2021: Strategic interuniversity cooperation to improve research abilities for Ph.D. Students for higher educational quality

Project Promoter: Universitatea de Medicină şi Farmacie „Iuliu Hațieganu” din Cluj-Napoca

Project Code: 21-COP-0049

Partner: Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Currently, there is a gap between the available education for students at the doctoral level and the technologies used in research laboratories. This gap is leading to an underqualified workforce that is not competitive enough for the international research job market. The aim of this project is to strengthen the institutional cooperation between the two partner institutions by developing a novel educational module for Ph.D. students through innovative teaching methodologies.

The target group for this project is represented by Ph.D. students from the two universities that will have the opportunity to attend the course on RNA epigenetics as part of their Doctoral Studies curriculum and early-career researchers that will participate in the workshops developed in the project.

The intellectual outputs of this project will include a book on RNA epigenetics and non-coding RNA and an educational module on RNA Epigenetics for Ph.D. students. Additional activities will include workshops on RNA Epigenetics and non-coding RNA that will be taught by the staff from the two partner institutions. Moreover, multiplier events during which the intellectual outputs will be presented will be organized during the implementation period. The project envisages directly impacting the new generations of Ph.D. students from both universities and increasing their abilities in advanced genetics and genomics through access to the intellectual outputs developed in the project.

The educational module will remain an integrated part of the School of Doctoral studies curriculum and will be available for interested Ph.D. students.

The educational module and intellectual outputs developed in the project will serve as a model for inter-institutional collaboration for closing the gap between research education and practice with the possibility of transferability and applicability to other institutions.