Thursday 9 February 2017

The first SPHEIR call for proposals, which ran between March and July 2016, has resulted in the selection of three initial partnerships.

Bringing together the knowledge and expertise of higher education (HE) institutions and organisations from the UK, Germany, Africa, Canada and the Middle East, the partnerships will begin delivering their innovative and ambitious projects in early 2017.

The Prepared for Practice project aims to improve the effectiveness of the health workforce in Somaliland, where just 197 doctors, 1,256 nurses and 344 midwives serve a population of 3.5 million. The project will help to build the capacity of HE institutions to produce healthcare graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to enter practice at an effective level.

The Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILEIA) aims to address the higher education needs of young people displaced by the Syrian crisis in Jordan and Lebanon. The project will provide blended academic programmes, including Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), targeted online learning, and classroom-based learning to displaced students. It aims to support young displaced Syrians to integrate into the local workforce and, in the future, help to rebuild the post-conflict Syria.

The Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) project will address the critical academic staff shortages many East African universities are currently facing. It will enable universities to share teaching resources through quality assured, credit-bearing degree courses, delivered through blended learning.

Find out more about the initial partnerships on our partnership profile pages.

The next SPHEIR call for proposals will open on 21 October 2016. Find out more about the call and download the Concept Note here.