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Competences for the Health Sector of the Future

Welcome to the Annual Report 2017. Here you can read the editorial by Anette Birck, director of Copenhagen Health Innovation:

It is relevant as never before: students must have the right qualifications to be successful in the future labour market.

This is especially true in the health sector, where demographic challenges, new technological and digital opportunities combined with a focus on efficiency place great demands on innovation, development and prioritisation in order to be able to maintain a high service and treatment level within health care.

It is therefore the focus of Copenhagen Health Innovation to ensure that students within health care, business development and technology develop skills that enable them to participate in and further develop the health sector for the needs of the future.

Based on their various professions, students must be able to relate to the opportunities and consequences that are created by new technologies and digitisation. And it is crucial to strengthen their cross-curricular understanding and innovative mindset to ensure that they are well equipped to contribute to the continuous transition within the health sector.

CHI is a strategic partnership between


Pilot Projects Provide a Basis for Development and Implementation

It is in this context that CHI is pursuing initiatives and pilot projects across the partner circle aimed at strengthening the interaction between the health sector and the educational institutions. In 2017, CHI primarily focused on testing and gaining experience from the ongoing education and innovation projects. We are now using this experience to further develop the initiatives and create models that will make it easier to disseminate and scale the learning and the experiences in order that they may be embedded in the partners.





Strong Collaboration Platform

The first two years of the CHI partnership have shown that there is a great need for a unifying agile organisation that can conduct cross-sectoral collaboration between education and health. It is through dialogue and the cross-sectoral encounter that we have now gained a deeper understanding of each other’s worlds, culture and challenges.

At the same time, we have shown that the CHI partnership is a strong platform for testing ideas and projects. That is the reason why we are now able to create the facilitation and matching between study programmes and practice that is needed to make the ongoing projects even more successful. The well-established interaction will also be crucial in the next phase, where the initiatives will be scaled and implemented, as the experiences by the individual partners may be shared crosswise.

Added Focus on Health Innovation in Study Programmes

Looking forward, CHI will strengthen its role in education and health innovation. We will build on the initiatives that have already added value in the health innovation education field, and at the same time we will work to establish new relevant projects that may strengthen this agenda.

The decisive thing will be to make sure that CHI’s work supports the partners’ strategies, and we thus continue to work toward the same goal: to create health innovation through education and ensure a better coupling between theory and practice in the teaching. Only in this way can we make sure that the students have the right competences to be part of and further develop the future health sector.

In the Annual Report 2017 we have gathered various examples of how we have worked over the last year to specifically develop the students’ innovative mindset and understanding of practice. In addition, you can also read how in our development projects we create new knowledge and new programmes, thus providing new competences for students, educators, researchers and health professionals.

Happy reading!

Anette Birck, Director, Copenhagen Health Innovation

Den Europæiske Socialfond