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UCL University College is Southern Denmark's largest University College with 11,000 full-time undergraduate students and 1,300 employees. It has 7 campuses in the region, with the main campus is in Odense, DK. UCL University College in Denmark (hereafter UCL) is the result of a merger in 2018 between Business Academy Lillebaelt and University College Lillebaelt.

UCL offers more than 40 academy and professional degree programmes, as well as continuing education to approx. 6,000 students each year, professional development and organisational development in many fields, e.g. education, health, and management in private and public organisations. Working close with the faculties are 4

Departments of Applied Research, an Educational Resource Centre, as well as several knowledge centres. At present, UCL hosts two national centres: The National Centre of Excellence for the Dissemination of History and Cultural Heritage and the National Centre of Excellence for Learning Resources ( It cooperates with educational and research institutions across Denmark and internationally, taking pride in always making the greatest efforts – working to create better solutions for end users, businesses and society as a whole. This can be exemplified by their role in the “Nordic center of Excellence”, QUINT, Quality in Nordic Teaching, which is financed under the NordForsk programme.

UCL is innovative - every student participates in compulsory inter-disciplinary and innovative learning experiences, do projects and research with national or international partners, and complete mandatory placements in their fields of studies. Linking theory and practice is at the heart of everything UCL does. In fact, the focus of the college’s strategic ambitions for the current three-year period (2019-2021)is as follows: “Hand in hand with the real world”. UCL University College’s 5 strategic benchmarks are as follows:

  • To reinforce our role in the sustainable development of society
  • To create excellent communities of learning with and for our students
  • To understand, apply and further develop technology
  • To work together across boundaries and existing lines of demarcation
  • To create evolving and challenging communities of work

To meet these strategic goals, internationalisation is identified to play a significant role, and in UCL’s international strategy, highlighted as follows:

  • Learning mobility and international project participation helps individuals increase their professional, social and intercultural skills and employability, for the benefit of both students and future employers.
  • Establishing an international profile contributes to enhanced educational quality, strengthened professional skills and intercultural competences among students and staff.
  • UCL trains professionals to a society with an internationally oriented labour market, and therefore UCL is responsible for providing students with a skill-set suitable for an internationalised world. UCL’s possibilities for growth and development depends on a global mind-set and a strong focus on international cooperation and educational development.
  • Engaging internationally with a global view, UCL students and staff get increased insight leading them towards new ambitions and encouraging them to reflect, to be curious and to dare challenging their profession and knowledge and look for alternative learning opportunities, new knowledge and job options.
  • Besides professional skills, UCL students must have competences to become European citizens and therefore

their focus areas should include intercultural competences, active citizenship, inclusion, sustainability, environment, and 21st century skills. UCL is committed to supporting the European Education Area and to underpin its potential as a higher education provider supporting job creation, economic growth and improved social cohesion.

This project will be rooted primarily in the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at UCL, with the majority of the input coming from the interaction and collaboration between the Centre for Applied Research, Education and Social Sciences and the Teacher Education Department. As UCL's Faculty of Health Sciences and Agro Business and Landscape Management programme have expertise and interest in the project, resources from these areas will be brought into the project where relevant.

The key persons from UCL University College:

Heather D. Johannsen (BA, Exam. Ped., M.Ed. from Canadian & Danish universities) is a trained process consultant and project manager. Heather has worked in the field of (higher) education for over 20 years, with over 10 years of experience with national and international projects, e.g. projects within Erasmus+, EU Social Fund programme, Nordplus and The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship. She has worked with international joint course/degree delivery, evaluation protocols, and curriculum development, and skills and competences assessments. Employed at UCL since 2014, and from 2017 she has been the Inter-Faculty International Coordinator for the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences.

Dorte Ruge holds a PhD from Aalborg University, Copenhagen (2015), is a Senior Researcher and Associate Professor at UCL Teacher Education and Department of Education and Social Sciences. She did her PhD on integrated approaches in health promotion, learning and sustainable development in school foodscapes. She has authored 4 publications in international scientific journals and is currently co-editor on an international book-project about school-food, equity and social justice. Since 2015 she has gained experience in development and project- management of Comenius and Erasmus+ projects. In 2019 she coauthored and published the evaluation report for ‘European healthy pupils and skilled educators in integrated school food systems’ (UWE & UCL, 2020). Currently, she is the project manager of the Nordplus Horisontal project ‘LEARNFOOD’ Norwegian, Swedish, Danish project (2019-2022). From 2015-2019 she was the head of a combined development and action research project ‘LOMA-local food’, scaling up from 1 to 6. As a lecturer at UCL she is teaching topics of education for sustainable development and gender equality topics. From 2017-2020 Dorte has been co-developer and internal evaluator in an innovative development school project, financed by the Danish Ministry of Education, with a special focus on the combination of analog and digital media in the promotion of health, learning and sustainable development (2018-2020).

Stefan Ting Graf holds a Ph.D. in Educational Science from the University of Southern Denmark (2013). He joined

UCL in 2013, and is a Docent and Head of Research for General Didactics and Pedagogy at the Centre for Applied Research, Education and Social Sciences at UCL. His scientific focus areas include organisational, pedagogical and technological aspects of quality in teaching and school development, where he works with both qualitative and qualitative research methods. He has authored 10 peer-reviewed publications in Danish, English and German, and 7 publications as editor. He has been involved in numerous research projects, and is currently supervising a PhD student in the Nordic QUINT research project. He led the ECER symposium in Bolzano in 2018, and has delivered 4 keynotes or papers at national/international conferences in 2016 and 2017.

The University of Agder (UiA) is situated on the south of Norway and it is located on two campuses (Kristiansand and Grimstad). It is one of the youngest universities in Norway, but its history dates back to 1839 when the first teacher training institution in the region was established. It is a public university. Being a driving force for societal and regional development, UiA is internationally oriented and has close contact with industry, organizations and cultural institutions.

Core values of the University of Agder are transparency, trust, integrity, generosity and collaboration. These values are reflected in a flat organizational structure with many open doors, which encourages students, lecturers and researchers to interact and inspire each other. ’Agder’ is the name of the region, but it also means ’on the edge’. As a young university,the University of Agder aims to be on the cutting edge of innovation, education and research. The university has 13 000 students and 1300 faculty and staff members. Research is the foundation of all teaching activities at UiA and covers a wide variety of disciplines. UiA offers 6 PhD specialisations, 50 master’s programmes and 48 bachelor’s programmes.

Shorter study programmes, as well as lifelong learning courses, are also available. There are six faculties and one

teacher education unit: Faculty of Engineering and Science, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences,Faculty of Humanities and Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business and Law and Teacher Education Unit. The University of Agder is big enough to offer variety and challenge, yet small enough for students and faculty to make their mark.

The academic staff is organized in research groups and centers.UiA has a special focus on sustainability and the UN SDG’s, both in education and in research. An example is the associations between sustainability and digitalization which have been implemented in several study programs, and also established in a research centre. The priority research Centre in Lifecourse Nutrition at UiA works in the field of early life nutrition and the major influences on how health unfolds over the lifespan, with potentially large consequences for public health and public health priorities.

The most visible research areas are associated with the university’s PhD specialisations. Research activities at the University of Agder are mostly funded by block grant from the government. Two important sources for external funding of research are the Research Council of Norway and EU’s Horizon Europe. Other funding sources for research activities include other EU and EEA research programmes, regional funds, ministries and directorates, private organizations and industrial partners. A central ambition of the university is to energize the continual development of the public and private sectors of the region. Researchers from the university and its partner institutions are involved in a wide range of research and development projects in regional and urban management, in kindergartens and schools, in the municipal health care system, and in joint projects with researchers from Sorlandet Hospital.

Internationalisation is an important aspect in all strategic planning and development at the University of Agder (UiA). In addition to international research collaboration, the university cooperates with more than 180 partner institutions through student, faculty and staff exchanges. Each year, UiA welcomes about 385 students from about 40 countries and sends about 425 Norwegian students to universities all over the world.

UiA has previous experience with Erasmus, both in research projects and in student exchange programs within Erasmus. In SustainComp, expertise will be drawn from the Department of Nutrition and Public Health and the Priority Research Centre of Lifecourse Nutrition.

Frøydis N. Vik holds a PhD in Public Health from the University of Oslo (2013) and works as a professor in Public Health Nutrition at UiA. She did her PhD theses on the ENERGY project, funded by EU’s 7th framework research program (2009-2012). Vik teaches subjects related to public health nutrition, sustainable food habits, public health and health promotion. She has authored 40 original research papers published in peer-reviewed journals, several books and book chapters, and she is the PI (principal investigator) of 5 research projects. Seniority as a teacher/lecturer at the University of Agder is 26 years, and she has experience from teaching and supervision at bachelor, master’s and PhD level. She has been responsible for student exchange of Public Health and Nutrition students at UiA since 2013.

Nina C. Øverby holds a PhD in Nutrition from the University of Oslo (2008) and is a professor at UiA. Since 2019, she has headed the Priority Research Centre Lifecourse Nutrition at the University of Agder. This Centre includes 36 researchers, where 23 are in permanent positions at UiA,12 Phd-students/post-doc’s and several international professors part time. Øverby has authored 96 original research papers published in peer-reviewed journals and several books and book chapters. She has 21 years of experience in teaching, supervising at all levels from both University of Oslo and UiA.

Cecilie Beinert holds a PhD in Pedagogy and Public Health Nutrition from UiA (2021). She works as an associate professor at UiA, where she teaches teacher education students in home economics (master level) and public health students. Beinert has special expertise in student active learning tasks. She has published 7 scientific papers within the field of teaching and learning within Home Economics.

University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia. It has more than 40.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs approximately 5.600 higher education teachers, researchers, assistants and administrative staff in 23 faculties and three arts academies. University of Ljubljana is listed amongst the top 500 universities in the world according to the ARWU Shanghai, Times THES-QS and WEBOMETRICS rankings.

The University of Ljubljana is the central and largest educational institution in Slovenia with 30 percent of all registered researchers. The Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana educates and trains teachers and other professional workers in the field of education. We train all kinds of professionals, from preschool and primary teachers to teachers who are specialists in teaching two subjects or subject areas in primary school, as well as in certain secondary schools. The primary research undertaken at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana is from the areas of educational sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

The faculty brings together the largest interdisciplinary group of researchers of educational science in Slovenia, and is composed of more than 130 education professionals. These professionals also undertake research work, in which master’s and doctoral students are frequently involved. Its staff members manage various national and international research programmes and projects. Research programmes, foundation and applicative projects are also undertaken in cooperation with other research organisations. Its researchers frequently participate in international projects and collaborate with recognised associations. The number of research projects increases from year to year, as does the number of the research findings published in Slovenian and foreign periodicals.

Stojan Kostanjevec, Ph.D.; Assistant professor at the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Home Economics of the Faculty of Education. He is lecturer in subjects about nutrition, nutrition education and nutrition counselling as well as at the Biotechnical Faculty. His scientific activities focus on nutrition, nutrition literacy, health education, sustainability and consumer education. His research interests include education, nutrition literacy and nutrition habits of children and adults. He has developed and co-authored different educational materials related to nutrition education for children and adults, and is the author of nutrition textbooks in primary school. He has participated in various national and EU projects, e.g. The Consumer Education for Adults project, DOLCETA (Development of On Line Consumer Education Tools for Adults) project; the outcomes from the DOLCETA project served as basis for tools for teachers, trainers and adult educators. He was a member of the national group involved in EU MENU research by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and in the Enjoy in Health national project, which focused on an integrated innovative approach to providing a healthy lifestyle. He has authored various professional and scientific papers. He is the coordinator of the Eco-faculty programme in the Faculty of Education.

Assistant Martina Erjavšek, Ph.D. student; Assistant at the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Home Economics of the Faculty of Education.Her scientific activities focus on Home Economics and Nutrition Education. She is a Ph.D. student and is attending the doctoral study programme “The Education of Teachers and Educational Sciences” at the Faculty of Education. Her research interests are home economics, sustainable nutrition education and healthy lifestyle. She is the author of various professional and scientific papers in the field of home economics, nutrition and nutrition education. She has participated in national programmes to promote the nutritional literacy of children and other population groups. She is the author of didactic materials to promote the nutritional knowledge and skills of children and adults. At the Faculty of Education, she takes part in various subjects in the field of nutrition and nutrition education.

PhDr. Mgr. Francka Lovšin Kozina, Ph.D.; Assistant professor at the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Home

Economics of the Faculty of Education. She finished her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Education, Biology and Home Economics programme, and received her Ph.D. in 2006 at the Faculty of Economics. Her teaching activities focus mainly on home economics and didactics.She is responsible for the practical training of students and the delivery of home economics, nutrition.

Prof. Jože Rugelj, PhD (University of Ljubljana Faculty of Education, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science). He gives courses on hypertext and multimedia, on didactics of computer science, on the use of ICT in education and on computer supported collaborative learning. He investigates protocols for group communications in the CSCW environment and he took part in the design of distributed computer supported co-operative working environment. His research work is now mainly focused to the field of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, cognitive aspects of application of ICT to education, and game-based learning. He published over 70 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and 10 chapters in books, published by international publishing companies.

Masaryk University is one of the most prestigious and respected higher education institutions in Central Europe. With over 35,000 students and over 5,000 employees, it is also the second largest university in the Czech Republic. It is recognized as a progressive institution infused with a strong democratic spirit ever since its establishment early in the 20th century. In 2010 Masaryk University became the first Czech institution to hold the European Credit Transfer System Label, a certificate issued by the European Commission as proof of the university’s high educational standards and a guarantee of the correct implementation of the credit system in all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. Adoption of this system helped support the internationalization efforts, which resulted in an increase in the number of international students, who now make up about 20 % of all students.

A research oriented institution, Masaryk consists of ten faculties and over 200 departments, institutes and clinics, encompassing a wide array of academic and research disciplines from the natural sciences to the humanities. A structured study system enables students to combine many fields of study in Bachelor’s degree programmes with Master’s and PhD programmes. The strong feeling for equality reflects in MU’s emphasis on inclusion on both an institutional and a personal level. Masaryk University is constantly striving to develop its potential to provide all of its students with a wide range of possibilities and all of the applicants with a fair chance of admission.

Being the first university to win the European Association for International Education (EAIE) Award for Innovation in Internationalization in 2012, Masaryk University continues to strive for excellence in internationalization. Masaryk University’s participation in the project will significantly help to further their goals in internationalization, while the university will contribute to the international dimension of the project: The project will provide the university with new opportunities for home students to meaningfully interact with exchange students and cooperate in both curricular and extracurricular activities pertaining to health, well-being, and sustainable development; the academics participating in the project results will contribute with their international perspectives while they will be enabled to internationalize their home curriculum. The project participants will further develop their intercultural competence that are crucial for professionalization and internationalization of HE.

PhDr. Mgr. Jitka Slaná Reissmannová, Ph.D. Assistant professor at the Department of Physical Education and Health Education of the Faculty of Education Her scientific activities focus on Health Education in the area of prevention of chronic non-infectious diseases and old age syndrome, reproductive health, and the first aid. She is a member of the expert working group of the State Health Institute of the Health Promoting School program and a Vice-President of the Association for Health Promotion and Health Education. She is the author of more than 100 professional articles and teaching materials. PhDr. Mgr. Iva Žaloudíková, Ph.D. Assistant professor at the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Education Her scientific and research activities are drug prevention in young school children, smoking prevention and alcohol abuse prevention. She was a main researcher in the Czech Ministry of Education’s Health National Program in smoking prevention and health promotion of primary school children. She also participated in the research programme „School and Health in the 21 century“. She has published more than 130 professional articles.

Assoc. prof. MUDr. Petr Kachlík, Ph.D. Associate professor at the Department of Special and Inclusive Education of the Faculty of Education His scientific and research activities focus on medical-oriented subjects: Health Science, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Addictology, Neurology, Prevention of Risk Behavior, and Social Pathology. He published more than 420 professional and popular articles.

Mgr. Zdeněk Janík, M.A., Ph.D. Vice-dean for Internationalization and an assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education. His scientific and research activities are Intercultural Communication and Internationalization of HE. His pedagogical activities include Cultural studies and Intercultural Communication to international students.