University of Malta

The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta, consisting of 33 faculties, centres and institutes. It is a publicly funded institution, the only university in the country, and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. In the past decades it has reviewed its structures in order to be in line with the Bologna process and the European Higher Education Area. It has over 11,000 students including over 1000 foreign/exchange students from nearly 60 different countries.

The Centre for Resilience and Social and Emotional Health at the University of Malta seeks to develop and promote social and emotional health and resilience in children and young people. It operates as a transdisciplinary research centre tapping into the various strands of research and expertise provided by the different disciplines in the field, and conducts research and development work in the area, seeking to address local and national needs while contributing to knowledge in the international domain. The Centre has led and participated in various local, European and international research projects in the promotion of children’s and young people’s wellbeing, mental health and resilience. In 2015 it published a European curriculum on the promotion of resilience in early years and primary schools (RESCUR Surfing the Waves) developed with five other European partners as part of an EU funded three year programme. It is presently coordinating an Eramsus+ project on the development of a European Masters in Resilience Education with five other European partners, and is a partner in three other Erasmus + projects.

The Centre publishes the International Journal of Emotional Education, an international, online, open access, peer reviewed journal. Besides conducting and publishing local, European and international research, it also seeks to develop and promote empirically-grounded and theoretically-sound intervention and prevention strategies in the area, disseminate knowledge and promote learning and teaching about best practices and relevant research in socio-emotional health and resilience, provides consultation to the local educational authority and schools and advanced research-based education and training to educators and other professionals at local and cross-European levels.

Suceava University, Romania

The University Stefan cel Mare Suceava (USV) is a research and higher education institution located in the North-Eastern region of Romania, providing various educational programs to about 10,000 students. The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education granted USV the High Confidence Certificate, the highest appreciation award in institutional assessment of Romanian higher education. The University is accredited as a national research and development organisation by the National Authority for Scientific Research and is ranked among the top 15 Romanian universities with outstanding research results. The University currently has 10 Faculties and offers 66 undergraduate study programs, 38 postgraduate (Master’s degree) programs and doctoral studies in 14 scientific fields. Since 1998, USV has been involved in more than 45 LLP programs, in the different sectors of the program: ERASMUS, SOCRATES, LEONARDO DA VINCI, GRUNDTVIG, JEAN MONNET, COPERNICUS; has implemented numerous TEMPUS projects and has had over 70 bilateral partnerships with universities from the EU, also maintaining special relationships with some universities from the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. On a national level, USV collaborates with universities, elementary schools and high-schools from all over the country and various public and private institutions, research institutes, NGOs and professional associations.

The Faculty of Sciences of Education at USV has expertise in developing teacher education programs, both for preservice and in-service education through excellent collaboration with educational and research institutions from local, regional and national levels. The Science of Education Department has conducted three master degree programs for teachers and educational staff, one of them in School Counselling and Emotional Education focused on fostering wellbeing and mental health in schools through teacher education. The Department provides in-service courses for teachers in the field of emotional education, parents’ education, school communication and school relationships. This project meets the faculty needs to develop high quality teacher education programs, and the staff involved are qualified and eager to pursue all the project’s goals. USV will also make use of its wide and extensive international networks to disseminate the project and its findings.

University of Pavia, Italy

The University of Pavia, in Italy, was officially founded in 1361 although an edict issued by the Frankish king of Italy Lothar I mentioned the existence of a higher education institution at Pavia as early as AD 825. Officially established as a studium generale by the Holy Roman emperor Charles IV, the institution was enlarged and renovated by the duke of Milan Gian Galeazzo Visconti Throughout its history, the university has benefited from the presence of important scientists namely the mathematician Girolamo Cardano, the physicist Alessandro Volta, the poet Ugo Foscolo and the physician Camillo Golgi. Presently the University of Pavia offers a wide variety of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary programs. Research is carried out in departments, institutes, clinics, centres and laboratories, in association with public and private institutions.

The Department of Psychology within the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Pavia was established on the 1st Psychology founded in 1962. In 2013 it became the Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, comprising a bachelor and a master course in Psychology, a doctoral course in Psychology and several post-graduate courses. The Department’s research activity includes developmental, clinical, experimental and work psychology and neuroscience carried out in several laboratories within the Department in collaboration with various national and international Institutions.

University of Crete, Greece

The University of Crete was established in 1973, and presently it has 17 Departments in 5 Faculties (Philosophy, Education, Social Sciences, Sciences & Technology, and Medicine) as well as a number of affiliated research-oriented institutions. Presently there are around 13,000 undergraduate and 2000 postgraduate students study at the university and a staff of 540.

The international orientation of the University is reflected in its track record of collaborations with many of the leading research and educational institutions in Europe and worldwide as well as active promotion of mobility and exchange programmes. It is the first Greek University to have signed the EU Charter and the Code for the recruitment of researchers, and forms part of the Euraxess European network for the mobility of researchers. The University fully participates in quality assurance mechanisms both for its academic and administrative structures, and it is a strategic choice of the University that there will be an ongoing effort to meet quality in all its structures.

The Preschool Education Department of the University of Crete was established in the early 90s and along with the Elementary Education Department comprises the School of Education preparing preschool educators and elementary education teachers. The Preschool Education Department is comprised of more than 30 faculty members and serves an undergraduate population of 600, 20 Masters Students, and 5 Ph.D candidates. The Department of Preschool Education has hosted numerous international conferences, and participated in various European programs and interuniversity links.

Lisboa University, Portugal

Faculty of Human Kinetics belong to the Lisbon University (ULisboa) founded on July 2013, as the result of a merger process between the former Technical University of Lisbon (UTL) and the University of Lisbon (ULisboa). As a privileged space of science and knowledge, ULisboa is one of the major institutions of Higher Education in Europe and one of the leading University in the country comprising 18 Schools with teaching and research units. In the year 2014/2015 ULisboa has enrolled more than 48.000 students in undergraduate, master, doctorate and specializations courses. The Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH) is the oldest sports and physical education faculty in Portugal. Originally focused mainly on physical education, with a strong emphasis on pedagogy, nowadays open to a wider range of study areas in different sectors of society – education system, sports, health, industry, and the arts. The main goal of FMH is human development through movement, by means of the study of the body and its manifestations in the interaction between biological processes and sociocultural values.

The Health Education Research Center is led by a group of researchers in FMH, experienced in running national and international research projects with an emphasis on health promotion aiming at increasing the capacity of individuals and their communities to improve their health, quality of life and well-being. Among others relevant areas of research, research has been performed under health behaviours in youth, social skills, resilience and mentoring programs, in close relation with the education, health, youth and rehabilitation sectors of society, with a particular focus on youth at risk and with special needs and community based interventions.

University of Rijeka, Croatia

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Rijeka is a public training and scientific institution, whose mission is the education of students of medicine, dental medicine and sanitary engineering, as well as range of working professionals, with the aim to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent diseases, to maintain and improve health, as well as the patients’ healthcare and rehabilitation. The educational process is closely connected with the scientific research in the scientific area of biomedicine and healthcare, but also in the interdisciplinary scientific areas, whose results and findings necessarily integrate in the educational process, with the purpose of a lifelong and sustainable development of the society we live in. In order to achieve this, the Faculty aims to connect with the leading local and international institutions in the field of healthcare, high education and science. In the area of scientific-research work, we see the Faculty as a scientific centre for biomedical and interdisciplinary researches, in compliance with the European concept of „smart specialisations“, increasingly oriented towards an applied and applicable science, especially in the field of translation research in medicine, as well as the starting point for the introduction of modern scientific findings in the daily practice.

Furthermore, there are two Medical School departments operating at the Teaching Institute of Public Health, who has been actively working in health promotion and health protection in city of Rijeka since 1900. These are Department of Social Medicine and Epidemiology and Department of Health Ecology. Teaching Institute of Public Health and University of Rijeka. Public Health Institute has a good tradition of international cooperation in projects related to this field. Some of our key […?] include work on health promotion, health education, and prevention of risk behaviours, early detection and intervention of risk behaviours, advocacy for health promotion, capacity building, and community engagement. All our efforts are population based, targeted towards, working professionals (health professionals, education professionals, GO’s, public administration), individuals, families and/or organizations (kindergartens, schools, and health org.)