What are we doing to strengthen the research capacity of pilot HEIs?

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At the beginning of winter, we held a research teams and ideas competition among the projects’ pilot HEIs and received 16 proposals. Among them, the science committee chose five winning teams that will work with the support of the project. By the way, the science committee includes Maastricht University professors Wim Groot and Milena Pavlova, doctorates Nynke de Jong and Tetiana Stepurko, Ph.D. researchers Valentina Anufrieva, Maria Schwab, and Olena Levenets.

While the proposals were being considered, we held two workshops for all willing participants, where participants learned to write research proposals. About 70 participants attended these workshops, and we are pleased to see numerous people interested in scientific activities.

After the selection, we started a series of workshops for the winning teams. In total, until 2023, we will hold ten research methods workshops led by Ms. Milena, Mr. Wim, and Ms. Nynke.

Also, each team of researchers works individually with two supervisors: international and Ukrainian. Every two weeks, we have an individual meeting with team representatives, where we work step by step on the research. The final result of this activity is the publication of a manuscript based on the conducted research in an international journal indexed by Scopus.

The winning teams chose the following research topics:

  • Level of empathy among Ukrainian medical students of Bukovinian State Medical University (Bukovinian State Medical University),
  • Overcoming inequalities through quality education: rethinking learning strategies and tools for the formation of communicative competencies of medical students with disabilities (Andrei Krupinsky Lviv Medical Academy),
  • Students’ insights for advanced medical communication curriculum design (I. GorbachevskyTernopil National Medical University),
  • The use of hybrid technologies in the system of educational services in higher medical education (Kharkiv National Medical University),
  • Challenges and opportunities of practicing patient-centered communication model through problem-based learning for nursing students of Zhytomyr Medical Institute (Zhytomyr Medical Institute).

And here are the first reviews of the participants:

  • “I didn’t think that after a hard day’s work, people could carefully listen to lectures and, after that, “digest” them for an hour in small groups to systematize the acquired knowledge! You are inspiring!”
  • “In this project, we again, to some extent, returned to the role of students, which is useful. It’s important to get feedback and recommendations, learn new research methods and adapt them to your research needs.”
  • “For the first time, the team from the Lviv Academy is participating in a scientific study at the international level. Probably, this is the first case among nursing institutions of higher education. It’s like conquering another universe by astronauts. Scary, responsible, interesting.”

We are glad each team has an exciting research path ahead, and we encourage all researchers to share their impressions. On this occasion, we would like to share an excellent Instagram page about research run by a team of researchers at Bukovinian State Medical University —> https://bit.ly/3OeXnqk! Be sure to join the page!