29 Apr 2021

Institute of Rehabilitation in the forefront of digital rehabilitation – International project work supports competence development

“Competences of the new era of user-driven digital rehabilitation” (DIRENE) project aims in developing competences of teachers, students and the working life participants in digital rehabilitation transnationally.

JAMK University of Applied Sciences was granted 267 565 euros from the European Commission for an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project. Project aims in developing competences of teachers, students and the working life participants in digital rehabilitation transnationally. Digital Rehabilitation is one of the focus areas of the newly established Institute of Rehabilitation.

“Competences of the new era of user-driven digital rehabilitation” (DIRENE) starts in April 2021 and will run for two years. JAMK is the coordinating institution in the project. The project will be managed by a multidisciplinary team of experts from the Institute of Rehabilitation of the School of Health and Social Studies. European partners of the project include St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences from Austria, University of Health Sciences Bochum from Germany, University of West Attica from Greece ja University of the Balearic Islands from Spain.

- According to the Coordinator of the School, Ms Armi Hirvonen, the established network supports international research, development and innovation work of JAMK and the internationalization aims of the Institute of Rehabilitation.
Project activities enhance the integration of digitalization by the rehabilitation sector and enable a wider adaptation and utilization of digitalization in rehabilitation.

– In the project, innovative practices will be developed for the potential of emerging technologies in rehabilitation. Partners will also develop new knowledge on the learning needs of the specialists and trainers, which supports the ongoing digital transformation in rehabilitation. As a result, a study module utilizing mobile pedagogy will be developed and launched. This will enable the rehabilitation experts to acquire the skills needed to utilize new technology in rehabilitation and education, says Project manager Kaisa Lällä.

– Global impact and perspectives will be generated through the cooperation with associated partners from Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa and Ghana. In the African region, various countries already use digital health widely and innovatively. The engagement of these partners increases mutual learning opportunities and ensures the dissemination of results also outside Europe, explains Kari-Pekka Murtonen, one of the specialists in the project.

The Institute of Rehabilitation started its operations January 2021. The Institute is an education, research, and development centre for multidisciplinary rehabilitation operating at the School of Health and Social studies of JAMK. The institute responds to the changing societal needs by renewing rehabilitation and by creating expertise in the field of rehabilitation through education, continuous learning, applied research and development. The Institute employs over 50 experts from the field of rehabilitation.

More information about the project:

Kaisa Lällä, Senior lecturer
+358 400 976 760

Kari-Pekka Murtonen, Specialist
+358 503 526 606

Armi Hirvonen, Coordinator
+358 408 494 035