From 4th to 15th of August Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) hosted the 2014 BNF Rīga Summer School for Rehabilitation Medicine which brought together 14 teachers and 28 students from Latvia, Lithuania, Turkey, Finland, Sweden, the UK and Hungary. The Summer School project greatly contributed to the development of the international dimension and internationalization of the university, as well as promoted visibility of the university abroad. The project broadens network of academic and professional contacts, enabling students, academic and administrative staff to continue previously established and start new exchanges.
The Summer School was organized within the Lifelong Learning Programme Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP). It was the first project of its kind in the field of multi professional rehabilitation, which was coordinated solely by RSU.
The official project opening ceremony took place on 4th August. It was attended by RSU Vice-Rector for Education Prof. Tatjana Koķe, Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Prof. Aivars Vētra, Head of the Department of Rehabilitation Anita Vētra and Project Coordinators — Erasmus+ Institutional coordinator Lana Amosova, Department of Academic and Foreign Affairs (DAFA), Acting Assistant Guna Bērziņa, Rehabilitation Department and Andreta Slavinska, Administrator of the RSU Medical Education Technology Centre.
Summer school participants attended theoretical lectures and practical classes, working towards objective of the IP: to promote multidisciplinary rehabilitation in the Baltic States and in Europe. In addition to teaching, participants had the opportunity to explore Rīga, visit Vaivari Rehabilitation Centre, as well felt rehabilitation effect of the barefoot path at the recreation centre Valguma Pasaule, where participants had the closing event and dinner outdoors.
The event gained high evaluation among foreign and local teachers and students, who expressed the wish and determination to participate in the similar project in 2015.
Erasmus IP enables participating students and academic staff to gain new knowledge about the training and skills development opportunities, access to information, facilitates the acquisition of a specific topic in a multinational environment (threads is not possible to master the course participants at universities), creates an environment for teachers and students to exchange views on contents and its improvement, as well as establishing new methods of teaching and testing of the international environment.
In 2012, the Faculty of Rehabilitation, in collaboration with the Department Academic and Foreign Affairs, organized a similar event for Arts therapy professionals — dance movement therapy, drama therapy, art and music therapy. In 2012, the IP consortium included the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Estonia and the Netherlands.