CITIZEN project (“Biology, Health and Environmental Education for better Citizenship” FP6, STREP nº CIT2-CT2004-506015; 2004-2008) that was coordinated by this CIEC-UMINHO team and involved 19 countries (13 European countries 5 African countries and 1 from Middle East).

More recently the CIEC team has been involved in the project HEPCOM “Promoting healthy eating and physical activity in local communities” (European Commission – Health Programme, nº 20121204; 2013–2017).

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Contact person: Graça S. Carvalho:

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