2015 - 2018

Funded by Eramus+ with € 865000

Led and coördinated by project leader Klasien Horstman, Professor of the Philosophy of Public Health at Maastricht University, a consortium of universities from Bulgaria, Poland, Russia and Ukraine starts an ERASMUS+ project entitled Bridging Innovations, Health and Societies: Educational capacity building in the Eastern European Neighbouring Areas (BIHSENA). 

The project is designed to respond to a profound lack of education opportunities in the interdisciplinary area of health, innovations and society in Russia and Ukraine. Its aim is also to bridge a gap between (bio)medical and social scientists, academics and practitioners in these two countries, as well as between local and international communities.

The project is one of 140 that were selected for funding from ERASMUS+, out of a total number of 515 submitted proposals and funded by Erasmus+ with € 865.000.

logo-erasmusplusThis project ultimately seeks to improve quality and relevance of education in the area of health, innovations and society in Ukraine and the Russian Federation and to support its internationalisation.

More specifically, the project aims to create graduate and post-graduate education opportunities in NaUKMA, VNPMMU, TSU and SibSMU in the interdisciplinary field of health, innovations and society, as detailed in the section ‘Project activities and methodology’, by October 2017. 

These new education opportunities will be adequately preparing professionals to work for citizens' health under conditions of rapid technological change and increasing need for interdisciplinarity and internationalisation. In response to the identified societal needs, this project will provide training for teaching staff in partner universities in student-centred education, ICT-technologies and recent insights in the field of health, innovation and society; contribute to their improved English-language skills; bring together diverse expertise and experience of the consortium members to develop relevant high quality curriculum in Ukrainian and Russian Universities as well as open interuniversity online courses.

Graduates of the education programmes and courses prepared during this project will obtain cross-cultural competencies and practical experience and will be able to bring together and apply insights from different disciplines. They will be able to organise and govern health and health care in a responsive way, make health innovations work for those who need them and further advance our understanding of interconnectedness of society, health and medicine.

Furthermore, teaching and educational materials developed in the course of the project will be published and made widely available to maximise the impact of the project. Through realizing this aim, the project will build the capacity of higher education institutions in Ukraine and Russia to respond to transformations in medicine and health sector and in wider social environments.

Closely related to the first aim is the second aim, to establish opportunities for communication and engagement between scholars and practitioners in various health-related fields within Ukraine, Russia and internationally. To contribute to closing gaps between disciplines and sectors, this project will organize events bringing together scholars and practitioners in various health-related fields, including social sciences, public health and medicine, and will create and support an interdisciplinary network in the field of health, innovations and society. This will also contribute to involving representatives of various fields in teaching and participating in the project courses.

Through realizing this aim, the project will enable fruitful exchange between disciplines, fields and geographical locations and cooperation for more effective health solutions and more nuanced understanding of intersections of people’s health, advances in science and technology and governance approaches.


Erasmus+ is the new European Union programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport, with a total budget of 14.7 billion Euro. Set to last until 2020, the programme will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience, and volunteer abroad.

Erasmus+ supports transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps Europe is facing. Click here for more information.