OverviewAs the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) states in the report on innovation, higher education institutions (HEIs) look for new ways to transfer knowledge and skills. This report remarks that “such developments are aimed at adapting higher education, making use of present-day opportunities, but also at making higher education more attractive to a more heterogenous student population by stimulating lifelong learning”. Moreover, innovation in teaching and learning may also have direct effects on quality assurance, as different training methods and new methodological approaches are considered to offer the best quality in the design, the implementation and the assessment of the educational programmes.
In this framework, ODISSeA, the Organ Donation Innovative Strategies for Southeast Asia Project, is developed and implemented with the main aim of creating and providing an innovative specialised training programme on organ donation, within 8 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from 4 Southern East (SeA) countries: Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand. Thus, for the first time and with the support of the University of Barcelona, the University of Bologna and the University of Zagreb School of medicine, these SeA universities offer a 750 hours postgraduate blended learning programme. It leads to 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) with the main objectives to: provide 40 trainers and 280 trainees with the knowledge, the technical skills and the effective communication competencies about organ donation; increase networking and create new collaborative opportunities among participants, both learners and teaching staff.