University of Alicante
Who are we?
The University of Alicante is a strategic and core partner as its Faculty of Health Sciences, especially well-known in Spain for its Nursing Department and Health Psychology Department, is one of the most productive faculties regarding healthcare research in Spain and its professors’ professional background and curricula (always in the top three faculty rankings in Spanish Education Quality). This Faculty has achieved through years a wide network of healthcare institutions (national and internationally) and clinical collaborators that are crucial.
The current Faculty of Health Sciences had its origins in the School of Nursing (EUE) of the University of Alicante (UA) and it has existed now for 24 years. It now offers two Undergraduate Degrees (Nursing and Human Nutrition and Dietetics, since 2001), and several Master Degrees: Nursing Science (since 2006), Public Health, Community Nutrition and Dietetics Clinical and Food Science, Research in Nursing, and the Master Degree on Culture of Cares. PhDs on Health Sciences, since 2008 with different research guidelines. Currently the Faculty of Health Sciences has more than 1,500 students enrolled across all their qualifications, with the increase in students since 2000 of 36.2%. Research in health sciences is now 16% of the scientific income of the Alicante University. The scientific production places the faculty in a prominent place among the other centres of this HEI. Teaching staff have achieved over the past 5 years almost one million euros in research grants and contracts. The current academic status of the Faculty is excellent, as a significant effort has been made in the continuous improvement of its training and research plans, and its training capacity is supported quantitatively by the high number of students who complete their studies each year.
Why we are participating in the project
The University of Alicante and concretely its Faculty of Health Sciences is one of the Spanish higher institutions hosting more incoming students in the country and also sending outgoing ones. Through the years the Faculty’s International Mobility Coordination has understood the need to support healthcare students’ internationalisation within a unified framework useful for all the different European contexts where they are trained and based on quality improvement standards.
Our role in the project
The University of Alicante will be contributing in all parts of the project: on the one side the development of outcomes and also in the implementation and piloting side of the research.