Appropriate institutions, which are identified as such in the country, can provide practice for students of the study program and they are:
a. Secondary Vocational Schools of Medicine, III level in Kosovo
b. Institutions of higher education (public and private) in the respective study programme
c. Institutions of these profiles (a and b) from the region Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro
d. International institutions such profiles within INSTEAP project.
Practical part of the program will be organized in the Kosovo educational institutions in health professions (third level). For this purpose the professional teaching staff in those schools will do the mentoring of students. Due to the lack of appropriate mentors, the steering group of this project proposes that these teachers will be trained within the project at the programme of Training the Trainers. This proposal of the Steering group is a similar approach to training done over the mentors for mentorship as in the case of a former Bachelor study project at the University of Pristina, supported by the European Agency for reconstruction. In the absence of clinical mentors, that are needed to supervise the clinical practice of students in the Bachelor studies in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, we trained 55 Nurses employed in Primary Health Care Institutions and 60 Nurses employed in Secondary Care Institutions which were certified for student mentorship of the first generation of the students in the Bachelor studies. Students attending this Master programme, the first generation of them, after their graduation, will be then qualified to mentorship incoming students in the future. Practicum places and division of groups of students (8 persons per group) is planned in accordance with institutional capabilities and specifications of services offered, as foreseen in the program. A detailed breakdown is attached to institutional arrangements.
Student’s mobility is planned to provide through the implementation of professional practices in EU countries, to be coordinated by IEJASHI as project coordinator for Kosovo, FH-Münster as an institution and the project leader and other international partners in our project in these countries. The good already established experience of common groups of students and scholars in country and EU countries is also planned advanced further.
Additional effort in this direction represents foreign language courses with professional focus that are organized in our institution, especially for students and specific modules which are offered in German Language, respectively in English Language.
In order to advance in the Academic fields, which are directly linked with the studying process, University of Pristina in cooperation with its partner institutions will organize trainings and seminars. These training and seminars will be a good for the academic personnel to get familiar with the development trends in the field of teaching methodology in the Countries which are members of the Bologna process, new teaching strategies, forms and techniques for the organization of classes etc.
The intensive cooperation of the University of Pristina with the professional schools in Germany such as Munster professional school, the network of professional schools Heimerer, the Nursing Faculty in Halle, Tirana, Vlora and Tetova etc. gives an excellent opportunity for the realization of additional trainings on certain fields. The information of the personnel that is engaged in the study programme is presented in the programme.
2.11. The research plan
During study process the Institutions will ensure the modules which enables the students to understand the scientific methods and to implement in the clinical practice and scientific researches in the filed of bioscience and health.
In the third semester, each student receives school knowledge in the health care system for working a 22-week research project.
In the fourth semester students do research in selected areas and present that as a Master thesis in public.
The research themes and areas can be allocated to general education fields and/or to profession orientated themes.
Allocation between vocational education and study program in health profession education
Vocational schools and universities
Effectiveness of practical training for nursing professions
Vocational schools and universities
Development of competencies and skills in nursing education
Vocational schools and universities
Figure 11, Research plan themes
2.12. The conditions for study registration
The existing system is a renewable process. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology issued in 2012 a decision to reform the Faculty of Education while defining a new frame of pre-service teacher education. This concept proposes that Faculty of Education prepares teachers for pre-school and primary education with a three-year bachelor degree.
The study programme will be opened for students with a bachelor in health care professions. Following bachelor will be accepted:
The study programme will begin with two professions as a model study programme: BA Pedagogy for Nursing and BA Nursing and Midwifery. Regarding to Kosovo as a developing country and the aim to optimize education programmes regarding to the labour market, the study programme can be worked over for other professions and developed in future times.
Common modules in both programmes “Master Education in Health Care” and “Management in Health Services and Health Institutions”.
THE IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME MA EDUCATION IN HEALTH CARE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PRISTINA
STRATEGY FOR STAFF
The quality of teachers in the Faculty of Medicine is of extreme importance because it ensures the progress of studies. For this reason, Faculty of Medicine has focused its policies for the development and promotion in both directions:
Teaching staff from the natural, medical and humanities sciences in country is sufficient and meet the needs of this three-year program. Therefore, the staff for the social field was more specific and is covered with local expert who studied abroad
Particular importance is paid to the specific nursing staff, since it is limited in the country. In cooperation with SEE-IHN and Partner University in Halle, Germany, in 2007 five candidates with basic preparation and BSc in nursing were sent to pursue Master studies in the field of Nursing Sciences. This group has successfully completed these studies and together with other local colleagues with the same academic profile is involved in the process of preparation of this educational program and its successful implementation. Hence, all specific nursing modules are offered by nursing docent professionals with work experience and relevant academic titles.
Universities abroad mentor PhD candidates in this group and the relation of teaching with their scientific research is a great opportunity of academic specialization, but also the possibility of linking of the joint institutional research and mobility support, which is core goal of our institution.
In compliance with the international standards and researches on education, new methodical tools support the programme. This also includes multimedia approach of the content as well as creation of cooperative educational environments with new methodical tools. Learning is done in different levels of didactical methods, such as PBL, subject oriented learning, considering of subject oriented approaches as well as intermediary didactic, however these must be mastered by professors in Kosovo who need training. The University of Applied Sciences Münster has many years experience in online programmes and will actively contribute to a learning management system.
Procedures for reviewing study programs The purpose of the evaluation process is to provide students and the school with information about the progress during the study progess, as well as to provide the public and service users that graduate students have gained a qualification that responds to the need to fully exercise the occupation of general nurse.
Learning and the learning process at students will be evaluated mainly through a set of techniques and methods of evaluation, such as essay writing, case studies, ability for academic critic, written and oral examination, group presentation, presentation with different posters, multiple answers exams, supervised professional practice, and in the end preparation of the diploma thesis in the fields offered and chosen by students which are relevant to the general nursing program.
Mechanisms for implementing the quality assurance measures
The evaluation of the master programme ‘Education in the health system’ is planned in the project and must show how the implementation as proceeded, which problems were found and which recommendations are made, which serve to further development. The University of Hall with respective expertise will carry out this evaluation. Implementation of the program enables at the same time a view of the effect of results of the interdisciplinary working group for development of the structure, as their specifics reflect in the content of the program and explicitly in development of students’ knowledge. This evaluation will show, if the adoption of the program was successful.