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The GeNEdu project aims to renew nursing curricula through building capacities of the Chinese partner institutions to develop gerontological nursing education for future health care professionals to meet the needs of the ageing society in China. It is financed from the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2, Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education 2019.

Project concept

GeNEdu project was conceptualised based on common needs for the Chinese institutions, such as:

  • Developing core competences for gerontological nursing; 
  • Integration of evidence and competence based approaches into nursing curricula; 
  • Integration of the content of healthy and successful ageing (Healthy China 2030 Plan) to nursing curricula; 
  • Enhancing digital skills, communication, multicultural and internationalisation skills in nursing curricula; 
  • Integration of e-pedagogy in nursing theoretical and practical training; 
  • Integration of multidisciplinary gerontology in different health care settings, and 
  • Strengthening EU-China cooperation as per promoted by institutional strategies. 

Contents and results

GeNEdu project contents include identifying core competences for gerontological nursing education; organising train-the-trainers workshops with mentoring approach; co-creating Living Labs at each campus of three Chinese institutions, piloting e-learning courses and practical training trials, and developing competence-based curricula. The main results of the project are estimated as the following:

a) a verified Competence Framework describing the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed in gerontological nursing; 

b) Handbook on Gerontological Nursing Education in Chinese partner institutions; 

c) built Living Labs; 

d) accredited module of 30 ECTS-credit in gerontological nursing integrated to nursing curricula of each Chinese partner institution. 

The project expects to move the approach of gerontological nursing in China from the care for elderly people towards care with elderly people for successful aging. Also the focus on gerontological nursing education shifts from the traditional, theory-based and teacher-centred pedagogy towards practice oriented, student-centered learning. 

Duration and work packages

The whole duration of GeNEdu project lasts three years from the 15th November 2019 covering various activities categorized by five work packages: 

  • Work Package 1, Preparation and launching the GeNEdu project
  • Work Package 2, Development, including:
    • Work Package 2.1, Identifying the future needs in gerontological nursing education
    • Work Package 2.2, Designing competence and evidence-based nursing education
    • Work Package 2.3, Integrating digital technologies (including Living Lab) into nursing curricula
    • Work Package 2.4, Developing nursing curricula through creation of modules in Gerontological Nursing
  • Work Package 3, Project quality assurance and monitoring
  • Work Package 4, Dissemination and exploitation of the project
  • Work Package 5, Project management and coordination

In project routine, all activities are organised per work package in parallel. These work packages are planned to be implemented in different schedules with own targeted outcomes, whilst the alignment is done across work packages by Project Management Group and Academic Advisory Board, whose members are assigned from all project partner institutions. 

JAMK University of Applied Sciences is the coordinating institution of GeNEdu project consortium, which consists of in total three European institutions and three Chinese institutions. More information of the institutions can be found from our GeNEdu Partners page.

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