In recent days, the delegation of the Charitable Organisation “Committee of Medical Aid in Zakarpattia” and the Faculty of Health and Physical Education of Uzhhorod National University visited the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Kaunas) at the invitation of the Lithuanian part.
Within the framework of international cooperation and implementation of projects in Zakarpattia to create new educational conditions for the training of specialists who will provide quality educational, medical, social, and rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities, the experience of Lithuanian colleagues is quite relevant.
“Considering that on the basis of the Faculty of Health and Physical Education of UzhNU it is planned to create a training and production scientific centre for the acquisition of practical skills in the region, it was important for us to know how such establishments operate abroad. In particular, we examined the arrangement of educational space and conceptual planning, including simulation centres, rehabilitation departments and more. The discussion with Lithuanian specialists on aspects of the organization of problem-oriented training was equally useful. During the visit, common agreements were reached on expanding and deepening the cooperation between the Faculty of Health and Physical Education of UzhNU and the relevant Lithuanian higher education institution”, said Nataliya Kabatsiy, the director of the CAMZ.
When expanding and deepening the educational sphere, it was important for the delegation from Zakarpattia to learn about foreign experience in training specialists in the fields of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and nursing. Training of occupational and physiotherapists on the basis of the Uzhhorod National University is underway already, besides, the formation of adapted training programs in nursing is planned for the future.
Among other things, a joint tour of the Clinical Rehabilitation Centre and the university’s student library took place. It should be noted that the planning of structural divisions, formation of practical skills of future specialists and expansion of their competencies are the first steps in training professional personnel to ensure the provision of high-quality social and therapeutic services aimed at socializing and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities.
It is important to add that the activities of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences are a good example of the training of highly qualified specialists with relevant competencies developed within the educational process.