Università degli Studi di Roma Foro Italico (ITALY) is the only Italian and one of the few European vocational universities entirely devoted to sport and exercise science. It was created in 1998 from the upgrading of the previous Higher State Institute of Physical Education and as the direct heir of the National Academy of Physical Education established in the late 1920s in the especially developed and world famous monumental sport complex of “Foro Italico”. The university is a small institution but widely open to international cooperation, and enjoys a relevant international status, thanks to its history, facilities, the quality of its teaching and continuing-education activities, the strong emphasis on research and scientific achievement, the consistent strategy of internationalization. This has led, over the years, to strongly promote research and teaching mobility, develop European programs, and establish official agreements with about one-hundred universities in Europe, North and South America, Northern Africa and other regions. The University has a significant presence in international organizations such as the FIMS, the International Federation of Sport Medicine, European College of Sport Sciences, American College of Sports Medicine, European Network of Sport Sciences and Employment. In 2000 a European Master in Health and Physical Activity was established with a number of partners particularly involved in sport science and public health issues in several EU countries. The European Master has also been effectively used as an instrument in a number of Tempus JEP developed and coordinated by the Foro Italico University with its partners to promote the health prevention through physical activity and the upgrading of sport science teaching and research in the Balkans and Northern Africa. Moreover, the university extended the institute’s scope to cover all the fields of interest arising from Man’s physical activity: scientific research, coaching for recreational sports and for high level competitive sports, teaching, fitness and rehabilitation, organization and management of sports events and facilities. It offers a three-year course for a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Sciences, followed by a two-year graduate degree in either Preventive and Adapted Physical Activity or Management of Sports and Physical Activities. The University “Foro Italico” also offers a two-year European Master’s Degree in Preventive and Adapted Physical Activity organized in co-operation with the Universities of Cologne, Odense and Vienna, and a post-graduate programme for physical education teachers. A second European Master’s Degree in Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents, organized in co-operation with the universities of Odense, Bristol and Clermont-Ferrand.
The University cooperates with the Italian National Olympic Committee for the development of sport curricula and is the national leader in dual career for elite athletes.
Bulgarian Sports Development Association – BSDA (BULGARIA) was founded in 2010 and is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of sport and improving sporting culture.
Full member of ISCA – International sport and culture association, World Sport Pacific Federation and National Patient OrganizationConfederation “Health Protection” – Bulgaria.
Association team is creative and full of innovative spirit that works for the development of sport and sport culture in Bulgaria and Europe. BSDA membership is voluntary and the association involve both physical and legal persons who are willing to help sport development with time, ideas, effort or financial support. Association also organizes different events in the areas of: entrepreneurship, citizenship and active society. The team of BSDA consists of professionals from different fields as: sport experts, media specialists, tourism and hospitality, education, marketing and others.
Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Socio Economico – ISES (ITALY) was founded in 2008 as non-profit organization to spread European culture in Italy and to get closer public agencies, businesses and the third sector to the EU institutions through the development of funded projects following their whole bureaucratic, administrative and managerial path in accordance with the rules laid down by the European Commission. In particular, ISES cooperates since 2009 with different associations for sports promotion to implement projects at regional and national level.
ISES collaborates with the Università degli Studi di Roma Foro Italico in the projects:
ISES has long experience in managing EU projects and managing communication and dissemination activities. It has been the responsible for the communication in all its projects developing the project communication strategy, tools and materials. In particular, ISES developed and managed different platform for e-learning and clearinghouses: www.aurora-project.eu, www.salux-project.eu, www.hcube-project.eu www.spring-project.eu and related communication / information campaigns.
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Of Iasi – UAIC (ROMANIA) is the oldest higher education institution in Romania. Since 1860, the university has been carrying on a tradition of excellence and innovation in the fields of education and research. With over 24.000 students and 717 academic staff, the university enjoys high prestige at national and international level and cooperates with 504 universities world-wide. Alexandru Ioan Cuza University is a member of some of the most important university networks and associations: the Coimbra Group, EUA – European University Association, Utrecht Network, International Association of Universities, University Agency of Francophony and the Network of Francophone Universities (RUFAC). These partnerships offer us the opportunity to experience changes, to have student and teacher mobilities and joint academic, research and strategy programmes.
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University became the first student-centered university in Romania, once the Bologna Process was implemented. We believe in the power of individual choice and customized education. Thus, we became the first Romanian university to offer students the opportunity to choose both a major and a minor field of study, in a combination at their choice, that best suits their career goals.
Research at our university is top level. In 2008, for the third year in a row, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University was placed first in the national research ranking compiled on the basis of Shanghai criteria. Our teachers are involved in over 187 national and international research projects. Striving for excellence, the university takes unique initiatives to stimulate research quality, to encourage dynamic and creative education and to involve its best students in academic life.
Fundació Salut i Envelliment UAB – FSIE (SPAIN) is a private non-profit foundation at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. FSIE is a recognized expert centre in the field of ageing, performing research and education on all aspects of aging, both clinical and social, with a long history of research among others on dementia (including mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease), physical activity, falls, frailty, nutrition, disability assessment, as well as assistive technologies for the elderly.
We have a long history of working on a variety of patient engagement related issues, such as tracking drug adherence or health literacy, among others, in order to improve health processes and bring citizen perspective. FSIE also performs regular actions of healthy lifestyles promotion for the elderly and their caregivers, such as publishing informative books, or a dedicated website on that goal.
Some noteworthy activities from the past years include:
• APTITUDE (POCTEFA). The APTITUDE project aims to prevent disability in frail older people and is to be developed in the cross-border region of the Pyrenees. FSiE is responsible for the design and implementation of a multicomponent community intervention which includes physical exercise with the Vivifrail® program, healthy eating, social support and participation, and behaviour change.
• SITLESS (Coordinators) (Horizon 2020) (Exercise Referral Schemes enhanced by Self-Management Strategies to battle sedentary behaviour) http://www.sitless.eu SITLESS aims to assess the long-term effectiveness (18 month follow-up) of a complex intervention on sedentary behaviour (SB) and physical activity (PA) in a community dwelling older population based on existing exercise referral schemes (ERS) enhanced by self-management-strategies (SMS).
Gazi University (TURKEY) is one of the biggest universities of Turkey; it is one of ten which has research university status in Turkey. There are 37 thousand undergraduate and 10 thousand postgraduate students at the university. There are over 1000 foreign students in the university from various countries.
Gazi University Faculty of Medicine was founded in October 2nd, 1979. Education was started with seven faculty members, 17 residents and 100 medical students. First students graduated in 1985. A new research and education hospital was opened in 1986.
Department of Public Health at the Medical Faculty in addition to fulfilling its educational duties within the medical curriculum at the faculty, the department also plays important role in serving public health services with last year students in several health clinics in Ankara. Academic staff of the department has served nationally and internationally in advising and managerial posts in public health bodies and matters.
The Public Health department regularly organizes conferences, seminars, workshops and general public health awareness activities in Ankara and other parts of the country.
Gazi University, Faculty of Sport Sciences is the oldest of its kind in Turkey. It was established as Physical Education and Sports Teacher Training School in 1926; now the faculty has four departments: physical education and sports teacher training, sport management, recreation, coaching. The faculty has several indoor and outdoor sport facilities. Sports sciences faculty is a leader institution in sports education in Turkey; organizing international conferences, advising at policy setting by the government ministries in sports education. Academic members of the faculty are also accomplished athletes in their chosen fields. Faculty also offers postgraduate degrees via health and education institutes.