International Cooperation Networks

Universities and Sustainable Campus

Description: A Columbus thematic network that has the aim of generating collaboration projects between participating universities related with the sustainability and the environment. The collaboration projects reaches the following dimensions: Management, Academic or Research.

Coordinators: Gothenburg University and Columbus Association.

Participants: ARGENTINA Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, BRASIL-Pontificia Universidade Catolica Rio Grande do Sul – PUCRGS, CHILE Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso – PUCV, CHILE-Universidad de Talca, COLOMBIA-Universidad Tadeo Lozano, COLOMBIA-Universidad del Rosario, COLOMBIA-Universidad de Caldas, COLOMBIA-Universidad del Atlántico, IRELAND- Institute of Technology Sligo, ITALY- University of Ferrara, PERU- Universidad del Pacífico, PORTUGAL-Universidad de Aveiro, Venezuela-Universidad Metropolitana.

More information: for 2015, activities are being scheduled in the frame of the network.

ERICAI, promotion of international cooperation between Academia and Industry in the Food Sector and its relation to Human Health

Description: development of a collaborative activity between the university and the private sector in the field of training, continuous education and scientific research, leveraging on the potential offered by the Latin American and European universities that are members of Columbus. The agribusiness industry is quite vast and each university has specialized on very specific topics. This network fosters such sharing of information on these specialties and allows parties to group around specific fields of interest and the needs of each institution aimed at developing joint projects.

Coordinators: Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Universidade de Aveiro & Columbus Association.

Participants: Universidad de Belgrano, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Universidad de Talca, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Universidad del Rosario, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Universidad del Norte, Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidade de Aveiro, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Universidad Metropolitana.

Columbus and the university hospitals

The university hospital (Hospital Universitario) as is the case with so many other institutions, is at the crossroads of its future. With a longstanding organizational tradition, with roles and functions that are well defined: medical care, training, research. Its sustainability depends on its efficiency on these three fronts.

Three main factors have an impact on the university and the hospital being capable of adapting and taking on a more significant role within the health system:

  • consolidation of the health systems with universal coverage, with various degrees of involvement with society depending on the country
  • the uncompromising increase in medical care costs
  • the greater demand of citizens regarding the services they receive

Columbus has the necessary expertise and expert network to put at the disposal of its member universities a vast array of services. Prof. Michel Cremadez (HEC, France) and Dr. Enric Mayolas (Consultant, Catalonia), to whom a vast network of hospital managers and health systems are linked, participated in the design of this service as main experts.

Columbus universities that have a university hospital may benefit from an activity geared at hospital managers. They can enlarge their vision regarding the main trends in hospital management in European countries and identify potential projects that may have an impact on the efficiency and enhancement of patient care. The portfolio of activities is based on training programs for hospital managers, study visits and international good practices benchmarking.

Columbus is presently cooperating with EBSERH, a Brazilian hospital services company, on the development of a training program for the managers of 13 university hospitals in Brazil that included a study visit to hospitals in 4 European countries (France, Portugal, Spain and Italy). The visit allowed managers to broaden their vision regarding the main trends in hospital management in European countries and to identify potential projects having an impact on the efficiency and enhancement of customer care.

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