Erasmus+ Awarded in Partnership with the International University

Professor Joan FarrerErasmus+

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The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, Enterprise and Innovation Researchers, colleagues and the International Office, in partnership with the International University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (IU) have been successful in securing €15,000 from the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Scheme to support the development of low-tech solutions to antibiotic resistance.

The antibiotic resistance rate in Vietnam is amongst the highest in the world cited by The World Health Organisation. This mobility project will address this by exploring the potential of public communication to inform and elicit behavioural change combined with novel scientific approaches. The scheme, funded by the European Union will fund two members of staff from CCI and Science Faculties at the University of Portsmouth to spend three weeks with staff from the School of Biomedical Engineering at the International University, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (IU). Two members of staff from IU will also spend three weeks in Portsmouth. Students will benefit from this project in the future, as both partners will use the project to explore opportunities to develop their Post Graduate Research provision, including the exchange between institutions.

The mobility project brings together the strengths of both partners, IU with the knowledge of healthcare in the setting of an emerging economy and experience in frugal innovations in healthcare technology and the University of Portsmouth with the experience of amalgamating creative practices with scientific processes for pathways to impact. Through a sharing of expertise, both partners intend to use the project to identify a cross-institutional, trans-disciplinary team to test novel methodologies, scope the development to co-design a meaningful funded research project.  The expansion and implementation of two of the University of Portsmouth’ five strategic research themes, democratic citizenship and future and emerging technologies are at the centre of the proposed mobility project, as is IUs ambition to be a research-oriented university, with an international work and study environment, where a strong faculty and staff provide quality training in key subjects to a highly-motivated student body of Vietnamese and International learners. IU is a relatively young institution, established in 2003 with the specific objective of being a “high quality, research-oriented university.”  Bryony Whitmarsh, CCI International Coordinator writes “Our new partnership with IU in Vietnam is key to our meaningful of the University’s strategic aim to the “development of education and research capacity and capability in emerging economies.” The development of mutually beneficial networks will support the dissemination and impact of high-quality research through collaborative activity.” Following the successful awarding of funds, the project team will now prepare a project brief and outline selection criteria for participation. Applications for participation will then be sought from the staff at both institutions.

The project will take place between June 2017 and September 2018. For further information, please contact CCI’s principal investigators – Professor Joan Farrer, Associate Dean (Enterprise and Innovation), Dr Cressida Bowyer Research Fellow, Bryony Whitmarsh, International Coordinator Chrissy Hadjipanteli, Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator.