By Timmy Kelleher
University Collge Cork’s (UCC) undergraduate programme Biodesign for Health Applications is the only applicant this year which now qualifies for inclusion in the Lifelong Learning Erasmus scheme.
The scheme is described on the Lifelong Learning scheme website as being “Funded by the European Commission, the Lifelong Learning Programme supports a wide range of education and training activities across Europe and provides opportunities for all stages of lifelong learning. In the UK thousands of projects are funded each year.”
Biodesign for Health Applications is the only Irish programme to qualify for the scheme this year. Erasmus is designed to foster innovation among undergraduates across Europe by allowing students to learn in both academic and commercial environments.
The undergraduate programme is a joint initiative between the Engineering and Medical faculties of UCC, aided by subject matter experts (SMEs) from the medical technology sector. The programme places particular emphasis on research and development of emerging technologies in the area of medical devices.
Programme Chair Dr Colm O’Tuathaigh of UCC’s School of Medicine said, “Ireland has emerged as one of the leading global biomedical devices industry centres… as part of a wider skills strategy for the sector, we need to train our new graduates to innovate in this area and undertake targeted R&D which will result in generation of both novel and fit-for-purpose biomedical devices and healthcare solutions. This proposed module represents a positive step in this direction.”