International Week 2023 at NVS
For the eleventh time, the International Week has been arranged by the international team of occupational therapy in collaboration with international partners. It all started in 2012 with Uganda through the Linnaeus-Palme program.
The main objective of the week is to create a vibrant learning international environment around the topic of professional identity with a group of students from diverse healthcare programs.
This year, 23 students and 14 teachers from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Uganda, Belgium, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Chile, Slovenia, Austria and Sweden participated in the activities at ANA 23.
For the first time, a keynote was implemented, and as a way to promote internationalization at home, students from the first semester of the occupational therapy program were invited. The auditorium was fully booked with colleagues and students. The keynote was about the systematic applications of the Lifestyle Redesign Program in Taiwan.
"We also implemented the concept of the Human Library as a way to have deeper and more close conversations with some of the lecturers about their career paths, challenges and significant moments in their professional developments," says Margarita Mondaca, lecturer at the Division of Occupational Therapy, assistant PD and involved in the international team of occupational therapy.
”The best thing about this week is that the house gets full of life and conversations about the developments, challenges and innovations in different corners of the world”, says Mandana Fallahpour, assistant lecturer at the Division of Occupational Therapy and also involved in the international team of occupational therapy.
”Students’ interaction in the classroom and informally is fantastic to see” she says.
In the evaluation, the students wrote that they experienced the week intense, but vivid, rewarding, and exciting.