University College Lillebaelt offers higher education programmes, characterized as first cycle studies within the European Quality Framework, level 6. The university college trains social educators, teachers, nurses, radiographers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, biomedical laboratory scientists, public administrators and social workers and the graduates are rewarded with a professional bachelor degree.
The main language of instruction is Danish and all full degree bachelor programs are taught in Danish, however, some departments offer courses and semesters taught in English as well as practice placements with supervision in English.
University College Lillebaelt is one of seven university colleges in Denmark established 1 January 2008. Geographically, University College Lillebaelt covers part of the Southern Region of Denmark and has approximately 7,000 students and 700 employees.
In addition, University College Lillebaelt offers Continuing Professional Development, from one-day seminars tailored to specific organisations and professionals to Diplomas at the BA-level. The Educational Resource Centre serves the University College as well as teachers at all levels in the region, offering an unsurpassed collection of teaching materials and a highly professional staff of consultants.
University College Lillebaelt aims to train tomorrow’s professionals to be highly respected key players in the welfare state, in which generating, spreading and utilising knowledge contribute to sustainable welfare development. University College Lillebaelt has welfare technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship and student involvement and guidance as focus areas.
At the webpage http://international.ucl.dk/ you can read more about University College Lillebaelt.
Evaluation and quality assessment
Higher education in Denmark is regulated by the state, and all public institutions are subject to continuous approval and evaluation processes. The regulations define the national standards for Danish higher education and ensure that all students obtain an education of the highest quality.
A nationally established – fully independent – accreditation agency assures the quality and the relevance of higher education programmes. The institutions have a high degree of autonomy, but they are required to follow the national regulations for e.g. teacher qualifications, degree structures and examinations, including a system of external examiners.
Ultimately, in order to be accredited, every institution must measure up to standards set by the Danish Ministry of Education, which approves all programmes and institutions regularly. All bachelor programmes follow UNESCO/OECD guidelines on ‘Quality provision in cross-border higher education’.
University College Lillebaelt abides by the Bologna process and its goals; the use of the Diploma Supplement and the ECTS is integrated at all academic departments. The university college holds an extended Erasmus University Charter.
Organising and implementing the Co-creation Welfare project at University College Lillebaelt
University College Lillebaelt has together with The Southern Denmark European Office the overall project management.
The project management is anchored in the CPD, Health, Social and Management Studies. The department has extended experience in working with European projects, among others being EVARS – Elderly as a Resource for Society, Healthy Children in Healthy Families and ALTAS.
The CPD, Health, Social and Management Studies is working systematically and research based to provide the welfare professionals with relevant competences to co-create, co-design og co-produce new welfare solutions. The department has established a development and research center for co-production, and is working closely together with the local authorities in these processes.
At the web page http://samskabelse.ucl.dk/ the activities, reports and consultancy services from the center can be found.